KUSA – It 'twas the last weekend before Christmas, and all through Colorado, not a creature was stirring, not even …

Just kidding. It's the final countdown to the holidays, and everyone's busy. But in between those last minute errands and trying to navigate apocalyptic mall parking lots, why not take a few moments to relax and actually do something … fun?

From concerts to a Cartier exhibit (a passive-aggressive way to say you want jewelry for Christmas if there ever was one …) here are some holiday-themed events around town that might take your mind off, well, the holidays.

Shop with thousands of your closet friends – Dec. 21-25 – EVERYWHERE http://on9news.tv/1r0OB3P

If you read the above three paragraphs (hi mom!) you might be thinking to yourself: there's no way I have time to go to frivolous events when I have to make the holidays happen. So this event is for you. Go to your nearest mall, you brave soldier, and wade your way through the crowds, gift bags in hand. Go into that grocery store and stand in those lines, a smile on your face. Stride through that packed airport with pride. We dare you. And for a helping hand on this busy weekend, be sure to check out our holiday guide: http://on9news.tv/1r0OB3P

Vail Snow Daze – Dec. 20-21 - http://bit.ly/13dxWOQ

Last weekend at Snow Daze, you had the chance to catch the sons of two music legends who both spell their names with a k" where a "c" should be (we're talking about Jakob Dylan and Lukas Nelson). This weekend, check out Rusted Root (the guys behind this catchy song: http://bit.ly/1j0PWDf) and 10,000 Maniacs, the alt-legends responsible for the soundtrack of 1980s and 1990s dorm rooms everywhere (and the song "These Are the Days"). The shows are free, and doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dec. 17-28 – Buell Theater http://bit.ly/1w6htHm

Like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Elf," the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a holiday classic that just doesn't get old. And this holiday season, you can catch it at the Buell Theatre … as a musical! We're not going to tell you what the story is about, because let's be real: you've already seen it. We will tell you that tickets start at $25, it runs at 1 hour and 30 minutes and it's great for kids older than four. The production also uses atmospheric haze and fog.

TubaChristmasDec. 21 – Skyline Park - http://denv.co/1J52Iuv

If something's been going on for 40 years, you know that it's got to be good. And if the tradition in question involves tubas, it's got to be great! Head to Skyline Park this Sunday to see 300 tuba players from around the region play their best Christmas music. It's produced by the University of Colorado at Denver's Arts and Media Department, and is free! Skyline Park is located on Arapahoe Street between 17th to 18th. The tuba-ing starts at 1 p.m. and lasts until 2 p.m.

Nathaniel Rateliff Holiday Show – Dec. 19 - http://bit.ly/1Ar81Pg

Local music star Nathaniel Rateliff will headline his ninth annual holiday show this weekend at the Ogden Theatre. He'll play sets from various projects he's involved in, including Born in the Flood and the Wheel, as well as Night Sweats. If you're a fan of his solo work, he'll be playing some of that as well. Tickets are $19.95 in advance, and are $25 at the door. This is a local Colorado show, so wear your best flannel/fedora.

A Colorado ChristmasDec. 19-21 – Denver http://bit.ly/1Ar7xZc

For four nights, the warm sounds of Christmas will fill the Boettcher Concert Hall as the Colorado Symphony Chorus and Colorado Children's Chorale belt out the best Christmas music around. Tickets start at $27.

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20thCentury exhibit – Until March 15 – Denver Art Museum http://bit.ly/1nfGetU

People often say that there's no better time than the holidays to reconnect with your best friends. Any diamonds, obviously, are a girl's best friend, so why not check out the Cartier exhibit in between those shopping trips? This Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century features jewelry, timepieces and precious objects created between 1900 to 1975. It highlights Cartier's rise into a household name. Tickets are $15 for Denver Art Museum Members and $25 for adult nonmembers.

Garden of Lights –Dec. 17- 21-Fort Collinshttp://bit.ly/13d7iG6

The Gardens at Spring Creek will glow with the thousands of whimsically decorated and twinkling holiday lights this holiday season – including a brilliant LED pond. This weekend, you can catch music from the Fort Collins Chamber Music Society, meet Santa (and hopefully get on his good side!) and hang out with the Sugar Plum Hairies (aka canine fairies performing tricks … can you say awesome?!). A $2 donation is encouraged. It's an outdoor event, so please, don't wear an ugly Christmas t-shirt.

A Taste of Boulder – Restaurant Tour –Dec. 19-20 –Boulderhttp://bit.ly/1AdIKK9

When you think of the Taste of Boulder, you might be thinking about quinoa … or kale … or smoothies … or whatever other trendy item is being sold in your local Whole Foods. But that doesn't encapsulate the restaurant scene in this beautiful city, so this weekend, learn what Boulder food is really about during this culinary tour of this college town's best independent restaurants. Contact Local Table Tours for availability. You can find their number at the link above.


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If you aren't keen on driving to the events, here are some alternative-transportation suggestions:

Taxi - Call 303-333-3333, 303-444-4444 or 303-777-7777. For Uber, text an address and city to 827-222.

Light Rail - Visithttp://www.rtd-denver.com/lightrail.shtmlto plot your route

Bus - Visit http://www.rtd-denver.com/ to plot your route

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