Colorado Landmark Holiday Events

It’s the season of giving and holiday cheer! Join us for these exciting events below, and fill the beginning of your winter with joy.

2021 Downtown Niwot Holiday Magic; Three Festivities

11.26: Enchanted Evening – Tree Lighting Ceremony 

11.27: Holiday Parade – Santa at the Grange 

12.4 and 12.11 Holiday Market – Grange and Around Town 


Grand Opening for the Louisville Office

Friday, December  3rd from 4-6pm

Join us for an Open House before the Louisville Parade of Lights Parade. Come celebrate with light snacks and beverages.


Gingerbread House Decorating Competition for Cake 4 Kids

Competition for families on Sunday, December 12th 

Three categories: Most creative decorating, Best use of candy, and most unusual decorations

Prizes for the winners 

Event is free, but requesting donations $50+ for Cake 4 Kids 


 

Thanksgiving in Boulder

It’s ramping up to be a wonderful holiday season here in sunny Boulder. The gorgeous fall weather and colors are all around us and turkey day is already next week!

If you’re needing some help in the kitchen this year, or craving something special from one of your favorite spots, check out this great list from the Boulder, Colorado website. They have also included some great ideas for the whole family to enjoy if you’re looking for activities around town.


Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day

Hotel Boulderado Thanksgiving Buffet
Seasonally prepared buffet and dessert menu on the historic mezzanine.

Boulder Cork
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Open 12-7pm.

Chautauqua Dining Hall
Open, special holiday menu.

The Corner Bar at Hotel Boulderado
Full menu and Thanksgiving specials. Open 11am-8pm.

Frank’s Chophouse
Open, special holiday menu.

Greenbriar Inn
Traditional Thanksgiving buffet. Open 11:30a-7pm (reservations required).

Jill’s Restaurant at St. Julien Hotel and Spa
Thanksgiving Day buffet 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm.

The Kitchen
Open noon-8pm.

Salt Bistro
Open noon-7pm.

Spruce Farm and Fish at Hotel Boulderado
Full menu and Thanksgiving specials. Open 7am-8pm.

Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Take-Out

Zolo Grill Throwback Pop-Up at Centro Mexican Kitchen
Ready-to-heat trays of Zolo’s classic enchiladas, banana cream pies and large-format cocktails for pre- or post-Thanksgiving Day feastin’. Order   here.

Smoked Thanksgiving Turkeys from West End Tavern
Whole smoked turkeys, cranberry sauce, brown gravy, pumpkin pie and cocktails. Order   here.

Holiday Sides & Raw Bar Platters from Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
Large-format dishes for takeout, including lobster mac and cheese, crawfish gumbo and steamed PEI mussels. Jax is closed on Thanksgiving but will be open the day before and after. Order   here.


Events

Trevor Hall at Boulder Theater
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 26 and 27, 2021, 8pm
Come hear this singer-songwriter in his element at the intimate and historic  Boulder TheaterTicket prices vary.
St. Nick on the Bricks
Fri., Nov. 26 and Sat., Nov. 27, 2021, 11am-2pm
On the Pearl Street Mall in historic downtown Boulder, kids of all ages can visit with Santa during  St. Nick on the Bricks. Have your camera ready!
Friday Night Jazz at Hotel Boulderado
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021, 5-8pm
Enjoy some live jazz in Hotel Boulderado’s historic lobby lounge. Try cocktails and food from a special happy hour menu. More details here.
New Something Fridays At Supermoon
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021, 10pm-2am
Dance all that holiday feasting off at  Supermoon, featuring organic house music and blissful beats.
Fresh Air Friday
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021
Free access to all 41 Colorado state parks on  Fresh Air Friday, including  Eldorado Canyon State Park, just 15 minutes from Boulder.
Find Freezie Bingo
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021
Head to downtown Boulder and visit participating businesses for  Find Freezie Bingo.  Find enough “Freezie” plush snowmen and be entered to win a $25 gift card.
The Song of the Lorax at Dairy Arts Center
Fri., Nov. 26 and Sat. Nov. 27, 2021
Watch and learn from this immersive, multi-media show, including original live music performed by the Ivalas String Quartet, a forest sound installation, spoken word and photography by conservation photographer T.J. Watt.  Tickets and more details here. 
Yoga Pearl’s Small Business Saturday Market
Sat., Nov. 27, 2021, 10am-5pm
Shop from local makers, creators and small businesses in  Yoga Pearl‘s studio. A percentage of sales will be going to BIPOC holistic wellness.

