Weekend entertainment in Colorado Springs and beyond: Lights, Irish music, free admission to state parks and Nutcrackers

By Linda Navarro Updated: November 23, 2017 at 8:16 pm • Published: November 22, 2017 0

A look at some of our favorite events happening this weekend around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and beyond in Colorado.

FRIDAY

The Pueblo Riverwalk lights up for the holidays starting with festivities at 5 p.m.and ending the evening with fireworks. All through the season, there are floating evening rides with Santa and other costumed characters. 

FRIDAY

Heading up in the Denver direction this weekend? Two light-extravaganza holiday delights are opening: the twinkling Blossoms of Light covering the grounds of Denver Botanic Gardens through Jan. 1 and A Hudson Christmas at Hudson Gardens in Littleton through Dec. 31.

FRIDAY

Head outdoors after turkey day for Fresh Air Friday, with free admission to all 41 state parks compliments of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado. 

FRIDAY

They'll happily wish you "Céad Míle Fáilte" (100,000 welcomes) at Stargazer's Theatre as you arrive for the music and dance "Irish Christmas in America." This 2017 tour features Seamus Begley and Sligo's Niamh Farrell. Tickets $25 plus ticketing fee, $30 at the door for the 7 p.m. show.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Those giant, tumbledown structures dotting gold-rush era mining locations on hillsides all around Cripple Creek and Victor become lighted works of art and Christmas ornaments as part of the 20-year Holiday Headframe Lighting tradition. Self-guided evening tours are weekends starting Friday through Jan. 1. Download maps here.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

"The Nutcracker" season has arrived. This weekend, the Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Ballet; Friday-Saturday, a mini "Petite Nutcracker," Library 21c; Saturday-Dec. 24, Colorado Ballet in Denver; Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Sangre de Cristo Ballet, Pueblo; Dec.8-9, Moscow Ballet in Denver; Dec. 20-21, local Colorado Youth Ballet and Colorado Ballet Society.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Ice sculptures and sculpture demonstrations, Parad-Ice on the Promenade, Promenade Shops at Briargate.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Opening weekend for the Pueblo Zoo's ElectriCritters lighted creations, weekends through Dec. 30, pueblozoo.org Next up, the Denver Zoo's Zoo Lights, Dec. 1-31 and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Electric Safari Dec. 8-Jan. 1.

SATURDAY

Catapult leftover pumpkins, sending old jack-o-lanterns flying at the Fountain Creek Nature Center's Punkin' Chunkin, 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, 320 Peppergrass Lane in Fountain. $3. Reservations at 520-6745.

SATURDAY

Shopping fun and special treats all around the area, downtown and Old Colorado City for Small Business Saturday. Old Colorado City turns it into a costumed Christmas Stroll at 5 p.m.

SUNDAY

Join the Colorado Springs Chorale in a Handel's "Messiah" Sing-Along as part of their holiday concert of seasonal selections, 7 p.m. Sunday, First Christian Church, 16 E .Platte Ave. Free-will offering.

SUNDAY

The bells are ringing with "A Symphony of Christmas" for the Pikes Peak Ringers' Holiday Concert, 3 p.m. at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. The Christmas special is repeated at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Manitou's Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave. Free-will offerings. 

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