By Elisabeth Monaghan
If you’re looking for activities to celebrate the holidays locally, the your cities, libraries, nonprofits and churches have got you covered. Here is a rundown of the activities taking place through mid-December:
Fall Vendor Event
Saturday, Nov. 18, Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge
The Fall Vendor Event will have products you can purchase and take with you, and products you can order. Businesses include: Color Street, Damsel in Defense, HELO, LipSense, Life Designs Real Estate, LuLaRoe, Monat, Norwex, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, PartyLite, Premier Designs, Red Bandana Bakery, Serve the Line Foundation, Shaklee, Stitchin’ A Dream, Usborne, Wildtree and Young Living. Just in time for holiday shopping! Come and buy local and support some home-based businesses.
For details, call 303-231-1300.
City of Wheat Ridge Holiday Celebration
Saturday, Dec. 2, Stevens Elementary, 3 to 7 p.m., 7101 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge
Start off your holiday season with carolers, hot cocoa, crafts, Santa and Mrs. Claus, train rides and more! Localworks and the City of Wheat Ridge are excited to kick off the season with the sixth annual Holiday Celebration on Ridge at 38.
Fun family activities include free hot chocolate, cider, and cookies; live holiday music; free horse drawn carriage and train rides; free professional photo with Santa; live reindeer petting; Artisans Market with handcrafted holiday gifts; arts and crafts for the whole family; and local restaurants and food trunks.
The tree-lighting ceremony will begin in front of Stevens Elementary at 6:30 p.m.
This is the city’s official tree-lighting ceremony with more than 12,000 multi-color bulbs to light up the spectacular 25-foot evergreen!
Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a local food bank!
For more info, call 720-259-1030.
Holiday Open House & Kids Craft Party
Saturday, Dec. 2, Wheat Ridge Library, noon to 4 p.m.
Start your holiday season with us at our festive holiday open house and create fun holiday crafts! Get your face painted between noon and 2 p.m. Suitable for all ages.
For details, visit www.jeffcolibrary.org.
DIY Holiday Gift ‘Buffet’
Sunday, Dec. 3, hOMe Collective, 1 to 4 p.m., 6101 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge
Learn how to handcraft a thoughtful set of gifts for yourself or your loved ones this holiday season! Master herbalist and Reiki healer Alana Watanabe will offer a widely varied “buffet” of handcrafted gift tutorials including herbal salve, essential oil massage candles, exfoliating scrub, shaving lotion for all genders, aromatherapeutic cologne, chakra balancing blends, handcrafted herbal tea, and much more. Each item costs $10, please complete a minimum of three items per person. To enroll, you must first purchase a ticket.
For more information, visit www.homecollective.org.
Gingerbread House Decorating
Saturday, Dec. 9, Wheat Ridge Library, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 5475 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge
Prepare for the holidays by decorating a festive gingerbread house during winter break! Show off your artistic engineering and decorating skills with your friends! Suitable for: Tweens and Teens.
Limited to 10, registration required at the library, jeffcolibrary.org or 303-235-5275.
White (Elephant) Christmas Party
Thursday, Dec. 21, Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, noon to 2:30 p.m., 6363 W. 35th Ave., Wheat Ridge
Back by request! Strive to be the one who brings the most coveted white elephant gift, wrapped of course, for this hilarious gift exchange. A tasty lunch will be served and then the fun will begin! There will be a short presentation on The Seeing Eye Organization, by Rick and his seeing eye dog, Chekov. Registration is $8.
To register call 303-205-7500.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Mountair Christian Church
Thursday, Nov. 23, 1390 Benton St., Mountair Christian Church, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This is the 33rd Thanksgiving Dinner held at Mountair. In collaboration with Lakewood LDS, Two Creeks Neighborhood Organization, St. Bernadette’s Catholic Parish, and community volunteers, Mountair Christian Church prepares dinner for those who need community in giving thanks.
The meal is free. Meals will also be delivered within three miles of the church to the disabled and elderly only. Call 303-237-5526 to make a reservation for delivery meals. Limit four meals per address. If you leave a message, please provide your name, address, phone number and how many meals are needed. Meals may be requested to pick up at the church. No reservations for pickup or delivery accepted after 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Contact the church at 303-237-5526 for more information.
The Christmas Craftapalooza
Saturday, Dec. 2, New Life in Christ Church, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1380 Ammons St., Lakewood
The Christmas Craftapalooza is a different kind of craft fair. Vendors not only sell their own handmade items, but also present a mini-workshop where participants make their own crafts! The fair is free to attend, and vendors pay a very low table fee plus 10 percent. Vendors are asked to bring a simple craft for fair goers to make that would be suitable for gift giving for a low fee – $5 to $10 – or even free.
The Craftapalooza targets families with children who are mid- to low-income and is presented at a facility that provides a cold weather shelter for families. This is an excellent opportunity to minister to individuals and families who have fallen on hard times, and may not have an opportunity to give their families and loved ones a special Christmas.
To reserve a table as a vendor, please call 303-406-1917.
Holiday Open House
Wednesday, Dec. 6, Edgewater Library, 3 to 6 p.m., 5843 W. 25th Ave., Edgewater
Come enjoy food, get your face painted and talk to Santa! Fun for all ages!
Visit www.jeffcolibrary.org for more information.
Edgewater Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Dec. 8, Edgewater Recreation Room, 5 to 8 p.m., 5845 W. 25th Ave., Edgewater
For details, call 720-763-3010.
Fifth Annual Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 9, The Conflict Center, 1 to 5 p.m., 4140 Tejon St., Denver
Come shop from unique local vendors offering a variety of gift items just in time for the holidays! Twenty percent of all vendor sales supports The Conflict Center’s work for more restorative practices in schools and better access to skill building classes for all groups of people.
For more information, visit www.conflictcenter.org.