by Clement Clark Moore
The conscientious consumer’s
“Think Global, Act Local” resolution can become a reality, if one knows where
TAKE A BREAK FROM THE COMMERCIAL MAYHEM and enjoy the season as the pioneers did, as Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., hosts A Colorado Christmas, Sun., Dec. 5, noon-4p.m. on the banks of Cherry Creek. Enjoy games, Victorian holiday treats, carriage rides and more.
South Denver offers a variety of venues for the holiday shopper,
whether he or she seeks handcrafted, holistic housewares or spendthrift
stocking-stuffers. There’s a mall or market in this melange for everyone and
many ways to enjoy the season with little or no outlay of cash.
Cherry Creek Shopping
Center, 1st Ave. at Steele St., will once again
present a full season of holiday fun. The mall will be transformed into an
indoor winter wonderland, with the unveiling of a new holiday centerpiece, The
Ice Palace. A beguiling snow and light show will take place inside a
soaring 30-foot dome constructed in the mall’s center court, encircled with a
series of arches and snow globes based on the much anticipated film, The
Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, due for release in
theaters Dec. 10.
Your young ones are
welcome to visit with Santa through Dec. 24 at no charge; picture packages will
be available at varying cost. To make sure everyone at your abode enjoys the
season, the popular Santa Claus & Paws invites creatures large and
small – cats, dogs, birds, etc. – Sun., Dec. 5, 7-10p.m.
To keep the holiday spirit
high all season, the Original Dickens Carolers will wander through the mall
filling the air with cheer every Sunday through Christmas Eve, and daily the
week of Christmas.
For information, call
303-388-3900 or visit www.shopcherrycreek.com.
Across 1st Ave. to the north, the familiar shopping district has renamed
itself Cherry Creek North Pole for the holiday season. In addition to
showing off its $18.5 million in streetscape and lighting improvements, the
district will host a series of celebratory events including late night
shopping, celebrity Santas, prize drawings and more.
To help the working public
get their shopping chores done, many of the district’s nearly 400 businesses
will host extended shopping hours until 8p.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 9, 16 &
Kids and sports fans alike
will have their pick of two of Denver’s most popular sports stars, who will don
the big red coat and play Santa at the JW Marriott, 150 Clayton Lane. Denver Broncos
quarterback Kyle Orton will appear as Santa himself, Mon., Dec. 6, 6-7:30p.m., followed by the Denver Nuggets’ Chris “Birdman”
Andersen on Sun., Dec. 19, 3-6p.m. Tickets to tell Christmas wishes to either
celebrity Santa cost $10 and sell out early – sign up at www.CherryCreekNorth.com. Proceeds from
Orton’s appearance benefit Champa House, a program of Denver Rescue Mission;
resources raked in by Andersen benefit Alliance for Choice in Education.
To keep in touch with the
latest plans, look in at www.CherryCreekNorth.com,
Old South Pearl Street
beckons you to join your friends and neighbors for an old-fashioned holiday
festival. WinterFest on Old South Pearl Street will be held Fri., Dec.
3, 5-9p.m. and Sat., Dec. 4, 11a.m.-5p.m., in the 1500 block south, between
Florida and Iowa avenues.
the best of the 60+ vendors from this summer’s Farmers Market season; great
food from Deluxe restaurant’s Deluxe Street Food
Truck; holiday treats and beverages; a Christmas tree lot, wreaths and
garlands; children’s activities and live music all day long.
Should clouds converge and
temperatures drop, South Pearl will be lined with fire pits to warm your
fingers and toes, and if you’d like to rest your legs, have a ride in the Box Elder
Clydesdale horse and carriage while your presents are being wrapped.
Tree-lined Old South Pearl
Street makes a wonderful setting for a winter celebration, snow or shine. For
information, visit www.oldsouthpearlstreet.com.
By the way, to make
your shopping even easier, Cameron Church, 1600 S. Pearl St., is offering two
afternoons of childcare (kids must be 5 and older), for S. Pearl shoppers, Dec.
5 and 12, noon-2p.m. These Holiday Gift Workshops will keep your little
ones safe and busy, while you whittle down your shopping list to a more
manageable size. There is a $3 materials fee per child. Kids under 5 may
participate with a parent in attendance.
While you’re in the
area, take an hour or three and head over to the newly spiffed Antique Row
shopping district for the remaining days of a Holiday Open House,
Sat.-Sun., Dec. 4-5. Dozens of businesses from 400 to 2000 S. Broadway will
be dressed for the season and anxious to tempt you with a limitless array of
antiques, collectibles, furniture and home decor items of all sorts.
Details were still being
decided at press time, but expect a variety of holiday frivolity in the form of
edible treats, entertainment and plenty of good cheer.
The annual Antique Row
Holiday Open House is always a good chance to take home a little present
from the past. For information, visit www.antique-row.com.
HOLIDAY COOKIE SALES AND EXCHANGES ARE IN HIGH FAVOR: Epiphany Lutheran (shown above), 790 S. Corona St., will hold its annual Cookie Fair Sun., Dec. 12, noon-4p.m. – mix & match by the pound. Salem UCC, 5300 E. Florida Ave. (at Grape) cookie sale is Sat., Dec. 11, 8:30a.m.-1p.m.
Not only do we suggest you
Buy Local, but we think it makes great sense to buy
Made In The U.S.A. as frequently as possible. The Christian Indian Center,
501 S. Pearl St., will help you do just that during the last full day of its
21st annual Christmas Bazaar, Sat., Dec. 4.
