Mountain Almanac for the Week of December 6

Tuesday, Dec. 6

The Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority Board will meet on Dec. 6 at 7:30 a.m. in the WP Council Chambers.

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The planning commission is scheduled to finalize a new land use code for the town

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Dec. 6  at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the upper 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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Dec. 7 in the CC Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. The council is scheduled to approve the final reading of  a new emergency law, calling for a six-month moratorium on the future acceptance and processing of licenses for new marijuana businesses. See related story in this week’s TMJ.

Thursday, Dec. 8

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec. 8 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission meet on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Gold Camp Christmas Kick-off. The Cripple Creek/Victor area will showcase a spree of holiday events from Dec. 8-10, with the lion’s share of the celebrations, including the annual downtown parade, scheduled for this Saturday. For more details, or visit the city’s tourism website.

TOPS. Take Off Pounds Sensibly- Meets every Thursday morning at 9 a.m.  in the basement of Church in the Wildwood 10585 Ute Pass Ave, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819. Affordable, effective weight-loss support

Friday, Dec. 9

Heart of Christmas. The Charis Bible College will be hosting their annual Heart of Christmas performance from Dec. 9-11. In addition, the bible college will feature their Christmas Market.

Debut of Wizard of Oz, Colorado and a new Christmas Olio. Featured at the Butte Theater for select times from now to Dec. 31. This is a New Holiday play by Chris Sorensen, loosely based on L. Frank Baum’s OZ stories. It is December in Cripple Creek, 1899. Before the holiday break, Dorothy Gunnison, a young schoolteacher, invites famed genius Nikola Telsa to speak to her class. But while demonstrating one of his inventions (the N.T.M.), Telsa accidentally sends Dorothy through a time twister to the LAND OF OZ. There, with the assistance of a certain scarecrow, tin man, and lion, she must find a way to return to Cripple Creek before Christmas is cancelled. Followed by TATC’s famous Christmas Olio. For more information, call 719-689-6402 or check the Butte Theater’s website for reservations.

23rd Annual 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 23rd 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 starting Saturday, Nov. 26. Everything from a Christmas wreath to a snowman and a toy soldier will be on display this year. 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  The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Friday through Sunday nights through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting. Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s, weather allowing, the lights will be on nightly. More information and maps are at

Saturday, Dec. 10

 Gold Camp Christmas Parade. The city of Cripple Creek will host a spree of festivities, capped by a parade at noon down Bennett Avenue and a variety of activities at the Aspen Mine Center. In addition, the Colorado Springs Chorale will be featured at the CC Baptist Church at 3 p.m.   For more information, visit the city’s tourism website.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Woodland Park Wind Symphony Christmas Concert. Scheduled for Dec. 11 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.  Two performances – reservations required will be held at  4 pm and 6:30 pm.  This is a free concert with a  cash bar and Christmas cookies before each performance.  For reservations and detailed information visit


State of the City Breakfast. Scheduled for Dec. 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The guest speaker is Woodland Park Mayor Hilary LaBarre. The cost is $30 and RSVPs must be received by Dec. 9. The event is sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce and UCHealth. Visit the city of chamber’s website for more details.

Funky Little Theater Company is bringing A CHRISTMAS CAROL to the beautiful Ute Pass Cultural Center this December! Six actors, three ghosts and the infamous Ebeneezer Scrooge. This production is great for the whole a family. It is scheduled for Dec. 15, 16 and 17 with a matinee and evening show on the final day. For more information, call Chris Medina at 310-909-3694 or visit

Live Nativity Scene. The Charis Bible College in Woodland Park will host their Live Nativity Scenes from 5 to 8 p.m. from Dec. 16-19.