Jan. 16, 2018

Things to do in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor and greater Northern Colorado

Plan your weekend, Northern Colorado events in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor and surrounding areas. Things to do in Northern Colorado

 There's always something fun to do in Northern Colorado! Bookmark this page and check back weekly for updates on events, shows, farmer's markets, festivals and things to do in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Greeley and greater Northern Colorado. 

 

 

Jan. 16, 2018

Active Listing: 9341 W 90th Pl, Westminster, CO 80021

 

With it's walk out basement and large, elevated deck, you won't be limited to indoor living in this spacious two story home, walking distance to Standley Lake in Westminster.

 

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Breathe in nature as you sip your coffee in the morning and take in this view. Mature trees are enough to offer privacy without detracting from the feeling of being able to see miles of blue, Colorado sky.

 

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Enjoy easy access to Standley Lake and Standley Lake Regional Park from this four bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2,958 square foot home.  While lake access may make you feel like you're on vacation, you won't sacrifice easy access to other amenities such as shopping, restaurants and the Standley Lake Library.  

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I love the natural light in this kitchen! Newer stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and range included in the spacious kitchen that opens to family room with wood burning fireplace.

 

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Call (970) 658-5197 to schedule your private showing! 

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Jan. 14, 2018

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

 "Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

 

Well, my sweet little boy has turned three. And while he may be a big pre-schooler now, one thing that hasn't changed is his perpetual sweet tooth. In fact, it turns out that his two favorite things in the world are choo-choo-trains and donuts. 

We had a train party last year, so by process of elimination, donuts were up next.

 

 "Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

 

And while donuts are already a total splurge around our house, you just can't turn three without a birthday cake and candles to blow out too. I did my best to dodge my friends judgmental looks as I stuffed their children full of sugar.

Every year that we have a birthday party, I progressively do less and less of it myself. The first two years I made the cupcakes. Heck, the first year I made all the food! But I'm learning that the entire process is more enjoyable if I support other people using their strengths and save my energy for the sugar crash after the party.

I have to give a shout out to Jessica Hajdu at Edible Delights Colorado for this beautiful chocolate cake with blue ombre frosting, chocolate drip and blue fondant donuts. Not only did she design and make this cake but she was sweet enough to deliver it before the party and top it with the candles and topper for me. And NO ONE believed me that it was gluten-free. It was delicious!

 

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

Okay let's talk about these donuts. I mean, have you ever seen anything so delightful in a donut box before? Peace Love & Little Donuts Y'all! True to the name, these donuts are little, but man are they good. To me a donut is only worth eating if it is deep fried until it develops a tiny bit of a crust. These remind me of the deep fried donuts I ate growing up celebrating Fastnacht day once a year.

What!? You have never heard of Fastnacht Day?

Basically it's a Pennsylvania Dutch holiday dedicated to donuts. Occasionally, having grown up on the East Coast has some perks!

 

 "Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

 

While my kids love nothing more than strawberry frosting and sprinkles on their donuts, I had to get a box of plain cinnamon sugar donuts for myself as well.

Okay, myself and the other adults. I did share!

Trust me, your life is not complete until you've dunked one of these in a steaming cup of coffee. 

 

 

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

When I explained that we were having a "decorate your own donut" bar for the kids, Peace Love & Little Donuts went above and beyond by supplying tubs of frosting and toppings to complement the awesome Sweetapolita sprinkle mixes.

I learned that gummy worms on donuts is a thing. 

Oh, and they have gluten-free donuts, if you can believe that!

  

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

We also discovered that Sprinkles have many uses beyond just yummy donut toppings! It turns out that they make great "dirt" for construction vehicle play and can also serve as balloon weights when decorating for a donut and sprinkles themed shindig. 

 

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

Between donut and cake eating, we decorated clay donut ornaments with paint and glitter which was a fun mess of a party favor! I had pre packaged them with little "thank you" notes from Elliot and a string for each one ahead of time, not thinking about the fact that they would not be dry by the time our guests would leave. In retrospect, a little box would have served much better to take home our goopy art projects. 

 

 

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

I don't know how people planned parties before etsy. I certainly have never seen donut decorations at a party store, let alone cute little t-shirts that say "birthday boy" and "I'm just here for the donuts" with donuts instead of o's. 

 

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home 

Etsy really came through for me on this party. With the exception of popping open a bottle of brut for mimosas, setting up a cheese board and throwing some mini quiches in the oven, I was able to outsource just about all of the prep work. I owe a huge thank you to Peace Love & Little Donuts, Edible Delights Colorado and the great etsy shops below for letting me spend the day enjoying my son and some great company!

  

Please click the pictures below to support these artisans on etsy!  

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

Clay donut ornaments for painting

 

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

Rustic wooden coffee bar sign

 

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

Glitter script banner

 

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

  Birthday party sprinkle mixes

 

"Donut Grow Up" | A child's birthday party at our Fort Collins home

Cake topper and custom birthday t-shirts

 

 

 

Jan. 10, 2018

Active Listing: 2027 Grayden Ct, Superior, CO 80027

 
Superior, CO Home for Sale -  Active Listing: 2027 Grayden Ct, Superior, CO 80027

 

This beautifully updated home in Rock Creek Ranch is listed at $635,000. With 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a 3 car attached garage, this 2,869 square foot home offers all the updates and conveniences of a newer model!

 

Superior, CO Home for Sale -  Active Listing: 2027 Grayden Ct, Superior, CO 80027

 

An abundance of natural light permeates this home, creating airy and inviting living spaces.

Completely remodeled kitchen with Tharp cabinets, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances are just the beginning. Additional updates include Jotul gas stove, Hunter Douglas shades, energy efficient skylights, gas fire pit, Milgard windows, and upgraded insulation and solar panels to keep energy bills low.  

 

 Superior, CO Home for Sale -  Active Listing: 2027 Grayden Ct, Superior, CO 80027

 

 S'mores anyone?

Enjoy outdoor living in a lovely, landscaped .15 acre lot backing to a greenbelt with walking trails and an easy jaunt to the park out your back gate.

 

 Superior, CO Home for Sale -  Active Listing: 2027 Grayden Ct, Superior, CO 80027

 

Not limited to the era in which it was built, this reimagined space features contemporary design elements to compliment the homes original, more traditional style. The clean lines, crisp white cabinets, and shiny stainless steel exude modern elegance and are sure to delight. 

  

Superior, CO Home for Sale -  Active Listing: 2027 Grayden Ct, Superior, CO 80027

 

This beautiful home is located on Grayden Court, a quiet street within the Rock Creek Ranch subdivision of Superior.   

Call (970) 658-5197 to schedule your private showing!

 

 Superior, CO Home for Sale -  Active Listing: 2027 Grayden Ct, Superior, CO 80027

 

Click here to view the MLS listing for 2027 Grayden Ct, Superior, CO 80027

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan. 10, 2018

Northern Colorado Events this Weekend, January 12-14

 

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 National Western Stock Show 
WhenFriday, Jan 12, 2018
WhereNational Western Stock Show 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, Colorado 80216 (map)
6:00pm
 Always, Patsy Cline
WhenFri, January 12, 6:00pm – 10:30pm
WhereMidtown Arts Center, 3750 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA (map)
DescriptionMore than a tribute to the legendary country singer, Always… is based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with a fan, begun in 1961 with continued correspondence until the star’s untimely death. Complete with down-home country humor, true emotion, and even some audience participation, this grand ol’ evening features 27 songs, including the unforgettable hits “Crazy“, “I Fall to Pieces“, “Sweet Dreams“, and “Walking After Midnight“.
6:00pm
 Beauty and the Beast at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
WhenFri, January 12, 6pm – 9pm
WhereCandlelight Dinner Playhouse 4747 Marketplace Drive Johnstown, CO (map)
DescriptionBelle is forced to stay in the castle of a terrifying Beast to save her father’s life. The Beast, in reality an arrogant prince transformed by the spell of an enchantress, must learn how to love, and be loved. But his time is running out. Thur/Fri/Sat Eve-Dinner @ 6pm; Show @ 7:30. Sat Mat–Dinner @ noon, show 1:30. Sun-Dinner 12:30; Show @ 2pm. More info & tickets @ ColoradoCandlelight.com or 970-744?3747. $29.95-62.95. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Dr, Johnstown-80534.
6:00pm
 Night on the Town
WhenFri, January 12, 6pm – 9pm
Where503 N Lincoln Ave Loveland, CO 80537 United States (map)
DescriptionThis lively progressive party throughout downtown includes art openings, live music, restaurant specials and more. Night on the Town takes place the second Friday of each month. For specials and more info, visit the Loveland Museum Gallery website. https://www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org/programs-events/events/night-on-the-town/
7:00pm
 Purple Mountains Majesty at Pinot's Palette
WhenFri, January 12, 7pm – 9pm
Where159 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA (map)
DescriptionThese purple mountains are breathtaking and worth painting. Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!

