Holiday Happenings in Aurora

December 8, 2016


Our lakeside living community of Southshore with new homes in Aurora, CO is close to so many holiday happenings this weekend, the challenge will be what to do first. And next! Check out the performances, markets, classes and festivities now — before it’s too late!

TODAY AND TONIGHT, Thursday, December 8

Today and tonight, stop in at The Lakehouse for fitness class before all those holiday parties and season’s eatings! Southshore residents receive two free classes per week.

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
YogaLates, 11:15 a.m.
Yoga, 7:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-870-2221

Friday, December 9

This special story time is for little ones and their favorite stuffed animal followed by a stuffed-animal sleepover at the library. Kids will pick up their stuffed friends on the next visit and learn about all their silly nighttime shenanigans.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hamden Cir., Aurora
10:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

Every Friday a group of junior engineers gets together and taps into their imaginations to build buildings, cars, or whatever they can dream up with different materials and tools.

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

Mike Super, the award-winning magician, has pioneered a new form of magic with his own interactive, down-to-earth style and personality. His appeal to both young and old has made him one of the most sought after sleight-of-hand artists in the world!

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-805-6800
Tickets: $30-$35

Friday-Saturday, December 9-10

martinis-mistletoeMARTINIS AND MISTLETOE
Join the Vintage Theatre crowd for a late-night holiday special. Featuring classic holiday tunes and some of the town’s best performers including Miranda Byers, Suzanne Connors-Nepi, Mica Dominguez-Robinson, John White and Andrew Fischer.

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


Friday-Sunday, December 9-11

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 afternoon or evening of love, intrigue and iconic music!

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


Friday-Monday, December 9-12

This holiday sensation is back! Follow sour, mean and DEAD Jacob Marley as he and his companion, a malicious little hell-sprite, embark on a journey to redeem the only person worse than himself, his business partner Ebenezer Scrooge. Irreverent, funny and deeply moving, a story that “blends Dickens sensibility…and contemporary wit.”

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat./Mon.,7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-856-7830
Tickets $15-$30


Saturday, December 10

PAWS for reading is a fun way to develop read-aloud skills and experience, by reading to Harvey, the furry friend of the library! Call 303-326-8600 to sign up for an appointment.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hamden Cir., Aurora
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600


Bring your teen to a night of movies and fun with friends, dinner and a holiday craft. Teens ages 10-15 can also play ping-pong, challenge friends in Guitar Hero or Rock Band, foosball, pool table or other board games. Register here.

Teen Center, Southlands Shopping Center 6155 S. Main St., Suite 220, Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-274-5759
Admission: $20


Kids of all ages can climb aboard select Wings historic aircraft and get a pilot’s perspective of the instruments, controls and the feeling of flight.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
2:00 p.m.
General Admission: $6-12.50 (children under 3 Free)


Want to get out of town? Senior Day Trippers are planning an excursion to the mountain town that transforms into a scene out of a Currier and Ives photo. Experience a traditional Christmas of roasted chestnuts, shopping, carolers in Victorian costumes and so much more! Trip participants will be free to roam through this historic town on their own. Remember to dress warm because there’s a lot of walking outside. Lunch is on your own at any of the local restaurants. 

11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-7950 (To Register)
COST: $35 ($27 Residents)


Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Saturnalia at the annual holiday variety show and Christmas pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where none of the acts scheduled to perform has arrived! Finally, the three members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company are pressed into service to perform the entire show by themselves.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-805-6800
Tickets: $40-$45


Sunday, December 11


For the price of general admission, guests at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum will enjoy carolers, live reindeer, mimosas, cookie decorating, a holiday movie in the theater and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The little ones can also write a letter to Santa and deliver it right then and there!

Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus (from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), will kick-off the festivities with a ham and cheese frittata, French toast, sausage, hash browns, coffee cake and fruit. Tickets are required for brunch but will also give you entry to the main holidays at the hangar event. 

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Brunch Tickets: Adults: $20; 4-16 years: $15; Children under 3: $10


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

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 through 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 Ice Rink at Southlands. Sponsored by Southshore, The Pond Ice Rink is a blast during the holiday season and on Saturday, you can even and drink hot chocolate and hit the ice with Santa from 1:00-3:00 p.m.! 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


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, featuring more than a 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


YMCA Drop ’N Shop
Cost: $7/child; Ages potty-trained through 10 years

Busy shoppers who want to shop without their kiddos can drop off children at the Southlands YMCA Location to be supervised by a YMCA caregiver. There will be a theme each week for the kids to do fun holiday crafts while at the Drop ’N Shop.

Southlands Mall, NW corner of Main Street and E. Commons Ave., Suite 220, Aurora
Mon./Wed., 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.;
Phone: 720-870-2221


Southshore: Hub of the Holidays!

With so much to do near Southshore, the new homes in this lakeside community are the hub of the holidays! Stop in and see the beautiful models at Village Homes and the designs at Richmond American Homes. With quick move-ins and both ranch and two-story options, homes in this master-planned community are priced from the $400s to the $700s.