Holiday Brass and Wonderland Dancers: Come experience the magic of Christmas in Manitou Springs. Every Sunday until Christmas (plus Saturday, Dec. 24), musicians stroll along Manitou Avenue playing Christmas carols while dancers perform around downtown bringing Christmas magic to all. Noon-2 p.m. Information: manitousprings.org.
Holiday Market: Commonwheel Artists Co-op welcomes art lovers to the annual holiday market, featuring handcrafted, unique items from local artists and artisans. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every day through Dec. 30. 102 Cañon Ave. Information: commonwheel.com or 685-1008.
Photos with Santa: Bring the whole family for portraits with Saint Nick at his Bancroft Park cabin, 2408 W. Colorado Ave. $17 first photo, $7 each additional photo. 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, plus Friday, Dec. 23. Information: shopoldcoloradocity.com or 344-8537.
Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: Bring your kiddos to the zoo after dark to enjoy thousands of lights, cool animals, warming fires and other festivities. Santa will be there, too! Advance tickets required. Dec. 2-4, 9-23 and 25-Jan. 1. 4350 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road. Information: cmzoo.org or 633-9925.
Gold Camp Christmas Headframe Lighting: Giant mine headframes will light up the night sky around Victor. Weekend evenings through Jan. 14, and every night Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day, weather permitting. The best views are from Highway 67 and Teller County Roads 81 and 83. Information and self-guided tour maps: www.visitcripplecreek.com/event/holiday-headframe-lighting.
“The Wizard of Oz, Colorado”: It’s December 1899 in Cripple Creek. Dorothy Gunnison, a young schoolteacher, invites famed genius Nikola Tesla to speak to her class. But while demonstrating an invention, Tesla accidentally sends Dorothy through a time twister to the Land of Oz. There, with the assistance of the scarecrow, tin man and lion, she must find a way to return to Cripple Creek before Christmas is canceled. Through Dec. 31. $24. Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. Information: buttetheater.com or 689-6402.
Victorian Christmas: Enjoy the wonders of a true Victorian holiday experience at Miramont Castle. The castle is lavishly decorated with Victorian and modern adornments. Self-guided tours. $14 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Closed December 23-25 and 31. 9 Capitol Hill Ave. Information: miramontcastle.org or 685-1011.
Saturday, Nov. 26
Christmas Stroll: Enjoy the enchanting sounds of the Colorado Dickens Carolers in Bancroft Park. Get photos with Santa and meet Prancer the Reindeer. Treats and fun, along with holiday specials, can be found in many shops. 5-8 p.m. 2408 W. Colorado Ave. Old Colorado City. Information: shopoldcoloradocity.com or 344-8537.
Manitou Small Business Saturday: Support local businesses while checking off your holiday shopping list. Enjoy special activities and holiday fun across more than 90 locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants. All day. Information: manitousprings.org or 685- 5089.
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Manitou Springs High School Band Winter Concert: The Manitou Springs High School Band presents its winter showcase. 7 p.m. District 14 Auditorium, 110 Pawnee Ave.
Thursday, Dec. 1
Manitou Springs High School Orchestra Winter Concert: The Manitou Springs High School Orchestra presents its winter showcase. 7 p.m. District 14 Auditorium, 110 Pawnee Ave.
Friday, Dec. 2
Bear Creek by Candlelight: Walk oon luminary-lit trails and enjoy live music, chili dinner from Texas Roadhouse, Santa Claus and festive crafts at the nature center. $7 per member/$8 per non-member. 5-8 p.m. 245 Bear Creek Road. Information and pre-registration: www.elpasocountynaturecenters.com.
History of Christmas Hymns/Songs: Learn about where Christmas songs came from — even from many centuries ago. Free. 6-8 p.m. Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave. Information: www.manitouchurch.org.
Holiday Food and Gift Festival: Check out one-of-a-kind gifts, including a large gourmet food section, from more than 150 exhibitors. 10 a.m.-5p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. Information: www.norrispenrose.com or 635-1101.
Saturday, Dec. 3
Christmas Bazaar and Blingo: Join Happy Cats Haven for a day of community-building and fundraising. Enjoy a small holiday bazaar full of handmade items, gifts for kitty and vintage jewelry. You can also play rounds of Blingo (bingo with a twist) to win cool jewelry prizes. All sales will go directly to helping the cats of Happy Cats. Noon-4 p.m. Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave. Information: happycatshaven.org, EventsHCH@gmail.com or 362-4600.
