LOCAL EVENTS CALENDAR: DECEMBER 17 – JANUARY 18

December 17

Post Brewing Top Rope Can Release: 4-6PM. LOLA Coastal Mexican, 1575 Boulder St. Post Brewing will be celebrating its new can release with parties all over Colorado- your local one being at LOLA in LoHi. Come try this canned brew and eat some of the best fish tacos in Denver. Specials and happy hour deals during party. postbrewing.com

“The Christmas Office Party:” 8PM. The Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. Denver’s popular “Smashed” comedy returns for one night only. Hilarious, original and just plain fun! Join us for their special Christmas Office Party Edition! Complete with Santa and his elves, and a variety of special holiday guests. $ 25. theclocktowercabaret.com

December 18

1st Annual Holiday Family Festival: 1-5PM. Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens, 2555 W. 37th Ave. Come visit with Santa, play in a petting zoo, enjoy a campfire, listen to music, shop local artisans and more! Free. lumberbaron.com

December 19

Holiday Procrastinators Trunk Show: 4-8PM. The Mischief Collective, 7015 W. 23rd Ave. This is your last-minute chance to pick up jeweled gifts for your friends and loved ones! Free. themischiefcollective.com

PJ’s, Carols & Hora-Around-the-Menorah: 7-8PM. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. Don your jammies for the family-friendly “Pajama Christmas Carol & Hora Around the Menorah” featuring North High School, Northside Music Project, Centennial Singers, Strive Prep Excel, Escuela Tlatelolco and the Music Train’s Anya Jane Thompson. Littlemanicecream.com

December 20

Family Caroling: 4-5PM. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. Enjoy happy hour and story time specials, cookies for the kiddos, and the chance to carol along Tennyson with your family and Bradley Weaver. Free. bookbardenver.com

District 1 Holiday Party: 4:30-7:30PM. Willis Case Golf Course, 4999 Vrain St. Munch on holiday treats and mingle with your community from Council District 1! Santa will be available for photos from 5:30-7PM. Cash bar available. Free. denvergov.org

Trail of Lights: 5:30-9PM. Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd. Put on your layers and head out to the Chatfield Field farms to explore the light extravaganza across the fields, plants, antiques, and structures. Now through January 1st. $ 6-11. botanicgardens.org

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. Now through January 1st. $ 8-13. botanicgardens.org

Edible Botanical Art: 5:30-9PM. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1107 York St. This juried exhibition from the Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration will highlight work based on edible plants. Now through February 17th. $ 8-13. botanicgardens.org

December 21

Winter Storytime: 10:30AM. Second Star to the Right Books, 4353 Tennyson St. Cozy up with us and bring the kiddos by for a morning of winter wonderland story time. Free. secondstartotherightbooks.com

REIA Meeting: 6-9PM. PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St. Join this group of real estate professionals and investors to wrap up 2016 and get motivated for 2016. Free. Inquire about membership and more at coloradoREIA.com

Winter Solstice Ceremony: 7-9PM. For Heaven’s Sake New Age Metaphysical Books and Gifts, 4900 W. 46th Ave. Transform and grow with this spiritual transition of the seasons. $ 40. donnadenomme.com

A Slightly Defective Christmas Comedy: 8PM. The Clock Tower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. 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. $ 25. theclocktowercabaret.com

December 22

Holiday Dance Party: 6PM-12AM. Mercury Café Denver, 2199 California St. Compete in an ugly sweater contest, white elephant gift exchange, and dance the night away! Classes beforehand will be held at 6PM and 7PM. $ 8. mercurycafe.com

December 23

Glaskolben Ornaments: 10AM-12:30PM. D&L Art Glass Supply, 1440 W. 52nd Ave. Calling all glass artists! Meredith Gill will teach you the Glaskolben use for mouth-blowing ornaments, spheres, and all things round. $ 129. dlartglass.com

Black Sheep Friday Craft Fair: 6-8PM. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. Shop erotic, holiday inspired embroidery and cruise through the MCA exhibits to help you cope with the holiday chaos. $ 5. mcadenver.org

Sexy Circus: 8PM. The Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. December 23rd and 30th, you can escape the long work week and join us for Tatianna TaTa’s Sexy Circus. The entertainment is unique and diverse with dancers, drag performers, magicians, and more! $ 20. theclocktowercabaret.com

December 24

Lady of Mount Carmel Christmas Play: 4-5PM. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 3549 Navajo St. Join us for Christmas Eve Mass accompanied with a special reenactment of the Nativity. Free. ourladymountcarmel.com

