Merriment and Wonder Ring in The Season
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The season of merriment officially begins in Leadville Today with the Annual Parade of Lights marching down historic Harrison Avenue starting at 6 p.m. Of course, the most popular attraction in this holiday parade will be Santa and Mrs. Claus as they arrive in style to the Lake County Courthouse. Children and families are invited to enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as they wait to share their special Christmas wishes and take pictures with the jolly couple in the lobby of the courthouse, compliments of the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce.
Holiday Happenings Heat Up The Cloud City
You’ve probably got one in your closet. And while you can’t quite bring yourself to get rid of it, you rarely find the appropriate occasion to wear the thing. Well, it’s time to break out those ugly Christmas sweaters because this holiday season, Leadvillites will have at least a couple of occasions to “don your gay apparel.”
In just a few years, the ugly holiday sweater trend has evolved from a byproduct of counter-cultural hipsters to an annual tradition embraced by families, and yes, entire communities. Not to be outdone, Periodic Brewing in Leadville will host its annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4 – 9 p.m. So dig out that old standby that Aunt Sally gave you years ago and head over to Leadville’s brewery to be eligible for the contest and prizes. Periodic Brewing is located at 115 E 7th Street.
If you miss Saturday’s event, you’ll have another chance to share your Yuletide ugliness at the Pastime Bar & Cafe’s Ugly Christmas Sweater competition slated for later this month on December 20. The motivation for this contest reads “The Uglier the Sweater, the Better!” But before then, things will be heating up down in Leadville’s former Red Light District starting tonight! After the Parade of Lights, if you’re looking for a place to hit the dance floor then head on down to 120 W. 2nd Street, where the red glow from the Legendary Pastime will set the stage for some festive fun that might be more naughty than nice. DJ Riitmo Sweetzz will be spinning the tunes and if you need something to get you warmed up, check out their winter drink menu. Their kitchen will also be open until 10 p.m. The history in this place alone just might bring back Dicken’s Ghost of Christmas Past!
Speaking of kitchen news, LT recently heard from the folks down at The Golden Burro Cafe & Lounge, a mainstay on Harrison since 1938! They have recently extended their winter hours to include dinner on the weekends. Join them for weekly specials serving dinner on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 – 9 p.m.
Give the Gift of Scenic Wonder This Holiday!
The Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad is having a holiday sale that could be just the “ticket” for that hard-to-buy-for train or history buff on your gift list. From now through December 24, the train is offering discounted tickets for the 2020 train-riding season. So if you’ve got a relative or friend that comes to visit or maybe you’re looking for a special way to say thank you to a gracious hostess or race crew member, take advantage of this special. Use the code HOLIDAY at checkout and receive a 14% discount. #AllAboard for savings! For more details and to purchase tickets online: LINK.
Hodgepodge: Singing, Skating and a Holiday Classic
In winter sports news, Lake County Recreation announced that the Huck Finn Ice Rink will officially open for the season on Saturday, Dec. 14. To celebrate Leadville’s skate season the county will be holding their annual BLAST, a chili-cooking competition from 5 – 9 p.m. to open the ice rink for winter. Let’s hope that the weather cooperates! Also on the holiday schedule for December 14 is “An Evening with Celesta, Donna, and Scott: Christmas Edition.” Enjoy an evening of classic holiday songs as the Lake County Civic Center Association presents this musical trio and their merry band of music makers for an evening that’s sure to put you in the spirit. Come, spread a bit of “Joy To The World” from 7 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.14 in The Old Church at 801 Harrison Avenue across from City Hall.
If you’re looking for a holiday movie treat then pack up the kiddos and head down to the Lake County Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 20 for a special showing of that Christmas classic, “The Grinch.” The film starts at 6:15 p.m. This sentimental holiday classic is sure to make your heart grow three sizes!
Upcoming Cultural and Holiday Events
This year, Hanukkah will be celebrated from sunset on Tuesday, Dec. 10 through Wednesday evening, December 18. Leadville Today will be celebrating the Festival of Lights with a special report on the Jewish History of Leadville. Then on December 12, the Catholic Community of Leadville will honor Our Lady of Guadalupe with an annual procession and fiesta. Details on schedule and procession route coming soon. There are many wonderful cultures and holidays celebrated in Leadville Today! This time of year is the perfect season to get to know your friends and neighbors just a bit better. Stay tuned as Leadville Today brings you all of the #HappyHolidays news you can use!