Starting the season in North Metro Denver

A listing of holiday events and celebrations

Staff Report
Posted 11/21/21

Friday, Dec. 3 Thornton Santa Calling registration deadline: Dec. 3 is the last day to sign up their youngsters to have the Santa Claus call between 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14 through 16, specifying a date …

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Starting the season in North Metro Denver

A listing of holiday events and celebrations

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Friday, Dec. 3

Thornton Santa Calling registration deadline: Dec. 3 is the last day to sign up their youngsters to have the Santa Claus call between 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14 through 16, specifying a date and rough time for the call and providing some information about their child — name, age, address, brothers and sisters, favorite things, pet names, what they want for Christmas and how they’ve been behaving. One of Thornton’s volunteer elves will call, putting Santa — or one of his helpers — on the line when they’re ready. Visit https://bit.ly/3DDs3Nn for the registration form.

Noel Northglenn 2021: It’s Northglenn’s traditional holiday celebration in a brand new space! The City of Northglenn kicks off the holiday celebration at the Parsons entrance of the new Northglenn Recreation Center at 1 E. Memorial Parkway., from 5 to 8 p.m. Kids can visit Santa and have their picture taken or enjoy some holiday songs with Mrs. Claus and her elves. There will be free pizza and treats like cookies and hot chocolate, free books (while supplies last), carriage rides. The band Animal Farm will be performing indoors at the Parson’s Theater, with 30-minute shows at the quarter past the hour. Elves will be on hand leading holiday hula hooping and there will be other surprises.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Olde Fashioned Christmas: Northglenn’s Stonehocker Farmhouse, 10950 Fox Run Parkway, will host the annual celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy holiday music from local performers, baked goods, crafts, gifts and stocking-stuffers and photos with Santa Claus.

Fort Lupton Winterfest and Holiday Craft Bazaar: Fort Lupton opens the holidays with a series of free events. Start at the library and end up at the Recreation Center.
Santa Claus will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon for Cookies and Cocoa with Santa at the Fort Lupton Public School and Library, 425 S. Denver Ave.
The celebration moves to the Recreation Center, at 203 S. Harrison Ave. for a holiday bazaar from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a chili dinner fundraiser from 4-7 p.m., carriage rides, a performance by the Legacy School of Dance and the community Christmas tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

Brighton Winter Festival: Activities will be 2-4:30 p.m. clustered around Main Street Creatives, 36 S. Main St., featuring a Teddy Bear and Friends Tree and Santa Comes to Town, face painting and plenty of food trucks. The celebration moves to Founder’s Plaza at 5 p.m. with a performance by acapella group FACE, followed by the Christmas tree lighting.

Westminster Holiday Lights: The city of Westminster kicks off the countdown to Christmas at 5:30 p.m. with the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. in Westminster come see the magical wonderland of lights, complete with holiday music, hot chocolate, cookies and visit from Santa Claus. There will be a full-sized sleigh and miniature train for photos, a bonfire and a hayride to complete the event. Free of charge, sponsored by St. Anthony North Health Campus.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Hanukka Eighth night: Come see the first eight lights of the Westminster grand menorah lit between 4-6 p.m. at the Orchard Town Center Square, 14697 Delaware St. Westminster -- next to the Rock Bottom Restaurant and the AMC Theaters. The event features Hanukka music and sing-alongs, doughnuts, hot latkes and cocoa, and prizes.

Friday, Dec. 10

Thornton Winterfest: Come celebrate the season with the city’s annual holiday celebration through Dec. 11 at the Carpenter Park Fields, 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The festival opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday and runs until 9 p.m. nightly.
The festival features Santa’s Village, with ice skating, ice carving, food vendors, a tree decorating contest, a beer garden and visits from Santa Claus himself. Saturday events include a breakfast with Santa at 7:30 a.m., a 10 a.m. Ugly Sweater Fun Run 5k, a holiday marketplace and an 8:30 p.m. fireworks display.

Fort Lupton Parade of Lights: The city hosts its holiday parade of bright lights and cheer beginning at 6 p.m. at 605 4th St. – the Bank of Colorado Operations Center. A tree lighting ceremony is set for 6:45 p.m. Santa sticks around for photos from 7-8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Brighton Parade of Lights: More than 75 colorful and creatively decorated floats will be featured in the city’s 26th annual holiday parade. The parade steps off at 5 p.m. heading south on North Main St., turns east onto Bridge St. to 10th Ave. and then to Southern Ave. before turning east to return to City Hall.

Sunday, Dec. 12

“Old Time Radio” Christmas Plays: Two Old Time Radio Christmas plays will be performed live by the Advent Radio Players at 1 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church in Westminster, 7979 Meade St. in Westminster.

The Advent Radio Players have recreated old-time radio shows for the past nine years, using original scripts, several microphones and sound effects from the original programs just as they were heard on the radio. Each play is performed like a live radio show including lighted applause and on the air signs.

This year’s performances are a Fibber McGee and Molly Comedy, “Fibber Paints a Christmas Tree White” will be followed by a Dragnet Drama “The Big Little Jesus”. These will be presented using the original scripts and sounds just as they were presented on the air in 1945 and 1953. Donations are appreciated. You can also watch the plays live at https://www.facebook.com/adventwestminsterco, the church’s Facebook page.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Thornton Chorus Winter Concert: Thornton’s Community Chorus presents their annual holiday concert “Christmas Through the Ages”, featuring all varieties of holiday music, from 7-9 p.m. at the Village Church, 4550 2128th Ave., in Thornton. Contact Britney Farr at 661 212-3261 or email thorntonchorus@gmail.com for more information. This year’s concert will also be live-streamed on the group’s Youtube page, https://www.youtube.com/user/thorntonCchorus.

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