 

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 Estes Park Winter Festival
WhenJan 13 – 14, 2018
WhereEstes Park Fairgrounds 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517 (map)
DescriptionBeer Tasting, Chili Cook-Off, BBQ, Kid's Activities Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival! Sample local Colorado beer from all over! Stay warm and toasty at the festival in the Estes Park Events Complex! For more information please visit: https://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/winter-festival/
 National Western Stock Show 
WhenSaturday, Jan 13, 2018
WhereNational Western Stock Show 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, Colorado 80216 (map)
9:00am
 Winter Farmers Market
WhenSat, January 13, 9am – 1pm
WhereOpera Galleria, Downtown Fort Collins, 123 N College Ave (map)
Description9am-1 pm, Nov 4 & 18 9am -3 pm, Dec 9, 16, 30 January 13, 27 February 10 & 24 March 10 & 24 April 7 https://nocofood.org/winter-market/
9:00am
 Greeley Winter Farmer's Market
WhenSat, January 13, 9am – 12pm
WhereZoe's 715 10th St Greeley, CO 80631 (map)
Description“Real Food. Real Farmers. Real Fun!” Every market day offers something new for everyone – be it herbs, seasonal vegetables & fruit, salsa, bread, bouquets, music or kids’ activities. In addition to your groceries, there is authentic artwork, crafts and gifts from the heart, as well as delicious scones, burritos and pastries to enjoy while you’re there. Grab a cup of coffee/tea, sit in our bistro, listen to the music and watch the fun all around. Winter Market 1st and 3rd Saturdays November - April 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. http://greeleygov.com/activities/fm/home
2:00pm
 Winter's Dream at Pinot's Palette
WhenSat, January 13, 2pm – 4pm
Where159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionEnjoy this colorful winter painting to brighten up those cold winter nights! Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!
6:00pm
 Always, Patsy Cline
WhenSat, January 13, 6:00pm – 10:30pm
WhereMidtown Arts Center, 3750 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA (map)
DescriptionMore than a tribute to the legendary country singer, Always… is based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with a fan, begun in 1961 with continued correspondence until the star’s untimely death. Complete with down-home country humor, true emotion, and even some audience participation, this grand ol’ evening features 27 songs, including the unforgettable hits “Crazy“, “I Fall to Pieces“, “Sweet Dreams“, and “Walking After Midnight“.
6:00pm
 "The Dinner Detective" Murder Mystery Dinner Show 
WhenSat, January 13, 6pm – 9pm
WhereFort Collins Hilton 425 Prospect Fort Collins, Colorado 80526 (map)
DescriptionThe Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, The Dinner Detective is the largest interactive murder mystery dinner show in the country. Now it comes to Fort Collins, serving up a tasty whodunit along with a four-course sit-down dinner at the Hilton. Set in the present day, these murder-mystery events don't have cheesy costumes, campy dialogue or hokey song and dance interludes. The performers are dressed just like everyone else, so you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. Cost: 54.00
6:00pm
 Beauty and the Beast at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
WhenSat, January 13, 6pm – 9pm
WhereCandlelight Dinner Playhouse 4747 Marketplace Drive Johnstown, CO (map)
DescriptionBelle is forced to stay in the castle of a terrifying Beast to save her father’s life. The Beast, in reality an arrogant prince transformed by the spell of an enchantress, must learn how to love, and be loved. But his time is running out. Thur/Fri/Sat Eve-Dinner @ 6pm; Show @ 7:30. Sat Mat–Dinner @ noon, show 1:30. Sun-Dinner 12:30; Show @ 2pm. More info & tickets @ ColoradoCandlelight.com or 970-744?3747. $29.95-62.95. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Dr, Johnstown-80534.
6:00pm
 Thai Cooking Class at the Cooking Studio Fort Collins
WhenSat, January 13, 6pm – 9pm
WhereThe Cooking Studio Fort Collins 123 N College AveMain floor of the Opera Galleria Suite 130 Fort Collins, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionThai Cooking Thai recipes use so many flavors that it can take years to get your favorites down pat. Come and learn the our favorites while cooking a full meal to share. In class we will dedicate 30 minutes of menu discussion, 30 minutes on knife skill demonstration and then move into assignments for the hands-on portion of class. The Chef and kitchen assistants will guide the class in the kitchen, helping each student practice their knife skills while creating a delicious meal designed to challenge and engage every student. Menu: Chef's choice depending on what best illustrates the class lessons
7:00pm
 Cherry Blossom Moon Date Night at Pinot's Palette
WhenSat, January 13, 7pm – 9pm
Where159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionThis painting will bring spring into your homes and add interest with the staggered canvases. Paint one masterpiece on two canvases with your partner! Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!

 

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 Estes Park Winter Festival
WhenJan 13 – 14, 2018
WhereEstes Park Fairgrounds 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517 (map)
DescriptionBeer Tasting, Chili Cook-Off, BBQ, Kid's Activities Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival! Sample local Colorado beer from all over! Stay warm and toasty at the festival in the Estes Park Events Complex! For more information please visit: https://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/winter-festival/
 National Western Stock Show 
WhenSunday, Jan 14, 2018
WhereNational Western Stock Show 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, Colorado 80216 (map)
12:00pm
 Always, Patsy Cline
WhenSun, January 14, 12:00pm – 4:30pm
WhereMidtown Arts Center, 3750 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA (map)
DescriptionMore than a tribute to the legendary country singer, Always… is based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with a fan, begun in 1961 with continued correspondence until the star’s untimely death. Complete with down-home country humor, true emotion, and even some audience participation, this grand ol’ evening features 27 songs, including the unforgettable hits “Crazy“, “I Fall to Pieces“, “Sweet Dreams“, and “Walking After Midnight“.
2:00pm
 Moon Gazing
WhenSun, January 14, 2pm – 4pm
Where159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionHave a perfect view of the full moon every day of the year with this dreamy, starry, night sky painting. Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!
6:00pm
 Beauty and the Beast at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
WhenSun, January 14, 6pm – 9pm
WhereCandlelight Dinner Playhouse 4747 Marketplace Drive Johnstown, CO (map)
DescriptionBelle is forced to stay in the castle of a terrifying Beast to save her father’s life. The Beast, in reality an arrogant prince transformed by the spell of an enchantress, must learn how to love, and be loved. But his time is running out. Thur/Fri/Sat Eve-Dinner @ 6pm; Show @ 7:30. Sat Mat–Dinner @ noon, show 1:30. Sun-Dinner 12:30; Show @ 2pm. More info & tickets @ ColoradoCandlelight.com or 970-744?3747. $29.95-62.95. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Dr, Johnstown-80534.