Feliz Navidad Christmas Eve Dinner: 5-9PM. Lola Coastal Mexican, 1575 Boulder St. Gather around the family table at Lola with a family style paella and Caesar salad dinner along with half cost bottle of wine and a milk and cookie dessert, of course! $ 13-16. loladenver.com

Home Alone for the Holidays?: 7PM-Close. Adrift Tiki Bar. If you’re home alone for the holidays enjoy a Merry Merry cocktail, dinner and a special viewing party of two holiday classics, Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life. Adriftbar.com

December 28

Guilty Pleasures Cabaret: 8PM. The Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. Hair flips and high kicks, lipstick and lace – New York City’s sexiest dance variety show is coming to Denver, and they promise to entertain! $ 20. theclocktowercabaret.com

December 29

The Mile High Comedy Wrap Up: 8PM. The Oriental Theatre, 4335 W. 44th Ave. Live taping of some of the wittiest comics in America including Shang, AJ Johnson, Honest John, Sheen Sheen Soo Cool, and Shanae Ross. Hosted by J-Earl Delancy. $ 25-45. theorientaltheatre.com

December 31

New Year’s Eve Happenings: Check out the Tribune’s full listing of cool things to do this New Year’s Eve at www.northdenvertribune.com

Noon Year’s Eve: 9AM-4PM. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. The museum will be recreating the magic of Times Square with ball drops, crafts; count- downs every hour, confetti and more! $ 0-15, 50% off for members. mychildsmuseum.org

32nd Resolution 5K Run: 3-6PM. Washington Park, 1000 S. Downing St. This is Denver’s oldest NYE event- the opportunity to run from 2016 and step into 2017 as strong and ready as you can be. $ 25-35. active.com

Zoo Year’s Eve: 9PM. The Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. This family friendly event will feature a 9PM countdown to ensure the kiddos can celebrate, but get to bed on time! $ 12-15. denverzoo.org

NYE Fireworks: 9PM and 12AM. Downtown Denver, 16th Street. With entertainment to fill the space in between, firework shows will glitter about the mall to kick off 2017. Free. denver.org

$ 2.17 Celebratory Sundaes: All Day. Little Man Ice Cream. Ring in the New Year with $ 2.17 ice cream sundaes. littlemanicecream.com

January 1

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga: 11:30AM. The mama’hood Denver, 2902 Zuni St. Start your year off in a relaxed, healthy, and mindful manner among new moms like you. $ 20-25. clients.mindbodyonline.com

January 3

January SUNI Sipper: 6PM. El Jefe, 2450 W. 44th Ave. Join SUNI neighbors and businesses for a casual evening of discussing, mingling, and sipping on cocktails. Free. sunnysidedenver.org

January 4

Doing Business with the City: 9-11AM. City and County of Denver Purchasing, 201 W. Colfax Ave. Come learn how to take your commodity and service skills to the next level by doing business with the city. Free. fs7.formsite.com

January 5

Stock Show Parade: 12-3PM. Downtown Denver. Come see over 50 Longhorn cattle walk through the city among a crowd adorned in cowboy boots, chaps, and hats from the National Western Stock Show. Free. nationalwestern.com

January 6

RINO First Friday: 5-9PM. Bindery on Blake, 2901 Blake St. Check out the 13 artists on the block shared by the Bindery on Blake for an evening of art, food, and beverages. Free. riverontheart.com 

David Bromberg: 8PM. The Oriental Theatre, 4335 W. 44th Ave. Join us for an Americana show to remember. An American Icon, Bromberg will surely bring down the house. $ 40. connect.swallowhillmusic.org

January 7

Burlesque- Broadway Bound: 8PM. The Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. Every Saturday this month you can be transported to the world of Burlesque in a show adorned with top hats, glitter, and glam. $ 30-45. theclocktowercabaret.com

50 First Jokes: 8PM. The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. Start your year with grins and giggles as 50 Denver comedians take the stage to share their best first joke of the new year. $ 10. 50fj2017.nightout.com

January 8

Stockshow “Boots Night Out”: Times Vary. Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St. These packages give you access to two featured events: Mexican Rodeo on January 8th, PBR Bull Riding on January 9th, Gambler’s Choice on January 13th, Pro Rodeo on January 13th or 17th, the MLK Rodeo on January 16th, or the Draft Horse Show on January 20th or 21st. $ 39. nationalwestern.com

January 11

Lake International Family Info Night: 5:30PM. The Knights of Lake International, 1820 Lowell Blvd. Please join us to learn more about why our neighborhood International Baccalaureate School is right for your middle-school student! Free. Contact [email protected]

January 12

Full Moon Blindfold Yoga: 7-9PM. Kindness Yoga, 1539 Platte St. Bring your journal and a blindfold in for a whole new sensory and spiritual experience during this blindfolded yoga class led by Christine Miller. $ 25, 20% off for members. kindnesscollective.com

