Things to do in Denver this weekend, Dec. 21-24

Looking for things to do in Denver this weekend? Here’s a big, curated list of options in arts and entertainment, food and drink, causes, sports and more!

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The Denver City and County Building lit up for the holidays. 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Christmas is really, finally, almost here. With the amount of Christmas events that happen in this city, it feels like the holiday lasted an entire month. But now it’s truly upon us and I encourage you to absolutely overload on sweater parties, cookie decorating, craft shopping and Nutcracker-ing.

Cheers!

Thursday

Food & drink

Craft Beer & Gift Wrapping Party. Supplies provided. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. 5-10 p.m.

Ugly Sweater Beer and Cookie Pairing with Good Sugar Baking and an ugly sweater contest at Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W. Colfax Ave. 6- 8 p.m. $12.

Frontmaniac release. Double dry-hopped double IPA. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

“Top Chef” watch party with chef Lachlan Patterson, who is on the show. Pizzeria Locale, 3484 W. 32nd Ave. 4-10 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Rebirth Brass BandGlobe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $10-20.

Best bet: To All A Good Night! Up next in this holiday film series: another showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m.  $7-11.

Best bet: “Waitress.” Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, dreams of baking her way out of her small town and loveless marriage (to original music written by Sara Bareilles). Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-120.

Best bet: “The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ stories of working as an elf at Macy’s in New York, adapted for the stage. The Jones Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. 7 p.m. $25-33.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

Drink Drank Punk. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

Khaki. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-12.

Flag Sabbath Winter Solstice Party. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Jay Roemer Band. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Adam Bartczak Republic. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 8:30 p.m. $15-20.

Chuck Roy’s Dirty XXXmas Comedy Show. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Hey, Lady! (B-52s tribute). Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $13-23.

Clinton Jackson. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $17.

Drag Queen Bingo. BarFly at Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7-8 p.m. 

Art

Best of 2017 Artist Reception and Holiday Party. Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive. 5-8 p.m. 

For families

Best bet: “A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $35-85.

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

“A Very Vintage Holiday Show.” Garner Galleria, 1101 13th St. 5:30 p.m.

Denver Christkindl Market. Music, Bier & Gluehwein, entertainment, gifts and crafts. Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

For a cause

Children’s Hospital Toy & Book Donations. Get a free $6 pint with a donation. Strange Craft Brewing Co., 1330 Zuni St., Unit M. 3-8 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Cookies and Cocktails with Good Sugar Baking at Bear Creek Distillery, 1879 S. Acoma St. 6-8 p.m. $12.

Cookie Decorating at Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. 5 p.m. Cookie supplies with purchase of one beer.

Children’s Holiday Cookie Decorating Party. The Rolling Pin Bakeshop, 2716 Welton St. 6 p.m. RSVP by calling 720-708-3026.

BeerNog release. 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 2620 Walnut St. 5 p.m.-midnight. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Rebirth Brass BandBluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $19.99-30.

Best bet: Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Dance PartyLion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12.50-15.

Best bet: “Waitress.” Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, dreams of baking her way out of her small town and loveless marriage (to original music written by Sara Bareilles). Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-120.

Best bet: “The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ stories of working as an elf at Macy’s in New York, adapted for the stage. The Jones Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $25-33.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“Too Hot To Handel.” The Colorado Symphony performs a jazz, gospel and R&B-infused rendition of Handel’s “Messiah.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94.

EOTO & Friends. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-27.

In The Variant. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

My Boy Elroy. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 11:30 p.m. $5.

A Colfax Christmas featuring The Patient Zeroes. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $8-10.

Sar Isatum. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $10-13.

Disco Floyd. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

Tyler Paul Glasgow’s 2nd Annual Holiday Extravaganza. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-15.

“Mystery at the Chateau.” Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $25-40.

Clinton Jackson. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $27.

Mandy Harvey. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6 p.m. $15-30.

The Wellington Billings Quartet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

To All A Good Night! Up next in this holiday film series: “Black Christmas.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m. $7-11.

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Midnight Madness: “An American Tail.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

Best bet: Black Sheep Friday: XXX-mas Craft FairMuseum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5 p.m. Free-$5.

For families

Best bet: “A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35-85.

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

“A Very Vintage Holiday Show.” Garner Galleria, 1101 13th St. 5:30 p.m.

Denver Christkindl Market. Music, Bier & Gluehwein, entertainment, gifts and crafts. Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

For a cause

Best bet: 12 Days of Giving: Punk Rock Drag Show for One Colorado. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 8-10 p.m. 

Children’s Hospital Toy & Book Donations. Get a free $6 pint with a donation. Strange Craft Brewing Co., 1330 Zuni St., Unit M. 3-8 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Portland Trailblazers, 8 p.m. 

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Donut Panic chai oatmeal stout crowler release with Glazed and Confuzed doughnut pairings. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 1 p.m.

Best bet: Cheese & Cheesy Sweater PartyFour beers, four cheeses and cheesy sweaters. Zuni Street Brewing Company, 2355 W. 29th Ave. Noon-10 p.m. $16.

Blackberry Milkshake IPA crowler release. Station 26 Brewing Co., 7045 E. 38th Ave. 1-11 p.m. 

Cookie decorating class. One ticket includes a dozen sugar cookies, decorating supplies, hot cocoa and healthy finger foods for kids and wine, cocktails and appetizers for parents. Olive & Finch, 3390 E. First Ave. 3-4:30 p.m. $85 for one adult and one child and $10 for each additional child.

Entertainment

Best bet: Rebirth Brass BandBluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $19.99-30.

Best bet: DragondeerLarimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $15-18.

Best bet: “Waitress.” Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, dreams of baking her way out of her small town and loveless marriage (to original music written by Sara Bareilles). Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-120.

Best bet: “The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ stories of working as an elf at Macy’s in New York, adapted for the stage. The Jones Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $25-33.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“Too Hot To Handel.” The Colorado Symphony performs a jazz, gospel and R&B-infused rendition of Handel’s “Messiah.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94.

Living Legends and Hieroglyphics. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $39.50-45.

3OH!3. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $24.99-28.

Dayton Stone & The Undertones. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Crowboy album release. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

RL Cole & the Hell You Say. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Alpha Schoolmarm Orchestra Holiday Gala. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

Bass Storm. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $25-35.

Smokestack Relics. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. Free.

Wes Watkins. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. 

Kitty Crimes and Harpoontang. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 6 p.m.

Comedy Saved the Video Star. Comedians do standup, then play their favorite music video, which everyone discusses afterward. Night starts with a half hour of TRL (they’ll take your music video requests). Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. 

Clinton Jackson. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $27.

To All A Good Night! Up next in this holiday film series: “Nothing Like the Holidays.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 2 p.m. $7-11.

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Midnight Madness: “An American Tail.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

For families

Best bet: “A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-85.

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

Denver Christkindl Market. Music, Bier & Gluehwein, entertainment, gifts and crafts. Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors, 6:30 p.m. 

Colorado Avalanche at Arizona Coyotes, 6 p.m.

Sunday

Entertainment

Best bet: “Waitress.” Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, dreams of baking her way out of her small town and loveless marriage (to original music written by Sara Bareilles). Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-120.

Best bet: “The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ stories of working as an elf at Macy’s in New York, adapted for the stage. The Jones Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $25-33.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. $35.

To All A Good Night! Closing out this holiday film series: “The Preacher’s Wife.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 2 p.m. $7-11.

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

For families

Best bet: “A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $35-85.

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

Sports

Denver Broncos at Washington Redskins, 11 a.m.


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