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Eat, Shop and Be Merry At Holiday Season Shopping Stops | Print |  E-mail

by Jocelyn Camp

The vagaries of autumn weather – cold on Monday, warm on Tuesday, frigid on Wednesday and unseasonably hot by the weekend – cannot disguise the fact that the winter holidays are on the way.


A PRINCESS' SMILE WORKS MAGIC ANY TIME OF YEAR, BUT AT HOILIDAY-TIME it’s even more special. Cherry Creek Shopping Center welcomes the young at heart of any age to the Ice Palace Experience, daily, Nov. 7-Dec. 24; visit Santa and marvel at the 30-foot-high Ice Palace Dome. 

Here are some suggestions to ease your shopping burden and nurture a holiday spirit throughout the coming weeks.

Assistance League of Denver hosts the Christmas At Our House dining and shopping fête, Thur.-Sun., Nov. 7-10, at the historic Bosworth Mansion, 1400 Josephine St. Attend one of the special events or search out something special at The Shoppes Boutique – stocked with gourmet foods and gift items – all proceeds help support programs for children and adults in need, as ALD has done for 55 years.

Elevate your experience with South of the Border Buffet, Thur., 7, 6-10p.m. ($60); Girls Night Out chicken fajita bash, Fri., 8, 6-9p.m. ($45); brunch in Bosworth Bistro, Fri.-Sat., 8-9, 11a.m.-2p.m. ($30); Champagne Brunch, Sun., 10, 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. The Shoppes Boutique will be open for all shoppers, Nov. 8-9, 10a.m.-3p.m. and 10, 9a.m.-2:30p.m., for $5 admission. Tickets: 303-741-1389 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Info: denver.assistanceleague.org.

The Cherry Creek Shopping Center has a full slate of holiday-related activities planned for the entire family.

An Ice Palace Experience returns to the mall’s revamped Grand Court, Nov. 7-Dec. 24. The magical snow-and-light show inside a soaring 30-foot-high dome culminates with the chance for little ones to have pictures taken with Santa Claus himself.

Cherry Creek’s Tree Lighting Ceremony is Fri., Nov. 29, 5:30p.m. Sip warm apple cider, munch kettlecorn, and hum to tunes by the Original Dickens Carolers.

Pet lovers get royal treatment at Santa Claws & Paws, Sun., Dec. 8, 7p.m., when all dogs and cats great and small are invited to get their photo taken with Santa. Info: 303-388-2522, shopcherrycreek.com.

Across 1st Ave., the 16-block retail mecca of Cherry Creek North will put on a bright holiday face, beckoning you to browse the hundreds of shops lining the streets from University Blvd. to Steele St., 1st Ave. to 3rd Ave.

Cherry Creek North welcomes the Denver Art Museum’s Passport to Paris photo contest, Dec. 2-9. Snap a photo of yourself in front of the quite gigantic Monet painting, to be set up at the northwest corner of 2nd & Fillmore, for a chance to win weekly prizes – and even a grand prize Parisian vacation for two.

Info: visit cherrycreeknorth.com or call 303-394-2904.

Gain some cheer from the 12 days of Christmas at Salvation Army Metro Denver Women’s Auxiliary’s 40th annual Doll Tea Sale & Exhibits, Fri.-Sat., Nov. 8-9, 10a.m.-4p.m., held at Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E. Girard Ave.

Bid for great silent auction items; find handmade gifts, gourmet delights, quilts, dolls, toys, ornaments and more; and have fun with exhibits of trains and collectibles. Free tea and cookies for all. Info: call 303-708-4848 or visit imsalvationarmy.org.

Pick up the right gift from the Left Bank when Denver Public Library hosts the Paris Holiday Market, Sat., Nov. 9, 9a.m.-4p.m., in the B2 Conference Center at the Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.

Sample Parisian taste treats, enjoy warm cider or a stout cup of coffee – all with a backdrop of sidewalk cafe music. Choose some delightful gifts crafted by local creatives, and have them beautifully wrapped in French style for a small fee.

The sounds of the season will ring out clearly as the Castle Rock Community Ringers present a Holiday Bell Choir Concert, in Schlessman Hall at the Central Library, Fri., Nov. 29, 5-6p.m.

Both DPL events welcome you free of charge. Info: call 720-865-1825 or visit denverlibrary.org.

Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG), 1007 York St., always puts forth a thoughtful collection of gifts at its annual Holiday Sale, Thur.-Sat., Nov. 14-16. More than 40 artisan vendors present unusual handcrafted gift items, bath and body products, pottery, jewelry, specialty foods, clothing, antiques, gourmet vinegars, herb blends and soaps, and more.