 

Jan. 4, 2018

Northern Colorado Events this Weekend, January 5-7

 

 

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 Winter Wonderlights at Loveland Chapungu Sculpture Park
WhenSat, November 18, 2017, 5pm – Sun, January 7, 9pm
WhereChapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Sky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Each night from 5-9 PM, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar. The event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are suggested to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank. http://www.visitlovelandco.org/winterwonderlights/
 Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt
WhenJan 5 – 7, 2018
WhereFort Collins Libraries (map)
Description12 candy canes have been hidden at each library location (Old Town Library, Council Tree Library, and Harmony Library). Find all the candy canes and win a prize! Ask the Children's Staff for a scavenger hunt game sheet.
5:00pm
 Garden of Lights
WhenFri, January 5, 5pm – 9pm
WhereGardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA (map)
DescriptionJoin us for one of Northern Colorado's best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Garden of Lights is OPEN 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. Entertainment occurs every Friday, Sat, & Sun from 6-8 p.m. https://www.fcgov.com/gardens/programsspecial-events/special-events/garden-of-lights
5:00pm
 First Friday: A Night Of Art In Downtown Greeley
WhenFri, January 5, 5pm – 8pm
DescriptionDowntown Greeley is a vibrant and thriving community filled with creative industries, unique small businesses and delicious dining options! First Fridays are a collaborative effort by many of these creative businesses to establish a vital arts experience within the community. For a complete list of gallery shows, visit http://www.greeleydowntown.com/signature-events/
6:00pm
 First Friday Gallery Walk, FREE
WhenFri, January 5, 6pm – 9pm
WhereDowntown Fort Collins (map)
DescriptionHistoric Downtown Fort Collins is home to a vibrant art community! Each month, these fine and “folk” art galleries display new showings and open their doors for this self-guided walking tour. The Gallery Walk takes place the first Friday of each month, from 6pm-9pm For more information visit: http://downtownfortcollins.com/events/first-friday-featuring-gallery-walk
6:00pm
 French Country Cooking at the Cooking Studio Fort Collins
WhenFri, January 5, 6pm – 9pm
WhereThe Cooking Studio Fort Collins 123 N College Ave Suite 130 Fort Collins, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionFrench Country Cooking French cooking is the basis for all western recipes and understanding it will help with all your menus. In this class we'll be going back to the basics in the rustic fashion with French Country Cooking. Delcious, easy and very, very French. Classes are 100% hands-on so come prepared to cook and eat well. In class we will dedicate 30 minutes of menu discussion and then move into assignments for the hands-on portion of class.
7:00pm
 Le Camille at Pinot's Palette
WhenFri, January 5, 7pm – 9pm
Where159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionEnjoy a midnight, Christmastime stroll through the City of Love. Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant! https://www.pinotspalette.com/fortcollins/event/205801

 

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 Winter Wonderlights at Loveland Chapungu Sculpture Park
WhenSat, November 18, 2017, 5pm – Sun, January 7, 9pm
WhereChapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Sky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Each night from 5-9 PM, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar. The event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are suggested to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank. http://www.visitlovelandco.org/winterwonderlights/
 Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt
WhenJan 5 – 7, 2018
WhereFort Collins Libraries (map)
Description12 candy canes have been hidden at each library location (Old Town Library, Council Tree Library, and Harmony Library). Find all the candy canes and win a prize! Ask the Children's Staff for a scavenger hunt game sheet.
 National Western Stock Show 
WhenSaturday, Jan 6, 2018
WhereNational Western Stock Show 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, Colorado 80216 (map)
9:00am
 Greeley Winter Farmer's Market
WhenSat, January 6, 9am – 12pm
WhereZoe's 715 10th St Greeley, CO 80631 (map)
Description“Real Food. Real Farmers. Real Fun!” Every market day offers something new for everyone – be it herbs, seasonal vegetables & fruit, salsa, bread, bouquets, music or kids’ activities. In addition to your groceries, there is authentic artwork, crafts and gifts from the heart, as well as delicious scones, burritos and pastries to enjoy while you’re there. Grab a cup of coffee/tea, sit in our bistro, listen to the music and watch the fun all around. Winter Market 1st and 3rd Saturdays November - April 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. http://greeleygov.com/activities/fm/home
11:00am
 Story Time at Global Village Museum, FREE
WhenSat, January 6, 11am – 12pm
Where200 West Mountain Ave Fort Collins Colorado 80521 (map)
DescriptionA famous author once said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Youth ages 3-10 are invited to experience that magic at our FREE Storytime the first Saturday of every month from 11 am to noon. Join our gifted storyteller for an hour of imagination, creativity, a fun craft, and a yummy snack. Two parents and/or guardians are admitted free with each child to enjoy the Museum’s four galleries and Museum Shop. http://globalvillagemuseum.org/event/free-story-time-at-museum-7/
2:00pm
 Snow Happy at Pinot's Palette
WhenSat, January 6, 2pm – 4pm
Where159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionA rustic setting, snowflakes falling, and a delighted snowman enjoying it all. Time to curl up with a hot cocoa and smile! Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant! https://www.pinotspalette.com/fortcollins/event/211263
3:30pm
 Fresno State Bulldogs at Colorado State Rams Basketball in Fort Collins
WhenSat, January 6, 3:30pm – 6:00pm
WhereMoby Arena Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 (map)
DescriptionFRESNO STATE BULLDOGS AT COLORADO STATE RAMS BASKETBALL http://eventful.com/fortcollins/events/fresno-state-bulldogs-colorado-state-rams-baske-/E0-001-104051143-0
5:00pm
 Garden of Lights
WhenSat, January 6, 5pm – 9pm
WhereGardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA (map)
DescriptionJoin us for one of Northern Colorado's best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Garden of Lights is OPEN 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. Entertainment occurs every Friday, Sat, & Sun from 6-8 p.m. https://www.fcgov.com/gardens/programsspecial-events/special-events/garden-of-lights
6:00pm
 Date Night at the Cooking Studio Fort Collins
WhenSat, January 6, 6pm – 8pm
WhereThe Cooking Studio Fort Collins 123 N College AveMain floor of the Opera Galleria Suite 130 Fort Collins, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionAre you looking for an interactive date night that will get you cooking and laughing together? Then this is the class for you! Come and join in with other couples as we learn to make a meal follwing the principles of KISS! KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid We'll be making a full meal with recipes that are full of flavor yet easy to make. *This class is priced per couple. You only need one ticket per couple.
7:00pm
 Japanese Moon Garden at Pinot's Palette
WhenSat, January 6, 7pm – 10pm
Where159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionA gorgeous, midnight walk through the gardens of Japan, under the ever-warming glow of the moon. Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!

  

 

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» 9:00pm
 Winter Wonderlights at Loveland Chapungu Sculpture Park
WhenSat, November 18, 2017, 5pm – Sun, January 7, 9pm
WhereChapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Sky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Each night from 5-9 PM, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar. The event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are suggested to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank. http://www.visitlovelandco.org/winterwonderlights/
 Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt
WhenJan 5 – 7, 2018
WhereFort Collins Libraries (map)
Description12 candy canes have been hidden at each library location (Old Town Library, Council Tree Library, and Harmony Library). Find all the candy canes and win a prize! Ask the Children's Staff for a scavenger hunt game sheet.
 National Western Stock Show 
WhenSunday, Jan 7, 2018
WhereNational Western Stock Show 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, Colorado 80216 (map)
2:00pm
 Bottomless Mimosas! Sapphire Moon at Pinot's Palette
WhenSun, January 7, 2pm – 4pm
Where159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
Description“I never really thought about how when I look at the moon, it's the same moon as Shakespeare and Marie Antoinette and George Washington and Cleopatra looked at.” ? Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life As We Knew It Bottomless Mimosas are included with your reservation! Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!
3:00pm
 Knife Skills by the Cooking Studio Fort Collins
WhenSun, January 7, 3pm – 6pm
WhereThe Cooking Studio Fort Collins 123 N College AveMain floor of the Opera Galleria Suite 130 Fort Collins, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionKnife Skills In this class we'll be covering knife handling, specific skills and sharing lots of Chef tips to make your cutting and chopping more professional. Come and learn the best ways to julian, mince, dice and many other cuts while cooking a full meal to share. In class we will dedicate 30 minutes of menu discussion, 30 minutes on knife skill demonstration and then move into assignments for the hands-on portion of class. The Chef and kitchen assistants will guide the class in the kitchen, helping each student practice their knife skills while creating a delicious meal designed to challenge and engage every student. Menu: Chef's choice depending on what best illustrates the class lessons
5:00pm
 Garden of Lights
WhenSun, January 7, 5pm – 9pm
WhereGardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA (map)
DescriptionJoin us for one of Northern Colorado's best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Garden of Lights is OPEN 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. Entertainment occurs every Friday, Sat, & Sun from 6-8 p.m. https://www.fcgov.com/gardens/programsspecial-events/special-events/garden-of-lights

 

Jan. 2, 2018

2017 Christmas Carnival for Foster Children in Weld County

  

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The 2017 Christmas Carnival for Foster Children in Weld County was a huge success! Our biggest event yet, we hosted over 500 children with their foster families over two nights, providing a hot meal, desserts, crafts, games and portraits with Santa. 

