Fun Things To Do This Month!

It's happening in Northern Colorado! Visitors, residents and guests, here are a few fun things to do in December...
Fun ThingsFort Collins
Loveland
Greeley
Windsor
Johnstown-Milliken
Estes Park

Garden of Lights ~ Fort Collins
Fun ThingsThroughout December
Location: Gardens on Spring Creek
Website: visitftcollins.org

Open every evening December 1 through January 7 Join us 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, & New Year’s Day.

Join us for one of Northern Colorado’s best holiday traditions! Stroll though 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 LED pond, cornfields and farmer, and a Primordial Forest with dinosaurs–all created entirely from holiday lights!

New this year, due to construction on the Drake Campus, Woodward, Inc. will be moving and incorporating their Holiday Display into the Gardens of Lights.

During the weekends (Friday, Sat, Sun), visit with Santa, listen to holiday music, make seasonal crafts, and enjoy warm drinks.

Garden of Lights is dependent on volunteers to make the show happen. Although there is no ticket cost to enter, a $5 suggested donation per adult, $2 suggested donation per child is appreciated. Children 2 years and under admitted free. This outdoor event is rain, shine, or snow!

Foodie Walk ~ Fort Collins
December 15, 2017
Location: Downtown
Website: downtownfortcollins.com

Who is a foodie? Foodies are people who simply love food for consumption, study, preparation, and recreation. Foodies wish to learn everything about food, the best and the ordinary, and take in the science, industry, history, and characters surrounding food. Culinary shops in Downtown Fort Collins focus on unique quality ingredients, locally sourced and organic produce in their shops.

The Fort Collins Foodie Walk offers a way for people to explore and enjoy the world of food and spices! Scroll down to view all Foodie Walk participants, and their specials for each month.

First Night 2018 ~ Fort Collins
December 31, 2017
Location: Downtown
Website: downtownfortcollins.com

Make plans to be Downtown on New Year’s Eve for First Night Fort Collins! This non-alcoholic, FREE, family-oriented, arts-based celebration attracts an all-ages audience to 30+ performances at 7 venues throughout Downtown.

Winter Wonderlights ~ Loveland
Fun ThingsThroughout December
Location: Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra
Website: visitlovelandco.org

Winter 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.

Classic Holiday Film Series ~ Loveland
December 19-21, 2017
Location: Rialto Theatre Center
Websites: visitlovelandco.org

Celebrate the holidays with the classics! December 19 – White Christmas. December 20 – Scrooged. December 21 – It’s A Wonderful Life.

The Good Humor Men ~ Loveland
December 30, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Rialto Theatre Center
Website: rialtotheatercenter.org

Three of America’s funniest comedians: Pete Lee (Premium Blend, Late Show with David Letterman, Best Week Ever, Last Comic Standing), Pat McGann (Chicago Stand Up Project, The Daily Show, Sports Talk Live, Mancow Morning Show), and Pat Hazell (writer for Seinfeld, The Tonight Show, American Pie,NPR) join forces to showcase their original brand of humor in an evening packed with punch lines, clever writing and hair-trigger laughs.

Homesteader's Holiday ~ Greeley
Fun ThingsDecember 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Website: greeleycalendar.com

'Tis the season to tour festively decorated historical homes, listen to holiday music, visit with Santa, dip and old fashioned candle, and more! Food concessions are available in the Hall House with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Greeley Museums and Selma’s Store will be open, allowing visitors to shop for unique gifts and other holiday items.

Community Christmas Party ~ Greeley
December 9, 2017
Website: greeleycalendar.com

Kids, visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, enjoy holiday treats, make a festive craft and receive a Christmas gift. Children age 12 and under will receive a gift.

Christmas with the Celts ~ Greeley
December 20, 2017
Location: Union Colony Civic Center
Website: greeleycalendar.com

Kids, visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, enjoy holiday treats, make a festive craft and receive a Christmas gift. Children age 12 and under will receive a gift.

Windsor Wonderland ~ Windsor-Severance
Fun ThingsDecember 2, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Downtown Windsor, Boardwalk Park
Website: windsorgov.com

Windsor Wonderland will kick off with the arrival of Santa. Great Western Railway will bring Santa from the North Pole by train, arriving at noon at the intersection of 5th Street and Ash Street. After his arrival, Santa will be available for professional pictures, free of charge, at his tent at Boardwalk Park.

