Mountain Almanac for the Week of December 7

Tuesday, Dec. 7

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Virtual Community Open House. Given health precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Mine (CC&V) has not been able to schedule face-to-face community meetings as we typically do. Consequently, in working to keep the community informed about its ongoing mining operations, CC&V continues to adapt with COVID-19 prevention measures.  A CC&V Virtual Community Open House will occur on Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m., via the Cisco Webex format. For more information, contact

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Dec. 8  at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the lower level and choose a one, two or three-mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to enhance your walk. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Free admission.

Thursday, Dec. 9

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec. 9 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. Due to the holidays, the commissioners have a slightly different schedule this month. Their final meeting of the year will occur the following Thursday on Dec. 16.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Dec. 10

Charis College Christmas Festivities. The annual Christmas Market will occur on Dec. 10-12 at the Banquet Hall of Charis Bible College. Charis also will host The Heart of Christmas musical from Dec. 10-12. The bible college, located at 800 Gospel Truth Way in WP, will feature the second annual Live Nativity from Dec. 16-19 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information on these events, call 719-635-1111 or visit

A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol. Cripple Creek history meets the classic Dickens’ Christmas Carol in this holiday season is a perfect past, present and future holiday experience. This show, kicks off on Nov. 26 and continues through Dec. 31 on select days, is a great holiday outing for the entire family as its plot is based on the classic tale – with a Cripple Creek twist that relies on Bob Womack (who in 1890, discovered the gold that made Cripple Creek famous) to rescue the Scrooge-like Gooch from his selfish ways. The show was written for the Butte stage by TATC producer Chris Armbrister and Cripple Creek’s favorite playwright Chris Sorensen. For more information, call 719-689-6402.

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. This marks the 22nd anniversary of the event. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek on weekend nights from Thanksgiving weekend through Jan. 1. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at the Cripple Creek District Museum, Cripple Creek Heritage Center, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, and online at STCFG

More information and maps are at

Saturday, Dec. 11

Gold Camp Christmas Festivities.  A slew of activities will occur in Cripple Creek and Victor on Dec. 10-11, capped by Redneck Days of Christmas In Victor, Gold Camp Christmas Parade in Cripple Creek (Dec. 11 at noon) a visit by Santa at the Aspen Mine Center, a performance by the Colorado Springs Chorale group at the CC Babtist Church, and more.  The majority of activities occur on Dec. 11. For a full detail of festivities, check out  Also, check out promotional ad in this week’s TMJ.

The Artist Market at the Hotel St. Nicholas in Cripple Creek is scheduled for Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For  more details,

Bethlehem Revisited. Everyone is invited to see “Bethlehem Revisited,” a living Nativity scene on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Four Mile Community Church. Visitors can through from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and visit with the characters from the Bible as well as pet the animals. Drive through to view the scene from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.  Refreshments are available at the church fellowship hall in the basement at any time during the presentation. All visitors will receive a free gift. Four Mile Community Church is located at 6503 County Road 11, Florissant, Co 80816, which is at the Guffy and Canon City intersection, just south of the Four Mile Fire Station. For further information, please contact Pastor Steve Randall at (907) 617-1827.

The Shining Mountain  Golf Course and Event Center is closed for the season.  But the spacious facility is still open for holiday events.  If interested in hosting your event at Shining Mountain, call 719-687-7587.


Best of Cripple Creek and The High Country Kick-off.  The first round of voting for this annual contest, sponsored by TMJ and featuring nearly 100 categories, is underway with the first round of voting and nominations for key categories.   Voting will occur on Vote now.