Things to Do

Hike
After you’ve had enough pie and need to get up and move, explore Boulder’s vast trail system. Here are 5 great winter trails, although the weather over the Thanksgiving holiday is as likely to be sunny as it is snowy. Find more trails here.
Snow Much Fun Light Displays
Nov. 21, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022
During Snow Much Fun, more than 275,000 colorful LED lights illuminate Boulder’s Civic Area, next to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and throughout downtown Boulder, including all along historic Pearl Street. Each year there are fun, themed light displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane). Grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy a wonder-filled stroll outside. This year, also enjoy warm refreshments, seasonal caroling, free train rides around the park, and self-guided tours each Friday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17, 2021, 5-7pm in the Civic Plaza next to the Boulder Dushane Teahouse.
Sign Up for a Race
Wake up early for the 2021 Boulder Thanksgiving Day 5K and earn your dinner while doing some good. A donation from all race proceeds will go to Boulder’s Harvest of Hope Pantry. There is also an opportunity to donate non-perishable packaged and canned foods on the morning of the event.
Play a Round of Family Disc Golf
Boulder has a great disc golf course with beautiful Flatirons views that could be the scene of a fun, new family tradition. All you need is a frisbee and yourselves. The course is located off Valmont Road, across the street from the amazing Valmont Bike Park (another great option that even has a toddler course).

Shopping

Small Business Saturday
Nov. 27, 2021
Shopping local is the Boulder way, and Small Business Saturday is a great day to do so. Head to Pearl Street, where historic buildings are filled with boutiques and indie shops, plus cute eateries, bookstores, and coffee shops. Holiday lights will be twinkling overhead. Don’t forget to explore “off the bricks” on West Pearl and East Pearl, too.
Twenty Ninth Street 
Twenty Ninth Street is an outdoor center with amazing views of the Flatirons (spectacular when dusted in snow) and plenty of popular national retailers such as Anthropologie, H&M, Apple, Sephora and Nordstrom Rack that are sure to have great Black Friday deals.
Shop the Makers
Boulderites are a creative bunch, and their wares make perfect holiday gifts. On East Pearl Street (between 17th and 21st streets), you’ll find Angie Star (handmade jewelry) and Sherpani (bags designed in Boulder). Elsewhere on Pearl are emporiums that house several local makers under one roof: R Gallery & Art Bar and Art Mart.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Downtown Boulder

Mother’s Day is coming up and after the past year, the moms in your life may need more appreciation than ever before.  In Downtown Boulder, over 70% of our businesses are locally owned and operated. Take advantage of the local stores to find cute and unique gifts that mom will treasure forever. You will not only be showing appreciation for your mom, but also for the many local businesses in downtown Boulder that have also had a tough year.

You can shop in many ways, including buying local online, buying gift cards (Downtown Boulder Gift Card or store-specific), or ordering takeout or delivery from downtown Boulder restaurants. Spread the love this Mother’s Day.  #LoveTheLocal


Planner + Bath Bombs from Haven

Self-care essentials are always a go-to when gift giving. Haven’s planner and bath bombs are a great gift combination to help mom manage any stress in her life.


Mother’s Day Cards from Two Hands Paperie

You can’t go wrong with giving your mom a heartfelt card to show her you care! Two Hands Paperie has a wide selection of cards so that you can find one that speaks right to your mom’s heart.