Holiday Sale Preview Party ($15 admission) kicks things off Thur., 5-8p.m. The Holiday Sale continues Sat.-Sun., 9a.m.-5p.m. Admission, including entry to stroll the Gardens, is $8/adults; $7/students and seniors; and free for DBG members and children ages 15 and under. Info: call 720-865-3500 or visit botanicgardens.org.

Purchases will support fair trade artisans from around the globe as you search out holiday gifts at the World Gift Market, Fri.-Sun., Nov. 22-24, at First Plymouth Congregational Church (southwest corner of Hampden Ave. and Colorado Blvd.) and First Universalist Church (across the intersection on the northeast corner).

Following an opening Wine & Cheese Reception, Fri., 5-8p.m.,  at First Universalist,  more than 40 local non-profit groups and fair-trade businesses will set up shop at both church locations on Sat., 9a.m.-4p.m. and Sun., 9a.m.-2p.m.

Local groups like The Gathering Place, Ladies Sewing Circle, and A Little Something assist refugees from warring countries, the homeless, and families in crisis. Handwoven silk scarves from Laos, recycled Sari table runners and pillows, handmade paper journals from India, hand-knit alpaca hats and gloves from Bolivia, and Ugandan coffee are among the treasures you’ll find this year.

Info: visit firstplymouthchurch.org or firstuniversalist.org, or call 303-759-2770 or 303-762-0616.

The fourth yearly Victorian Holiday Home Tour invites guests for a festive walking tour of historic Upper Colfax Ave.-area houses and bed & breakfast venues, Sat., Nov. 30, 11a.m.-4p.m.

Noteworthy landmarks include the Holiday B&B, Castle Marne B&B, Unity Temple, the Milheim House (home of Lighthouse Writers), and Adagio B&B. All venues will be nattily attired in holiday dress, while the Original Dickens Carolers, Last Note Singers and local school choirs provide seasonal song all through the day. Ticketed guests can enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides along the tour route; tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 on tour day, at Castle Marne B&B, 1572 Race St. Info: 303-832-2086 or colfaxave.com.

If you’re looking for ways to honor the season in the spirit of our country’s earliest citizens, check out the Christian Indian Center’s 24th annual Christmas Bazaar, Fri., Dec. 6, 10a.m.-6p.m. and Sat., Dec. 7, 9a.m.-5p.m., at Four Winds, 201 W. 5th Ave.

Find plenty of gift items and edible treats, unique arts and crafts, silver and turquoise jewelry, baked goods, Indian tacos, mutton stew and frybread – to keep everyone smiling! Info: 303-733-3693 or denvercic.org.

The South Pearl Street merchants  welcome one and all to WinterFest, Fri., Dec. 6, 5-9p.m. and Sat., 7, 11a.m.-5p.m., in the 1500 block of S. Pearl St.

Brave Friday night’s chill to climb on for horse-drawn wagon rides, get a glimpse of Olde World Santa, and sample hot cocoa, toddies and cider, and chestnuts actually roasting on an open fire.

Saturday morning visitors will be treated to an Open Aire Market, featuring artisan foods, winter crops, Christmas trees and holiday greenery. Box Elder Horse and Carriage returns to ferry you through the neighborhood, and Father Christmas may be spotted roaming the block, should he get a few moments away from his many other chores. Traditionally the Pearl Street merchants are kind enough to provide warming stations if needed to keep fingers and toes in full working order throughout the weekend.

Info: visit southpearlstreet.com or call 303-734-0718.


GIFT GIVING IS A BIG PART OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON, SO ENJOY YOURSELF while making wishes come true. From Antique Row to S. Gaylord St., South Pearl Street to Cherry Creek, area shopping districts and open-hearted houses of worship host markets galore in coming weeks.

It’s the 39th annual Denver Waldorf School Holiday Fair, Sat., Dec. 7, 9a.m.-3p.m., held on the school grounds at 940 Fillmore St., with traditional kids craft activities, live music, homemade food and over 40 artisan merchants offering inventive, earth-centered holiday gifts. Christmas trees and holiday wreaths will be sold, plus celebrated books and handcrafted toys. Free puppet shows and horse-drawn carriage rides round out the festivities.

Entrance to the market, toy and book sale, grill and diner, entertainment and carriage rides are all free. Children’s activities, 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m., are $7 for three activities; $16 for unlimited fun throughout the lively school rooms and grounds. All proceeds benefit DWS. Info: call 303-777-0531 or visit denverwaldorf.org.

Antique Row, in the 1100-1800 blocks of South Broadway is doing a bit of re-branding, celebrating the 2013 holiday season as LoBro – Lower Broadway.

