Almanac For Week Of December 2nd

Tuesday, Dec. 2

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Dec. 2 at 7 pm in the new town hall facility, next to Joyland Church.


Wednesday, Dec. 3

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets on Wednesday at 6:45 am in Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Dec. 3 at 5:30 pm in the council chambers at city hall. An earlier budget workshop will be held at 4:45 pm.  


Thursday, Dec. 4

Lights of Love. The Prospect Home Care and Hospice in Woodland Park will sponsor the 26th annual Lights of Love event at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Dec. 4, starting at 6 pm. This is an ideal opportunity to remember or honor someone special in your life.  Call Janet at 719-687-0549.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Dec. 4 at 7 pm in the council chambers next to city hall.


Friday, Dec. 5

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

Classical Music. Come hear world renowned pianist Sam Rotman for an evening of Christmas and classical music. Rotman, a Juilliard School of Music graduate, has performed over 2,600 concerts in 60 countries. The free concerts will be held on Friday, December 5 at 7 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 5 pm at the Woodland Park Community Church, 800 Valley View Drive. For  information:

Holiday Headframe Lighting. The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek district on weekend nights (weather permitting) through Jan. 1. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at, area businesses, as well as the Cripple Creek Welcome Center and online at

Winter Wonderland at the Butte. Christmas favorites and the Great American Songbook come alive at Cripple Creek’s Butte Theater in an all-new stunning musical that harkens back to those great old holiday movies you watched as a kid. Winter Wonderland is a fun and heartwarming tale of homecoming, romance and redemption filled with lots of age old, classic Christmas music. The show continues through Dec. 28. To make reservations visit or call 719-689-3247.

Eichman Gallery Showing. For the entire month of December 2014, the Eichman Gallery in Park State Bank will host a special showing of original paintings by nationally recognized artist Kenneth Shanika.Shanika has been creating an ongoing series of paintings recording the ‘Vanishing Vistas’ of the Rocky Mountains. A portion of all sales will be used to support youth art education. The pre-opening reception is slated for Friday, December 5th from 3 to 6:30 pm in Park State Bank. 303-647-1085.


Saturday, Dec. 6

Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa. The Ute Pass Kiwanis Club will sponsor its annual Breakfast With Santa event on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 to 11 am at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.  The festivities include a free pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus and cooking, face painting, crafts and more.

Holiday Home Tour. The 16th Annual Tweeds Holiday Home Tour will be held Sat. Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec 7 from 10 am to 5 pm each day.  This year, the tour benefits the Teller Senior Coalition and the Ute Pass Symphony Guild.  Tour guests are invited to enjoy lovely holiday decor and live musical performances at six beautifully appointed homes.  Everyone is also encouraged to visit the Hospitality Suite at True West Properties (821 W. Lafayette Street, Suite 100) for refreshments and holiday cheer. Advance Tickets are $15 or 2 for $25.Tickets on the day of the event are $17 each. Student Tickets (K-12) are $5 each. Tickets may be purchased after Nov. 3rd at Tweeds, Brenda’s Boutique, City Market or Snippets & Scraps Floral Design. Call 719-687-5293 or visit

Lighter Side of Christmas. The annual Lighter Side of Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 pm in downtown Woodland Park. This year’s theme: “Here Comes the (Sun) Snow – Celebrating 50 Years of Beatlemania.” Parade updates are available at 719-687-7375.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Crazy Hat Contest. The annual tree lighting will accompany the Lighter Side of Christmas Parade in Woodland Park. In addition, our Hat Judge will be prejudging hats at the Ute Pass Cultural Pavilion at 5:15 before the start of the parade to select 10 finalists to be judged at the tree lighting ceremony held at the UPCC following the parade. The more creative the better so don’t hold back! Make it fun and make it crazy!! Prizes presented at UPCC Tree Lighting after the Parade 1st place – $100 Gift Certificate From Williams Furniture. For more information, call 719-687-7375


Sunday, Dec. 7

Woodland Park Wind Symphony will present a “Carols of the Night” Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland, Woodland Park. The concert is free and will be directed by Craig Harms. The festivities will include an evening of traditional Christmas carols and lighter music incorporating video and featuring members of Dana’s Dance interpreting one of the musical pieces. Enjoy the Christmas spirit and season with the Wind Symphony. Call 687-2210 or visit:



Senior Circle Christmas Party. On Thursday, December 11, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital will host the 3rd annual Senior Circle Christmas party.  This year’s theme is: “It’s a Madrigal kind of Christmas!” The party will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, from noon to 1:30 pm.  The luncheon will feature Chef Paddy’s “Cherry Glazed Ham” with all the fixin’s, live music with the renowned “Madrigals” from Woodland Park High School, a visit from Santa, fun door prizes and much more! The luncheon is free to Senior Circle members. To make a reservation, please contact Karen Earley at 719-686-5802 or email her at

Gold Camp Christmas.The Gold Camp Christmas celebration in the Cripple Creek/Victor district kicks off on Dec. 11 with an opening reception at the Aspen Mine Center from 4 to 7 pm with bidding on Christmas trees, refreshments and Santa.  Other upcoming Gold Camp Christmas events include “Soup For The Soul” with many soups and cookies for tasting and judging!  The Soup For the Soul, which has a small entry fee, is scheduled for Dec. 12 from 11:30 to 1:30 pm on the second floor of the Aspen Mine Center. Call Lisa Noble at 719-686-7912 if you wish to enter the contest. Also on Dec. 12, don’t miss the Victor parade at 6 pm, followed by a bonfire. The big Christmas parade in Cripple Creek is slated for Dec. 13 at noon, followed by spaghetti lunch at the Aspen Mine Center and a Colorado Springs Chorale performance at 3:30 pm at the Cripple Creek Baptist Church. The Cripple Creek Park and Recreation Bazaar will be held on Dec. 13 from 9 am. to 5 pm, capped by a children’s treasure hunt. 719-659-3599.

Winter Festival.  The third annual Winter Festival in Green Mountain Falls will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 12-3 pm at the Gazebo Lake Park. The event, sponsored by the Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce, is highlighted by a Polar Express Theme  It features a Yule Log hunt, caroling, ice skating, Santa, kids’ games, refreshments and more. Call Amily Biedelman-Almy at 719-684-2008.


Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Holiday Open House. Celebrate the holiday season with Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Join park staff for the annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of fun that will include crafts, snacks, stories by the fire and a visit from Santa. There will also be a sale on park merchandise so you can check off the nature lover on your shopping list. For weather updates or for more information call Cheyenne Mountain State Park at 719-576-2016 or visit

Monarch Ski Deal. Come to Manitou Springs for all your gift needs and save your receipts! For every $75 (in total receipts) you spend in Manitou Springs, receive a Buy One Get One full price adult All-Day Lift Ticket at the Monarch ski resort. Bring your receipts into the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development located at, 354 Manitou Avenue. Receipts must be dated between November 15 -March 15th. Black out dates do apply and are as follows: valid until closing day, not valid December 26, 2014 – January 14, 2015.