Women’s Avalanche Awareness: 8-10PM. Wilderness Exchange Unlimited, 2401 15th St. #100. This class will cover identifying hazards, observing weather, terrain and snowfall, and self-rescue. No registration required. Free. wildernessx.com

January 13

Eagles Tribute Show: 8PM. The Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. Every Friday this month, join us to relive the magic of the Eagles with Colorado’s own, The Long Run. $ 25. clocktowercabaret.com

Rogue 2 at Local 46: 9PM-12AM. Local 46, 4586 Tennyson St. Join the Rogue 2 band for an evening of live music and your favorite cocktails and grilled favorites from the Local 46 menu. Free. local46bar.com

January 15

Polar Bear 5K: 10AM-12PM. Washington Park, 1000 S. Downing St. What’s better than running in the cold? Running in the cold with promises of hot cocoa at the finish line! For a $ 5 donation, you can participate in an ice plunge and raise money for Girls on the Run and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. $ 25-40. rundenverseries.com

2017 Galette des Rois: 4:30-7PM. French American Chamber of Commerce, 571 Galapago St. Celebrate the new year the French way on the day of Epiphany with bubbly and non-alcoholic beverages and company. $ 5-15. rmfacc.cividesk.com

January 18

Jazz to Celtic Rock: 8PM. The Minding’s music is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’ll get next! A jazz standard, a blues tune, an original song, gospel, rock, pop or even a Celtic number. Whichever it is, it’s music you remember. $ 17. theclocktowercabaret.com

 

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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. [email protected]

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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Mayors proclaim December 14 “Sock It To Em Work Day”

DENVER — While visions of sugar plums and stockings overflowing with goodies dance in the heads of many, there are thousands in the Denver Metro Area that simply long for a pair of new socks to put on.  The elements of winter, being on one’s feet all day and hours of walking causes socks to disintegrate, therefore a pair of socks on one who experiences homelessness last about a week!  Therefore, in recognition of socks being the #1 clothing need of those who are experiencing homelessness, Mayor Hancock and the Mayors Caucus are proclaiming Dec. 14 as “Sock It To Em Work Day!”

On December 14 the Mayor’s request that citizens forego wearing their socks to experience what it’s like to go throughout an entire day without socks and to then pledge to provide new socks, before the end of December to the many locations involved with the Sock It To Em Sock Campaign. The Sock It To Em Sock Campaign is a 501c3 Public Charity whose goal is to put socks on the feet of all those who experience homelessness or are in need.

“People in a state of homelessness don’t have a sock drawer. We need to be their sock drawer. Last year with the public exposure due to Mayor Hancock and the Mayor’s Caucus proclaiming the second Wednesday in December to be known as “Sock It To Em Work Day,” the campaign was able to obtain 33,000 pairs of new socks and delivered them to forty shelter, services and agencies in the Greater Metropolitan Area. Sue Lee, Chair, and Founder of the “Sock it To Em” Sock Campaign said, “This year, we know we can do more! We have set a goal of 120,000 pairs of socks! 25% of the homeless are children; Denver has over a thousand teens who seek the assistance of Urban Peak downtown and 11 % of the homeless are veterans, and they all deserve to put on a pair of warm socks like you and I.”

Phillis Shimamoto, President and a Founder of the Sock It To Em Sock Campaign noted,  “What we began with a handful of girlfriends, in Denver is now in 37 states. Any person, business, place of worship, café, etc. who collects socks is called a ‘Sock Ambassador.’  Sock Ambassadors collect socks, get them to us, and we get them out on the streets.  Our youngest is Lena Young, who is nine years old and through her efforts has obtained over 7,500 pairs of socks since June!  If a child can do it, so can you!”

Police headquarters throughout Denver have gotten into the sock-it-to-me spirit and are acting as “Sock Ambassadors.” They will be collecting socks at every station through the month of December. Captain William “Bill” Nagle in Community Relations and Northwest Denver’s District 1 Sergeant Kim Lovato are actively engaging their precincts in this sock campaign for a cause. Collectively they view this as an important foothold into the giving season. Lovato said, “I met the founders, Sue and Phillis, not too long ago and they wanted to figure out a way to get the DPD involved with their wonderful organization.  We are on board and will have collection sites at all of the police districts and DPD headquarters. We already have collections boxes at District 1 – 1311 W. 46th Ave, District 5 – 4685 Peoria St. and at Police Headquarters- 1331 Cherokee St.” For more information contact Captain Nagle, [email protected]

When considering ways of giving this holiday season consider stepping up to support this important cause for the homeless. www.sockittoemsockcampaign.org.

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