Here’s a sure-fire gift idea, guaranteed to please everyone: spend a little more time together. Sure, it’s easier said than done this crazy-busy time of year, but we’d like to suggest a few simple ways to carve out some quality time with the people you love. And best of all, most of these activities keep you close to your cozy, BackCountry home.
Hometown Holiday at Town Center South – 12/6, 5pm
Start the season off right by bringing your family to Town Center South for an authentic, hometown celebration steeped in warmth and tradition. Kicked off by a holiday tree lighting at 5pm, this winter extravaganza includes fun-filled festivities such as caroling, live entertainment, food, and even a visit with Santa Claus himself. (But don’t be late, Santa heads back to his workshop at 7:30.) Sponsored by the Highlands Ranch Community Association, this event is free to all. PS – Adults won’t want to miss the Sparkling Wine Tasting going on around the corner at the Tattered Cover Book Store beginning at 5:30pm.
Live Music at the Sundial House featuring J.J. Fraser – 12/13
Residents: enjoy a well-deserved night out with your sweetie — or your pals. On 12/13, singer/songwriter J.J. Fraser brings his soulful mix of guitar, harp and mandolin music to BackCountry’s Sundial House. Settle in with a glass or wine and enjoy Fraser’s acoustic folk-rock music, often heard in local venues such as the Bluebird Theater, Bucksnort Saloon and The Next Door Bar.
Winter Market – 12/14-12/15, 10am-2pm
Teaming up with the Denver Farmers’ Market, the Highlands Ranch Community Association’s Winter Market offers unusual gift ideas, handmade items, and food for that special gift or holiday meal. Bundle up and stroll through the market stalls of Colorado farmers and crafters at Town Center North, where the laid-back but festive atmosphere will be sure to get you into the spirit of the season.
Holiday Variety Show - 12/20, 7pm
Discover just how incredibly talented your Highlands Ranch neighbors are at the Spotlight Performing Arts Center’s annual variety show. Great entertainment for the whole family, the show features singers and dancers of all ages performing Christmas and winter-themed numbers. Proceeds go toward providing for those in need this holiday season. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (720) 44-DANCE or visit spotlightperformers.com.
Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo – 12/6-1/5, 5:30pm-9pm
This one’s a little further from home, but well worth the trip. Stroll through Denver Zoo and ooh and ahh over 38 acres of holiday lights and more than 150 animated animal sculptures. And don’t miss the Zoo Lights Lantern Festival taking place in Toyota Elephant Passage. Text Dzoo to 56512 on the night you visit to find out that evening’s schedule of events, learn the location of special, up-close animal encounters, and receive special offers. Daytime admission does not include Zoo Lights. Denver Zoo will close at 5pm and reopen at 5:30pm for Zoo Lights. $12 for adults; $8 for children ages 3 – 11; $10 for ages 65+; children ages 2 and under are free. Members receive a $2 discount on tickets.