by Ed Schott
Bouyed by Thanksgiving Day weekend weather better suited to flag football than
snowshoeing, Denver families and businesses alike are in full preparation mode
for the coming December holiday
STUDENTS FROM THE DENVER WALDORF School beckon you to join them in welcoming the holidays, Sat., Dec. 1. All kinds of festivities will take place throughout the community in coming weeks.
Whether you’re looking to cross off the
final items on your holiday shopping list, or hoping to join friends and
neighbors for some Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/New Year’s fun, a full slate of
holiday celebrations await.
Creek Shopping Center welcomes young, old and in-betweeners
to the magic of the center court Ice
Palace Experience, every day through Christmas Eve.A magical snow and light show
will beckon visitors to the soaring 30-foot-high Ice Palace dome, with the surrounding
arches and snow globes featuring the prehistoric herd from the soon to be
released family film, Ice
Age: Continental Drift. Santa
Claus will also be on hand daily during regular shopping center hours, to hear
kids’ holiday wishes, and pose for the requisite holiday shot for the family collection.
A Sign Language Santa will be in residence
Thur., Dec. 6, 9a.m.-2p.m. to continue the tradition of providing deaf and
hard-of-hearing children with a special time of their own. This year
participating children will be able to see and “hear” a preview of Ice Age: Continental Drift through on-screen signing interpretation via new
Lest the family critters feel left out, Santa Claws & Paws will welcome all creatures great and small for a photo shoot with Mr.
Claus, Sun., Dec. 9, 7-10p.m. Cherry Creek has teamed up with the Colorado
Avalanche for a special visit from Bernie, their impressive St. Bernard mascot.
or call 303-388-3900 for information.
Northward across 1st
Ave., the 16- block retail paradise of Cherry Creek North beckons you to
meander the multitude of shops and restaurants lining the streets from
University Blvd. to Steele St., 1st Ave. to 3rd Ave.
Marketing director Kristi Omedahl notes the district will be bedecked in “updated and
enhanced lighting,” in keeping with its recent multi-million dollar renovation.
A variety of special activities will be hosted by stores
throughout the eclectic and inviting retail area. For details, call
303-394-2904 or visit cherrycreeknorth.com.
If you’ve picked up The Profile hot off the press, hoof it over to the 23rd annual Christmas Bazaar, sponsored by the Christian Indian Center, 501 S. Pearl
St., held Fri., Nov. 30, 10a.m.-6p.m. and Sat., Dec. 1, 9a.m.-5:30p.m. You’ll find arts and crafts items, silver and
turquoise jewelry and more. To keep energy levels high, there will be
traditional mutton stew, frybread, Indian tacos and
baked goods. Roast mutton will be featured on Saturday only. For information,
call 303-733-3693 or visit denvercic.org.
Also Nov. 30
& Dec. 1, check out the happenings on modern-day Antique Row, and
“Bring Home A Little Present From The Past” when the Antique Row Merchants
Association hosts their Holiday
Festival along the 1100-1800
blocks of S. Broadway.
Stores throughout Denver’s grandest
boulevard will be chock-full of antique furniture, lighting, jewelry, books and
other collectible treasures with special sales going on through the weekend,
and holiday food and drink for all.
Kids will have the chance to meet, and have
their picture taken with live Christmas reindeer – antlers and all
– in the parking lot of Turn of the Century Antiques, 1475 S. Broadway.
Petting is encouraged, but riding is not permitted.
or call 303-722-8700 for information.
Our good friends at
First Christian Reformed Church, 1814 S. Emerson St., take up an international
theme as they host a Global
Bazaar on Sat.,
Dec. 1, 9a.m.-3p.m.
Vendors will tempt you with fair-trade,
handmade items from around the world, with the hope of raising awareness of and
funds for local and international mission-based organizations and projects.
Live entertainment will brighten the day, and plenty of holiday treats will be
All proceeds benefit the ministries
represented at the Global
Bazaar. Details, call
The South Pearl Street shopping district has
moved decidedly into the 21st century as its roster of shops and restaurants
continues to grow in variety and quality. But when it comes to the holidays,
South Pearl joyfully celebrates the season as it has for decades. Take time to join friends and
neighbors for Winterfest, Fri., Nov. 30, 6-9p.m., and Sat., Dec. 1, 11a.m.-5p.m.,
in the 1500 block of S. Pearl St.
Winterfest will kick off on Friday night with horse &
carriage rides, a live appearance by Father Christmas, mulled cider (adults
only) and roasted chestnuts (no age requirements), and – new this year
–the street will be closed to auto traffic on Friday to create a safer
Festivities move into high gear Saturday
with live music and some favorite vendors from the summer farmers markets as
well as additional gift booths, ready-to-eat food, spiced beverages, horse
& buggy rides and the return of Father Christmas.
