There’s nothing more inviting than holiday events and Boulder offers many traditions old and new to make your season all it can be and then some.
Even if this year we are lacking the little white flakes that add so much magic to the season, good weather is all the more reason to mix-in warm festivities with your holiday parties and shopping.
Here’s a short list of twinkling lights, inspiring music, and delicious food to add to your must-do list, starting with the kid’s #1 favorite, Santa Clause.
St. Nick on the Bricks
Santa is in town and kids of all ages can visit for FREE at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center. Bring your children, wish list, and camera to snap iconic childhood photos.
When: Sat. through Dec. 20, 11 am-2 pm
Where: Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center, 1301 Pearl Street
Painting Party: Poinsettia
Tonight! Bring your creativity and learn how to paint a Poinsettia with a local artist providing step by step instructions. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer, paint to your heart’s content, and leave with a painting that is uniquely yours and perfect to scan and print for a custom holiday card. Visit website.
When: Wed., Dec. 10, 2014 • 6:30pm-9:00pm
Where: POSHsplat, 1468 Pearl St.
Cost: $35 Adults; $25 Seniors & Students + Beverage Cost
Candlelight Vin/Yin Yoga with Liana at Amana Yoga
This is the perfect balance for the go-go holiday schedule, Vin-Yin Yoga by candlelight. Aaahhhh, I de-stress just thinking about it. The class begins with an active Vinyasa practice to energize and strengthen the body, and finishes with a focus on deep Yin postures designed to open the body, creating more flexibility and a quiet mind. All levels welcome. Grab a friend and totally unwind! Visit website.
When: Thurs., Dec. 11 & 18, 7-8 pm
Where: Amana Yoga Studio, 2035 Broadway, Boulder — on the West side of Broadway between Pearl and Spruce St.
Cost: Drop-in class: $17; $12 Students – memberships and special pricing available
A perfect holiday tradition, the Nutcracker Tea is served in the Hotel Boulderado’s Mezzanine, in the glow of the ceiling scraping Christmas tree. Table-served tea is accompanied by a delicious buffet of scones, tea sandwiches, and dainty desserts. Visit website.
When: Sat, Dec. 13 Reservation times between 12 pm-1:45 pm (all other dates sold out at time of writing)
Where: Hotel Boulderado Mezzanine, 2115 13th St
Cost: $35 Adults; $28 Children under 12, Prices are $10 Higher with Proceeds Going to Benefit the Boulder Ballet
Stories on Stage: “Making Merry”
Songs and stories of the season performed by favorite Stories on Stage actors GerRee Hinshaw, Erin Rollman and Erik Sandvold. Music performed by Gary Grundei. Visit website.
When: Saturday, Dec. 13, 2-4 pm
Where: Boulder Public Library’s Canyon Gallery & Theater – 1000 Canyon Blvd.
Holiday Afternoon Tea
Visit the beautiful Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse for a classic, three-tiered assortment of freshly baked pastries, scones, tea sandwiches, sweet cakes and a pot of premium tea. Reservations required 24-hours in advance. For reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-442-4993. Visit website.
When: Through Jan. 4 daily, 3-5 pm
Where: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th St.
Cost: $22 a person
Enchanting for kids and adults, the Butterfly Pavilion’s annual holiday Living Lights is unlike any other holiday lighting event. This fantastical journey takes you through an indoor twinkling rainforest and interactive exhibits with live animals and outdoor glowing gardens featuring larger than-life-sculptures. Food, beverages & libations available to purchase. Visit website.
When: Fri., Sat., Sun. through Jan. 11, 6-9 pm
Where: Butterfly Pavillion, 6252 West 104th Ave., Westminster
Cost: Non-members: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Children 2 – 12 $7; Children under 2 FREE
Discounted pricing available for members.
Opera for Kids! Hansel and Gretel
Boulder Opera’s new production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s enduring masterpiece is based on the Brothers Grimm classic. Folk tunes, orchestration, and excellent voices offer a deceptively sweet, deliciously dark, and truly heartwarming presentation of a well-known and loved classic. Come for a free pre-performance workshop 30 minutes before curtain. Visit website.
When: Dec. 11, 10:30 am and 1 pm; Dec. 13, 11 am and 1 pm; Dec. 14, 11 am and 2 pm
Where: Nomad’s Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave.
Cost: $18 Adults; $12 Children
Boulder Messiah Sing Along
Whether you love to sing, or just love the swelling sound of Handel’s Messiah, this 31 year tradition is a must-do. Under the leadership of Robert Arentz, the Boulder Messiah Chorale and Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah as a community sing-along, with professional soloists, a full orchestra, and an amateur chorus to provide a core of support for the singing. The sing-along was founded on a principle of openness – everyone is welcome in the choir, and everyone is welcome in the performance. Audience members are not required to sing, but are welcome to, and many do.
When: Dec. 20, 7 pm; Dec. 21, 2 pm and 7 pm
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St.
Cost: $18; $23 at the door