Mark your calendars for these special events throughout the winter season.
Friday, Nov. 26, and every Saturday from Nov. 27 through Dec. 18
1303 Pearl St. Downtown Visitor Information Center
St. Nick on the Bricks
Kids of all ages can visit with Santa for free at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center. Whether you are asking for a fire engine for Tommy, a new doll for Molly or jewelry for mommy, bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.
Through Jan. 9
Civic Area Park, 1236 Canyon Boulevard
Snow Much Fun
Take in the sights and lights throughout downtown Boulder and the Civic Area this season with beautiful lighting displays. The Civic Area will feature over 275,000 LED lights and you can explore colorful displays from the “Let It Snow Playground” at the Boulder Public Library to the “Candy Cane Forest” at the Glen Huntington Band Shell. You can also enjoy warm refreshments, seasonal caroling, free train rides around the park, and self-guided tours each Friday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the Civic Plaza next to the Dushane Teahouse, with refreshments included.
Thursday, Dec. 2, from 5:30-7 p.m.
Community Menorah Lighting
This annual outdoor Community Menorah Lighting on the 1300 block of Pearl Street Mall is open to the entire community and has become a holiday ritual for many local families. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and include the Menorah lighting, music, traditional food, hot chocolate and Chanukah favors. This event is co-sponsored by the Boulder Jewish Community Center and the Boulder County Center for Judaism.
Saturday, Dec. 4
6 p.m. parade starts at 15th and Walnut streets and heads west to Broadway
Lights of December Parade
Spectators will enjoy floats created and decorated by local businesses, churches and civic groups. Crowds will enjoy marching bands, brightly lit fire engines, holiday carolers and much more. The grand finale includes an appearance by the jolly old man himself - Santa Claus!
Sunday, Dec 5, from 2-3 p.m.
Boulder Creek Room, Main Library
Holiday Make and Take
Kids can enjoy making a variety of crafts that can be wrapped and given as holiday presents. Some crafts may be messy. Please dress accordingly. Suitable for ages 5 to 12. Registration is required.
Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Teen Space, Main Library
The Nightmare Before Christmas Watch Party with Out Boulder County
Learn about the queer-themed book club for teens, Book Queeries, and meet the Youth Services Team from Out Boulder County! Hot chocolate will be served. Attendees are also welcome to participate in a book swap. Bring a book, get a book! For teens, grades 6-12. Registration required.
Saturday, Dec. 11
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Pearl Street Mall and the Civic Area
A celebration of winter and all things snowmen! This snowman extravaganza includes train rides, visits with Santa, carolers and free Reindeer Games (crafts and other activities for all).
Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Carnegie Library for Local History
Nutcracker Storytime at Carnegie Library
Join the NoBo Corner Library staff to celebrate this holiday season at the beautiful historic Carnegie Library! We will have a special all-ages Holiday Storytime to read, sing, play and celebrate the season. Make and Take winter craft kits will be available! Registration required.
Colorado Chautauqua WinterFest
The Colorado Chautauqua presents a weekend of holiday festivities in Boulder's most magical setting. Events include the WinterFest lighting ceremony, kids ski run, Chautauqua Tours, WinterFest Market and more!
Learn about other local events by visiting boulderdowntown.com and bouldercolorado.gov.
Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Teen Space, Main Library
Cozy up and watch a wintry anime tale in the Teen Space at the Main Library! Invite your friends, attend with siblings, and enjoy meeting other anime fans. For grades 6-12, save your spot today by registering!