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Guide to Winter Holiday Events in Boulder

Mark your calendars for these special events throughout the winter season

Saturday, Nov. 17

Snow Much Fun Kick Off 

6 to 9 p.m. - Boulder Civic Area Plaza
Come turn on 275,000 LED Lights. Grab some hot cocoa and take a stroll through Boulder’s Civic Area.

Sunday, Nov. 18 

Switch on the Holidays

5 p.m. - 1300 Block of Pearl Street
Join the countdown to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall. The evening will include roaming performances by the Boulder Chorale,
a stage performance by the Denver Dolls and a special appearance by Santa himself!
Stick around for FREE visits with Santa until 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23 

St. Nick on the Bricks  

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, untill Dec. 22 - 1303 Pearl St. Downtown Visitor Information Center
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 a diamond ring for mommy, bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Holiday Harps with the Studio of Margot Krimmel

11 a.m. to noon - Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
A beautiful harp concert featuring students of Margot Krimmel.

Lights of December Parade  

6 to 7:30 p.m. - Parade starts at 15th and Walnut and heads west to Broadway
Spectators will enjoy floats created and decorated by local businesses, churches and civic groups. Crowds will enjoy marching bands, lit fire engines, holiday carolers and much more. The grand finale includes an appearance by the jolly old man himself - Santa Claus!

Wednesday, Dec. 5  

Charles Dickens

12:45 to 2:15 p.m. - West Senior Center at 909 Arapahoe 
It is Christmas 1844, a year after the publication of Christmas Carol. Mr. Dickens will share remembrances of Christmases past, read excerpts from the novella and explain the inspirations for creating this classic work of redemption and renewal. Performed by Chautauquan, David Skipper. Call 303-441-3148 to register, or register online at

Saturday, Dec. 8  

Freezie Fest

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Pearl Street Mall and the Civic Area
The first annual Freezie Fest will include visits with Santa (until 2 p.m.), free face-painting, train rides on the Snowflake Express, a free photo booth at the Capital One Cafe, performances by holiday carolers and The Guerilla Fanfare Brass Band and loads of holiday crafts and activities with our Reindeer Game participants along the Pearl Street Mall. 

Participate in Find Freezie for a chance to win gift cards, keep an eye out for Freezie himself for a photo opp and stay warm by the Seasonal Fire Table near the Visitor Information Center.  The festivities continue in the Civic Area at the Boulder Bandshell from 4 to 8 p.m. with  Snow Much Fun (presented by the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department).

Sunday, Dec. 9 

Boulder Children's Chorale

2 and 4 p.m. - Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater and Gallery
Two concerts presented by the Boulder Children's Chorale training choirs and performance choirs, previewing holiday music from “Let Your Heart Be Light,” the Boulder Chorale holiday concert on Dec. 15 and 16.

Saturday, Dec. 15 

Holiday Social: Screening of “A Christmas Story”

1 to 3 p.m. - Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
A boy’s dream Christmas present in a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun, as he tries to get the message subconsciously to his parents. Based on the novel “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” by Jean Shepard.  Ovaltine and fortune cookies will be served. Pajama contest precedes the screening.

Wednesday, Dec. 19  

Creekside Caroling and Walk with a Doc

5:30 p.m. - Civic Area
Chase away the holiday blues with a special edition Walk with a Doc and seasonal caroling! Hear why moving our bodies makes us happier and learn some "Holiday Thriving Tips" from Dr. Nelson Trujillo on this guided walk around Boulder’s Civic Area. Healthy refreshments will be provided. 

Join us anytime this season for Snow Much Fun in the Civic Area 2018 - 2019

Grab a cup of hot cocoa and take a stroll through Boulder’s Civic Area to explore more than 275,000 LED lights on display (Nov. 17 – Jan. 28). Join Boulder Parks and Recreation for exciting seasonal events and activities all season long: