Things to do in Denver Dec. 22-25: The big Christmas weekend list

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Believe it or not, there’s lots to do.

Thursday

Food & drink

High Hops beer dinner. Five small plate courses and five 4-ounce draft beers from High Hops Brewery. The District, 1320 E. 17th Ave. 7-10 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. $25.

Gingerbread house decorating. All supplies provided. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. 4-10 p.m. $10 donation to Urban Peak.

Barrel release with brewer Ben. First beer from the barrel-aged collection, a Rye Whiskey Barrel Imperial Smoked Porter. First 20 get a free sample in the VIP Room, where brewer Ben will answer questions. Blue Moon RiNo, 3750 Chestnut Place. 3-4 p.m.

Telluride Brewing Co. tap takeover at Ale House at Amato’s, 2501 16th St. 5-7 p.m.

Entertainment

“The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ off-beat tales from his stint as a Macy’s elf in New York City. The Jones, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“Finding Neverland.” Buell Theater, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-125.

Rebirth Brass Band. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $30-40.

SF1. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Sliver. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

Deck the Hall featuring Myro, Twine, Swayd and more. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $15-25.

For the Love of Locals 12: Holiday Toy Drive Edition featuring Tyler Paul Glasgow, Dearling, Brandon Whalen (of My Body Sings Electric) and more. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10 donation or toy for kids ages 2-7.

Tania Katz performs avant garde version of A Bing Crosby Christmas. DazzleJazz, 930 Lincoln St. 7 p.m. $15.

Cartoons & Comedy Christmas Spectack. Cartoons with comedians Cody Spyker, Ben Roy, Jordan Doll and host Christopher Baker. Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 10 p.m. Free.

Kitty Crimes and Friends Christmas Party. Christmas songs with local musicians. Illegal Pete’s, 270 S. Broadway. 7 p.m.

Crafts and Drafts. Locally made vintage wares, handmade crafts, jewelry, oddities and art. Music at 10 p.m. from Cunnilingus, The Hacks and Flight Kamikaze. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Free.

Holiday dance party. White elephant gift exchange, ugly sweater contest, swing team performances and more. Beginner swing lesson at 6 p.m., intermediate lesson at 7 p.m. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 6 p.m.-midnight. $8.

Bluegrass Thursday with Pistols in Petticoats. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Unit 150. 7-9:30 p.m. Free.

Great Holiday Songbook with Drew Morell & Friends. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7-10:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.

For families

Denver Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker.” Gates Hall at the Newman Center,2344 E. Iliff Ave. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $18-36.

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street.  6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Blossoms of Light. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 5:30-9 p.m. $8-13.

Zoo Lights. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 5:30-9 p.m. $2-17.

For a cause

Standing Rock reading and fundraiser. Readings from Denver writers and a silent auction. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 6-8 p.m. Donations at the door. Supplies welcome and will be delivered to Standing Rock.

Drink for Pink. $1 of every pint sold goes to breast cancer research in Colorado. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 7-9 p.m.

RiNo Nights. Work by neighborhood artist Thomas Scharfenberg on display, keepsake pint glasses designed by artists and that benefit artists and 5 percent of proceeds going to RiNo Art District. The Preservery, 3040 Blake St., # 101. 5-9 p.m. 

Sports

Air Force basketball vs. UC Davis, 2 p.m.

Colorado State football vs. Idaho, Potato Bowl, 5 p.m.

Colorado basketball vs. Eastern Washington, 6:30 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.

Colorado State basketball vs. Long Beach State, 8 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Celebrating the Saison. Ticket includes a 6-ounce pour of each Foeder Saison, gourmet cheese pairings, discussion with brewers about Saisons, Foeders, the history and future of Black Shirt, tour of the brewhouse and cellar and a 500ml bottle of each Foeder beer. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. $35.

Troll Hunter release. A 5.5% ABV Norwegian farmhouse ale conditioned on cranberry. Cerebral Brewing, 1477 Monroe St. Noon-11 p.m. 

Entertainment

“The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ off-beat tales from his stint as a Macy’s elf in New York City. The Jones, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

Finding Neverland.” Buell Theater, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-125.

A Very Special DMXmas Show. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $33-35.

Rebirth Brass Band. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $30-40.

Caskey. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Safe Boating Is No Accident EP release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Rubedo’s Holiday Spectacular. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Tonight We Rise Christmas Bash featuring Manic, Dallas Garcia and more.Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $5-8.

Great Holiday Songbook with Drew Morell & Friends. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7-10:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Resident Rock Star Presents: A Very Metal X-Mas. All ages from 7-9 p.m. with pictures with Santa. 21+ after 9 p.m. Black Sky Brewery, 490 Santa Fe Drive. 7 p.m. $5 donation for the bands.

Art

Black Sheep Friday: XXX-Mas Craft Fair. Erotic, holiday-inspired embroidery with the help from Fancy Tiger Crafts. Embroidery hoops available for the first 200 people. Bring your own project for 10 percent off in the café and bar. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5-9 p.m. Free with $5 museum admission.

For families

Denver Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker.” Gates Hall at the Newman Center,2344 E. Iliff Ave. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $18-36.

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Blossoms of Light. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 5:30-9 p.m. $8-13.

Zoo Lights. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 5:30-9 p.m. $2-17.

For a cause

High Plains Comedy presents: The Grawlix Return. The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. $12, all proceeds will go to the Mental Health Center of Denver.

Fifth annual drinks for a cause. DJ Garman, a photo booth, ice luge and more. All proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and Denver Kids. Where an ugly sweater or onesie. Most festive outfit wins $500 in Ginn Mill cash. Ginn Mill, 2041 Larimer St. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $20.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks, 6:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Entertainment

“The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ off-beat tales from his stint as a Macy’s elf in New York City. The Jones, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

Finding Neverland.” Buell Theater, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. $30-125.

A Mohney Christmas Eve. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 7 p.m.

Gaymer. Holiday cheer, plus board games, Pokemon Go, Mario Kart and more. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

For families

Christmas Eve in the City. Experience a new take on the Christmas story. There will be blankets, hot beverages, hand and foot warmers and space heaters. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 5 p.m.

Craft Bonanza. A variety of crafting supplies will be available so kids can explore different mediums. Children’s Library at the Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Blossoms of Light. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 5:30-9 p.m. $8-13.

Zoo Lights. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 5:30-9 p.m. $2-17.

Sunday

It’s Christmas Day, which means there’s not a lot going on. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to get out of the house (or just watch some football on the couch).

Entertainment

You know what’s still open? Movie theaters.

“La La Land.” Mayan Theatre, 110 Broadway. 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $8.50-11.

“Jackie.” Mayan Theatre, 110 Broadway. 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $8.50-11.

“Lion.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 1:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $8.50-11.

“Nocturnal Animals.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 1:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. $8.50-11.

Wide releases:

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“Sing”
“Passengers”
“Assassin’s Creed”
“Office Christmas Party”
“Moana”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Allied”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Arrival”
“Doctor Strange”
“Collateral Beauty”

For families

Blossoms of Light. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 5:30-9 p.m. $8-13.

Zoo Lights. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 5:30-9 p.m. $2-17.

For a cause

Christmas Day dinner at Sunset Park Senior Center. Set up, serve and clean up after a dinner for older people. Sunset Park Senior Center, 1865 Larimer St. 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call Melissa Cirello at 303-297-0408, ext. 13304 to sign up.

Sports

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 6:30 p.m.

Colorado basketball at Utah, 6:30 p.m.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.