Things to do in Denver Dec. 8-11: The big weekend list

So. Much. Holiday. Spirit.

Little Man Ice Cream dressed in its holiday best. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

christmas lights; ice cream
Little Man Ice Cream dressed in its holiday best. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite) christmas lights; ice cream
Little Man Ice Cream dressed in its holiday best. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

So. Much. Holiday. Spirit.

Thursday

Food & drink

July in Christmas. Break out the summer clothes. The heat will be cranked up 80 degrees and there will be live reggae, food from Matt’s Snack Shack, beer, games, a limbo competition, a kiddie pool party and more. Little Machine Beer, 2924 W. 20th Ave. 5-10 p.m.

Entertainment

“The Nutcracker.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-90.

“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.

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street.  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. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“Hand to God.” Sweet but troubled teen Jason is coping with his father’s recent death and is forced to join his mother’s Church-led puppet group. Curious Theater Company, 8 p.m. $24-34.

Alice in Winterland featuring Fitz & The Tantrums. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 6:30 p.m. $45.

Lil Durk. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

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

WhiteWater Ramble “Pickin’ On The Rolling Stones.” Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

The Circus Records Tour featuring Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Funtcase and Diskord. Cervantes Masterpiece, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $45-50.

Viretta. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

Sonata Arctica. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $25-75.

Red Bull Sound Select presents: Diane Coffee. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $3 with RSVP.

Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy Holiday Tour. Paramount Theatre,1621 Glenarm Place. 7:30 p.m. $36.50.

Free screening of “Isolation Man.” Amockumentary, found-footage, trash film about the superhero The Exquisite Vanishteer and what happens after he makes the human population of the western hemisphere vanish. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 7-10 p.m.

For families

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7 p.m. $15-50.

Gingerbread Christmas story time. Gingerbread houses, cookies, and stories. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 4:30-5 p.m.

For your brain

“Star Wars” trivia. Five rounds spanning all movies to date, plus a costume contest, special prizes and free beer. Registration recommended. Fiction Brewing Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30-10:30 p.m.

For a cause

Stand Up for Standing Rock benefit concert. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $10-15.

Brewery Dragstravaganza. Punk rock-themed drag show to benefit One Colorado and the LGBTQ community. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. 

Whether the election and its aftermath have you feeling a powerful need to do good for others or you’re simply in the holiday spirit of giving, Denver has plenty of opportunities for you.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Boston Bruins, 5 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Washington Wizards, 5 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

RUMTUM Art and OMF four year anniversary. Our Mutual Friend Brewing Co., 2810 Larimer St. 7-11 p.m.

Meet the Brewer. Guest brewers Johnny Flowers and Chris D’Amico made Bike Fight, a big, boozy, English-style barleywine. Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St. 3-10 p.m. 

Project: Magic Lantern. Release of a passion fruit beer. Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, 1290 S. Broadway. 6-9 p.m.

Entertainment

“The Nutcracker.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-90.

“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.

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street.  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. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“Hand to God.” Sweet but troubled teen Jason is coping with his father’s recent death and is forced to join his mother’s Church-led puppet group. Curious Theater Company, 8 p.m. $24-34.

The Wood Brothers. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $26-30.

Cowboy Mouth. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Creature Canopy. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Papadosio. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $39.50.

Broccoli Samurai. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $8-12.

Special early show with Sam Outlaw. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 6 p.m. $10-12.

The Westside Christmas Tour with Warm Brew and Michael Christmas. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m. $12-15.

Nova Fest 2016 featuring The Coast is Ours, Burial Plot and more. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Lola Black’s XXXmas. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $10-13.

Hell’s Belles. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $16.

Postcards. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $8-12.

YAD Shabbat: Festival of Lights. Jewish young adults in their 20s and 30s are invinted to YAD Shabbat at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The night includes dinner, an open bar and entry to the Blossoms of Light display. Dress to impress. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 6 p.m. $36. Registration closes Thursday.

