Almost Christmas Things to Do!

December 22, 2016

With only a few days until Christmas, we’re counting down to the big day, with musical performances, last-minute shopping, religious services and even some Southlands skating fun. The new home lake community of Southshore offers access to lots of things to do as the year winds down around Aurora.

TONIGHT, Thursday, December 22

Tonight at The Lakehouse, stop in for a fitness class before Christmas dinner and dessert! Southshore residents receive two free classes per week.

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
7:00 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday, December 22-24

Brief the kids to pose with Santa as they present him with their wish lists for Christmas! This is the final three days of Santa’s photo presences, and here’s the price list of possible photo choices, prints and accessories!

Southlands Mall, Main Street, Aurora
Thurs./Fri., 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 23

Every Friday a group of junior engineers gets together and pools imaginations to build buildings, cars, or whatever they can imagine, with different materials and tools.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
3:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1940

Looking for a late-night holiday event with music, martinis and mistletoe? We know just the place: Vintage Theatre. Featuring classic tunes and performers like Miranda Byers, Suzanne Connors-Nepi and Mica Dominguez-Robinson.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6-10

Thursday-Friday, December 22-23 

Beauty and the Beast, the timeless Disney story of young Belle and the Beast that only she can tame, features kitchenware that can croon a tune and plenty of romance, intrigue and well-known, award-winning music!

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22-$31

Thursday-Saturday, December 22-24

The St. Nick’s Holiday market features unique gifts, gourmet treats, handmade crafts and holiday foods. With over 100 vendors, last-minute gift possibilities for family, friends or you, the market is located on the southwest corner as you enter Southlands Shopping Center on Main Street.

Southlands, Main Street, Aurora
Holiday Store Hours

Thursday-Wednesday, December 22-28 

The Pond Ice Rink at Southlands, sponsored by Southshore is open to and through Christmas day (1:00-9:00 p.m.)! Looking for something to do after you open all the presents? Strap on your skates and head to the Mall! Hours vary through the winter.

Southlands Mall Main Street, E470 and Smoky Hill Rd., Aurora
ADMISSION: $3.50-$8.50 with $2.50 skate rental

Thursday-Saturday, December 22-24

The operatic adaptation of Porgy and Bess examines the lives of the residents of Catfish Row, an African-American neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina. The classic musical follows the Porgy and his love interest Bess, who is under the control of a scary Crown and drug dealer, called Sportin’ Life.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Thurs./Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$37

Friday-Saturday, December 23-24

Jacob Marley and a nasty little fiendish spirit spend the night doing their deadly best to convince Marley’s business partner Ebenezer Scrooge to atone for his behavior and turn his life around. The holiday story combines modern humor with the classic Charles Dickens story in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat.,7:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-856-7830
Tickets $15-$30 

Saturday, December 24

With four services (and child care provided during the first three), Colorado Community Church welcomes families to join congregants in singing and celebrating the birth of Jesus with carols and candles.

Colorado Community Church, 2220 S. Chambers Rd., Aurora
2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-256-2891

Monday, December 26

Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and ends on January 1, and during each evening of Kwanzaa there will be a lighting of the Grand Kinara. The first night includes a parade, plus celebration and induction of New Circle of Wisdom members. Check out the week-long series of events and activities for children, young people, adults and seniors on the Kwanzaa Committee Facebook page.

St. Blair Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton St., Denver
6:00 p.m.

Tuesday-Wednesday, December 27-28

Looking for something for the kiddos to do during the week between Christmas and New Year’s? Drop them off at The Lakehouse for crafts and a movie and the staff will take care of the rest. Kids must be potty-trained and lunch will be provided!

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-870-2221

Now through January 1, 2017

BOTANIC GARDENS’ LIGHT SPECTACLEdenverbotanicgardens-facebook-lts
The Blossoms of Light features more than a million sparkly lights at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The sound-reactive animated LED lights, romantic kissing spots under the mistletoe, and twinkling lights through HoloSpex glasses will fill you with the glow of the holidays. Don’t miss this colorful event!

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
5:30-9:00 p.m.

Tickets: $10-$13 

Now Through April 2, 2017

If you love Star WarsTM, you’ll love The Power of Costume. More than 60 original Star Wars™ costumes are on display in a historic presentation at the Denver Art Museum. The Power of Costume examinesthe process of costume designing the other-worldly outfits from all seven films of the Star Wars™ franchise.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver
Tours begin every 15 minutes
TICKETS: Non-Members $5-$28

Celebrate the Season at Southshore
Except for Christmas day, the new homes in this lakeside community of Southshore are on display throughout the day! Tour one of the seven the beautiful models at Village Homes and the new collection designs of Richmond American Homes. With both ranch and two-story options, homes in this master-planned community in Aurora, are priced from the $400s to the $700s.