For the safety and privacy of the foster children, their faces will not be shown in this post, but I hope the pictures I've shared here will give you an idea of what a wonderful series of events it was and how much fun was had!

   

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These kiddos that we're throwing the parties for are not just any children. They are children who were removed from unsafe homes and have been recently placed into foster care. In a world of instability, Santa is familiar - someone they know and love, who is there for them year after year, even when their biological family isn't. To see how their sweet faces light up when Santa arrives, and how they run to give him hugs warms my heart.

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I walk away from these events each year with a heavy heart for and still-frames in my mind of these beautiful children - the sweet little girl who reminded me of my daughter and is going back to the home she was removed from next week, the boy who told me a joke, or the six month old baby whom came into care with broken ribs. 

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With a deep sense of respect and affection, I think also of the case workers who devoted extra time after working full time hours to coordinating efforts with us, collecting and wrapping gifts, and setting up and being present at the parties. All of this in addition to championing child welfare all week long.

I could never do that job.

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We could not have pulled these events off without our incredible volunteers! Thank you to our friends, family and colleagues who came together to support the cause and experience the blessing of working with these children. Thank you also to the many behind the scenes volunteers who weren't able to attend, but labored countless hours making and filling Christmas stockings, assembling kits for crafts, and baking treats.

 

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The volume of donations we received was beyond generous, and we were so touched by the support we received. Not only did every child who attended the parties receive a gift that was donated, but all other children in care had a gift delivered to their foster home as well. Through the generous donations of our community, the children and their caregivers enjoyed a hot meal of pizza and pasta, a buffet of desserts, 7 different games with prizes, and crafts to take home. Each one also left with a new stuffed animal donated by Pet Smart and a small stocking stuffed with little goodies.

One night of the parties was devoted to the families that provide kinship care- in other words, children who were removed from their biological parents and placed with another family member or friend of the family. These families not only receive less compensation, but tend have less financial stability, having had foster care fall into their lap rather than choosing it at a time that works best for their family. At this event, we were able to give away coats and blankets to the children which were all either donated or made by volunteers for the parties.

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I am eternally thankful for my dear friend, Rebecca Humphries, who introduced me to this event and has graciously allowed me to help coordinate year after year. She is an advocate for these children, a working mom, and an all around rockstar. 

 

If you'd like to support our annual Christmas carnival for foster children in the future, checks may be sent to Realities for Children with "Weld County Christmas Fund" in the memo. Or shoot me an email if you'd prefer to supply a specific item such as a gift or coat.


Realities For Children Charities 

308 East County Road 30
Fort Collins, CO 80525

 

 

Dec. 26, 2017

New Year's Weekend in Northern Colorado, December 29-31

 

 Happy New Year, Northern Colorado! Wishing everyone in our beloved community a safe and prosperous 2018!

 

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Ring in the new year with these great Northern Colorado events this weekend:

 

 

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 Winter Wonderlights at Loveland Chapungu Sculpture Park
WhenSat, November 18, 5pm – Sun, January 7, 2018, 9pm
WhereChapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Sky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Each night from 5-9 PM, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar. The event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are suggested to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank. http://www.visitlovelandco.org/winterwonderlights/
 A Christmas Story, The Musical, at the Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins
WhenFriday, Dec 29, 2017
WhereMidtown Arts Center, 3750 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA (map)
DescriptionBack by popular demand after a record-breaking sold-out run last season! Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and even bigger wish for Christmas. A leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas, and a triple-dog-dare are just a few of the obstacles between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Capturing the seasonal wonder with heartfelt hilarious songs, show-stopping dancing, delicious wit, and a heart of gold, the whole family will love this rollicking holiday musical!
4:00pm
 Colorado Carriage and Wagon Rides in Old Town Fort Collins
WhenFri, December 29, 4pm – 9pm
WhereOld Town Fort Collins (map)
DescriptionCarriage Rides per couple $30 Carriage Rides for 2 with Dessert $37 Carriage Rides for 4 with Dessert $45 Wagon Ride for up to 16 people $60/ ½ hour $100/hour Display Sleighs for your Holiday Party $125/day
5:00pm
 Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights, FREE
WhenFri, December 29, 5pm – 9pm
Where2351 BUSCH DRIVE FORT COLLINS, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionLIGHTING CEREMONY Join us at the brewery on November 16th as former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey flips the switch and officially kicks off the 2017 Brewery Lights celebration. COMPLIMENTARY BEER Every guest 21+ will receive a wristband good for four 6 oz. samples of beer, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, Stella Artois and a variety of seasonal selections. S’MORES SQUARE Cozy up with friends and roast some s’mores over an open fire. Family-size s’mores kits and hot chocolate will be available for purchase on-site. FOOD IN THE BIERGARTEN Enjoy a variety of hot menu items, including a bowl of beer chili, burritos (with shredded beef or chicken, beans and cheese), veggie wraps and chicken tenders. Various dessert options, including vanilla porter cookie dough balls, dessert pretzels and hot chocolate, will also be available. HOLIDAY TREE MAZE With over a hundred trees, our one-of-a-kind tree maze is back and even better. DIGITAL LIGHT SHOW Don’t miss one of our festive digital light shows synchronized to holiday music. NEWLY EXPANDED FAMILY ZONE With arts and crafts, a 30-foot inflatable snowman and $1 train rides (5 and younger are FREE). *CLOSED FOR THE FOLLOWING HOLIDAYS: THANKSGIVING DAY, CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY. **BREWERY LIGHTS WILL ALSO BE OPEN ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH.
5:00pm
 Garden of Lights
WhenFri, December 29, 5pm – 9pm
WhereGardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA (map)
DescriptionJoin us for one of Northern Colorado's best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Garden of Lights is OPEN 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. Entertainment occurs every Friday, Sat, & Sun from 6-8 p.m. https://www.fcgov.com/gardens/programsspecial-events/special-events/garden-of-lights
5:30pm
 Zoo Lights
WhenFri, December 29, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
DescriptionDECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31 5:30 to 9 p.m. Denver Zoo will be closed Christmas day (December 25) Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 1 until December 31, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues. https://www.facebook.com/events/910862389079272/
7:00pm
 "At Dawn" at Pinot's Palette
WhenFri, December 29, 7pm – 10pm
WherePinot's Palette, 159 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA (map)
DescriptionWhat’s more beautiful or elegant than a deer at sunrise? Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!

 

 

