First Weekend in December!

December 1, 2016

This weekend near the new homes at Southshore you can take photos with Santa at Southlands, take in holiday concerts, a musical or play or even a ballet. And don’t miss the Aurora municipal center holiday lighting spectacular!

PHOTO BY: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson


TODAY, Thursday, December 1


Need a memorable gift for a friend or family member? Teens can go to the MLK Library this afternoon and use the library’s heavy-duty printer to create a photo collage for a holiday gift.

MLK Library, 9898 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
4:15 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1940


Friday, December 2

papercraft-pokemonPAPERCRAFT CLUB

Make papercraft figures from Minecraft, Pokemon, Star Wars and more! It’s colorful, creative, fun and easy! For fourth through eighth grades.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E Hampden Cir, Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600





Learn how to use a computer and achieve a basic understanding of how the internet works. No experience is necessary, however space in these classes is limited and registration is required by calling 303-739-1940.

MLK Library, 9898 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
10:30 a.m.
Phone: 303-739-1940



You deserve a break today – and so do your kids! Drop the littles off at The Lakehouse for dinner and games, plus a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This classic story features a grumpy green hermit who hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. For children (potty-trained) to 10 years old. Call 720-870-2221 to reserve a space.

The Lakehouse, 27151 E Lakeview Dr., Aurora, CO, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Phone:  720-870-2221
ADMISSION:  $15 for one child; $10 for additional children


Friday-Saturday, December 2-3


The Colorado Choir performs its 40th annual Christmas concert with works by J. S. Bach, Martin Shaw, Morten Lauridsen, P. J. Christiansen, Randall Thompson and more. You’ll enjoy hearing this beautiful music from over 80 masterfully-blended voices.

Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda Ave., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20 adults; $15 seniors, military and students
Phone: 303-388-4962


Friday-Sunday, December 2-4


Colorado Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker remains the “gold standard” as the largest production of this holiday favorite in Colorado. This larger-than-life holiday tradition continues to be as popular as ever, with nearly all performances sold out in 2015. Purchase your tickets early for this dreamy production that features lavish costumes, exuberant dancing, whimsical battles, hypnotizing snow flurries, sumptuous sets, majestic live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and a little bit of magic.

 Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St., Denver
Sat., 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-155


Friday-Monday, December 2-5


Vintage Theatre presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” – The classic story of young Belle and the Beast that only she can tame. Don’t miss the crooning kitchenware for this evening of love, intrigue and iconic music!

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m., Mon., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$31


Friday, December 2 through Christmas Eve


Essential to the holiday season, A Christmas Carol promises to warm your heart and renew your holiday spirit. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol depicts the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St.
Fri./Sat., 7:30; Sun., 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $35


santa-southlandsSANTA PHOTO OP!

Capture the magic of the holidays by letting your little ones pose for a photo opportunity with Santa, and share their wish list for Christmas! Here’s a schedule of Santa’s hours between now and Christmas, and the price list of possible accessories!

Southlands Mall, Main Street, Aurora
HOURS: Various


Now Through December 13

lets-fight-hungerSEASON TO SHARE

This holiday season, Always Best Care® Senior Services of Denver is committed to ending the fight against hunger by hosting an online food drive to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies.

Southshore residents can select from a variety of goods to purchase for donation thought a free and easy-to-use online service.



Now Through December 22


The 16th Annual Denver Christkindl Market hosted by the German-American Chamber of Commerce transforms Skyline Park into a magical “old world” European Christmas village, with wooden vendor huts, twinkling lights, festival music, and an authentic German Bier Hall. Visit this authentic holiday market like the ones found in German public squares, to shop more than 30 featured gift and craft artisans, bakers and chefs.

Downtown Denver, 16th and Arapahoe Streets, Denver
Click here for hours of operation


Now Through December 24


Shop in or outside the mall at the St. Nick’s Holiday market featuring a unique mix of vendors offering unique gifts, gourmet foods, artisan crafts and holiday treats. With over 100 vendors, you’ll find lots of gift possibilities for family, friends or yourself.

Southlands Mall, Main Street, Aurora
Holiday Store Hours


Now Through February


The Southshore lakeside community is just minutes away from The Pond by Southshore Ice Rink at Southlands. If you can’t wait strap on some skates, the ice is solid this weekend and ready for leisurely skating, toe loops, and triple axels! Sponsored by Southshore, The Pond Ice Rink is one cool place to skate and kick off the holiday season in a memorable way! Hours vary over the next six weeks.

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


Now Through April 2, 2017


If you’re a Star Wars™ fan, take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 60 original costumes. Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume will closely examine the process of costume designing the iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars™ series.

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


Now through January 1, 2017

porgy-bessPORGY AND BESS

This operatic adaptation of Dorothy Heyward’s play “Porgy and Bess” follows the lives of the inhabitants of Catfish Row, an African-American section of Charleston, South Carolina. The musical follows the crippled Porgy and his beloved Bess, who is under the thrall of the dangerous Crown and the sinewy drug dealer Sportin’ Life.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m./7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$37


Now through January 1, 2017


Embrace the holiday season at Blossoms of Light. With over one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlighting the Gardens’ winter beauty. Enjoy sparkling passages, new displays and romantic kissing spots under the mistletoe, all made more beautiful through HoloSpex glasses. Warm drinks and tasty treats will also be available.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
5:30-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$13


Saturday, December 3


Meet up at a local brewery for lively discussions on popular and contemporary literature. Register online and the library will contact you with the title of the next book as well as the location of this month’s brewery.

Various Locations
1:00 p.m.



You know bingo? That edge-of-your-seat game played on 5×5 cards with randomly drawn numbers? Spend some quality family time this weekend playing this game of chance for fun and prizes…at the library!

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050



This year’s holiday show promises mirth and merriment as the Aurora Singers perform old favorites and some new classics in keeping with a traditional holiday spirit!

East Middle School, 1275 Fraser St., Aurora
7:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-343-3377
Admissions: $12 Adults; $10 Seniors and Students


Sunday, December 4


Bring the little ones by to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and write out their letters and wish lists to deliver in person! Then sign up for Sunday brunch with Santa, his elves and reindeer on December 11!

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-360-5360



The Holiday and Ivy Concert Series is coming to Englewood High School. The whole family will enjoy this community holiday concert by the professional musicians of the United States Air Force Academy Band. Selections include holiday favorites such as It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, All I Want for Christmas is You and The Story of Rudolph.

Englewood High School, 3800 S. Logan St., Englewood
7:00 p.m.
Phone: 719-556-9916
Cost: FREE


Tuesday, December 6


Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as the city of Aurora hits the lights at the Municipal Center. With live musical performances, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, treats to tickle your taste buds and a spectacular outdoor light display, this event is one worth experiencing!

Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6706


Aurora’s Lakeside Community

Our new homes in Aurora, CO are not just close to the lake but to all sorts of activities and amenities! The beautiful models at Village Homes and the designs at Richmond American Homes showcase both ranch and two-story options. Southshore lakeside living with homes priced from the $400s to the $700s.