INSPiRE Night. Includes a tamale dinner and admission into Su Teatro’s Production of “Joaquin’s Christmas.” Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 5:30-10 p.m. $20 for adults, $7 for college students and $5 for high school students.

Art

Black Sheep Friday: Pop Tart Art. Make pop art-inspired Pop Tarts. Drop in anytime. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delganey St. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. Program 6-8 p.m. Free with $5 museum admission.

Greg Gandy, Jeremy Mann and Timothy P. Wilson. OPening reception for a three-artisit exhibit. Gallery 1261, 1261 Delaware St. 6-9 p.m. 

Spark annual members show. Opening reception for a show exhibiting 28 artists. Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 5-9 p.m.

For families

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. $15-50.

Luminarias de Santa Fe Drive. Blocks of brightly glowing luminaries, carolers, mariachis, Santa Claus, Aztec dancers and more. Santa Fe Art District, between Alameda and 12th avenues. 5-10 p.m.

“Nutcracker” holiday story time. Alexa, who plays Clara in the Colorado Conservatory of Dance production of “The Nutcracker,” will be there in costume. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 p.m.

Yuletide Teas. Have tea, tour the holiday decorations and take home a collectible ornament. Ages 6 and up. Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St. 10:30 a.m. $5-11.

Comedy night and two year anniversary party featuring Kevin Klatman, Ben Bryant, Anthony Armstrong, Rachel Weeks, Andrew Polk, Greg Baumhauer, Sammy Arechar and Aaron Urist. Chain Reaction Brewing Co., 902 S. Lipan St. 8 p.m.-midnight.

Midnight Madness: “Lethal Weapon.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

For a cause

Suicide awareness benefit show. featuring Bear Redmon, Wildflowers and Ilya Litoshik. Lion’s Lair. 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $6.

Whether the election and its aftermath have you feeling a powerful need to do good for others or you’re simply in the holiday spirit of giving, Denver has plenty of opportunities for you.

Sports

Denver hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Gingerbread house decorating party and competition. Make a decorate your own gingerbread house and enjoy free ice cream, hot cocoa and live music. A $10 suggested donation will benefit Habitat for Humanity. {rizes include limited edition skis and snowboards or four-pack passes to Copper Mountain. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 1-3 p.m. 

It’s Going to Get Ugly. Ugly sweater contest, holiday beer release, give aways, food truck and treats. Bring a dozen homemade cookies for a cookie exchange if you want. Dogs welcome. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. 6-10 p.m.

Ugly Christmas sweater party and toy drive. Wear an ugly sweater and donate a toy and you’ll get a free 8-ounce pour of a special holiday beer. Toys will be donated to the Denver Santa Claus Shop. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-midnight.

Celebrating two years with champagne, cake and more at the Denver Cat Company, 3929 Tennyson St. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Third annual Epic Holiday cookie contest. Five local bakers will compete. Attendees will taste cookies paired with beer and vote for their favorite. Santa will be on site there for pictures. Epic Brewing Co., 3001 Walnut St. Noon-3 p.m.

LA’s GoldenBoys Chinese pop up. Guerilla Chinese restaurant by chefs Hunter Pritchett (former Denverite) and Adam Midkiff. RiNo Yacht Club, 3350 Brighton Blvd., #100. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

80s Ski Party. Level 1 will be screening their latest ski film, “Pleasure.” Plus: special beer releases, giveaways and ’80s music. Costumes encouraged. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 7 p.m.-midnight.

Entertainment

“The Nutcracker.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $30-90.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 1 p.m. $28.

“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.  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. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“Hand to God.” Sweet but troubled teen Jason is coping with his father’s recent death and is forced to join his mother’s Church-led puppet group. Curious Theater Company, 8 p.m. $24-34.

Earth Night Winter 2016: Papadosio, Wildlight and TNERTLE. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 7:30 p.m. $22.50.

Sing it to Me Santa: Michael Franti Trio. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $35-40.

