Hanukkah on Ice: Skate with family and friends to Hanukkah music at this awesome outdoor rink. Enjoy sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and hot chocolate. At 17:30 there will be a menorah lighting; 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Winter Skate, 824 Front St., Louisville; boulderjcc.org.
Pasta workshop for children: Enjoy this fun cooking class for all ages where students will learn how to make fresh pasta, tomato sauce, pesto, and zucchini chips; 9 a.m. Thursday, Food Lab, 1825 Pearl St., Boulder; boulderdowntown.com.
Boulder Tuesday Thursday Mountaineers: Join outdoor enthusiasts on a day hike with this leaderless, rule-abiding group that splits into smaller groups and splits into multiple trails. Drivers pay expenses. Bring lunch, water and snacks, and prepare for all weather conditions; 9 a.m. Thursday, North Boulder Park, Seventh and Dellwood, Boulder; for free 303-494-8822.
Christmas story time with Santa Claus: Join Library staff and Santa Claus to celebrate the season with songs, stories and crafts; 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette; for free cityoflafayette.com.
Mini Stars Tap and Ballet Combo: This combination ballet and tap class is designed to introduce students ages three to five to the basic skills of ballet and tap dance. Students will develop strength, dance technique, rhythm and body awareness in a supportive and nurturing environment; 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Kinesis Dance, 635 S. Broadway, Unit D, Boulder; $65; kinesisdance.com.
Sturtz in Etown: This acoustic quartet from Boulder features the talents of Andrew Sturtz (vocals and guitar), Jim Herlihy (banjo), Courtlyn Carpenter (cello) and Will Kuepper (bass); 6 p.m. Thursday, Etown, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder; bandsintown.com.
Tapping Party at Boulder Social: Boulder Social by Boulder Beer Co. Brewing Buffalo Gold with the original owner’s original recipe. Head to the brewery for the tap party and get a free Buffalo Gold beer; 6 p.m. Thursday, Boulder Social, 1600 38th St., Boulder; for free cli.re.
Ben Markhart — Thompson Pass Ski Tour in Alaska’s Chugach Mountains: Head over to Neptune Mountaineering to hear Ben Markhart talk about his latest adventures in Alaska. Tickets are free but limited to 150 guests; 7 p.m. Thursday, Neptune Mountaineering, 633 S. Broadway, Boulder; for free eventbrite.com.
Drink and paint: Bring a friend to make a silly holiday painting. Supplies are included in the ticket price; 7pm Thursday, DV8 Distillery, 2480 49th St., #E, Boulder; $40; eventbrite.com.