Mountain Almanac for the Week of December 20

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Dec. 21  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 ABC’s of Woodland Park is the pairing event for Art, Bourbon and Chocolate! Join this popular December activity on Wednesday night (Dec. 21).  Doors open after 5:30 p.m. The event is a couple of hours long and other foods and beverages are provided. It will be located at Reserve Our Gallery, 400 W. Midland, Woodland Park. For more information, call 719-401-2301 or check out the city of  Woodland Park’s website.

Thursday, Dec. 22

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.

Meeting cancellation. The Woodland Park Planning Commission meeting, originally scheduled for Dec. 22, has been cancelled.

Friday, Dec. 23

 Final two weeks for 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. The show has received great reviews from TMJ and other area publications. 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

Parent’s Night Out. Scheduled for Dec. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a night out while your kids enjoy the pool! Drop your kids off at the Woodland Aquatic Center for games, pizza and swimming while you go out, enjoy dinner or shop! Pre-Registration is required. Available online through CivicRec. Registration will close on December 20, 2022. Call 719-687-5225 for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Celebrations. A variety of churches in the area will be holding Christmas Eve celebrations on Dec. 24.  Check with local churches for more details.

Sunday, Dec. 25

Merry Christmas from the staff of TMJ. Enjoy the holiday and drive safely.

Monday, Dec. 26

All county and city offices are closed, along with many local businesses, to celebrate the Christmas holiday.


Celebrating the end of 2022.  A number of local eateries, casinos and restaurants are planning New Year’s Eve celebrations on Saturday, Dec. 31.

 Looking for a book club to join after work? This is the group for you! Contact Diane Reed at or 513-850-3939 to join. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 4 at the Woodland Park Public Library from 5 to 6 p.m.  A discussion will be held on A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote.

The Cripple Creek City Council will hold its first meeting of 2023 on Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers.

The Woodland Park City Council will hold their first meeting of 2023 on Jan. 5.  The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall, starting at 7 p.m.

The Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority will hold its first meeting of 2023 on Jan. 10 at 7:30 a.m. in the WP Council Chambers.