For information, call 303-734-0718 or visit southpearlstreet.com.
5th annual Shop For A Cause
market takes place Nov. 30, 4-7p.m. and Dec. 1, 10a.m.-4p.m. at Denver First
Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Ave. The event will host 40
local and international vendors (some fair trade) whose goods support
education, women’s empowerment, and poverty eradication in Denver and across
This year’s event includes
handmade items – scarves, hammocks, etc. – from Asia, Africa, Latin
America, and Denver, and live entertainment, local catering, and a guest
speaker. For information, call 815-440-2891 or visit 1010project.org.
families did in pioneer days, when Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St.,
revels in A
Colorado Christmas, Sun., Dec.
2, noon-4p.m. In the days of
yore, Christmas was a time for elegant dress and elaborate decorations. Get a
taste of how your ancestors might have made merry as you play Victorian games
with Father Christmas, create your own gingerbread fantasy (additional charge),
sample chestnuts roasted on an open fire, string your own popcorn and
cranberries for the Four Mile Tree and much more.
Adult admission is $5;
military w/ID and seniors (65+), $4; youth 7-17, $3; Park members and children
6 and under are free.
Also at Four Mile Park, celebrate the traditions of Chanukah in Festival of Lights, with candle lighting, music, food, Israeli folk-dancing instruction, and
a performance by the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, Mon., Dec. 10, 5:30-8:30p.m. Call to pre-purchase tickets: $5-10, kids 6 and younger
call 720-865-0800 or visit fourmilepark.org.
Waldorf School always welcomes the holiday season in high style, and the
Fair returns for
its 38th annual run Sat., Dec. 1, 9a.m.-3p.m., at 940 Fillmore St.
Children can enter into a variety of holiday-related
games and activities, including crafts (making beeswax candles and elf houses,
cinnamon-scented ornaments, etc.). Also slated: festive music, a puppet show
for younger celebrants and free horse and carriage rides for all.
Handpicked vendors will offer imaginative
handcrafted gift items, Christmas trees and beautiful
handmade holiday wreaths will also be for sale. Youngsters will like the “Kids
Only” shopping area, with all items priced at $2 or less, including gift wrapping. As always, the Waldorf School Holiday Fair
will have plenty of food options for the energy-deprived.
Entrance to the fair is free; children’s
activities will run 9:30a.m.–2:30p.m., for a
small fee: $7 for three activities (great for children under 7) and $16 for
For information, call 303-777-0531 or visit denverwaldorf.org.
always a treat to experience the abundance of galleries, studios and shops
making their home on the Art District on Santa Fe. Chicano
Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC), 772 Santa Fe Dr., will welcome the season
with an opening reception for Celebrating Our Lady of
Guadalupe & The Christmas Mercado Annual Show & Sale,
Fri., Dec. 7, 6-10p.m. Find handmade, unique gifts made by a wide
range of local artists, including santos, prints,
jewelry, pottery, photography, sculpture and painting, and arts honoring Our
Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint beloved of many throughout the Americas. The Mercado
runs through Dec. 22 in CHAC Norte gallery. Info:chacweb.org or 303-571-0440.
Jewish or not, your tribe will enjoy Temple Micah’s 5th annual Top Latke Cook-off & Hanukkah Party, Fri., Dec. 7, 5:30p.m., at Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. Aspiring chefs, vying for honors
and prizes, will each craft 150 masterful pre-cooked traditional or innovative
pancakes, about two inches in diameter, to bring to the golden-brown showdown.
Non-cooks can taste and vote on best latke,
savor a light dinner and admire creative balloon sculptures, all to be capped
by a candlelighting service plus Top Latke
band concert at 7p.m. Admission for the Top Latke Cook-off & Hanukkah Party is by RSVP only at micahdenver.org
or by calling 303-388-4239. Space is limited; prices range from $20/person to
$55 for a family admission.
While a bit
outside our normal stomping grounds, we like the looks of the Denver Handmade
Market, returning to
Green Spaces, 1368 26th St., Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9.
Saturday’s portion of the festivities is an
evening market (4-9p.m.) featuring 25+ vendors, a premium vegan food banquet
and live music; the Sunday afternoon (noon-5p.m.) event offers a similar array
of vendors – many different from the previous day – a holiday
brunch buffet and a build-your-own Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar.
The HAHO Holiday Market focuses on offerings from prepared dinner foods, produce and baked
goods for your consumption, to handmade jewelry and accessories and various
arts and crafts excellent for holiday gifts.
