LOCAL EVENTS CALENDAR: DECEMBER 1-19

December 1

Holiday Lighting Party: 8PM. Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy. View the downtown Denver lights from our balcony, visit the new Red Chair Bookshop, enjoy cookie decorating, and eat some holiday goodies! Free. Please RSVP. friends@denverlibrary.org

December 2

Parade of Lights: 8PM, 12.3-Saturday 6PM. Grab your hot chocolate and ear-muffs and join this annual downtown Denver tradition kicking off the season with a spectacular parade and explosion of holiday lights, marching bands, ornate floats, and of course a special appearance by Major Waddles and Santa!

The Denver Flea: Dec 2-4. The Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway St. One stop source for merriment, locally made goods, crafts, drinks and more. Kick off party, Friday, 12.2 5-9PM. Tickets $ 30; Saturday & Sunday 12.3 and 12.4 10-5PM. The all-access holiday flea pass is $ 5.00. Tickets at denverflea.com

December 3

Uncalled Four: A comedy game show 8pm The Oriental Theater 4335 W. 44th St. A hilarious mashup of MadLibs and The Price is Right. The audience asks the questions, comedians provide ridiculous answers and YOU win prizes! Similar to the hit party game Crabs Adjust Humidity, Uncalled Four has toured the country and are back home for a special holiday edition not to be missed! $ 6-10 http://uncalledfour.com/product/123-ticket/

Huni Buzz Coffee Hour: 9-10AM. LoHi Local, 3200 Tejon St. Stop by for this informal gathering at the newest coffee shop in LoHi to meet your neighbors and grab a cup of joe. Free. denverhighland.org

North Chess Invitational: 9AM. North High School, 2960 Speer Blvd. Calling all Chess Players in grades K-12! Register today for the Denver North Invitational including a team competition for all schools with 5 or more players. Learn more and register online. $ 5-10. smartplacescolorado.com 

Star Wars and the Power of Costume: 10AM-5PM. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. The characters of the Star Wars™ universe are brought to life through the dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes in Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume at the Denver Art Museum. The extensive exhibition closely examines the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films. Now through April 2nd. $ 0 – $ 24

Denver Beer Co’s Tree Farm: 11AM-5PM. Denver Beer Co, 1695 Platte St. Pre-order your tree and show off your art skills with a DBC ornament competition. Winner gets a $ 50 taproom gift card. $ 55. nightout.com

Santa Visits Cobbler’s Corner: 1-4PM. Cobbler’s Corner, 44th and Alcott St. Parents can bring their kiddos to get their pictures with Santa in the Cobbler’s Corner Courtyard. (Santa will be in Rhizome Apothecary as a backup should the weather not cooperate) We’ll have complimentary hot cocoa and apple cider to drink while they wait to see Santa! Free. honeycombandcompany.com

Blossoms of Light: 5:30-9PM. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. Drink a warm cup of cocoa and experience the holiday spectacle of the lit-up Botanic Gardens. The light show will have special effects, including sound-reactive and animated LED lights. $ 8-13. botanicgardens.org

Zoo Lights: 5:30-9PM. The Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. Every year, the zoo comes to life at night with over 70 acres of holiday lights and animal encounters. Spend an evening gazing at this light show fun, now until January 1st. $ 10-15. denverzoo.org

An Improvised Christmas Carol: Times Vary. The Bakery Theatre, 2132 Market St. Check out this comical twist on Dickens’ classic. The show runs now through December 26th. $ 18.50. AnImprovisedChristmasCarol.com

December 4

St. Dominic’s Mercado Arts & Crafts Fair: 8AM-6PM. St. Dominic’s Parish Hall, 2905 Federal Blvd. Christmas gifts and decorations, homemade jams by “Nun Other” than the Dominican Sisters, fair trade coffee and chocolate, homemade tamales by Grupo Esperanza. Free. www.stdominicdenver.org 

Broncos & Chili Cook Off: 11AM. Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W. Colfax Ave. Watch the Broncos take on the Jaguars and show us your chili cooking talents for a chance to win prizes! Categories include regular, green, Texas and a hot chili challenge. Free. seedstockbrewery.com

Cooper the Brave Fundraiser: 3-6PM. Local 46, 4586 Tennyson St. Help defray the costs of Skinner Middle School’s 12-year-old Cooper Deming. Funds will help for his brain cancer care for the Hudson- Deming family. Local 46 will donate 30% of the earnings during this community fundraising event.

