Things We Love This Month

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Courtesy Denver Union Station

EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED
All aboard for some holiday fun: DENVER’S UNION STATION is all gussied up for December, including a new 40-foot-tall tree featuring more than 7,000 lights, lit during the Grand Illumination event on Thanksgiving weekend and staying aglow all month. Stop by and see Santa, who will be visiting the station on Sundays until Christmas, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Indulge your sweet tooth at Sundaes With Santa, on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m.; you can make your own sundaes using a variety of sauces and toppings for $5 per person. Or do a little last-minute shopping at the Holiday Market by Denver Flea, featuring lots of locally made goods, including outdoor gear by Mountain Standard and jewelry from Harper Made, held on the outdoor plaza for three weekends: Dec. 1–2, Dec. 7–9, and Dec. 14–16.

BLADES OF GLORY
If you love ice skating, and have never gotten to see the best performers in person, here’s your chance: The Vail Ice Skating Festival, held Dec. 14–16 at the Dobson Ice Arena, will include performances by Olympic, international, and U.S. national medalists, including three-time Olympic medalist Patrick Chan. It also includes skating clinics and seminars on off-ice warmups, jumping techniques, and skating skills. 

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Photo by David Clifford

UP, UP, AND AWAY
On Dec. 15, the tallest rock-realistic climbing wall in Colorado will open to the public in Snowmass. Reaching a height of 54 feet, the wall was designed by Boulder-based Eldorado Climbing Walls for the $600 million SNOWMASS BASE VILLAGE project, a collection of new residences, hotel accommodations, and gathering places that will add a fresh dimension to one of Colorado’s largest ski resorts. The climbing wall will offer an auto-belay system with six different routes, and will rise five stories in front of the new Limelight Hotel.

SADDLE UP
All we can say is: It’s about time. Anyone who has enjoyed the “tribal, primal” (and sweaty) experience at SOULCYCLE on the East or West Coast knows what we’re talking about. SoulCycle has finally migrated inland—to a 2,930-square-foot facility with 64 bikes at 265 St. Paul St. in Cherry Creek North—bringing its trademark meditative pedaling to the Mile High City.

SCHUSS INTO HISTORY
Small but packed with memorabilia, the COLORADO SNOWSPORTS MUSEUM reopened over the summer after a $2.6 million renovation that introduced six new exhibits, including one on the 10th Mountain Division, one on the development of skiing and snowboarding, and another on a century of ski fashions; there is also a theater and three interactive touch-screen exhibits. Admission to the museum, next to the Vail Village Covered Bridge, is free, though donations are encouraged. 

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Photo by Jenise Jensen

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE
Get out your dancin’ shoes. TEN MILE MUSIC HALL, a state-of-the-art concert venue, has just opened on Main Street in Frisco. At 9,097 feet elevation, Ten Mile is touting itself as the “highest year-round music venue” in the country, with a huge rooftop deck that overlooks the Tenmile Mountain Range and free bus service to and from Breckenridge, Copper, Dillon, Silverthorne, and Keystone. On stage this month: Aqueous, the Disco Biscuits, and the Infamous Stringdusters. 

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