You Can Never Have Too Many Nutcrackers

A roundup of holiday happenings this month along the Front Range

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THE NUTCRACKER, BOULDER BALLET AND LONGMONT SYMPHONY, DEC. 1,2 Photo by Eli Akerstein

Dec. 1, 6 p.m.
KBPI MISTLETOE JAM
Halestorm/In This Moment
1st BANK Ctr., Broomfield

Dec. 1, 4 p.m.
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
Family music by Parker Symphony Orchestra
PACE Center, Parker

Dec. 1, 6 p.m.
PARADE OF LIGHTS
2-mile parade downtown
Civic Center Park

Dec. 1, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
1940S WHITE CHRISTMAS BALL
Big-band dancing
Hyatt Regency Downtown

Dec. 1, 4 p.m., and Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
THE NUTCRACKER
Boulder Ballet and Longmont Symphony
Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, Longmont

Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
A CLASSIC PARKER HOLIDAY
Parker Chorale and Parker Symphony Orchestra
PACE Center, Parker

Dec. 1&2; Dec. 8&9, 10 a.m.
GEORGETOWN CHRISTMAS MARKET
Holiday shopping et al.
Downtown Georgetown

Dec. 1, 8, 15, 10:30 a.m.
OLDE GOLDEN CHRISTMAS PARADES
Cowboys, floats, Santa
Downtown Golden

Dec. 2, 7 p.m.
THE DOO WOP PROJECT CHRISTMAS
Motown music
Lone Tree Arts Center

Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
BAREFOOT MOVEMENT HOLIDAY SHOW
Acoustic takes on classics
Broomfield Auditorium

Dec. 5–15, 2 and 7 p.m.
Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’
If you love the movie…
Buell Theatre

Dec. 7, 4:30–9:30 p.m.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OF DENVER
An illuminated bus tour
History Colorado 

Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
STAR WARS HOLIDAY VARIETY SHOW
Live performances, trivia
Oriental Theater

Dec. 7–8, four shows
MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
A classic, the Russian way
Paramount Theatre 

Dec. 7–8, 7:30 p.m.
A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS CONDUCTED BY BRETT MITCHELL
Debut program
Boettcher Concert Hall

Dec. 7-9, three times
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Orchestral music + lights
Macky Auditorium, Boulder

Dec. 8–9, 10 a.m.
JACKALOPE INDIE ARTISAN FAIR
Local art & food showcase
McNichols Building

Through Dec. 9
DENVER HANDMADE HOMEMADE MARKET
Local artisans’ works
The Spindle @ Forge

Dec. 9, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
FAMILY WORKSHOP: WARM WINTER COCOA
Make it from scratch
Denver Botanic Gardens

Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
BETTMAN AND HALPIN: CHRISTMAS IS A FUNNY THING
Holiday classics
Lone Tree Arts Center

Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.
TEN TENORS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR COLORADO SYMPHONY
Classic & contemporary
Boettcher Concert Hall

Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
A KANTOREI CHRISTMAS
A cappella choral music
Lone Tree Arts Center

Dec. 14–16, four shows
A COLORADO CHRISTMAS
Holiday favorites
Boettcher Concert Hall

Dec. 14-22, multiple times
THE NUTCRACKER OF PARKER
The Tchaikovsky classic
PACE Center, Parker

Dec. 15–16, 7 p.m.
LONGMONT MUSEUM HOLIDAY SHOWCASE
Locals do holiday tunes
Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

Dec. 16, 12:30 p.m.
TUBA CHRISTMAS
The name says it all…
Denver Performing Arts Complex

Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.
CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE WITH CANADIAN BRASS
Holiday standards with humorous twists
Macky Auditorium

Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.
THE BEST OF CHRISTMAS TOUR
Celtic Woman and the Colorado Symphony
Boettcher Concert Hall

Dec. 17, 8 p.m.
THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA’S ‘CHRISTMAS ROCKS!’ TOUR
Big-band extravaganza
Paramount Theatre

Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.
HOLIDAY BRASS
Brass & percussion music
Boettcher Concert Hall

Dec. 20, 7 p.m.
MARK O’CONNOR AND FRIENDS AN APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS
Bluegrass spin on holiday classics
Paramount Theatre

Dec. 21–22, 7:30 p.m.
TOO HOT TO HANDEL
A jazzy “The Messiah”
Boettcher Concert Hall

Through Dec. 23, multiple times
ELF—THE MUSICAL
Musical version of film
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

Through Dec. 23, multiple times
THE POLAR EXPRESS
Classic holiday tale
Colorado Railroad Museum

Through Dec. 23, 11 a.m.
CHRISTKINDL MARKET
Euro holiday traditions
16th Street Mall

Through Dec. 23, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
SECOND CITY’S TWIST YOUR DICKENS
Improv meets Scrooge
Aurora Fox Arts Center

Through Dec. 23–24
THE NUTCRACKER
Colorado Ballet
Ellie Caulkins

Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m.
MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS
Illusions, cirque artists
Paramount Theatre

Through Dec. 31, 5 p.m.
BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT
Lights and caroling
Botanic Gardens

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