Jingle Jaunt: Three shops, three projects, one day; the Jingle Jaunt invites shoppers to visit three sewing shops located throughout the Pikes Peak region: Nana’s Quilt Cottage in Old Colorado City, Na-La’s Quilt Shoppe in Fountain (117 S. Main St.) and Sew-In-Tune in Monument (251 Front St.). $15 will get you all three project sets. Noon-7 p.m. Information: nanasquiltcottage.com/event/jingle-jaunt or 634-9500.
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Winter Wonderland Concert: The Manitou Springs Middle School Orchestra presents holiday favorites. Free. 7 p.m. District 14 Auditorium, 110 Pawnee Ave.
Friday, Dec. 9
“A Very Dickens Murder”: This hilarious holiday murder mystery includes a cocktail happy hour, three-course meal, sing-along caroling and ugly sweater contest. $60 per person, includes taxes and gratuity. 6 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 16-17 and 22-23. Iron Springs Chateau, 444 S. Ruxton Ave. Information: ironspringschateau.com or 685-5104.
Winter Concert: Singers from the Manitou Springs Middle School and High School choirs perform. Free. 7 p.m. District 14 Auditorium, 110 Pawnee Ave.
Saturday, Dec. 10
Breakfast with Santa: Share a delicious breakfast including eggs, ham and pancakes with the Jolly Old Elf. Sponsored by the Manitou Springs Kiwanis Club. Suggested donation: $10 for adults, $5 for kids (4-12); 3 and younger eat free. 8-10 a.m. Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave. Information: www.manitoukiwanis.org.
Christmas Craft Fair: Holiday shopping with altitude. Find the perfect gift at this creative craft fair. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Arena, 128 E. Bennett Ave. Cripple Creek. Information: ccparksandrecreation.com or 689-3514.
Christmas Begins Parade: Spectators can watch the Christmas parade right in the heart of Manitou. A free and fun event for all ages. Starts at 5 p.m. Information: www.facebook.com/ManitouChristmasParade.
Holiday Evening at Rock Ledge Ranch: Rock Ledge Ranch will be transformed with the sights, sounds and aromas of this festive season. The evening features St. Nicholas in the barn, wagon rides, old-time musical entertainment, 1860s homestead cabin storytelling, blacksmith demonstrations, Victorian celebrations in the 1880s Rock Ledge House and Edwardian festivities in the 1907 Orchard House. Cost is $4-$8. 4-8 p.m. 3105 Gateway Road. Information: ockledgeranch.com/event/holiday-evening-2 or 578-6777
Sunday, Dec. 11
Woodland Park Symphony Christmas Concert: Embrace the spirit of the season with Christmas tunes. Matinee 4 p.m.; evening 6:30 p.m. Free, but reservations required. Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave. Information: www.woodlandparkwindsymphony.com or 719-687-2210.
Saturday, Dec. 17
Caroling and Storytelling: Sing throughout downtown Manitou Springs starting at 1 p.m., then hear Christmas stories and sing some more starting at 3 p.m. Free. Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave. Information: www.manitouchurch.org.
Front Porch Singers: The a capella quartet will stroll through downtown, regaling shoppers with holiday cheer. Noon-2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 24
Holiday Brass and Wonderland Dancers: Come experience the magic of Christmas in Manitou Springs. Musicians stroll along Manitou Avenue playing Christmas carols while dancers perform around downtown bringing Christmas magic to all. Noon-2 p.m. Information: manitousprings.org.
Christmas Eve with Community Congregational Church: Gather for music and a candlelight service. Offering will go toward Westside CARES. 6:30 p.m. 103 Pawnee Ave. Information: manitouchurch.org or 685-5255.
Sunday, Dec. 25
Community Holiday Dinner: Gather with old friends and make new ones while enjoying this annual tradition hosted by the Salvation Army. City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: Andy Wells, 459-1630; to volunteer, call 636-5277.
Christmas with Community Congregational Church: Gather for carols and stories. 10 a.m. 103 Pawnee Ave. Information: manitouchurch.org or 719-685-5255.
Saturday, Dec. 31
AdAmAn Fireworks: The hardy hikers will fire off five pyrotechnics from the Pikes Peak summit in honor of the “Frozen Five” at 9 p.m. The really big show happens at midnight.