Mountain Almanac for the Week of November 28

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Nov. 29 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



TOPS. Takes 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.


Friday, Nov. 30


Angel of the Christmas Mine show. 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


Friday, Dec. 1

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.

Saturday, Dec. 2


Tweeds Holiday Home Tour. Plan to attend the 25th Annual Tweeds Holiday Home Tour during the first weekend in December (Dec. 2 and Dec. 3). 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.

24th Annual Holiday Headframe Lighting Tour. 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 on weekend nights (weather permitting) from now through Jan. 1.  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 region.. 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 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. Please respect private property and stay on public roads to view the ornaments.  This holiday lighting tradition is sponsored by Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor gold mine, on whose property most of the headframes are located and the Southern Teller County Focus Group who coordinates generator crews. Volunteers from the communities staff the generators and line power connections each weekend. Other sponsors include the City of Victor, Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation, Cripple Creek Fire Department, and the Cripple Creek District Museum. Support also comes from Black Hills Energy crews who help refurbish the lamps on the ornaments. More information and maps are at


Dec. 2.

Free Christmas concerts. The Woodland Park Wind Symphony is sponsoring a variety of free concerts during the holiday season at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The first one kicks off on Sunday, Dec. 3, and features “Christmas Jazz,” with Swing Factory and the In-House Band. A cash bar reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the Christmas Jazz shows scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Then on Sunday, Dec. 10, the Wind Symphony will perform “The Sounds of Christmas” for two shows, including a 4 p.m. matinee show and a 6:30 evening show. Reservations are suggested, as these shows are very popular. Doors open one hour prior for general admission reservation seat selection and the cash bar. For information, visit


A Whoville Christmas in the Gold Camps. Escape from the modern distractions and celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Cripple Creek and Victor.  A whole host of holiday events are scheduled, with the grand finale slated for Saturday, Dec. 9, with the infamous Gold Camp Christmas noon parade down Bennett Avenue, the Gold Camp Craft Fair, the Colorado Springs Chorale Concert and a slew of events at the Aspen Mine Center. Visit the city of Cripple Creek’s tourism website for details and check next week’s TMJ almanac section for complete details.