17 ways to enjoy your weekend in Colorado Springs region: 3 holiday parades, 500 creches, ugly sweaters and beer

By Linda Navarro Updated: November 29, 2017 at 7:41 pm • Published: November 29, 2017 0

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

A collaboration of the Pikes Peak Community College Theatre and Dance Departments: "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," the Los Angeles race riots in the words of those who lived through them. In conjunction with the PPLD All Pikes Peak Reads selection of Anna Deavere Smith's book, also a Tony-nominated play. Adult language. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Free. Non-perishable food and toiletries collected for PPCC Food Pantry.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Working as a Macy's Christmas elf as told by NPR's David Sedaris, "The Santaland Diaries" Christmas special opens this weekend through Dec. 23, Theatreworks' Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Regent Circle. Not for little ones under 5. Prologue lecture Sunday. Tickets: theatreworksCS.org

THURSDAY

Ladies, the Olympic cycling Velodrome in Memorial Park is all yours. A four-week Thursday night clinic, with professionals teaching the techniques, gives you an opportunity to ride those banked lanes. 6 o'clock each night, $20 each night. They'll lend you bikes and helmets. tinyurl.com/ybdm68lm

A holiday edition Outdoor Rec Expo has active-life and gift ideas for just about anyone, 5-8 p.m. at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. Vendors, clubs, demonstrations. Free. csyoungprofessionals.com

FRIDAY

With luminarias lighting the trails, hike Bear Creek By Candlelight for a lovely evening, 5-8 p.m.. After a hike, in the Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, music, animals, crafts, chili, hot chocolate and cookies. $5 prepaid registration, 520-6387, elpasocountynaturecenters.com

Manitou Christmas Parade, tree lighting at the town clock 5:45 p.m., parade at 6 p.m. down Manitou Boulevard east to Memorial Park. manitouchristmasparade.com

Cottonwood Legacy Artist Nancy Stage Robinson offers a special showing of Hidden Faces with new originals and giclée prints, along with a book signing, opening with a reception at 5 p.m. The show is up through Dec. 23 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave.

Indie group My Body Sings Electric celebrates its anniversary, "10 Years of Blood and Sweat and Tears and Life," up and down the Front Range. Fort Collins on Thursday; The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., on Friday; and Denver on Saturday. Local tickets on blacksheeprocks.com or discounts through Soda Jerk Presents, tinyurl.com/ya3t9aaw.

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A special holiday tradition, the Christmas Creche and live Nativity, with more than 500 nativities from around the world and a live Nativity. Creche viewing begins at 2 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and will be accompanied by music starting at 5:30 p.m. both days. The Outdoor Live Nativity is 6 and 7 p.m. both nights. Free. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8710 Lexington Drive.

The Denver Parade of Lights, a 75-year holiday tradition, goes through the city's downtown at 8 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday. For information about access, parking and road closures: downtowndenver.com

It's a celebration of the holidays 1840s style at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site in La Junta. Period clothing, games, foods, blacksmithing and toy making at the historic trading post. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visit an earlier era, nps.gov.

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It's a perfect time for arts and crafts shows and sales, and among the most anticipated is the Colorado College Arts and Crafts Sale with works by student artists and professionals in all types of media. 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Worner Campus Center on campus, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free, coloradocollege.edu.

SATURDAY

The 33rd downtown Festival of Lights Parade, "Through the Eyes of a Child," wends its way down Tejon Street, from St. Vrain Street to Vermijo Avenue, starting at 5:50 p.m. coloradospringsfestivaloflights.com. Family Fun Day begins pre-parade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneers Museum. Tuba Christmas is 4 p.m. in Acacia Park.

Run, Santas, run. And hundreds of them will do just that during the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas down Main Street, gobreck.com.

This one has a case of the big uglies with folks in frightfully awful sweaters happily quaffing brew fest offerings and watching top local bartenders in action. The Ugly Sweater Fest takes over Norris-Penrose Indoor Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, from noon to 4 p.m.. Bring unwrapped Christmas Unlimited toys for free parking. $40, VIP $65. uglysweaterfest.com

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These mountain homes are beautifully decorated, and and as you enjoy the Tweeds Holiday Home Tour you'll be donating to the Friends of Mueller State Park and Woodland Park Senior Citizens Organization, too. Since 1999, this tour has raised more than $160,000 for Teller County projects and nonprofits. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets $15-17, wphht.org/wphht-tickets, or at Tweed's Interior Design Studio in Woodland Park, 240 E. U.S. 24.

SUNDAY

Short films with the stories of refugees around the world are screened at the CC Refugee Alliance: Film Fest and Refugee Stories (In Their Words). 1 p.m., films; 2:30 p.m., reception with refugees who have resettled in Colorado Springs; 3:30 p.m., Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary, "Fire at Sea," by Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi. Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. Free. coloradocollege.edu

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