With Christmas and Hanukkah right around the corner, preparing for the holidays can consume the majority of your free time. Don’t miss the opportunity to make memories with your family and friends this holiday season by participating in some fun festive activities.
Take a break to wrap presents, browse live music for baking and the perfect gifts, see Santa, or attend one of these 18 events in Greeley, Loveland and northern Colorado.
December 17, Saturday
1. Get on Santa’s nice list by participating in the Santa Catch 5K, 10K and Fun Run at 9 a.m. at Power To Play, 5699 Crooked Stick Drive in Windsor. Funds raised from the event will benefit Adopt-A-Family, a non-profit organization serving local families in need this holiday season. Runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate. Race fees are $45 per person for the 5K, $50 per person for the 10K, and kids’ fun is free. For more information, or to register, visit www.santacatchrace.com.
2. Enjoy some baked goods without having to work at the 2022 Cookie Walk from 9 a.m. to noon at Zoe’s Café and Events, 715 10th St., Greeley. Presented by Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity, the event will feature eleven different styles and flavors of cookies for sale, with proceeds going to the local Habitat for Humanity. For more information, contact Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity Chief Development Officer Lowrey Moyer at (970) 351-6766 or by email at email@example.com.
3. The Promenade Shops at Centerra will host Breakfast with Santa at 8:30 a.m. at 5971 Sky Pond Drive, Loveland. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a variety of breakfast treats, gift bags, photo opportunities and more with Santa. Admission $15 per person, cash only. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3BzHcAo.
4. The Aims Community College Art Department is hosting a Just In Time Holiday Craft Fair at 9 a.m. at Greeley Mall, 2050 Greeley Mall. Shoppers can pick up unique gift items such as handmade pottery, wood, home decor, food and more. Proceeds from the event help support student artists and crafters. There is no cost to visit the craft fair and all ages are welcome. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3j3WpmU.
5. An Old Fashioned Christmas will begin at 10 a.m. at Bromley Farm, 1594 E. Bromley Lane, Brighton, with a visit from Santa, a float, toys, shopping opportunities and entertainment for all ages. The event is free and no registration is required. For more information go to www.bromleyfarm.com.
6. The Loveland Visitor Center is hosting a Santa’s Workshop from noon to 4pm at 5400 Stone Creek Circle. The free event will include a professional photo with Santa, a gift shop, hot cocoa and cookies, a toy drive and other activities for all ages. Registration is not required to participate. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3UbxTNq.
7. Spend the morning volunteering with Wreaths Across America. The nonprofit organization is looking for volunteers of all ages to help place holiday wreaths on veterans’ graves. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery, 32815 County Road 257 in Windsor and Linn Grove Cemetery at 1700 Cedar Ave. in Greeley. All ages are invited to participate. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3Wc9Hfc.
8. Learn about the traditions of another culture by attending an Ethiopian coffee ceremony at 11 a.m. at Konjo Coffee, 3701 Le Fever Drive, Fort Collins. The free event will demonstrate the roasting and brewing of Ethiopian coffee. All ages are welcome and the event is free. For more information, go to www.konjoethiopiancoffee.com.
December 18, Sunday
9. Stroll past your favorite holiday movies and traditions on the Haaliday Walk from 1-6pm at The Promenade Shops at Center, 5957 Sky Pond Drive, Loveland. The interactive display will feature scenes from classic and contemporary holiday movies, including “Elf,” “Rudolph” and “Home Alone.” Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $5 for youth ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3uQb3AE.
10. Bring the kids for breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at Rogue Play Trampoline and Ninja Center, 5800 W. 18th St., Greeley. Attendees will be treated to fruit, hot cocoa, visits with Santa and three hours of jump time. Admission is $20 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.rogueplaygreeley.com.
11. Join Stubby Giis and Sunday Breeze for a toy at 2pm at TightKnit Brewing Co., 813 8th St., Greeley. The event, open to adults 21 and older, will feature love music, a variety of craft beers and a chance to brighten up local children’s holidays with the donation of a new unwrapped toy. Entry is free. For more information, contact TightKnit Brewing Co at (970) 397-6146.
12. Don’t miss the Fun Family Christmas Celebration at 2pm at Sunday Steakhouse and Saloon, 2716 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. The event is open to families with children of all ages and will include visits with Santa, cookie decorating and more. Admission is free and cookies are $25 for 12 cookies or $15 for six cookies. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3BANdNj.
December 19, Monday
13. Swing on by 477 Distilling for a holiday bingo at 7 p.m., Unit B at 825 9th St., Greeley. Adults 21+ can play bingo games for a chance to win tons of prizes while sipping on custom cocktails. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and games begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact 477 Distilling at (970) 451-5768.
December 20, Wednesday
14. Get your craft on at the Gingerbread House Decorating Party at 5:30 p.m. at AKA Kitchen, 414 E. 6th St., Loveland. Adults, teenagers and children can create their own gingerbread house with the various supplies provided. Admission is $20 per person. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to https://bit.ly/3VY6CQi.
15. Christmas Movie Night: “The Polar Express” is set for 6 p.m. at the Little America Hotel and Resort, 2800 W. Lincolnway, Cheyenne. The film will be shown in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom and admission includes a drink and family-sized popcorn. Additional gifts will be available for purchase. All ages are welcome to attend and admission is one canned good per person. For more information, contact the Little America Hotel and Resort at (307) 775-8400.
December 23, Friday
16. The Moonstruck Melodie will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Black and Blues Music and Brews, 423 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland. In the evening they will honor the Winter Solstice with the husband and wife couple’s original music, stories and poems. Admission is free and open to adults 21 and over. For more information go to www.blackandbluesmusicandbrews.com.
17. Start your Christmas celebration early at Ben Pu’s Christmas Eve event at 7pm at TightKnit Brewing Co., 813 8th St., Greeley. Pu, reading “A Visit from Saint Nicolas” with special guests Kirk Goble, Emily Nelson and Alison Hamling will help get into the holiday spirit with beer, music and cheer. Entry is free. For more information, contact TightKnit Brewing at (970) 397-6146.
The 18th Art Museum will host the Picasso at Printmaker exhibit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. The exhibition examines how engraving was the creative output of the famous artist. All ages are welcome to attend the exhibit and admission is $10 for adults ages 18-59, $8 for ages 60 and up, and $1 for youth ages 7-17. For more information, go to www.moafc.org.