 


Mini Facial Delight from Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply

This gift is the best for moms who need some pampering. The set includes the Precious Face Serum, Meadowsweet Face Serum, Exfoliating Face Scrub & Sweet Honey Scrub.


Bracelet from Starfish Jewelry

A bracelet from Starfish Jewelry is the perfect gift to give your mom to serve as a reminder of your relationship with each other! It looks beautiful, fashionable, and whenever she wears it she will think of you.

 


Wine from West End Wine Shop

A nice bottle of wine is almost always a good gift to give — especially to moms! West End Wine Shop has a large assortment of reds, whites, roses, and even orange wine! Sit down and share a glass while showing love and appreciation for your mom!


Shoes from Pedestrian Shops

Keep your mom feeling fresh and comfortable with a new pair of Birkenstocks from Pedestrian Shops! They spice up almost any outfit and they last for a lifetime.

 


Magnets from Island Farm

These adorable magnets from Island Farm are the perfect way to send a message of appreciation to your mom, while also giving her a gift! They can be used for decoration or practical reasons, and they would look great on any fridge or in any office.


Tea from Ku Cha House of Tea

These little packets of tea from Ku Cha House of Tea are a yummy and affordable gift to give your mom! They look cute and they are easily portable so she can keep them in her purse — just in case she gets a random craving for delicious tea while on-the-go.

 


Face Masks from Bliss

Things are slowly going back to normalcy, but we aren’t fully there yet. Get your mom a cute face mask from Bliss that she can wear during daily activities or while working out (and she will look good doing it)!


Gift Card to St Julien Spa

The St Julien Spa is one of the best ways to get away. Show your mom appreciation by giving her a gift card to the spa that she can use to take care of herself. After all, she did take care of you!


 

Giving Back for the Holidays

Happy Holidays to our Colorado Landmark friends and clients! It seems surreal that we have been wishing the Boulder community all the best during this special time of year since 1977, and we are grateful and proud to arrive here again extending our warmest prayers and blessings to our loved ones and our community.

 

As a Real Estate firm, our business and passion are housing. We know that not all of our neighbors in the community are fortunate enough to have a roof over their head or a warm meal at times, and, this year especially, we want to do our part in supporting Boulder County residents access to these basic needs.

 

Housing and food insecurity remain, tragically, one of our world’s greatest pandemics. At Colorado Landmark, we are contributing to combatting this together, starting right here at home in Boulder. Boulder County has a reputation for being a wonderful, kind, and peaceful place to live, and we are committed, this holiday season and beyond, to ensure those less fortunate feel the same warmth.

 

In the spirit of the holidays this year, we are supporting to two local organizations: we are sponsoring Christmas night at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and are making a donation to Mother House,  a female and mother exclusive homeless facility.

 

 

Happy Holidays and Cheers to the New Year from Colorado Landmark, Realtors!

Favorite Boulder Holiday Traditions

Article from BoulderColoradoUSA.com

Boulder was named in this list of the  20 Best Places to Spend Christmas in the USAAs your local leaders here at Colorado Landmark, we know just why! 

 

Downtown Boulder  twinkles with lights, the  Flatirons  often have a powered-sugar-cookie dusting of snow, and a lighted star glows above Boulder from  Flagstaff Mountain  every evening. There’s no question that the holiday season is special in Boulder, no matter how you celebrate. Here are a few favorite local traditions.

 

❄️Flagstaff Star

Veteran’s Day Through Second Sunday in January

Boulder’s holiday star has shone from atop  Flagstaff Mountain  every year for over seven decades. Its 365 bulbs are energy-saving LED lights that can be seen from anywhere in Boulder. Over the years, pranksters have changed the shape of the star to form letters representing rival teams or towns, or to make political statements, but the star has been lit every year since 1947. The  Boulder Chamber  is the proud steward of the star, and each year they sell holiday cards featuring a rendition of the star, painted by a local artist.