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 Winter Wonderlights at Loveland Chapungu Sculpture Park
WhenSat, November 18, 5pm – Sun, January 7, 2018, 9pm
WhereChapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Sky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Each night from 5-9 PM, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar. The event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are suggested to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank. http://www.visitlovelandco.org/winterwonderlights/
 A Christmas Story, The Musical, at the Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins
WhenSaturday, Dec 30, 2017
WhereMidtown Arts Center, 3750 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA (map)
DescriptionBack by popular demand after a record-breaking sold-out run last season! Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and even bigger wish for Christmas. A leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas, and a triple-dog-dare are just a few of the obstacles between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Capturing the seasonal wonder with heartfelt hilarious songs, show-stopping dancing, delicious wit, and a heart of gold, the whole family will love this rollicking holiday musical!
9:00am
 Winter Farmers Market
WhenSat, December 30, 9am – 1pm
WhereOpera Galleria, Downtown Fort Collins, 123 N College Ave (map)
Description9am-1 pm, Nov 4 & 18 9am -3 pm, Dec 9, 16, 30 January 13, 27 February 10 & 24 March 10 & 24 April 7 https://nocofood.org/winter-market/
2:00pm
 "Sock It To Me Monkey" at Pinot's Palette
WhenSat, December 30, 2pm – 3pm
WherePinot's Palette, 159 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA (map)
DescriptionA combination of folk art and classic kitch, this little guy will cheer anybody up. Customize his accessories for extra fun! Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!
4:00pm
 Colorado Carriage and Wagon Rides in Old Town Fort Collins
WhenSat, December 30, 4pm – 9pm
WhereOld Town Fort Collins (map)
DescriptionCarriage Rides per couple $30 Carriage Rides for 2 with Dessert $37 Carriage Rides for 4 with Dessert $45 Wagon Ride for up to 16 people $60/ ½ hour $100/hour Display Sleighs for your Holiday Party $125/day
5:00pm
 Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights, FREE
WhenSat, December 30, 5pm – 9pm
Where2351 BUSCH DRIVE FORT COLLINS, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionLIGHTING CEREMONY Join us at the brewery on November 16th as former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey flips the switch and officially kicks off the 2017 Brewery Lights celebration. COMPLIMENTARY BEER Every guest 21+ will receive a wristband good for four 6 oz. samples of beer, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, Stella Artois and a variety of seasonal selections. S’MORES SQUARE Cozy up with friends and roast some s’mores over an open fire. Family-size s’mores kits and hot chocolate will be available for purchase on-site. FOOD IN THE BIERGARTEN Enjoy a variety of hot menu items, including a bowl of beer chili, burritos (with shredded beef or chicken, beans and cheese), veggie wraps and chicken tenders. Various dessert options, including vanilla porter cookie dough balls, dessert pretzels and hot chocolate, will also be available. HOLIDAY TREE MAZE With over a hundred trees, our one-of-a-kind tree maze is back and even better. DIGITAL LIGHT SHOW Don’t miss one of our festive digital light shows synchronized to holiday music. NEWLY EXPANDED FAMILY ZONE With arts and crafts, a 30-foot inflatable snowman and $1 train rides (5 and younger are FREE). *CLOSED FOR THE FOLLOWING HOLIDAYS: THANKSGIVING DAY, CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY. **BREWERY LIGHTS WILL ALSO BE OPEN ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH.
5:00pm
 Garden of Lights
WhenSat, December 30, 5pm – 9pm
WhereGardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA (map)
DescriptionJoin us for one of Northern Colorado's best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Garden of Lights is OPEN 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. Entertainment occurs every Friday, Sat, & Sun from 6-8 p.m. https://www.fcgov.com/gardens/programsspecial-events/special-events/garden-of-lights
5:30pm
 Zoo Lights
WhenSat, December 30, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
DescriptionDECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31 5:30 to 9 p.m. Denver Zoo will be closed Christmas day (December 25) Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 1 until December 31, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues. https://www.facebook.com/events/910862389079272/
6:00pm
 A New York New Years Eve
WhenSat, December 30, 6pm – 9pm
WhereThe Cooking Studio Fort Collins 123 N College AveMain floor of the Opera Galleria Suite 130 Fort Collins, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionDon't fight the crowds on Sunday Night (the real new years eve) - come downtown for your night out on Saturday Night and stay home and cozy on the real New Years Eve. Join us for a fun night of cooking New York style. We'll be making some New York favorites. It's much more interactive and fun than merely going out to dinner. The bonus? You will have the skills and recipes to recreate the dishes at home.

 

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 Winter Wonderlights at Loveland Chapungu Sculpture Park
WhenSat, November 18, 5pm – Sun, January 7, 2018, 9pm
WhereChapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Sky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Each night from 5-9 PM, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar. The event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are suggested to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank. http://www.visitlovelandco.org/winterwonderlights/
 A Christmas Story, The Musical, at the Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins
WhenSunday, Dec 31, 2017
WhereMidtown Arts Center, 3750 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA (map)
DescriptionBack by popular demand after a record-breaking sold-out run last season! Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and even bigger wish for Christmas. A leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas, and a triple-dog-dare are just a few of the obstacles between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Capturing the seasonal wonder with heartfelt hilarious songs, show-stopping dancing, delicious wit, and a heart of gold, the whole family will love this rollicking holiday musical!
7:00pm
 Chipper’s Lanes New Year’s Bash
WhenSun, December 31, 7pm – Mon, January 1, 2018, 11pm
WhereChipper's Lanes (217 West Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO) (map)
DescriptionRing in the new year with your family and friends at Chipper’s Lanes! Bring the kids to our early party at the Horsetooth location from 7 PM – 10 PM, and keep the fun rolling all night from 10 PM to 2 AM at the North College location! Costume contests, prizes & giveaways, champagne, cuisine, party favors, and more! https://www.facebook.com/events/308546322979597/
4:00pm
 Colorado Carriage and Wagon Rides in Old Town Fort Collins
WhenSun, December 31, 4pm – 9pm
WhereOld Town Fort Collins (map)
DescriptionCarriage Rides per couple $30 Carriage Rides for 2 with Dessert $37 Carriage Rides for 4 with Dessert $45 Wagon Ride for up to 16 people $60/ ½ hour $100/hour Display Sleighs for your Holiday Party $125/day
5:00pm
 First Night Fort Collins, FREE
WhenSun, December 31, 5:00pm – 9:30pm
WhereDowntown Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionMake plans to be Downtown on New Year’s Eve for First Night Fort Collins! This FREE, non-alcoholic, family-oriented, arts-based celebration attracts an all-ages audience to 30+ performances at 7 venues throughout Downtown. Kick off your evening in Old Town Square at 5:00pm followed by the Kids’ Countdown at 5:30pm. Cap off an amazing night with a fireworks display presented by UCHealth at 9:30pm! Visit FirstNightFoCo.com for the full entertainment schedule and to learn more!
5:00pm
 Garden of Lights
WhenSun, December 31, 5pm – 9pm
WhereGardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA (map)
DescriptionJoin us for one of Northern Colorado's best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Garden of Lights is OPEN 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. Entertainment occurs every Friday, Sat, & Sun from 6-8 p.m. https://www.fcgov.com/gardens/programsspecial-events/special-events/garden-of-lights
5:30pm
 Zoo Lights
WhenSun, December 31, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
DescriptionDECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31 5:30 to 9 p.m. Denver Zoo will be closed Christmas day (December 25) Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 1 until December 31, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues. https://www.facebook.com/events/910862389079272/
6:00pm
 New Years Eve at the Cooking Studio in Fort Collins
WhenSun, December 31, 6pm – 9pm
WhereThe Cooking Studio Fort Collins 123 N College AveMain floor of the Opera Galleria Suite 130 Fort Collins, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionSay goodbye to 2017 in style! Join us for a fun night of cooking and eating. It's much more interactive and fun than merely going out to dinner. The bonus? You will have the skills and recipes to recreate the dishes at home.
7:30pm
 NoCo New Year’s Eve “Midnight Ball” - Cost $75
WhenSun, December 31, 7:30pm – Mon, January 1, 2018, 12:30am
WhereFort Collins Hilton (map)
DescriptionMy Big Day Events and the newly renovated Hilton, Fort Collins present: “NoCo New Year’s Eve, Midnight Ball” December 31st, 2017 – 7:30pm Tickets Include: *2 Drink tickets per person *Tasty hors d’oeuvres *DJ *Dancing *Happy Hour priced Signature Cocktails *Champagne Toast at midnight *Photo Ops *Desserts *Discount room rates at the Hilton Fort Collins (just $95) *Optional Childcare (for a nominal fee for kids ages 2+) *A donation to The Food Bank for Larimer County http://www.noconewyearseve.com/
Dec. 20, 2017

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Things to do in Northern Colorado This Weekend, Events in Northern Colorado, Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Eaton, Longmont, Berthoud, Wellington | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a Blog by Joanna Gyrath 

