It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

November 5, 2020

The first week of November marks the opening of holiday gift markets for the best in artisan gifts and decorations! Some are outdoors, one is indoors, and Colorado Country Christmas vendors can be found online this year. Get out and start shopping early—who knows what the upcoming weeks will bring!

 TODAY/TONIGHT, November 5

Stanley Marketplace will be in a festive mood for the First Thursday Twilight Sale—featuring spectacular sales on merchandise in the shops. Get your event wristband to take advantage of the discounts and also enjoy special snacks and drinks at local eateries. Keep your eyes on their Facebook event page for updates on deals!

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Information: FREE
Phone: 720-432-9162

Thursday-Sunday, November 5-8

Hosted by the Denver Center of Performing Arts and appearing right in the neighborhood, Carne y Arena is an important work that explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees. This walk-through virtual reality art installation shows the realistic stories of refugees’ journeys—from their point of view.

The sequence is a multi-narrative space with human characters, based on true accounts. The project was awarded a special Oscar® in 2017, recognized by the Academy as an exceptional storytelling experience.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
10:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$55

Friday, November 6

Just because we’re stuck at home is no reason to give up celebrating! Join in this joyful celebration of visual art and music—together with your friends and neighbors but in the safety of your home.

This year’s Day of Jubilee features a live recorded set from the local band Lapompe and a 360-degree gallery viewing of the exhibition Remind Me Tomorrow by Korean artist Sammy Lee.

Online, People’s Building, Aurora
4:00 – 11:59 p.m.

Saturday, November 7

Get out in the fresh air and learn a dance move or two! This socially-distanced Latin Zumba-esque dance class is perfect for all ages and abilities. You’ll be having so much fun you won’t even realize you’re also getting a great workout! Afterwards, enjoy a half-priced beer or NA beverage! 

Cheluna Brewing Company, 2501 Dallas St., Suite 148, Aurora
10:00 a.m.
Register: $6

Take advantage of the mild weather and enjoy a late-season Farmers’ Market pop-up! In addition to food and produce selections, you’ll find booths of unique handmade artisan goods and gifts—including handbags, clothing, jewelry and more!                                                                                   
Cherry Creek Shopping Center Parking Lot, 1st Ave. & University Blvd., Denver  
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.      
Information: FREE

Enjoy a special date night out in a small group setting. Learn how to make a memorable Italian meal from the beautiful city of Milan! You’ll be part of the socially-distanced group who will create a multi-course dinner together with chef Andy Floyd—and then enjoy consuming it!

The menu includes wild mushroom and tallegio bruschetta, spinach and ricotta gnocchi, chicken scaloppine, and asparagus and prosciutto bundles with fontina. The perfect wines will accompany the dinner, and you’ll finish it off with a delicious dessert: apple and pine nut cake! 

The Seasoned Chef, 999 Jasmine St. #100, Denver
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Register: $180 (for two)
Phone: 303-377-3222

Saturday-Sunday, November 7-8

Everyone’s favorite downtown artisan market is back, with all the one-of-a-kind seasonal items you’ll want for your holiday decorating! This open-air Holiday Festival will get you in a festive mood, with live entertainment and fun for the entire family!

Browse booths of high-quality handcrafted goods, fabulous holiday gift ideas, delicious specialty foods, and more—all from a diverse collection of local artists and crafters.

Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall & Arapahoe St., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

This is the artisan marketplace you won’t want to miss! The Cherry Creek Gift Festival is one of the biggest and best holiday shopping events of the year. Held indoors at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, the event will be socially-distanced and masks will be required. 

You’ll find a great selection of unique high-quality seasonal items, as well as handmade gift ideas and home décor. There will be specialty handcrafted food items and plenty of festive spirit to go around!  

Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E. 1st Ave., Denver
Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Psychosomatic is a new one-person sketch show by the creators of last year’s post-apocalyptic clown show that had everyone talking. Creator and performer Nick Trotter contemplates what happens if we give power to the voices in our heads.

Set in a psychologist’s office and with appearances by Circo de Nada’s signature Talking Hands puppets, Trotter becomes an obsessive nonsense-talker, a tyrannical doctor, and a gender-fluid storyteller. The show is available only as a livestream event.

Online Event, People’s Building
7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Tickets: $20

The Arts, Music and More Near Southshore!

Enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find culture and entertainment within easy reach! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? Tour the beautiful model homes from Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s and the $700s.