Photo: University of Colorado Boulder

 

❄️Snow Much Fun Light Displays

Nov. 22, 2020Jan. 10, 2021

During  Snow Much Fun hundreds of thousands of colorful LED lights illuminate Boulder’s Civic Area, next to the  Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse  and the  Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and throughout downtown Boulder, including all along historic  Pearl Street . This year will feature fun, themed light displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane) and a map to guide you through downtown and Central Park. Grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy a wonder-filled stroll outside.  Check here for updates.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Boulder

 

❄️Holiday Hike

Ask any local, and chances are good that their Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Days start with a refreshing  winter hike Try it and see what it’s like! There’s no better feeling than enjoying the crisp air on the trails in the morning and later sitting down to dinner knowing you’ve earned a feast. Each year, there’s a guided hike, led by a  City of Boulder naturalist on Christmas Day.  Many of Colorado’s State Parks host free, guided  First Day Hikes  on Jan. 1, too.

 

❄️Hotel Boulderado Christmas Tree

Stop in for a gander at this massive tree that towers two stories under the  Hotel Boulderado’s  famous stained-glass mezzanine.

Photo: Historic Boulderado Blog, Circa 1930

 

Check out more ideas for this holiday season in the full article, here.

 

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Simplify Your Holidays

from Organization & Relocation

Even if they look a little different this year, the holidays are upon us and  Org & Relo  has created 6 tips to help de-stress, organize, and get you in the holiday spirit.

 

  1. Make a holiday checklist –  Jot down all of your holiday tasks. This will have you feeling in control instantly.
  2. Take stock of what you have –  How many times have you bought something only to realize later you already own the same item or something very similar?
  3. Sort through toys –  Donate toys the kids have outgrown or never use to make room for new toys. This is a great exercise to teach your kiddos gratitude for what they have and the generosity of giving to those less fortunate.
  4. Leave time for everyday activities –  This year the holidays may look different and include fewer parties, but you may still find yourself overwhelmed so remember to plan in a time to take a walk or look at hiring a service to free up your time.
  5. Clear out the clutter –  Ask yourself: Do I use it, do I love it, do I appreciate it? We live by this at Org & Relo! This is especially important as we look at a season spent inside our homes more than ever before.
  6. Use clear bins –  to store  items! When it comes to holiday organizing, having a good system is a must. You can purchase different sizes to accommodate small items like table decorations or larger items like garlands.

 

Happy Holidays!

Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season!

From BoulderDowntown.com

Join us for  Small Business Saturday® (Weekend) on

November 27  – 29, 2020

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The event encourages people to shop at small businesses on the weekend after Thanksgiving. The idea has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.

Small businesses are like snowflakes, each one is unique, and the downtown Boulder shopping district is made up of more than 70% locally owned/operated shops! One small purchase can make a big difference. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

Check out a list of participating businesses here &

shop ’til you drop!

Order Thanksgiving Dinner From These Boulder Restaurants

from Travel Boulder

 

Local food and dining is a major part of the Boulder community, and this year, more than ever, it’s important that we support our culinary neighbors! An opportunity to do just that is on the horizon this week as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

With 2020 having caused many of us to become reacquainted with our kitchens on a daily basis, cooking up a full Thanksgiving splendor can seem like a looming task. As COVID-19 cases rise, county and state officials are begging Coloradans to avoid private gatherings among two or more households. It is advised that traditional Turkey Day feasts with multiple generations and larger groups hold off until next year, and that gatherings be hosted virtually, meaning many at-home cooks will bear the full responsibility of creating a usually collaborative meal, or perhaps not attempt this massive undertaking at all.

 

Fear not: You can still get your Thanksgiving flavor fix in Boulder, support local restaurants, and stay COVID-safe by ordering a professionally prepared, cook-at-home feast. Check out a great list of local restaurants offering Thanksgiving takeout here! All that will be left for you do do will be to power up the Zoom to talk to Grandma (there are no time limits on Zoom calls this year for the holiday!), set the table, and wear your mask to pick up your Thanksgiving dinner (and likely lunch the next day, and the next, and the next).