The celebration is free and open to the public, and includes a host of holiday activities:
Noon — Santa’s arrival by train at the 5th Street and Ash Street crossing

Noon – 4:30 p.m.
- Pictures with Santa in Santa’s tent at Boardwalk Park
- Hay rides around Boardwalk Park
- S’mores by the Boardwalk Park bell
- Snowball fight and other kids’ activities on the Train Depot Museum lawn at Boardwalk Park
- Story time and holiday crafts in the Art & Heritage Center
- Weld Food Bank holiday food drive final drop off
- Windsor Severance Fire Rescue fire truck, Santa Cop gift drive at the Windsor Police car, and the Clearview Library District Bookmobile along north 5th Street

Noon – 1 p.m. — Paul Maley holiday music performance at Boardwalk Park
1:15 - 2 p.m. — Windsor Youth Cheer and Dance Team presentations at Boardwalk Park
2:15 - 3 p.m. — Danni Dance presentations at Boardwalk Park
4:45 p.m. — Tree lighting and holiday proclamation by Mayor Kristie Melendez in front of the Train Depot Museum

School Out Day ~ Windsor-Severance
December 22, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: Windsor Community Recreation Center
Website: windsorgov.com

The Windsor Rec Center is offering full-day camp with a variety of activities such as gym and outdoor play, arts and crafts and swimming on the days Weld RE-4 school district is not in session. An itinerary will be given a couple days in advance. Please bring a lunch and two snacks. Drop off time is 7:30 - 9 a.m. and pick up will be from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Noon Year's Eve Bash ~ Windsor-Severance
December 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Windsor Community Recreation Center
Website: windsorgov.net

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Community Recreation Center on Friday, Dec. 29. Yes, we know it's a bit early, but this way you can practice a little before the real deal! This event features music by Harris & Harris, dancing, casino games, lunch with a champagne toast at 12 noon, and door prizes! Attire is semi-formal. Reserve your spot early for a discount; receive $5 off by registering before December 12!

Beauty & the Beast ~ Johnstown-Milliken
Fun ThingsNovember 16, 2017-February 14, 2018
Website: coloradocandlelight.com

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is an eye-popping spectacle that has won the hearts and imaginations of millions worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self.

Milliken Festival of Lights ~ Johnstown-Milliken
December 1, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Milliken Town Hall

4:30 PM - Christmas Storytime at the Police Station
5:30 PM - FREE Chili & Chicken Noodle Soup Supper (First Come, First Serve - 400 Servings Available)
6:00 PM - Parade of Lights & Christmas Tree Lighting (Begins @ Milliken Middle School and ends at Town Hall)
6:30 PM - Visit from Santa, Free Kids Crafts, Hayrides & More!

Community Christmas Celebration ~ Johnstown-Milliken
December 8, 2017
Time: 5:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Location: Patio across from Veteran Brothers Brewing Company

Local choir performance, Christmas karaoke, caroling, hot drinks & fun for everyone!

Quota Club Holiday Home Tour ~ Estes Park
Fun ThingsDecember 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Price: Price: $15
Website: quotaclubofestespark.org/home-tour

Holiday Home Tour is an annual fundraiser taking place the first Saturday of December. It features several local homes decorated for the holidays followed by the drawing for the Parade of Trees which will be on display in The Stanley Hotel lobby from November 8 to 27 and then moved to Good Sam Village from November 28 - Dec 2. Tickets are $15 and will be available November 2017.

Home for 2017 are: 699 Findley Court, 2725 Devils Gulch, 1382 Deer Path Court, 515 Grand Estates, Reliance Fire Museum, Tour beautiful homes & something special this year! This fundraiser benefits Quota's funds for ambulances, loan closet, hearing & more.

Yuletide Lights Driving Tour ~ Estes Park
December 4, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Location: Estes Park
Website: visitestespark.com

Enjoy the Yuletide Lights Driving Tour in Estes Park this holiday season! Visit festively decorated Estes Park local businesses and residential houses on a self-guided driving tour! Grab some hot chocolate from a local coffee shop and hop in the car to enjoy this tour of Estes Park community members who want to share their holiday spirit with you!

Tiny Tots & Breakfast w/ Santa ~ Estes Park
December 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: American Legion Hall
Website: visitestespark.com

Santa Claus is coming to Estes Park! Join us for a FREE pancake breakfast, Christmas music, crafts and a photo with your favorite jolly guy himself, Santa Claus. All children will receive a free gift from Santa.

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