December 6

RAW Food Dinner: 6-8PM. Root Down, 1600 W. 33rd Ave. On the first Tuesday of every month, Root Down puts together a raw meal to nourish your body and excite your taste buds. Reserve your table now! Price vary. (303) 993-4200.

December 7

Sunnyside Sleigh Ride: 4PM. Ernie’s Bar and Pizza, 2915 W. 44th Ave. Join us for a favorite neighborhood tradition. Gather at Ernie’s for an evening of holiday cheer complete with horse-drawn wagon rides and visits with Santa Claus. While the carriage takes families around the neighborhood, take pictures with Santa and stay cozy with complimentary hot chocolate. Food and drink specials all night (dine-in only). Free. (303) 955-5580

CFVA Holiday Party: 6-9PM. Avanti F&B: 3200 Pecos St. The Colorado Film and Video Association invites you to celebrate the holidays with them. Price includes meal and one drink ticket. Free for members, $ 25 for non-members. cfva.com

Painting Fun- Starry Denver: 6:30-8:30PM. Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St. Canvas and Cocktails wants to help your paint a starry Denver scene while sipping on some local brews. Ticket price includes tools, one beer, instruction and fun for all. $ 40. calendar.canvasandcocktails.com

SURJ Book Club: 6:30PM. Hooked on Colfax, 3213 E. Colfax. Book group discusses “Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson. This is a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice.

December 8

Books and Brews: 4-7PM. Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa St. This Reading Partners quarterly social will be part celebration and part fundraiser. One dollar from each beer will benefit the reading program. Free. eventbrite.com

Let’s Plan Denver Right: 5:30-8PM. General Assembly, 2420 17th St. Learn about local developments and be a part of the design conversation regarding execution of the projects and discovering new ideas. Free. eventbrite.com

Paint and Wood Art Experience: 6-8PM. American Cultures, 3233 Tejon St. This Build and Brew event will teach you to design and paint your own wooden Colorado flag. Ticket includes instruction, tools, and a kombucha flight. $ 49. buildandbrewco.com

Holiday Sparklers and Cheese: 7-8:30PM. Cheese + Provisions, 2432 W. 44th Ave. Be the best entertainer this holiday season and come learn how to pair bubbly booze and tasty cheeses. Pairings will be discussed and snacked on all day. $ 50. nightout.com

December 9

Revenge Of The Misfit Toys: A Slightly Defective Christmas Comedy. DEC 9 & 16, 8PM. The Clocktower Cabaret 1601 Arapahoe Street Featuring TV personality, Chris Parente, and Denver’s award-winning comedy improv troupe, The Queerbots. You’re sure to enjoy these talented comics as they re-imagine the Christmas classics. Using only audience suggestions, they will re-invent the Christmas stories you THOUGHT you knew. Comedy for everyone! Tickets: $ 25 (must be 18+) http://www.clocktowercabaret.com / 303-293-0075.

Acoustic Eidolon “A Tree Finds Its Voice”: 8PM. Swallow Hill Music, Daniels Hall 71 E. Yale Ave. Acoustic Eidolon’s concert features new matching guitar and cello, built from the same wood! Don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear the premier of these magnificent instruments! $ 20. (303) 777-1003.

Holiday in the Highlands Boutique Walk: 10AM-5PM. Highlands Square, 3599 W. 32nd Ave. Shop at your favorite local boutiques all in one space while enjoying drinks, snacks, and the chance to win prizes. Stop by anytime until December 11th. Free. highlands-square.com

The T.A.N. Band: 8PM-1AM. Tennyson’s Tap, 4335 W. 38th Ave. Groove to some funk and enjoy a drink on the Tennyson block. Free. tennysonstap.com

December 10 

Sträva Craft Coffee Tasting: 10AM. SloHi Coffee + Bike, 4436 W. 29th Ave. Receive $ 2 off a drink and sample the best of Sträva Craft Coffee with Kevin Crowley. Free. slohicoffee.com

Ugly Sweater Party and Toy Drive: 11AM-11PM. Denver Beer Co, 1695 Platte St. Show off your ugliest sweater and bring toys to be donated to Denver Santa Claus Shop. You’ll be enjoying a freshly tapped beer and helping spread holiday cheer with your donation! Free. denverbeerco.com 

Gingerbread House Making Party: 1-3PM. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. Celebrate National Gingerbread House Building Day with free ice cream, hot cocoa and music from the Music Train. Prizes for gingerbread masterpieces include skis, a snowboard, and Winter Park coupons. Free. littlemanicecream.com