 Holiday Pop Up Shop & Makers Shops at Front Range Village
WhenNov 18 – Dec 28, 2017
WhereFront Range Village Shopping Center 2720 Council Tree Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 (map)
DescriptionAkinz is bringing a taste of Old Town to the south side this holiday season with a Pop Up & Maker Shop space featuring more than 15 local makers and artisans. Our Akinz satellite location will also feature exclusive product lines and will be your a one-stop shop for selecting unique, quality handmade goods for everyone on your list. What you can expect to find: -- Clothing & accessories from Akinz -- Original art, prints & products from Art by Faren -- All-natural hand-made herbal products from Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary -- Wood burned plaques, art prints & kitchen utensils from Jill Anne Designs -- Hand picked vintage finds from Lily & Milly Vintage by Emma Elizabeth Payton -- Fresh ground spices, hand crafted cocoa, coffee & more from Old Town Spice Shop -- Art & hand painted enamelware from June Poppies Designs -- Aromatherapy & bath & body from Vine and Bloom Apothecary -- Ocean Inspired Resin Art from Brianne Janae Photography -- Mustache Wax, soap & Beard Oil from Dr. Seth's Mustache Wax -- Mustards & Hot Sauce from Rocky Mountain Mustard Company -- Upcycled Wood Furniture & Clocks from Whim ReCyclery -- Art & Prints from Jessica Crouch -- Fiber arts & jewelry from Melina Bernhardt -- Art prints & photography from Wesley Sam-Bruce -- Art, pins & patches from January Began by Patrick Richardson -- Art, cards, and holiday gifts from Brown Paper Bunny -- More artists coming soon!
 Winter Wonderlights at Loveland Chapungu Sculpture Park
WhenSat, November 18, 5pm – Sun, January 7, 2018, 9pm
WhereChapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Sky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Each night from 5-9 PM, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar. The event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are suggested to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank.
 A Christmas Story, The Musical
WhenFriday, Dec 22, 2017
DescriptionBack by popular demand after a record-breaking sold-out run last season! Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and even bigger wish for Christmas. A leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas, and a triple-dog-dare are just a few of the obstacles between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Capturing the seasonal wonder with heartfelt hilarious songs, show-stopping dancing, delicious wit, and a heart of gold, the whole family will love this rollicking holiday musical!
 Meet Santa's Live Reindeer
WhenFriday, Dec 22, 2017
WhereBath Garden Center and Nursery, 2000 E Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA (map)
DescriptionFridays from 2-5:30 pm Saturdays from 11- 3:30 pm
11:30am
 Storytime with Santa in Downtown Fort Collins
WhenFri, December 22, 11:30am – 12:30pm
WhereClothes Pony & Dandelion Toys, 111 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA (map)
DescriptionNovember 24th - December 22nd on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:30am
12:00pm
 Visit Santa in Downtown Fort Collins
WhenFri, December 22, 12pm – 6pm
WhereOld Town Square Fort Collins (map)
DescriptionThe 2017 holiday season is upon us and as is tradition, Jolly Old Saint Nick will return to his Holiday Workshop located in Old Town Square on Saturday, November 18th! November 18th - December 17th: Wednesday through Sunday from Noon - 6pm December 19th - December 24th: Every Day from Noon - 6pm. Closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve
1:00pm
 Holiday Open Studio
WhenFri, December 22, 1pm – 4pm
WherePinot's Palette, 159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionOpen Studio at Pinot's Palette - SELF GUIDED PROJECTS! Open Studio - No sign up necessary. Paint mini 8x8 paintings for $15; larger 16 x 20 canvases for $25. Paint 2 wine glasses for $15, or make 4 ornaments for $15 & have some fun! Paint some last minute gifts! Pinot’s Palette is a pioneer of the paint and sip experience – a revolutionary way to enjoy art and wine, meet new people and bond with friends. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! NO NEED TO SIGN UP - JUST DROP IN!
4:00pm
 Colorado Carriage and Wagon Rides in Old Town Fort Collins
WhenFri, December 22, 4pm – 9pm
WhereOld Town Fort Collins (map)
DescriptionCarriage Rides per couple $30 Carriage Rides for 2 with Dessert $37 Carriage Rides for 4 with Dessert $45 Wagon Ride for up to 16 people $60/ ½ hour $100/hour Display Sleighs for your Holiday Party $125/day
5:00pm
 Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights, FREE
WhenFri, December 22, 5pm – 9pm
Where2351 BUSCH DRIVE FORT COLLINS, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionLIGHTING CEREMONY Join us at the brewery on November 16th as former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey flips the switch and officially kicks off the 2017 Brewery Lights celebration. COMPLIMENTARY BEER Every guest 21+ will receive a wristband good for four 6 oz. samples of beer, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, Stella Artois and a variety of seasonal selections. S’MORES SQUARE Cozy up with friends and roast some s’mores over an open fire. Family-size s’mores kits and hot chocolate will be available for purchase on-site. FOOD IN THE BIERGARTEN Enjoy a variety of hot menu items, including a bowl of beer chili, burritos (with shredded beef or chicken, beans and cheese), veggie wraps and chicken tenders. Various dessert options, including vanilla porter cookie dough balls, dessert pretzels and hot chocolate, will also be available. HOLIDAY TREE MAZE With over a hundred trees, our one-of-a-kind tree maze is back and even better. DIGITAL LIGHT SHOW Don’t miss one of our festive digital light shows synchronized to holiday music. NEWLY EXPANDED FAMILY ZONE With arts and crafts, a 30-foot inflatable snowman and $1 train rides (5 and younger are FREE). *CLOSED FOR THE FOLLOWING HOLIDAYS: THANKSGIVING DAY, CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY. **BREWERY LIGHTS WILL ALSO BE OPEN ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH.
5:00pm
 Garden of Lights
WhenFri, December 22, 5pm – 9pm
WhereGardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA (map)
DescriptionJoin us for one of Northern Colorado's best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Garden of Lights is OPEN 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. Entertainment occurs every Friday, Sat, & Sun from 6-8 p.m
5:00pm
 Winter Wonderlights
WhenFri, December 22, 5pm – 9pm
WhereSky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO, 80538, United States (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 6, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Winter Wonderlights is a light show choreographed to music with performances nightly from approximately 5 – 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The event is free and open to the public. However, non-perishable food donation items would be appreciated and will benefit a local food bank. More information, including an updated performance and event schedule, will be available on our website.  
5:30pm
 Zoo Lights
WhenFri, December 22, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
DescriptionDECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31 5:30 to 9 p.m. Denver Zoo will be closed Christmas day (December 25) Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 1 until December 31, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues.
7:00pm
 Fresh Tracks in Snow at Pinot’s Palette
WhenFri, December 22, 7pm – 10pm
Where159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionHappiness is...first tracks on fresh snow. Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!

 

 

