Calendar – Enjoy holiday festivities in Colorado casino towns

By Rosemary Fetter

Central City

Tommyknocker Holiday
Dec. 5 – 7, Historic Teller House, 120 Eureka St., Central City. Bazaar, music, gifts, costumed entertainers, tours. Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m., Lighting of the Tree across from City Hall; 7 p.m., Candlelight Walk to Teller House for family potluck dinner, Peak to Peak Chorale to perform. Optional: Bring a musical instrument or a prepared dish for dinner For more information, call 303-582-5919.

Cripple Creek and Victor

Gold Camp Christmas
Through Jan. 1, Lighting of the Mine Headframes (Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining District). Take a drive with a self-guided tour through the mine headframes, decorated with impressive Christmas light displays or take a Lighted Headframe Tours that begin Dec. 12 at 5:15 p.m. at the Aspen Mine Center. A shuttle will tour through the headframes and arrive in Victor for the Victor Parade of Lights and the Victor Gold Bowl.  The Parade of Lights, a bonfire, caroling and festive activities will kick off Victor’s evening festivities.  Those interested in taking this tour may either take the shuttle from Cripple Creek at 5:30 p.m., or go directly to Victor via their own transportation.  Reservations are not being accepted, so arrive early to ensure a seat.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Show
Dec. 28, Butte Theater. 139 WE. Bennet Ave., Cripple Creek. Tickets 719-689-3247 or visit www.ButteTheater.com.

Winter Wonderland Reception
Dec. 11, 4 – 7 p.m., (Aspen Mine Center), performance 7 p.m., Butte Theater.

Soup for the Soul
Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Soup for the Soul (Aspen Mine Center). 5:15 p.m. Tour of the Lighted Headframes (Shuttle from Aspen Mine Center at 5:15 p.m., will return at approximately 7:30 p.m.) 7 p.m. “Winter Wonderland” Holiday Show (Butte Theater)

Treasures of Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Dec. 13, throughout the Day on Bennett Avenue. Enjoy shopping at Bazaar and local gift shops, s’mores and marshmallows roasting on an open fire. Free hot chocolate, cider, and skate tickets.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Christmas Bazaar (Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation Department)
Silent Auction Bids on Trees accepted until 1:15 p.m. (Aspen Mine Center)
11 a.m. Church in the Wildwood Bell Choir (Butte Theater)
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cripple Creek District Museum Activities (East Bennett Avenue)
11 a.m. Woodland Park Community Singers (Aspen Mine Center)
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fundraiser Luncheon (Aspen Mine Center)
Noon Christmas Parade (Bennett Avenue)
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Childrens’ Activities
Santa Clause, Gingerbread Ornament Decorating (Aspen Mine Center)
1 p.m. “Winter Wonderland” Holiday Show (Butte Theater)
1:15 p.m. Tree Decorating Contest Awards and Parade Awards, Tree Live Auction (Aspen Mine Center)
3:30 p.m. Colorado Springs Chorale Christmas Concert (Cripple Creek Baptist Church)
7 p.m. “Winter Wonderland” Holiday Show (Butte Theater)

Holiday fun
Dec. 14, noon – 4 p.m. Cripple Creek District Museum Activities (East Bennett Avenue). 1 p.m. “Winter Wonderland” Holiday Show (Butte Theater) Winter Wonderland Reception. Sing along to Christmas Carols following the show.

Victor Events

Dec. 12, 6 p.m. Parade of Lights (Victor Avenue – 5:30 p.m. Parade Line-up at 4th and Victor). Party in the Plaza (Burn Barrels, Cookies, Cocoa, and DREAM hot cocktail fundraiser (3rd Street Plaza). 7 p.m. Lighting Contest and Parade Prizes Announced.

Dec. 13, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Breakfast with Santa (Fortune Club diner). 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elf Emporium (Victor Hotel). Free Ice Skating all weekend at Brian’s Park in Victor.

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