Home for the Holidays – Colorado Cities Spread Holiday Cheer

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Home for the Holidays – Colorado Cities Spread Holiday Cheer

Hot cocoa, twinkling lights, carol singers, and the warmth of a crackling fire – nothing is quite as rewarding as spreading holiday cheer this time of year! From donating toys and coats to a local charity, to experiencing an age-old favorite like the Nutcracker, the holidays in Colorado are filled with spirited traditions the whole family will enjoy! Here we list a few of our Colorado favorites.

1 – Toy and Coat Donation – Donating toys both new and gently used has never been easier, thanks to a free toy donation pick up service by DonationTown.org. Simply schedule a pick-up and donate the items to your local charity of choice. Want to get more hands on? Take your coats to a shelter or rescue mission, or get involved with a trusted local organization like Coats for Colorado, and teach your children the joys of giving! Cost: Free

2 – The Nutcracker Ballet – An age-old tradition, the ballet of the Nutcracker has brought joy to all audiences around the world for over 100 years. Experience the show firsthand performed by the award-winning Colorado Ballet November 24, 2012 – December 24, 2012. Cost: $28.00 – $154.00

3 – Blossoms of Light – The Denver Botanic Gardens becomes a popular spot this time of year, unveiling their ever popular Blossoms of Light display. From November 30th to January 1st, more than a million lights draped in elegant designs highlight the garden’s winter beauty. Cost: Adults $10.00, Children $5.00 – $7.00

4 – Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Buell Theatre – Take the whole family out for a timeless holiday classic. This heartwarming musical is recommended for ages 4 and up. Cost: Ticket prices range approximately $25.00 – $95.00

5 – Boulder’s Gingerbread Tea at the St Julien Hotel – Every Sunday in December from Noon to 4pm enjoy seasonal teas and cocktails, live entertainment by The Ralph Sharon Trio, and gingerbread cookie decorating of the whole family. Cost: Adults $29.95, Children $19.95

6 – Evergreen’s 21st Annual Holiday Walk – Friday December 7, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. take part in the traditional Tree Lighting at the Lake House. Join Santa and Ms. Claus for photos and live entertainment as they stroll the streets of downtown Evergreen. Cost: Free

7 – Denver’s Zoo Lights – From now until January 3, 2012, experience a holiday light safari the whole family is sure to love. 38 acres of illumination feature 150 animated animal sculptures that swing from trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes, and appear in places where least expected. Cost: Adults $10.00, $6.00 Children

8 – Denver’s Christkindl Market – Now through December 22, 2012 take part in a centuries old German tradition and enjoy the sounds and flavors of the season at the infamous Christkindl market. Music, holiday lights, and delectable holiday treats await you. Cost: Free

9 – Colorado Christmas Performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra – December 7 – 9, 2012 experience the holidays at Boettcher Concert Hall where the warmth and magic of the holidays fills the air in song. Cost: $25.00 – $88.00

10 – Santa Claus Special at Colorado Railroad Museum – Santa trades his sleigh in for a locomotive! Take the family for a ride on a genuine railcar, sip hot cocoa, and drop off your wish list to Santa and Ms. Claus. Cost: Adults $10.00, Children $5.00

Photos Courtesy – Denver.org, Colorado Ballet, and Colorado Railroad Museum

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