Holiday Happenings – December 2019

[December 2019 | San Juan Silver Stage]

MUCH FUN AS IT WOULD BE, YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL when things overlap, but you can come close. It’s hard to choose, though, since so much is happening at once, especially on December 7th and 14th, two of the biggest holiday celebration days this year. Whatever you do, wherever you go, this is a season of spectacular light displays.

OURAY. Celebrate the start of the holidays in Ouray with their annual community Yule Day celebration Saturday, December 7th, starting at 10:00 A.M. through the end of the parade (which starts at 5 P.M.). Local shops will offer special treats and extended hours. Have lunch or a beverage at one of the 15 restaurants and coffee shops, three breweries, and one distillery that will be open. Dip in the hot springs, enjoy the indoor climbing wall at the Wright, get a massage, or have your holiday photos taken with Santa at the Elks Lodge starting after the parade. (The Elks can also arrange for Santa to make a home visit.) Gather at the fire pits around the community Christmas tree at 5 P.M. for carols, s’mores, and mulled cider, and join in on the parade at 6 P.M., as a participant or a spectator. Build a gingerbread house at the Community Center on the 12th, an annual family affair put on by Weehawken Arts. month long, the Wright has special holiday movies and their New Year’s Eve Bash (the Roaring 20’s) from 8:30 P.M. to 1 A.M. Close out the year at the Elks, with a New Year’s Eve Party at 5:30 P.M. followed by Karaoke.

RIDGWAY. The town’s annual Noel Night, hosted by Ridgway Creative District and the 610 Arts Collective, takes place Friday, December 6th, with a parade and entertainment. Lots of shops and eateries stay open late. Stop by the 610 Arts Collective for the Holiday Art and Gift Sale, Friday, 6 to 9 P.M. and Saturday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. On the 15th, come hear holiday music by the Ouray County Chorus presenting “A Bit of Cheer,” 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. at the 4H Event Center. And, there’s always something going on at the Sherbino, including ARTbar’s adult gingerbread house making at “Gin and Gingerbread,” 6 to 8 P.M. on the 17th. Say goodbye to 2019 and welcome the new year at the Sherbino’s annual New Year’s Party, 8 P.M. to 12:30 A.M. Finally, don’t miss San Juan Skijoring 2020. Hosted by San Juan Skijoring and Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, the event takes place January 11th & 12th at the Ouray County Fairgrounds.

DELTA. The town began their holiday celebrations on November 30th with a downtown light parade followed by “Christmas at the Fort” at Fort Uncompahgre. On December 6th, the Bill Heddles Rec Center is hosting a Holiday Craft Show from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.

MONTROSE. The biggest town in our region also has the biggest celebrations. Weehawken presents The Nutcracker at the Pavilion, December 5th to 8th. The Montrose Pavilion hosts numerous concerts (see Music, pg. 21). Magic Circle presents A Christmas Carol with performances on the 6th, 7th, and 8th. December 7th is a big day for celebrations. Montrose Library presents “Unicorn Story Time.” Chow Down celebrates Customer Appreciation Day. That evening, Montrose DART (Development and Revitalization Team) presents the annual downtown parade. This year’s theme is “A Very Vintage Christmas,” fitting because another aspect of holiday celebrations is rides around town in decorated, vintage carriages and wagons. (Story, pg. 22.) Decorated wagons are also part of the festivities at the Garden of Lights, December 14th, 21st, 22nd, and 26th and 27th. Open from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M., the experience includes live music, illuminated garden paths, light displays, and more. (Story, pg. 6.) December 14th, when the garden opens, is also another big day: Santa will be at his cabin from 4 to 6 P.M. (he’s also there on the 15th, 21st, and 22nd); Chow Down hosts picture-taking sessions with Santa and your pet; MCA holds their Art Market from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M; Weehawken’s Gingerbread House Decorating takes place from noon to 1:30 P.M., and; the Senior Center hosts a dance with New Vision from 7:30 to 11 P.M. Details, and more info, check our calendar on pages 19-20 or online at