Brent Cowles. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

The Travelin’ McCourys. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Corn Meal and Henhouse Prowlers. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. $12-15.

A Mac DZ. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Plastic Daggers album release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Denver Black Sky IV featuring Demolition Hammer, Exhumed vs. Skinless, Weekend Nachos and more. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 5:30 p.m. $20-25.

The Nadas. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Helmet. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $20-22.

Midnight Madness: “Lethal Weapon.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Madchild. The Roxy Theatre, 2549 Welton St. 7 p.m. $15.

Third annual KrampusFest. Celebrate Krampus with HashSquatch, Douche Hammer, Giant puppets, carnival games and prizes. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 6-11 p.m.

Spells. The Overland, 1967 S. Broadway. 9 p.m.

Art

“Star Wars” live artist event. Artist Christopher Clark will be painting his newest “Star Wars” (Darth Vader) original. Free wine and hot cocoa will be served. Clark will sign and add hand embellishments to your artwork. Incredible Art Gallery, 1020 15th St., Suite 1V. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cabalidays Art Market. Local art and photos with Krampus. Cabal Gallery, 1875 S. Broadway. Noon-10 p.m.

EPIC Arts Youth Exhibition. Catered reception for exhibit featuring grade school students of all ages. RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe St. Noon-4 p.m.

For families

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $15-50.

Family Screening: “A Muppet Christmas Carol.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. Hot chocolate bar at 9:30 a.m. Movie at 10:30 a.m. Ornament making noon-1 p.m. $5. Free for kids 6 and younger.

Tennyson Street Holiday Market & Rumpus. Shopping, live music, donation collections, food, drinks and more. Call to Arms Brewing Co., 4526 Tennyson St. Noon-8 p.m.

For a cause

Whether the election and its aftermath have you feeling a powerful need to do good for others or you’re simply in the holiday spirit of giving, Denver has plenty of opportunities for you.

Sports

Colorado State basketball vs. Northern Colorado, 2 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Orlando Magic, 5 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Montreal Canadiens, 5 p.m.

Denver hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7 p.m.

Colorado basketball at BYU, 8 p.m.

Sunday

Entertainment

“The Nutcracker.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $30-90.

“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 6:30 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. and 7:30 p.m. with an audio-described mantinee. Tickets start at $47.

“Hand to God.” Sweet but troubled teen Jason is coping with his father’s recent death and is forced to join his mother’s Church-led puppet group. Curious Theater Company, 2 p.m. $24-34.

Dave Simonett and Dave Carroll (Trampled By Turtles). Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Afton Showcase ft. Croxz, Psyland, Xkape and more. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

10th annual How the Grouch Stole Christmas Tour featuring Living Legends. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $32-35.

Winter Is Here featuring Seren. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 6:30 p.m. $8-10.

Against the Current. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $16-18.

Heavy Metal Flea Market. Live music at noon from When Darkness Falls
and Slingfist. Black Sky Brewery, 490 Santa Fe Drive. Noon-5 p.m.

Art

Music in the Galleries: Altius Quartet. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 2-3 p.m. Free with $6-10 admission.

For families

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. $15-50.

The Music Train family concert series featuring GAMB Band playing festive New Orleans soul and jazz. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $20-25.

For a cause

Whether the election and its aftermath have you feeling a powerful need to do good for others or you’re simply in the holiday spirit of giving, Denver has plenty of opportunities for you.

Way Back Winter Formal. Fundraiser for Protect Our Winters. Wear your favorite high school formal clothes. The Way Back, 4132 W. 38th Ave. 7-11 p.m. $22.19.

Impact – Clothing for the Homeless. Help hand out shirts, shoes, socks, jeans, jackets, backpacks, sleeping bags and other items to those who need them.Cervantes Masterpiece, 2635 Welton St. Noon-3 p.m. Donations are necessary. $10 per person, $20 per family.

Sports

Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans, 11 a.m.

Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs, 5 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.