A slew of new shops and restaurants lining the charming corridor, along with their antique dealer neighbors, are hosting the inaugural edition of the Lower Broadway Festival: Holidays Around The World, Sat., Dec. 7, 10a.m.-6p.m.

Shopkeepers are offering holiday treats and their best prices of the year to entice you to spend a bit of your gift-buying budget on Broadway. Festivities include horse-drawn haywagon rides, live reindeer petting zoo and visits with Santa and elves (both at Turn Of The Century Antiques, 1475 S. Broadway), and holiday music will fill the air all along Antique Row. Info: visit antique-row.com or call Rachel at 303-722-8700.

Denver’s famed entrepreneurial spirit is in good hands with the younger generations. See for youself as Young Americans Center for Financial Education presents the 20th annual Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace, Sat., Dec. 7, 10a.m.-2p.m., at 2550 E. 1st Ave.

Nearly 50 business run by young folks ages 6-21 display admirable creativity in products and services. ZARL, Inc. manufactures and sells paper rockets and rocket launchers made from recycled pop bottles; By the Work of Our Hands offers homemade scented lotions, soaps and body scrubs; Stickman LAX is a service that restrings lacrosse sticks for those unstrung.

Information: visit yacenter.org/yem or call 303-321-2265.

Vendors from far and wide offer up fair trade, hand-crafted goods on Sat., Dec. 7, 9a.m.-3p.m., as First Christian Reformed Church, 1814 S. Emerson St., hosts their 6th annual Global Bazaar.

Local and global entrepreneurs bring a plentitude of affordable gift items with proceeds benefitting local and international mission-based organizations and projects. Live entertainment brightens the day, plus holiday treats in abundance.

Info: call 303-733-4936 ext 13, or visit firstcrcdenver.org.

Celebrate the season in pioneering fashion as Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., hosts A Colorado Christmas, Sun., Dec. 8, noon-4p.m. Four Mile House, Denver’s oldest residence (once an essential stop on the Cherokee Trail), will be beautifully adorned for the holidays, featuring Victorian games with Father Christmas, arts and crafts, roasted chesnuts, stringing popcorn and cranberries for the Four Mile Tree and more.

Adult admission is $5; military w/ID and seniors (65+), $4; youth 7-17, $3; FMHP members and children 6 and under enter free. For information, call 720-865-0800 or visit fourmilepark.org.

A bit farther east, the Lowry community welcomes Denver festivarians to the Lowry Winter Festival, Sun., Dec. 8, 3-6p.m., at Lowry Town Center, 200 Quebec St. in the heart of this vibrant neighborhood. Visits and photos with Santa, children’s crafts and activities, hot cocoa and other holiday treats, horse-drawn carriage rides, mini-train rides, live music of the season and caroling promise hours full of family fun.

For information, call 720-583-5262 or visit lowrydenver.com.

Warm Cookies of the Revolution, Denver’s first “Civic Health Club” attending to the needs of the body politic, welcomes you to their first Gifted Handmade Market, Thur., Dec. 12, 5-9p.m., at the McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., in Civic Center Park.

The Gifted Handmade Market presents two dozen vendors offering locally handmade goods that showcase Denver’s amazing creative talent. A discussion component, 6:30-7:30p.m., takes up the challenge of determining the ‘true cost’ of an item, whether bought locally or from global corporations. More info: warmcookiesoftherevolution.org.

Enjoy a jaunt around East Washington Park when Old South Gaylord Street welcomes the 2nd annual Old World Holiday Hayride On Gaylord Street, Sat., Dec. 14, 4-9p.m.

Rent your own wagon for $150 (seating for 15-20) or pay $10 per person (kids under 3 ride free) and sit with friends and neighbors as you cruise through the ‘hood. Savor complimentary hot chocolate or coffee from Il Vicino restaurant, revel in songs of the season and have a chance to chat with Father Christmas.

To purchase tickets and reserve a time slot, call 720-288-0782 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Denver Handmade Homemade Holiday Market offers an alternative shopping experience Sat.-Sun., Dec. 14-15, 3-8p.m., at Denver Art Society, 734 Santa Fe Dr. The Denver HaHo is a year-round members-only market (membership is free, and available online), with a suggested entry fee of $2-$5 (visitors may donate something for the Give and Take Table to forego that fee) offsetting the costs of operation. All prices at the market are listed as suggested donations.

Offerings at the HaHo Holiday Market range from prepared dinner foods and baked goods, to handmade jewelry and accessories, hand-forged iron work and woodworking, vegan soaps, home-baked bread and much more. This market encourages alternative economic strategies such as bartering, skill-sharing, and local currency, all with a backdrop of live music and great food amidst a culture of energetic creativity.

Info: visit denverhaho.org.

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