Santa Speedo Dash: 12:30-4PM. Mead St. Station, 3625 W. 32nd Ave. Bust out your sleigh bells and speedos and join us for a 1-mile dash around the Highlands. It’s the most hilarious ho-ho-ho you will find all season! Proceeds benefit Life is Better Rescue animal shelter. $ 30-35. eventbrite.com

December 11

Nostalgic Homes Holiday in the Highlands: 12-2PM. 3737 W. 32nd Ave. Nostalgic Homes spreads holiday cheer by giving to the Tennyson Center for Children. Donate gifts or new clothing for kids ages 5-15. Enjoy Bloom Portraits with Santa, pony rides, hay rides & treats for the kiddos. 303.455.5535

Advent Lessons & Carols: 3PM. Our Merciful Savior Episcopal Church, 2222 W. 32nd Ave. Join this traditional Anglican service to hear the Christmas Story in song and verse. It is a good quiet time during an otherwise hectic season. The musical afternoon will feature organist Daniel Romero and the choir of Church of the Ascension, Denver. Some of the works includes Adam lay ybounden, A Spotless Rose, People Look East, A Hymn to the Virgin.

DAPL Fundraiser: 4-6PM. Seeds of Satya, 2945 Julian St. Let’s talk about what’s happening with the Dakota Access Pipe Line and bring our community together for a movie, ceremony and potluck to make change happen. Donation based. eventbrite.com

The Music Train Family Concert: 4-6PM. Take a well-deserved break from holiday happenings and enjoy the New Orleans soul and jazz of the GAMB Band with your family. Free. For venue: ridethemusictrain.com

Leaded at Local 46: 7-10PM. Local 46, 4586 Tennyson St. Enjoy a drink or two and freshly grilled burger with the Local 46 crew a while jamming to the tunes of the Leaded Band. Free. local46bar.com

December 12

Feast of Our Lady of Guadelupe: 6PM. Join in a festival mass followed by a dinner featuring traditional Mexican specialties, as well as joyful mariachi musicians and dancers.

Chinook Giving Project: 6-8PM. Chinook Fund, 1031 33rd St. Help us promote unity and community across race, gender, and the like and learn information about Chinook’s Giving Project cycle- a program to help fund organizations that follow the Chinook mission. Free. chinookfund.org

December 13

Gentlemen’s Christmas Shopping Night: 6-9PM. Midnight Rambler Boutique, 2438 W. 44th Ave. Eat bacon, drink whiskey, and get your dreaded holiday shopping done for the women in your life. The men-only event will help you ensure you are prepared to gift and able to happily shop! Free. midnightramblerboutique.com

December 14

A Journey Through Drag Decades: 8PM. Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. Take a trip down the memory lane of drag. The show will celebrate the music, fashion and pop culture of the drag era. $ 20. lannies.com

December 15

Ride it Grrrl Holiday Potluck: 6:30-9PM. 4030 Clay St. Like bikes, ladies? Hang out with a group of women over a night of potluck style feasting and chatting over a mutual love for all things bike related. Free. ridegg.com/rideitgirl

Emerging Filmmakers Project: 8-11PM. The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. Join us every Thursday for local indie film fun! Here, you can screen your work, network, and check out what is being created by local filmmakers. $ 5. bugtheatre.org

December 16

The Mama‘hood Denver Open House: 5-7PM. The Mama’hood, 2902 Zuni St. Stop by for tea, cookies, and the opportunity to learn what the Mama’hood has to offer you during your parenthood journey. Free. themamahood.com

December 17

Down the Rabbit Hole Dream Workshop: 10:30AM-12:30PM. People House, 3035 W. 25th Ave. Celebrate the long night of solstice sleep by learning how to create and manifest your dreams. Free. eventbrite.com

Photos with Hipster Santa: 11AM-7PM. Live Urban Real Estate, 3627 W. 32nd Ave. Get your photo taken for free alongside a hipster Santa Claus – your holiday memories will never be the same. Free. liveurbandenver.com

December 18

Christmas Carols with Safonia: 2:30-4:30PM. Highlands Lutheran Church, 3995 Irving St. Sip on hot cocoa and apple cider with live music and good company. Safonia’s Traditional Christmas Concert will take you on a gospel holiday journey. $ 15. highlandslutheran.org

December 19

PJ Christmas Carols & Hora Around the Menorah: 7-8PM. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. Don your pajamas and join the 4th annual Pajama Christmas Carol and Hora Around the Menorah with guest singers from North High School, Northside Music Project and Centennial singers, plus other surprises.

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