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December 18, 2012
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What's going on this holiday season

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - If you're visiting Snowmass Village for the holidays or looking for something new to do with your family this year, look no further. We've pulled together a list of holiday-related events going on in the Aspen-Snowmass era. In Snowmass, Dickens-era carolers will sing, Santa Claus will make numerous stops throughout the Village, and the chapel will host a variety of religious and community events. There's also some festive things going on in Aspen and throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Dec. 19 | Holiday Storytime with Aspen's Mayor Mick 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., Pitkin County Library. Special guest storyteller, Aspen's Mayor Mick, will read from his favorite holiday books. For 3-5 year-olds. Munchies will be served. Call 429-1900.Dec. 19 | High School Ugly Christmas Sweater Youth Group 7 p.m., location TBD. This is a night to re-hear the Christmas message, fellowship together over dinner, and have some fun. Stay after and help plan the next steps for the Teen Action Council's service project. RSVP to Kara or Adam, 970-300-1207.Dec. 20 | Teddy Bear Story Hour 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 am, Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St., Aspen. In partnership with Spellbinders, the Aspen Historical Society presents holiday carols, festivities and stories from around the world. Geared for children ages 3-6. BYOTB (Bring Your Own Teddy Bear). $3 per child. Call 970-925-3721. Also Friday.Dec. 21 | Art-Making Workshop 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Limelight Hotel, 355 S. Monarch St., Aspen. Join the Aspen Art Museum in celebrating the 12 Days of Aspen in this art-making holiday workshop. Call 970-925-8050.Dec. 21-24 | Santa's Village & Carolers-A-Caroling 2 to 4 p.m., Snowmass Village Mall and Base Village. The North Pole comes to the Snowmass Village Mall and Base Village when Santa's magical village opens to hear the last minute requests of good girls and boys. Complimentary photos with Santa are offered daily, Dec. 21-24. On Dec. 23 and 24, carolers and a barber shop quartet stroll through the Mall and Base Village singing favorite Christmas Carols. Free. Contact 1-800-SNOWMASS, www.snowmasstourism.comDec. 21 | Santa Claus is coming to town In addition to his presence on the Mall and Base Village during the day, Santa Claus will be making the rounds in town the evening of Dec. 21. The Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District will escort Santa around to the following neighborhoods in a decorated truck. Daly Townhomes - 6 p.m.Timbers Club - 6:20 p.m.Fairway III -6:40 p.m.Sinclair Meadows - 7 p.m.Rodeo Place - 7:20 p.m.Horse Ranch Crossings - 7:40 p.m. Call 970-923-2212Dec. 21 | Moms Group and Christmas Crafts Connect, socialize and support each other. There will be free child care while the moms convene for Christmas crafting. Email or call 970-300-1213. Dec. 21 | Decorate a Gingerbread House 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Aspen Youth Center, upstairs in the Aspen Recreation Center, 0861 Maroon Creek Road. $15 per person includes a house, candy and frosting. Space is limited, so sign up early. This event is open to kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. Students younger than fourth grade must be accompanied by an adult. Please call, or email to register. Call 970-544-4130.Dec. 21 | Santa's Ladder Tour 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Basalt and El Jebel neighborhoods. The Basalt Fire Department gives Santa a ride on the ladder truck through neighborhoods in Basalt and El Jebel. When you hear Christmas music playing, come out and wave to Santa. The truck will visit neighborhoods in Basalt on Friday, Dec. 21 and in El Jebel/Willits on Saturday, Dec. 22. Call 970-704-0675.Dec. 21-23 | The Spirit of Aspen Spectacular 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Wheeler Opera House, Aspen. A song-and-dance extravaganza featuring holiday music, about finding the meaning of Christmas here in Aspen, starring two of Aspen's most well-known professional actors, Nina Gabianelli and Peggy Wilkie, as well as the JGP young people's troupe. Call 970-920-5770.Dec. 22 | WC3 Holiday Potluck 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Woody Creek Community Center. Featuring holiday caroling, musical performances, a roaring fire and perhaps ome mistletoe. WC3 will provide the main course; attendees are invited to bring their favorite family dish. There will be a cash bar featuring seasonal drinks such as homemade eggnog. Call 970-922-2342.Dec. 22 | Ornament Making 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Red Brick Center for the Arts, 110 E. Hallam St., Aspen. Kids of all ages are welcome; children under 6 must be accompanied by a parent. $35 per student. All materials included. Call 970-429-2777.Dec. 22 | Santa's Ladder Tour 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., El Jebel and Willits. The Basalt Fire Department gives Santa a ride on the ladder truck through neighborhoods in El Jebel and Willits. When you hear Christmas music playing, come out and wave to Santa. Call 970-704-0675.Dec. 23 | Lessons and Carols 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Aspen Chapel, at the roundabout. Featuring traditional and international carols performed by the Aspen Chapel Holiday Choir, with Rob Merritt on trumpet and guest conductor Wendy Larson. The chapel's own Susan Nicholson is music director and organist for this annual event. Everyone is welcome. Call 970-925-7184.Dec. 24 | Christmas Eve Services 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., Snowmass Chapel, 5307 Owl Creek Road, Snowmass Village. A service geared for families with children will be offered at 5 p.m., followed by additional services at 7 and 9 p.m. Each will feature the traditional "lessons and carols" with choir, bells and orchestra. Call 970-300-1330.Dec. 24 | Sing-a-long by the Fire 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Snowmass Village Mall. A cozy fire, yummy s'mores, and a guitar-strummin' cowboy bring friends and families together during this fun, aprs-ski activity. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Call 970-922-2233. Dec. 24 | Christmas Eve at The Orchard 5:15 p.m. - 8 p.m., The Orchard, Carbondale. Candlelight celebrations will be held at the church at 5:15 and 7 p.m. A live nativity re-enactment will be held at the outdoor amphitheater at the church at 6:15 p.m. Patrons are asked to bring a plate of Christmas cookies to share. The Orchard is a non-denominational church. Call 970-963-8773.Dec. 24 | Christmas Eve at the Aspen Chapel 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., 77 Meadowood Drive, Aspen, at the roundabout. The chapel celebrates Christmas Eve with three services, at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. is a 45-minute children's service. Christmas told through stories and music, featuring the chapel Tuesday School, Flynn Holman, Julia Foran, Ayla Potamkin and master storyteller Jane Jenkins. The 6:30 p.m. family service is the rockin' homecoming of Obadiah Jones and awarding-winning band Slightly White. At 8:30 p.m., a traditional service will be offered with acclaimed singer John Oates. All services are led by Rev. Gregg Anderson. Candlelight services are at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; both are an hour long. Everyone is welcome. Call 970-925-7184.Dec. 27 | Torchlight Parade with fireworks 5 p.m., Fanny Hill. Moms, dads and kids ages 8 and older are invited to be part of the trail of light down the mountain. Free fireworks after the parade. For more information, stop by the Guest Services Information Desk in the Ticket Pavilion on the Snowmass Mall or call 970-923-0560. Parade at 5 p.m., fireworks after. Fanny Hill. Free. Dec. 29 | 20s & 30s White Elephant Christmas Soiree 6 - 8 p.m., Creekside Cafe. Snowmass Chapel's December 20s through 30s fellowship night provides the opportunity to get "glam." Join the chapel for bite-sized apps and desserts and some Christmas cocktails. The White Elephant gifting is meant to be funny and no more than $15 should be spent on your item (recycled is better!). The group might continue on out for dinner or dancing afterwards. RSVP to Kara Gilbert or Adam Gilbert, 970-300-1207.

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