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 Holiday Pop Up Shop & Makers Shops at Front Range Village
WhenNov 18 – Dec 28, 2017
WhereFront Range Village Shopping Center 2720 Council Tree Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 (map)
DescriptionAkinz is bringing a taste of Old Town to the south side this holiday season with a Pop Up & Maker Shop space featuring more than 15 local makers and artisans. Our Akinz satellite location will also feature exclusive product lines and will be your a one-stop shop for selecting unique, quality handmade goods for everyone on your list. What you can expect to find: -- Clothing & accessories from Akinz -- Original art, prints & products from Art by Faren -- All-natural hand-made herbal products from Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary -- Wood burned plaques, art prints & kitchen utensils from Jill Anne Designs -- Hand picked vintage finds from Lily & Milly Vintage by Emma Elizabeth Payton -- Fresh ground spices, hand crafted cocoa, coffee & more from Old Town Spice Shop -- Art & hand painted enamelware from June Poppies Designs -- Aromatherapy & bath & body from Vine and Bloom Apothecary -- Ocean Inspired Resin Art from Brianne Janae Photography -- Mustache Wax, soap & Beard Oil from Dr. Seth's Mustache Wax -- Mustards & Hot Sauce from Rocky Mountain Mustard Company -- Upcycled Wood Furniture & Clocks from Whim ReCyclery -- Art & Prints from Jessica Crouch -- Fiber arts & jewelry from Melina Bernhardt -- Art prints & photography from Wesley Sam-Bruce -- Art, pins & patches from January Began by Patrick Richardson -- Art, cards, and holiday gifts from Brown Paper Bunny -- More artists coming soon! Find us at 2720 Council Tree Ave, Suite 106 Hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 7pm Sun: 11am - 6pm
 Winter Wonderlights at Loveland Chapungu Sculpture Park
WhenSat, November 18, 5pm – Sun, January 7, 2018, 9pm
WhereChapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Sky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Each night from 5-9 PM, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar. The event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are suggested to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank.
 A Christmas Story, The Musical
WhenSaturday, Dec 23, 2017
DescriptionBack by popular demand after a record-breaking sold-out run last season! Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and even bigger wish for Christmas. A leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas, and a triple-dog-dare are just a few of the obstacles between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Capturing the seasonal wonder with heartfelt hilarious songs, show-stopping dancing, delicious wit, and a heart of gold, the whole family will love this rollicking holiday musical!
 Meet Santa's Live Reindeer
WhenSaturday, Dec 23, 2017
WhereBath Garden Center and Nursery, 2000 E Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA (map)
DescriptionFridays from 2-5:30 pm Saturdays from 11- 3:30 pm
 Santa Visits the Colorado Model Railroad Museum
WhenSaturday, Dec 23, 2017
WhereColorado Model Railroad Museum, 680 10th St, Greeley, CO 80631, USA (map)
12:00pm
 Visit Santa in Downtown Fort Collins
WhenSat, December 23, 12pm – 6pm
WhereOld Town Square Fort Collins (map)
DescriptionThe 2017 holiday season is upon us and as is tradition, Jolly Old Saint Nick will return to his Holiday Workshop located in Old Town Square on Saturday, November 18th! November 18th - December 17th: Wednesday through Sunday from Noon - 6pm December 19th - December 24th: Every Day from Noon - 6pm. Closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve
1:00pm
 Catching Snowflakes at Pinot's Palette
WhenSat, December 23, 1pm – 3pm
WherePinot’s Palette, 159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionWe just love this painting for wintertime! It really allows you to get creative with your painting by changing the scarf and creating different snowman faces. It's fun for everyone! Paint "Catching Snowflakes" on a canvas rather than a sweater!
4:00pm
 Colorado Carriage and Wagon Rides in Old Town Fort Collins
WhenSat, December 23, 4pm – 9pm
WhereOld Town Fort Collins (map)
DescriptionCarriage Rides per couple $30 Carriage Rides for 2 with Dessert $37 Carriage Rides for 4 with Dessert $45 Wagon Ride for up to 16 people $60/ ½ hour $100/hour Display Sleighs for your Holiday Party $125/day
5:00pm
 Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights, FREE
WhenSat, December 23, 5pm – 9pm
Where2351 BUSCH DRIVE FORT COLLINS, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionLIGHTING CEREMONY Join us at the brewery on November 16th as former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey flips the switch and officially kicks off the 2017 Brewery Lights celebration. COMPLIMENTARY BEER Every guest 21+ will receive a wristband good for four 6 oz. samples of beer, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, Stella Artois and a variety of seasonal selections. S’MORES SQUARE Cozy up with friends and roast some s’mores over an open fire. Family-size s’mores kits and hot chocolate will be available for purchase on-site. FOOD IN THE BIERGARTEN Enjoy a variety of hot menu items, including a bowl of beer chili, burritos (with shredded beef or chicken, beans and cheese), veggie wraps and chicken tenders. Various dessert options, including vanilla porter cookie dough balls, dessert pretzels and hot chocolate, will also be available. HOLIDAY TREE MAZE With over a hundred trees, our one-of-a-kind tree maze is back and even better. DIGITAL LIGHT SHOW Don’t miss one of our festive digital light shows synchronized to holiday music. NEWLY EXPANDED FAMILY ZONE With arts and crafts, a 30-foot inflatable snowman and $1 train rides (5 and younger are FREE). *CLOSED FOR THE FOLLOWING HOLIDAYS: THANKSGIVING DAY, CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY. **BREWERY LIGHTS WILL ALSO BE OPEN ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH.
5:00pm
 Garden of Lights
WhenSat, December 23, 5pm – 9pm
WhereGardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA (map)
DescriptionJoin us for one of Northern Colorado's best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Garden of Lights is OPEN 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. Entertainment occurs every Friday, Sat, & Sun from 6-8 p.m.
5:00pm
 Winter Wonderlights
WhenSat, December 23, 5pm – 9pm
WhereSky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO, 80538, United States (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 6, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Winter Wonderlights is a light show choreographed to music with performances nightly from approximately 5 – 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The event is free and open to the public. However, non-perishable food donation items would be appreciated and will benefit a local food bank. More information, including an updated performance and event schedule, will be available on our website.  
5:30pm
 Zoo Lights
WhenSat, December 23, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
DescriptionDECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31 5:30 to 9 p.m. Denver Zoo will be closed Christmas day (December 25) Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 1 until December 31, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues.
7:00pm
 Christmas Sing-A-Long
WhenSat, December 23, 7pm – 10pm
WhereBig Beaver Brewing Co. 2707 W Eisenhower Blvd Ste 9, Loveland, Colorado 80537 (map)
DescriptionThrow on your best ugly sweater, warm up those vocal cords, and join us on the 23rd at 7 pm for our 3rd Annual Christmas Sing-A-Long! We'll be singing Christmas carols and pop/rock songs. Bring your voice, bring your instrument, bring your friends and family. Donations will be taken for local charities.
7:00pm
 All is Calm at Pinot's Palette
WhenSat, December 23, 7pm – 9pm
WherePinot's Palette, 159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionIt might be cold and crisp during this silent night, but the beautiful scenery can warm your heart. Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!

 

  

