The SantaLand Diaries and 20 Things to do in Denver this Week

Denver has some banging events lined up for the week. Start it off by celebrating the holiday with a classic during Christmas at The Sie and end it by saying cheers to the new year with Decadence Colorado. Whatever you end up doing, make sure to check out this roundup of events in Denver.

Monday, December 24

Christmas at The Sie

Photo Courtesy of Sie FilmCenter‎ on Facebook

When: December 24, 7 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $9.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Sie FilmCenter presents Christmas at The Sie. FirstBank sponsors a screening of It’s A Wonderful Life. The film follows the journey of George Bailey as he contemplates taking his life but is stopped by a guardian angel – Clarence, who shows George the impact he had on the lives around him.

Stetson Pop-Up Shop

Photo Courtesy of STETSON‎ on Facebook

When: December 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Where: Larimer Square, between 14th and 15th on Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Larimer Square presents a Stetson Pop-Up Shop. The event features a special holiday market with Stetson apparel, boots and more. You can find that perfect last-minute gift for the holidays.

The SantaLand Diaries

When: December 24

Where: Denver Center of Performing Arts,  1101 13th St., Denver

Cost: $25 – $33 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Let out some holiday stress at The SantaLand Diaries. This comedic series features Crumpet the Elf telling stories from David Sedaris. Crumpet will tell fantastical tales from his days at Macy’s SantaLand and expose some harsh holiday truths. This is not your average holiday show, so don’t miss out on letting off some stress from the holiday season.

Crafty Mondays

Photo Courtesy of Grandma’s House‎ on Facebook

When: December 24, 1 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Grandma’s House, 1710 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Grandma’s House presents Crafty Mondays. You can participate in crafts with others and sip on brews from Grandma’s House. All crafting supplies are available to use with the purchase of a full beer.

Tuesday, December 25,

Holiday Carousel. Photo by Kyle Cooper.

When: December 25 – January 9, 2018, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Where: Denver Pavilions 500 15th St., Denver 

Cost: $3 per ride

The Lowdown: The Holiday Carousel is back by popular demand. The carousel will run all through December and bring in the new year with New Year’s Eve rides. The ride will bring you back to your childhood years with magic and Christmas cheer. All proceeds from the rides will go toward Food Bank for the Rockies to help feed those in need.

Wednesday, December 26

Grey’s Anatomy Trivia Night

Photo Courtesy of Monkey Barrel‎ on Facebook

When: December 26, 7 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Monkey Barrel, 4401 Tejon St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Monkey Barrel presents a Grey’s Anatomy Trivia Night. The event features a night of questions about the hit television series. You can gather a team of four to five people to compete for prizes, dine on a themed menu, sip on drink specials and more. Register your team by calling 720-638-3655.

Ballet Ariel: The Nutcracker

Photo Courtesy of Ballet Ariel‎ on Facebook

When: December 26, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. 

Where: Ballet Ariel, 7808 E Cherry Creek S Dr. Ste 209, Denver 

Cost: $38 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Step into a land of wonder and magic during Ballet Ariel: The Nutcracker. The event features The Nutcracker performed by Ballet Ariel’s company. You can watch as Clara creates alliances with the Nutcracker Prince to fight against the Mouse King, drift into a land of candy and more.

Thursday, December 27

Hollywood Favorite

Photo courtesy of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Facebook.

When: December 27 – 29

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver 

Cost: $9.95 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Museum of Nature & Science presents Hollywood Favorite. The event features a screening of First Man: 2D– a film that follows Neil Armstrong and NASA’s mission to have a man land on the moon. The film is based on the book by James R. Hansen.

Pink Mango

Photo courtesy of Nativ Hotel’s Website

When: December 27, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: NATIV Hotel Denver, 1612 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: NATIV Hotel Denver hosts Pink Mango. The event features Latin ladies night with drink specials of mango mojitos, mango margaritas and more. You can dance all night long to bangin’ beats from DJ Tatiana and celebrate the holidays.

Friday, December 28

Twist&Shout Presents: The Still Tide

Photo by Kori Hazel

When: December 28, 8 – 11 p.m. 

Where: Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $10 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Syntax Physic Opera hosts Twist&Shout Presents: The Still Tide. The event features a chance to hear The Still Tide perform. The Still Tide was created by Anna Morsett, a guitar-playing songwriter and her band. You can also listen to beats from artists Oxeye Daisy and Kyle Emerson.

Friday Nitro Comedy Show

Photo Courtesy of The Bug Theatre on Facebook

When: December 28, 9:30 p.m. 

Where: The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver 

Cost: $8 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Bug Theatre presents Friday Nitro Comedy Show. The event features a comedy show hosted by comedian Ian Douglas Terry with sets from comedians Rion Evans, Matt Cobos, Xander Kreed and more. You can laugh all night long and destress from the holiday buzz.

