Here’s what to do
Your in-laws are headed to Boulder for a big week of food, fun and family dynamics. Calm yourself. You live in a town full of outstanding distractions and diversions. Even during Christmas week when the event calendar thins out, you can find great places to send people for an hour or three. Plan ahead; some of these events will sell out.
Saturday, Dec 21 Handel’s Messiah
Get into the holiday mood with the season’s most inspirational music. Two great choices in Boulder:
Colorado Bach Ensemble, Performance | 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street
Tickets and information
The Boulder Messiah Chorale and Orchestra, Sing Along | 7 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14th and Pine
Tickets and information
Sunday, Dec 22
Gingerbread Tea at the St. Julien
Seatings from 12 – 2:30 p.m.
A classic high tea experience with a twist: children get to put on a chef’s hat and decorate gingerbread cookies with a St. Julien chef, while parents enjoy music by Grammy winning pianist Ralph Sharon and his trio. Seatings every 15 minutes between 12 pm – 2:30 pm. A portion of proceeds benefit local non-profit There With Care.
Reservations and information
Monday, Dec 23
Elf (The Movie)
Bohemian Biergarten – Free Admission!
Doors open 6:30 p.m., film at 7:30 p.m.
The Boulder Outdoor Cinema shelters indoors for the winter, with film screenings at Bohemian Biergarten on 13th Street between Spruce and Pearl. The Biergarten is a popular relative newcomer to downtown, with a huge offering of German beers and delectable big-fat-warm pretzels and more. Films are shown in a large stage and seating space in the back of the restaurant. BOC warns: “Seating is first come, first served! The film series is gaining a lot of traction and we’ve hit capacity every week so we wanted to tell our LOYAL FANS TO GET THERE EARLY (6:30)!”
Thursday, Dec 24
Snowshoeing or Nordic Skiing at Eldora
Air and exercise are good for everything. As long your crew is in relatively good health, this outing is an absolute winner. Eldora makes it easy with equipment rentals and, if needed, lessons packages.
Plan your outing
Wednesday, Dec 25
A walk anywhere on Boulder’s open space trail system is a best bet today. If you don’t cook, The Hotel Boulderado’s Christmas Day Buffet might have been a great option but it sold out long ago. The hotel’s Corner Bar can generally accommodate diners. Pretty much the only game in town, it tends to be a mad house. I once waited tables here on Christmas Day for 14 hours of non-stop mayhem. Tip your waiter generously.
Thursday, Dec 26
Fuzzy Baby Animals and Microworlds
The day after Christmas can be a bummer. The natural dissatisfaction of gift giving is hitting home – grouchy kids, slight hangover, bills forthcoming. On top of that your mother-in-law is looking at you like “what’s next?” Hand her your car keys, pack up the kids and send them all to the Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Center for the perfect double feature: Fuzzy Baby Animals (just what it says) and Microworlds (an exploration of tiny worlds among us). The run time for both award-winning movies is just 60 minutes, but there’s always hot chocolate in the lobby, and a walk through the Bike Art at the Dairy exhibit is sure to entertain even the least active in-laws. Times and tickets.
Friday, Dec 27
Uplifted – AscenDance Project | 7:30 p.m.
This show combines gymnastics, parkour, rock climbing, acro yoga and aerial dance – all choreographed on a climbing wall. AscenDance Project has performed nationwide, appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and received international recognition. You’ll need to drive to Lakewood to catch this one, but we’re told the show is well worthwhile. Tickets and information
Saturday, Dec 28
CU Buffs Basketball versus Georgia
Fun for the whole family – lots of noise; no need to engage – a welcome conversation respite. Super fun. And a great way to show off CU’s Buffalo spirit. Tickets.