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 Holiday Pop Up Shop & Makers Shops at Front Range Village
WhenNov 18 – Dec 28, 2017
WhereFront Range Village Shopping Center 2720 Council Tree Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 (map)
DescriptionAkinz is bringing a taste of Old Town to the south side this holiday season with a Pop Up & Maker Shop space featuring more than 15 local makers and artisans. Our Akinz satellite location will also feature exclusive product lines and will be your a one-stop shop for selecting unique, quality handmade goods for everyone on your list. What you can expect to find: -- Clothing & accessories from Akinz -- Original art, prints & products from Art by Faren -- All-natural hand-made herbal products from Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary -- Wood burned plaques, art prints & kitchen utensils from Jill Anne Designs -- Hand picked vintage finds from Lily & Milly Vintage by Emma Elizabeth Payton -- Fresh ground spices, hand crafted cocoa, coffee & more from Old Town Spice Shop -- Art & hand painted enamelware from June Poppies Designs -- Aromatherapy & bath & body from Vine and Bloom Apothecary -- Ocean Inspired Resin Art from Brianne Janae Photography -- Mustache Wax, soap & Beard Oil from Dr. Seth's Mustache Wax -- Mustards & Hot Sauce from Rocky Mountain Mustard Company -- Upcycled Wood Furniture & Clocks from Whim ReCyclery -- Art & Prints from Jessica Crouch -- Fiber arts & jewelry from Melina Bernhardt -- Art prints & photography from Wesley Sam-Bruce -- Art, pins & patches from January Began by Patrick Richardson -- Art, cards, and holiday gifts from Brown Paper Bunny -- More artists coming soon! Find us at 2720 Council Tree Ave, Suite 106 Hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 7pm Sun: 11am - 6pm
 Winter Wonderlights at Loveland Chapungu Sculpture Park
WhenSat, November 18, 5pm – Sun, January 7, 2018, 9pm
WhereChapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Sky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Each night from 5-9 PM, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar. The event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are suggested to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank.
 A Christmas Story, The Musical
WhenSunday, Dec 24, 2017
DescriptionBack by popular demand after a record-breaking sold-out run last season! Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and even bigger wish for Christmas. A leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas, and a triple-dog-dare are just a few of the obstacles between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Capturing the seasonal wonder with heartfelt hilarious songs, show-stopping dancing, delicious wit, and a heart of gold, the whole family will love this rollicking holiday musical!
12:00pm
 Visit Santa in Downtown Fort Collins
WhenSun, December 24, 12pm – 6pm
WhereOld Town Square Fort Collins (map)
DescriptionThe 2017 holiday season is upon us and as is tradition, Jolly Old Saint Nick will return to his Holiday Workshop located in Old Town Square on Saturday, November 18th! November 18th - December 17th: Wednesday through Sunday from Noon - 6pm December 19th - December 24th: Every Day from Noon - 6pm. Closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve
2:00pm
 Elegant Family Christmas Tree | $35
WhenSun, December 24, 2pm – 4pm
Where159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO (map)
DescriptionA beautiful elegant Christmas Tree . Each ornament personalized for every member of your family Pinot’s Palette is the leader in sipping and painting! A unique way to experience art and wine; bond with your friends and family; and meet new people. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! You may arrive up to 30 minutes early to get your drink and apron on! If you’re coming with your friends and family, please be sure to fill out the seating chart area when registering so that we know who you want to sit next to! Your name will be written on the table. Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins is at the corner of Mason and Mountain – 2 doors down from the Rio Mexican Restaurant!
4:00pm
 Colorado Carriage and Wagon Rides in Old Town Fort Collins
WhenSun, December 24, 4pm – 9pm
WhereOld Town Fort Collins (map)
DescriptionCarriage Rides per couple $30 Carriage Rides for 2 with Dessert $37 Carriage Rides for 4 with Dessert $45 Wagon Ride for up to 16 people $60/ ½ hour $100/hour Display Sleighs for your Holiday Party $125/day
5:00pm
 Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights, FREE
WhenSun, December 24, 5pm – 9pm
Where2351 BUSCH DRIVE FORT COLLINS, CO 80524 (map)
DescriptionLIGHTING CEREMONY Join us at the brewery on November 16th as former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey flips the switch and officially kicks off the 2017 Brewery Lights celebration. COMPLIMENTARY BEER Every guest 21+ will receive a wristband good for four 6 oz. samples of beer, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, Stella Artois and a variety of seasonal selections. S’MORES SQUARE Cozy up with friends and roast some s’mores over an open fire. Family-size s’mores kits and hot chocolate will be available for purchase on-site. FOOD IN THE BIERGARTEN Enjoy a variety of hot menu items, including a bowl of beer chili, burritos (with shredded beef or chicken, beans and cheese), veggie wraps and chicken tenders. Various dessert options, including vanilla porter cookie dough balls, dessert pretzels and hot chocolate, will also be available. HOLIDAY TREE MAZE With over a hundred trees, our one-of-a-kind tree maze is back and even better. DIGITAL LIGHT SHOW Don’t miss one of our festive digital light shows synchronized to holiday music. NEWLY EXPANDED FAMILY ZONE With arts and crafts, a 30-foot inflatable snowman and $1 train rides (5 and younger are FREE). *CLOSED FOR THE FOLLOWING HOLIDAYS: THANKSGIVING DAY, CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY. **BREWERY LIGHTS WILL ALSO BE OPEN ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH.
5:00pm
 Garden of Lights
WhenSun, December 24, 5pm – 9pm
WhereGardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA (map)
DescriptionJoin us for one of Northern Colorado's best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Garden of Lights is OPEN 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. Entertainment occurs every Friday, Sat, & Sun from 6-8 p.m.
5:00pm
 Winter Wonderlights
WhenSun, December 24, 5pm – 9pm
WhereSky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO, 80538, United States (map)
DescriptionWinter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 6, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Winter Wonderlights is a light show choreographed to music with performances nightly from approximately 5 – 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The event is free and open to the public. However, non-perishable food donation items would be appreciated and will benefit a local food bank. More information, including an updated performance and event schedule, will be available on our website.  
5:30pm
 Zoo Lights
WhenSun, December 24, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
DescriptionDECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31 5:30 to 9 p.m. Denver Zoo will be closed Christmas day (December 25) Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 1 until December 31, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues.

 

Dec. 17, 2017

10 Colorado Christmas traditions to continue year after year

 

Christmas Traditions in Colorado | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado

 

We've been in Colorado since 2006. This is where we got engaged, where our babies were born, and where we've built a life. Colorado is home and we want our kids to remember Christmas here opening gifts around our own tree.

As Colorado transplants, that means creating our own new family traditions that may differ from the ones we grew up with on the east coast, but which, with every passing year, precipitate a feeling of familiarity and of having some roots here.

I love the feeling of warmth and nostalgia brought on by Christmas traditions! Enjoying these activities together as a family each new holiday season allows us to reminisce on memories of years past and pause to savor the present moment just as it is right now. 

Whether you're a Colorado native or recent transplant, it's never too late to start these Christmas traditions with your own family! 

 

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The Christmas Lights in Old Town, Fort Collins

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Old Town is pure magic this time of year. Whether you choose to enjoy them bundled up for an evening stroll with your loved ones, or riding through the streets sipping hot chocolate on a horse drawn carriage, the lights in Old Town, Fort Collins are a "can't miss" at Christmas time!

Contact Colorado Carriage and Wagon to reserve your horse drawn carriage ride, and ask about their Winter Special package starting at Old Town Square and ending with dessert at the Melting Pot on Mountain Ave. 

 

   

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The Nutcracker by Canyon Concert Ballet in Fort Collins

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Canyon Concert Ballet presents our 36th annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet.  With a dazzling score by Tchaikovsky performed by the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, this is a rare chance to see a classical ballet accompanied by a live, full orchestra in Fort Collins.  This iconic holiday story is sure to please audiences of all ages with mystery, battles, and beautiful ballerinas in sparkling tutus!

Tickets can be purchased at the Lincoln Center online

 

 

  

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The Polar Express Train Ride at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden

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The story of The Polar Express is being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season!

Tickets may be purchased online on the Colorado Railroad Museum website

   

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Brewery Lights at Budweiser Brewery Experience in Fort Collins 

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Come for the lights. Stay for the incredible display of holiday spirit. It’s all here at the scenic Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Fort Collins. Enjoy complimentary beer, s'mores, hot chocolate, food in the biergarten, holiday tree maze, digital light show, $1 train rides, and more!

For more information, click here to be redirected to the brewery lights website

 

  

 

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Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo

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Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 1 until December 31, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues.

Tickets may be purchased online on the Denver Zoo website

 

  

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Give to those less fortunate

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If you don't already have a favorite nonprofit, take a moment to check out mine: Realities for Children.

 

Realities For Children provides Emergency Funding, Youth Activities, Critical Distributions and other services to Northern Colorado children who have faced abuse, neglect or are at-risk. 

 

For monetary donations, please visit the Realities for Children Website here

 

  

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Garden of Lights at the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins

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Join us for one of Northern Colorado's best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights.See your favorite perennial flower beds, huge sculptural flowers, a brilliant blue pond, grapevines, butterflies, and a Primordial Forest with dinosaurs—all created entirely from holiday lights!

 

While admission is free, donations are appreciated.

 

Click here for more information about the Gardens on Spring Creek

 

  

 

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Support Colorado Small Businesses 

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 It takes more than one Saturday per year of shopping small to keep our small business community thriving. Visit one of the many locally owned shops in Northern Colorado, a Winter Farmers Market, a holiday pop-up shop or a craft show to support Colorado artisans and small business owners! 

Here's a link to my hand-picked, made-in-Colorado stocking stuffers guide

 

 

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 Bake one of these high altitude Christmas cookie recipes

Christmas Traditions in Colorado | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado

One of my favorite traditions growing up was when all the ladies in my family gathered in my mom's kitchen to bake Christmas cookies. My grandma would bring her cookie cutters and rolling pins to make sure there was enough, and we'd spend the whole day stepping on each other's toes, licking icing off our fingers and making the biggest, happiest mess you've ever seen.

 Here are 10 high altitude cookie recipes to bake this Christmas

 

 

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 Make a hand-made gift

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 There's something therapeutic about making things with your hands. Northern Colorado has no shortage of options when it comes to painting and pottery studios. Pinot's Palette, a "Paint and Sip" in Old Town offers a glass of wine or beer along with the painting experience. While not all of these are suitable for children, several, including Flutterby Ceramics in Fort Collins specialize in children's crafts and Mommy-and-me classes.