Mountain Almanac for the Week of November 21

Tuesday, Nov. 21

Chamber After Hours. Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting.  Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes. The next After Hours, scheduled for November 21, is hosted by Community Banks of Colorado, at 651 Scott Avenue, Woodland Park.  To register and for more information, visit  the Chamber’s website.


The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Nov. 21 at 7  p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday, Nov. 22

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Nov. 22 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 Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The Aspen Mine Center East on Bennett Avenue will host their annual Thanksgiving bash, usually attended by several hundred people, upstairs in the  Aspen Mine Center East (the original Aspen Mine) facility from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meal is done with the help of a variety of nonprofit groups and volunteers. It also offers a good way to meet up with people in the community and to give them holiday cheers. For more information, contact the Aspen Mine Center or visit the city of Cripple Creek’s tourism website.

Thursday, Nov. 23


Happy Thanksgiving from TMJ.  Several area restaurants, and local casinos are  planning special Thanksgiving feasts, such as Over Ice and Mucky Duck.   Check out advertising promotions in this week’s TMJ for details.


The Manitou Springs City Hall will host a Community Holiday Dinner, sponsored by Salvation Dinner, on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Manitou Springs’ Chamber of Commerce web site for details.


Government closures. Most government offices will be closed on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24.  Also, no meetings will occur for either Thursday or Friday.



Friday, Nov. 24


Angel of the Christmas Mine debut. The Thin Air Theater company is back in action and will feature another great Christmas show at the Butte Theater and a brand-new Olio, with community actors and veteran performers, showcasing a variety of future stars and local celebrities. The show debuts on Nov. 24 and continues through Dec. 31, with daily shows Thursdays through Sundays. The Christmas show is one of the most popular performances at the Butte. For reservations and for more information, call 719-689-6402 or visit their website at



Shining Mountain Links Activity.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course is closed for the season. But the facility is still open for special events and for Christmas parties. Call, 719-687-7587 and visit the Shining Mountain facebook page


Saturday, Nov. 25

Mountain Artists Holiday Show and Sale. Join the Mountain Artists for this annual show, scheduled for Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Take home artwork for holiday gifts and for yourself. Call 719-237-6547 for more details.


Battle of the Bands. The grand finale of a rock ‘n’ roll showdown, which began last month, will reach a final conclusion on Nov. 25 at the Crystola Roadhouse. The two finalists are Midnight Hippies and Swell the Band; both of whom have strong followings in the area. The Midnight Hippies will kick off the action at 6:30  p.m. followed by Swell. The winner will be decided by local voters. For more information, visit the Crystola Roadhouse Facebook page.

Sunday, Nov. 26


Artists Sunday. This event features artists, food and music in celebration of Artists Sunday in Woodland Park! It is scheduled for Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. This is the third annual Artists Sunday event in Woodland Park and it is hosted by Reserve Our Gallery.  Artists set up, provide demonstrations, and showcase their work. Original art is for sale along with prints, cards and other after-market products. You can stroll around the Cultural Center to see beautiful art while listening to music and eating great food. For more information, call 719-401-2301.



A Whoville Christmas in the Gold Camps. Escape from the modern distractions, and celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Cripple Creek and Victor.

Holiday activities will kick off with the nightly Gold Camp Christmas Holiday Headframe Lighting throughout Cripple Creek and Victor. Experience the lights in the Gold Camp by taking a drive (with your favorite Christmas tunes playing) on a self-guided tour through our area as our mine headframes are decorated with large Christmas light displays. Would you prefer a guided tour? Then be sure to check out the detailed schedule of events for the time and date for the guided tour over the main event weekend. Holiday Headframe Lighting – self-guided tour – Nov 26th-Jan 1. A variety of holiday events are scheduled. Visit the city of Cripple Creek’s tourism website for more information and check for updates in TMJ’s almanac section.



Winter Day in the Park. The Holiday Season is fast approaching! Winter Day in the Park is back again for another year of FREE joy-filled fun! It is scheduled for Dec. 1 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park. The event features hot chocolate, candy cane lane, pictures with Santa, and MORE! Enjoy the Elf Scramble- walk around Memorial Park and look for candy canes and elves! Make sure to dress warm and bring a flashlight. For more information, call 719-687-5225.


Tweeds Holiday Home Tour. Plan to attend the 25th Annual Tweeds Holiday Home Tour during the first weekend in December. Our theme for this event is Ute Pass Holiday Express…A Historical Tour of Greater Ute Pass. Tour beneficiaries are Performing Arts Parents Association (PAPA) of Woodland Park High School, Rampart Library District Foundation, Teller Senior Coalition and Ute Pass Symphony Guild. Six venues will be featured including a historic home in Green Mountain Falls and two beautifully decorated homes in Woodland Park. Elk Valley Estates and Rainbow Valley Ranch will complete our historic tour. As part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration, The Lodge at Rainbow Valley Ranch will be serving a complimentary meal and drink to each ticket holder.  Ticket prices are $20 for an adult, $35 for two adults, $40 for a Family Pass (two adults plus children), and $5 for Students (K-12). Call 719-661-7377 for  more information.


Welcome to the 2023 Lighter Side of Christmas. This year we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Lighter Side of Christmas Parade. Our theme this year, “Woodland Park’s Nightmare Before Christmas,” which tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of “Halloween Town,” who stumbles upon “Christmas Town” and schemes to take over the holiday. The parade is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in downtown Woodland Park, along Hwy. 24. The event has become the most grandiose and festive parade in Teller County. For more information, call 719-687-7375 and check out the WP Chamber of Commerce events website.