There will also be a Give/Take table that
allows guests to trade their own crafts with other market-goers. Cost of
admission is either a $2-5 donation or a thoughtful re-gift for the Give/Take
table. If you donate on Saturday, you can come on Sunday for free. Details:
or visit denverhaho.org.
wandering up north, consider stopping by EarthLinks’
(2838 Larimer St.) second annual Holiday Open House, Sat., Dec. 8, 10a.m.-4p.m. EarthLinks is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996,
providing a work program for people who are homeless and low-income to learn
skills and create Earth-friendly craft products that sustain people, animals
and the planet.
House provides a way for these
resilient craftspeople to present their creations for purchase; crafts range
from floral bookmarks, cards, candles and bowls to bat boxes, Bee Works soap,
and chic dog coats made from reclaimed materials. Live music will be provided
noon-1p.m. To learn more about EarthLinks and/or the
event, visit earthlinkscolorado.org or call
community celebrates the season with the Lowry Winter Festival, Sat., Dec. 8, 3-6p.m. in Lowry Town Center, E. 2nd Ave.
and Quebec St. The Festival is
presented by the Lowry Town Center Merchants and Lowry Community Master
Center shops will offer holiday specials all day long, so you can shop during
Festival or shop early without
the kids. Visit the tented and heated Winter Wonderland, visit with Santa
3-5:45p.m., take part in children’s craft activities,
and enjoy hot drinks and snacks.
Enjoy Lowry’s lights from a jingle-belled
horse-drawn carriage ride. Head over to the Eisenhower Chapel
for musical performances featuring Machebeuf High School,
the Logan School, the Colorado Free University Quartet and roving holiday
carolers. To cap off an evening of entertainment, Santa will join in the
fun at the chapel at 5:45p.m. to hand out holiday
information, call 720-583-5262 or visit thelowrytowncenter.com.
a way to make holiday gift giving have an even deeper meaning? Consider the
Washington Park United Church of Christ (400 S. Williams St.) Alternative Gift Fair, slated for Sundays, Dec. 9 & 16, 11a.m-1p.m. Gifts of jewelry, comestibles and wooden crafts
support families and non-profit organizations working both here in Denver and
abroad. Lunch will also be available for purchase.
For information, call 303-777-5304 or visit washparkucc.org.
provide the sparks for a festive vegetarian Shabbat dinner in celebration of Chanukkah, Fri., Dec. 14, 4:15p.m.,
at the Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St. Musician and ethnomusicologist Sheldon Sands will
lead a wide-ranging exploration of the rich tapestry of Jewish music.
known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating
the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean
Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. This year Chanukkah is
celebrated Dec. 9-16.
The price for Shabbat dinner is $30 for Mizel Museum members; $36 for
non-members. To reserve a seat, call 303-749-5014 or visit mizelmuseum.org.
festivities continue as Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., hosts a Hanukah Hoopla celebration on Fri., Dec. 14. This family-friendly event begins with a menorah
lighting and worship service, 5:30p.m., followed by
dinner at 6:15p.m., which will include latkes made by the Sisterhood and
activities for young children.
At 7p.m. attendees will be treated to a
concert featuring Steve Brodsky and Friends, with Rabbi Joe Black. Dinner
reservations are required by Dec. 12. Make reservations and pay online at EmanuelDenver.org/hoopla.
For more information about the Hanukah Hoopla or Temple Emanuel, call Susie Sigman,
303-388-4013 or email
several years since we’ve heard the harmony of Christmas carols coming from the
Washington Park Boathouse, but now, thanks to Washington Park Rec Center and
Denver Parks and Recreation, this beautifully renovated historical structure by
Smith Lake will be vibrant once again with holiday music.
Singers of all ages and singing abilities
can gather on Thur., Dec. 13, 5p.m., to celebrate the holiday season through a
community sing-a-long of holiday favorites, followed by cookies and hot
chocolate and a visit from Old St. Nick.
Gather your courage, your family, and join
friends and neighbors at the Boathouse for an evening of good cheer.
For information, call 720-865-3402 or email
This winter solstice – will it be the
End-of-the-World-as-We-Know-It? Maybe the beginning of a new
earth? A new creation? For a thoroughly unique tilt at the holidays, make time
for the 27th annual Winter
Solabration, Sat., Dec. 22, beginning at 6p.m. at the newly
refurbished Temple Events Center, 1595 S. Pearl St.
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, ending with the
mysterious Abbot’s Bromley Horn Dance at midnight. Remember to bring a potluck
dessert or snack to share.
for the Solabration
are: adults, $27 through Dec. 16; teens/students, $19; children 6-12, $9. Adult
prices rise to $33 a week before the event. For info, visit wsolstice.org, or purchase tickets in advance
at Denver Folklore Center, 1893 S. Pearl St.