A look at some of our favorite events happening around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and beyond.
"Top Girls," Caryl Churchill's play about women's roles, performed by the Colorado College Theatre and Dance Department, Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.,7:30 p.m., $5; 389-6607.
Opening weekend for the glittering Broadmoor Holiday Show with headliner "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone. Music also includes The Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, Broadmoor Pops Orchestra and Nelson Rangell. Through Dec. 28. Entertainment and dinner, $100, $65 for children 10 and under. broadmoor.com
Candlelit Shove Chapel at Colorado College is exquisitely moving - the perfect setting for the music of the local tradition, Wintersong: A Celebration of the Season by the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble directed by Deborah Teske. Spoken word with traditional and modern choral works. 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free, donations accepted. coloradocollege.edu
"15th of December: A Not So Perfect Holiday Concert", a special variety show spotlighting those with Down syndrome, a benefit for Club 21 in Pretoria, South Africa. Discovery Canyon Campus, 1810 North Gate Blvd., 15thofdecember.com.
Hanukkah and Klezmer music signal the beginning of the Jewish Shabbat at Temple Shalom's Hanukkah Concert with Little London Winds, 7 p.m., 1523 E. Monument St. Free, and all faiths welcome.
Calling all Wookiees. Dress in your "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" costumes the day after the movie opens for A Far Away Galaxy day at the Space Foundation Discovery Center. They promise a spoiler-free day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in case you haven't seen the movie yet. Other-world games, Wookiee Cookie decorating and Jedi training. $10, or $5 for little Wookiees. Discount for non-perishable food for Care & Share Food Bank. 4425 Arrowswest Drive, discoverspace.org
Silent Discos create evenings of hysterical fun with your friends, turning dancers into mimes gone wild. Hence, Snow Ball: A Silent Disco beneath the breathtaking, blue "Beach Front" LED bicycle art floating above the courtyard at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Put on wireless headphones, and dance away to your own tune, while everyone else does the same. 8 to 10:30 p.m., $10, free for students. Cash bar and food. csfineartscenter.org
Happy jewelry thoughts arise as the Commonwheel Artists show their handcrafted wares at a special Jewelry Trunk Show, just in time for holiday shopping. During the show, the artists will explain their jewelry-making process and materials as shoppers enjoy hot apple cider and food treats. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Commonwheel Artists Co-op is at 102 Canon Ave in Manitou Springs. commonwheel.com
Want to help count and record all those feathered birdies in Bear Creek Park? It's the official Bear Creek Audubon Christmas Bird Count, 8 a.m. to noon, followed by a potluck dinner and species compilation from 5 to 7 p.m.. Dress for the outdoors. Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. $5 donation for bird seed. Reservations: 520-6387, tinyurl.com/ybhkpulb
The Nutcracker is everywhere, and Springs Dance twists its a bit with its specialty, An Urban Nutcracker: A Holiday Tradition Remixed. The music is traditional Tchaikovsky before it turns into modern dance, circus, Brazilian capoeira, other martial arts and high, high energy. 6 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Armstrong Hall on the Colorado College campus, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., $18, $20 at the door. springsdance.com
An amazing anniversary, the 275th, for the first performance of Handel's "Messiah." A performance by the First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and orchestra is at 6 p.m., with featured soloists soprano Amy Maples, mezzo-soprano Valerie Nicolosi, tenor Daniel Fosha and baritone Peter Tuff. Tickets $10, $5 for students 21 and under, 420 N. Nevada Ave., fumc-cs.org includes online fee or by check or cash at the church office without ticketing fee, 884-2504.
They'll be grooving at the "Snazzy-Jazzy Christmas Concert" with Swing Factory Big Band, 7 p.m., at Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland in Woodland Park. Featured carols were recorded by Stan Kenton and his Neophonic Orchestra. Free, donations welcome. 687-2210.
This is a packed-house tradition at Pikes Peak Center, the Philharmonic's Christmas Symphony, filled with classic holiday songs and a Christmas favorites sing-along. Mayor John Suthers will narrate "Twas the Night Before Christmas." 2:30 p.m. $29-73, csphilharmonic.org
THURSDAY, DEC. 14
Comic Michael Jr. will be "Bringin' the Funny" to Springs First Church, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd., 7 p.m., $22-50, tinyurl.com/yclm23fs
Three country-music fellows named Chris - Young, Janson and Lane - headline KYGO's Christmas Jam at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, 7:30 p.m., $45-55, tinyurl.com/yc6uhque