A New Year’s Toga Party

Photo Courtesy of The Oriental Theater on Facebook

When: December 28, 9 – 11:45 p.m. 

Where: The Oriental Theater Denver, 4335 W 44th Ave., Denver

Cost: $15 – $100 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Oriental Theater teams up with Odell Brewing to present A New Year’s Toga Party. The event features a night of live music from The Yawpers, Eldren and more. You can also see special guests the Beeves and hear from host Kyle Pogue.

The 106 & Party

Photo Courtesy of DJ Big Styles‎ on Facebook

When: December 28, 9 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. 

Where: Ophelia’s, 1215 20th St., Denver 

Cost: $10 – $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Ophelia’s presents The 106 & Party. The event features a 2000s themed party with hot beats from DJ Big Styles, DJ Simone Says, DJ Amen and more. You can dance till you drop with hits from the early 2000s and celebrate the beginning of the new year.

Ski Movie Night

Photo Courtesy of Zuni Street Brewing Company on Facebook

When: December 28, 6 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Zuni Street Brewing Company, 2355 W 29th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Zuni Street Brewing Company presents a Ski Movie Night. The event features a screening of a ski film to cozy up to and get out of the cold. You can sip on brews from Zuni Street and relax and enjoy the movie.

Saturday, December 29

Outer Space Techniques

Photo Courtesy of Abraxas Studio on Facebook

When: December 29, 3 – 5:30 p.m. 

Where: Abraxas Studio, 910 Santa Fe Dr. Unit 1, Denver 

Cost: $44 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Abraxas Studios presents an Outer Space Techniques acrylic painting class. The event features a workshop with instruction from Andrew Escudero of Boundless Creations that teaches you the basics of creating an outer space scene painting. The ticket price includes the two-hour course, all materials needed and a chance to paint your masterpiece.

 Tropical Trail Tours

Photo Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens on Facebook

When: December 29, 2 – 3 p.m. 

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver 

Cost: $14 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Take a break from the cold and walk around lush greenery during Tropical Trail Tours. The event features a tour of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory that houses more than 550 species of tropical and warm-climate plants. You can relax and see flowers, tropical foliage and maybe even a poison dart frog or two as you walk.

Super Human New Year’s Trifecta

Photo by Kyle Cooper

When: December 29 – 31 

Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave., Denver 

Cost: $30 – $90 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Oriental Theater presents a Super Human New Year’s Trifecta. The event features three days of music with performances from Itchy-O, PPL MVR, Radio Scarlet and Mr. Pacman. You can jam out to some sick beats and celebrate the holidays. Itchy-O is extremely popular so make sure to purchase your ticket soon.

Party (Believe Us)

Photo Courtesy of Thought/Forms Gallery on Facebook

When: December 29, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m. 

Where: Thoughts/Forms Gallery, 99 Kalamath St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Thoughts/Forms Gallery presents Party (Believe Us). The event features a night of rave, techno, footwork and more. You can dance to beats from Kid Mask, DJ JFK, CatDog and other local favorites as well as special guests throughout the night.

Sunday, December 30

Not Your Mother’s Vision Board Class

Photo courtesy of Spectra Art Space on Facebook

When: December 30, 2 – 4 p.m. 

Where: Spectra Art Space, 1836 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $24 – $45 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Get crafty and inspired during Not Your Mother’s Vision Board Class. The event features a workshop with Noble Lion Prints to bring your visions and goals to life with a vision board. The ticket price includes materials needed to fuel your missions and a chance to contemplate what you want out of 2019.

Foul-Mouth Cross-Stitch

Photo courtesy of Grandma’s House on Facebook

When: December 30, 12 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Grandma’s House, 1710 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $5 at entry

The Lowdown: Grandma’s House is back at it with Foul-Mouth Cross-Stitch. You can create your own scandalous cross-stitch with the instruction of one of Grandma’s House best instructors. The materials are free with the purchase of a full beer or for the price of $5. Come with a dirty phrase or pattern in mind to create your naughty masterpiece.

Decadence Colorado

Photo by Will Sheehan

When: December 30 – 31, 6:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. 

Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver 

Cost: $89 – $159 get tickets here

The Lowdown: End your 2018 in a bang during Decadence Colorado. You can watch performances from Above & Beyond, Alison Wonderland, Anti Up, Big Wild and during two evenings of wild fun. Decadence is one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in Denver so make sure to dress up and show up.

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Mark Your Calendars:

Riding Through the West 

When: January 2, 1 – 3 p.m. 

Where: American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection, 1727 Tremont Pl., Denver 

Cost: $10 tickets available here

First Friday Art Walk

When: January 4, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Art District on Santa Fe, Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

When: January 4 – 6

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver 

Cost: $25 – $99 tickets available here

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