What to do in Denver over Christmas weekend

Jingle beers

Friday-Sunday: Denver’s Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 2875 Blake St., isn’t going anywhere. And if you aren’t either, then head down to the brewery, restaurant and fun center for a variety of Orphan Christmas activities Dec. 23-25 (and yes, that includes Christmas Day).

On Friday, there will be bingo, which is free to play and includes prizes like beer and merchandise. Santa will be on hand. On Saturday, there will be live music from Matt Flaherty and Sam and Dave Randon. “They don’t know very many Xmas songs if any, so we get a sweet little break from all that for a few hours,” the brewery said. And finally, there will be a Christmas Bierhalle Party from 5 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day with games, music, movies on the big screen, and some lager drinking. Bring cookies to share if you want.

Boogie down

Friday: Kick up your heels one last time – before digging into all those holiday treats – with a triple-decker lineup of local honky-tonk and alt-country luminaries.

The Schofields host the band’s annual Holiday Show at the Skylark Lounge with guests Casey James Prestwood and White Rose Motor Oil. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. The Skylark is at 140 S. Broadway in Denver. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10 in advance at eventbrite.com and $12 the day of.

Light It Up

Saturday: One of Winter Park Resort’s most beloved holiday traditions, the Torchlight Parade, returns on Christmas Eve. The procession of torch-bearing skiers, snowboarders and snowcats, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will take place on the Larry Sale run this year, so the best viewing will be from Red Chair Plaza and at the base area in front of Larry Sale.

The day at the ski resort will also include other kinds of holiday cheer, including caroling throughout the village, photos with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m., a hot chocolate bar at Bradley’s before the parade, and a fireworks display. Get information at winterparkresort.com.


Holiday hoops

Sunday: It’s a Denver sports double-header as the Broncos play the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles. And you can watch at The Lodge at Woods Boss, 675 22nd St., just around the corner from Woods Boss Brewing starting at noon. The game beings at 2:30 p.m.

But if you want actually go to a game, the Denver Nuggets host the pesky Phoenix Suns at Ball Arena at 8:30 p.m. There are still tickets available in the $25 to $35 range (for nosebleeds) at ticketmaster.com and some aftermarket sites. And if family responsibilities keep you locked down that evening, then know that this is one of the few games that Denver fans will be able to actually watch on TV since it’s being aired on ESPN.

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