KUSA - Even if you're not a fan of shopping, there's plenty to do around Colorado to keep you entertained after Thanksgiving.
Skyline ice skating rink -- Open daily until Feb. 15, 2016 -- Denver - http://bit.ly/1OsfNjG
If you find yourself in downtown Denver looking for something to do this weekend, you may want to head over to 16th and Arapahoe Streets to the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park. The rink, which opened on Tuesday, is open daily until Feb. 15, 2016. Skate rental is $2, but if you bring your own pair you can skate for free.
Beard and Mustache Competition -- Nov. 28 -- Loveland - http://bit.ly/1P9V9Ij
If you're proud of the progress you've been making this Movember, show off your facial hair on Saturday at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. There is no fee to compete or attend. Prizes will be awarded for the top three in each category, including Make it then Fake it for kids and women, Best 'stache, Partial Beard, Wittle Beard, Man Beard, Mo'stache Mo' Beard, Beard with Style and Best in Show. There will also be a raffle to benefit the Movember Foundation, and $1 from every beer purchased will also go to the charity.
Light the Lights -- Nov. 27 -- Denver -http://bit.ly/1MRvXjQ
It's time to officially kick off the holiday season in Denver. The grand illumination will light up downtown, from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building. The event begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment and includes a live broadcast on 9NEWS. Mayor Michael Hancock will flip the lights on around 7 p.m. after a countdown. The event is non-ticketed, free and open to the public.
Boulder SantaCon -- Nov. 27 -- Boulder - http://on.fb.me/1N89jmx
If you're seeing Santa all over Boulder on Friday night, you're not hallucinating. After the first SantaCon took place in San Francisco in 1994, this mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes has spread across the country. Boulder will hold its own SantaCon for the 10th year. Taking place on Black Friday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., it should provide a good opportunity to put down the shopping bags and spread the good will and cheer of the holiday season. The event is free, and you're encouraged to invite your friends. Santa hats will not cut it at SantaCon – full-on holiday apparel is mandatory. You should also come prepared with gifts. SantaCon is generally for adults, though attendees are encouraged to give kids they see nice toys or candy.
Pueblo Parade of Lights -- Nov. 28 -- Pueblo - http://bit.ly/1Ihehw9
The streets of downtown Pueblo will be filled with festive floats, marching bands, drill teams, horses and cars decked out with lights on Saturday as the Parade of Lights goes by. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m., traveling along Union Avenue and ending up at Sixth and Court Streets.
Hudson Christmas -- Nov. 28 and 29 -- Littleton -http://bit.ly/1YuEJM7
People of all ages can enjoy this light show, a one-mile outdoor path winding through the Hudson Gardens and Event Center. Each show runs from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the doors close at 8 p.m. Tickets, $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 4 to 12, cover walking the gardens, wagon rides and visits with Santa. If you can't make it this weekend, the show is running next weekend as well.
Holiday Festival -- Nov. 28 -- Elizabeth - http://bit.ly/1OgSVWg
If you still need to get your Christmas tree, it would probably be a good idea to go to Holly Acres Nursery and Garden Center in Elizabeth on Saturday sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be visits with Santa, a petting zoo, train car rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, a live pony carousel, camel rides, zebra rides, face painting and balloon art. Kids can also make ornaments with Santa's elves while parents sample Colorado wines.
Greeley Festival of Trees -- Nov. 27 through Dec. 5 -- Greeley -http://bit.ly/1PP7r90
This week-long festival features a forest of decorated trees, each with its own theme. Trees in different categories win awards at the end of the festival on Dec. 5. There's also plenty of activities, including visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, horse and carriage rides, holiday demonstrations and performances by choirs and musicians. Holly and Noel, the talking Christmas Trees, will also be there. Check the link above for special events during the festival.
Take Back your Black Friday -- Nov. 27 -- Denver - http://bit.ly/1ObNFmA
If you'd rather not deal with the shopping and stress on Black Friday – not to mention the agony of gradually emptying your wallet, the Clyfford Still Museum is offering a full day of free admission instead. There, you can see about 3,125 works created by Clyfford Still, considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century who laid the groundwork for the abstract expressionist movement. Before the museum's opening in 2011, Still's life had been shrouded in mystery and his work was hidden from public view for more than 30 years. Hours and more details about the museum are available at the link above.
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