Look for a variety of
handcrafted products including arts and crafts, silver and turquoise jewelry,
as well as baked goods, Indian tacos, mutton stew with frybread and roast
Bazaar hours are
9a.m.-6p.m. For information, call 303-733-3693 or visit www.denvercic.org.
One of our favorite
family-oriented school events is the Denver Waldorf School’s annual Holiday
Fair, set for Sat., Dec. 4, 9a.m.-3p.m., on the school grounds at 940 Fillmore St.
The Fair will include
traditional children’s craft activities such as beeswax candle dipping and
ornament making, live musical performances, homemade food and over 30 artisan
vendors offering unique handcrafted holiday gifts. Fresh Christmas trees and
spectacular handmade holiday wreaths will be on sale as well as distinctive books
and handcrafted toys. All can enjoy a free puppet show, horse and carriage
rides and a holiday train for children. A professional photographer will be on
hand to take child and family portraits.
Young ones who prefer to
shop by themselves will love the Children’s Shop’s “no parents allowed” policy.
Waldorf School seventh graders assist young ones in selecting,
purchasing and wrapping the gifts they choose. All items in the Children’s Shop
are donated by the community, and priced from $1-5.
To purchase Holiday
Fair children’s activity tickets (for special activities) call 303-777-0531
or visit www.denverwaldorf.org.
Four Mile Historic Park,
715 S. Forest St., was once a stagecoach stop on the Cherokee Trail – and
Four Mile House stands as Denver’s oldest residence, built in 1859. This
historic setting will celebrate the holiday season in both the Jewish and
Christian traditions this year.
On Sat., Dec. 4,
6:30-9p.m., the park will hold a Festival of Lights, marking the Jewish
holiday of Hanukkah, which runs Dec. 2-9.
The evening will begin
with a traditional candle lighting ceremony for Hanukkah, followed by seasonal
music sung by the Colorado Hebrew Chorale. At the conclusion of the
performance, those in attendance will be invited to partake in a traditional
Hanukkah meal followed by instructor-led folk dancing.
Admission to Four Mile
Historic Park’s Festival of Lights (includes performance, food and folk
dancing) is $18 for adults; $15 for students and seniors 65+; $12 for children
7-17; and free for kids 6 and under.
Experience Christmas in
the pioneer spirit on Sun., Dec. 5, noon-4p.m., as A Colorado Christmas
returns to the banks of Cherry Creek. Four Mile House will be festooned in
holiday finery to set the tone for the day. The young of heart (of any age)
will enjoy Victorian games, making gingerbread fantasies (an additional
charge), chestnuts roasting on an open fire, stringing popcorn and cranberries
While most activities are
included in the $5 admission (seniors 65+, $4; kids 7-17, $3; free, 6 and
under), horse-drawn carriage rides and tasty food and drink will be available
at minimal charge. And should the weather turn blustery, never fear: Four Mile
Park becomes a true winter wonderland under a dusting of winter white.
For information, call
720-865-0800 or visit www.fourmilehistoricpark.org.
For a refreshing twist on the season, take note
that HaHo is no elfin joke; it’s the Holiday Handmade Homemade Market,
held Sat., Dec. 11, 4-8p.m., at Green Spaces, 1368 26th St. The market is
part of the Denver Relocalization Project; trade alternative local currency
(available for purchase with your U.S. dollars) for food, produce and crafts
grown or made in Denver homes and backyards. Vendors will display everything
from wild yeast sourdough bread and handmade caramels and mead to draft dodger
snakes (perfect for heat-leaking older doors) and handcrafted kids toys and
games. Admission: any item you value to share, or suggested $5 donation. Find
details at www.denverhhm.wordpress.com.
Give ear to much-loved
holiday melodies in the brisk winter air when the University of Denver presents
its annual Williams Tower Carillon Holiday Concert, Sun., Dec. 12,
3-4p.m., at the Ritchie Center – gather near the west-side steps,
adjacent to the lacrosse and soccer fields, 2210 E. Asbury Ave. Admission is
free; bring seating if desired. The concert features DU
carillonneur Carol Jeckling Lens. Info: visit www.du.edu/events.
The 25th annual Winter
Solabration beckons you to celebrate the season in old English style. This Yuletime celebration of Christmas and
Solstice customs features storytelling, a mummer’s play, and sword and Morris
dance performances, along with community singing, wassail and traditional
American community dances for all.
The revelry takes place at
the Highlands Masonic Center, 3550 Federal Blvd.,
beginning at 6p.m. on Sat., Dec. 18, and ending with the mysterious Abbot’s
Bromley Horn Dance at midnight. For information, visit www.wsolstice.org or call 303-571-9112. Tickets are available at www.swallowhillmusic.org or 303-777-1003.
Finally, to add a skosh of
Southwestern flair to the holidays, make your way to the historic Art
District on Santa Fe for the annual Luminaries de Santa Fe light (i.e.,
candles in brown bags) display. Rather than doing a single night event,
this year galleries all along Santa Fe Dr., from 5th to 11th Ave.,
and on Kalamath Dr. from Alameda to 11th Ave., will have the luminarias perched
on their rooftops throughout the season, illuminating your evening with a
lovely tradition no matter when you stop by.
information, call 303-534-9740 or visit www.artdistrictonsantafe.com.