 

Stay safe & healthy!

 

SUBSCRIPTIONS TO LIVEN UP YOUR EVERYDAY

Globetrotting, bar hopping and various forms of entertainment may be on hold, but that
doesn’t mean time at home needs to be dull. Enter: the increasingly popular subscription box.

With a number of innovative companies crafting their own versions, subscription box experiences exist for almost every need and desire, whether it’s prioritizing wellness and beauty, learning a new craft, or enhancing your living space. Subscription boxes make for inspiring gifts that keep on giving, whether it be for yourself or someone you’d like to treat this upcoming holiday season.


1 | Norlii Home


Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Norlii is a thoughtfully curated home décor box featuring 4–5 hand-picked and high-quality objects solely from Scandinavian brands. Norlii’s Scandinavian interior design principle incorporates three main components — natural materials, clean design and hygge. Hygge is a Danish/Norwegian word that translates to coziness and comfort, meant to bring about feelings of wellness and contentment, each mood of which is prioritized within the region due to the cold climate. Whether you’re located in a cold climate or not, these Scandinavian design ideals are particularly reassuring in current times as home has become more central to our lives than ever before. norlii.com


2 | Ujamaa Box

Since 2014, Ujamaa Box, sent on a quarterly basis, has featured 300+ international, exclusively Black-owned brands from varying industries that include fashion, art, health, food and beauty. The name “Ujamaa” is a Kwanzaa principle that translates to “cooperative economics,” which is the belief that for all to prosper, we must build and maintain our businesses together.
This idea is clearly mirrored in the service, as a single purchase results in the support of multiple cooperating businesses at one time, all while exposing subscribers to various favorites that may have been otherwise difficult to find. ujamaabox.com



3 | Crafted Taste                                                     

Revel in the art of bartending with the globally inspired cocktail kits from Crafted Taste. Every kit includes full-sized, award-winning spirits, allowing subscribers to really hone their bartending skills, master the recipes, share with friends and stock up their home bars. Along with the alcohol, the kits include hard-to-find and premium ingredients, syrups and bitters, plus a printed card with instructions and additional cocktail ideas. They even offer a premium version of their full kit, which includes a monthly upgrade or additional hand-selected spirit, as well as a mixers-only version. For those not ready to commit, kits can be purchased individually or gifted. craftedtaste.com


4 | Murray’s Monthly Club

A long-established company, Murray’s Cheese, was founded in 1940 in New York City, New York and very much a part of the rich food history in Greenwich Village, has made its legendary cheeses available worldwide. Murray’s Monthly Club consists of five memberships to choose from — Classic Cheese of the Month for timeless and approachable favorites, Cheesemonger’s Picks for the “adventurous cheese lover,” American Cheeses, featuring cheeses specific to the U.S., Perfect Pair of the Month, which includes accompaniments to its selection of cheeses, and Cheeseboard of the Month, a “one-stop shop” consisting of cheese, accompaniments and charcuterie items. The experience of each of these boxes can be further enhanced with the website’s array of recipes, plus cutting and serving tips. murrayscheese.com


 

Celebrate Our Great Nation – Local Fireworks Update

Photo credit: KOAA.com

It’s almost the 4th of July in Colorado and, of course, things are going to be looking pretty different for us this year!

We have adapted to so many changes over the past few months and have learned a great deal of new ways to stay connected, and continue to enjoy some of our favorite moments and holidays.

 

There will still be fireworks shows and parades held, but most will be virtual and not in person events. Here is a list of cities that are trying new approaches for 4th of July Celebrations! Due to COVID-19 and fire dangers, all events are subject to change.

Photo credit: Pinterest.com

 

Erie’s  Parks and Recreation Department is offering “Porch Party Kits” with crafts and games to celebrate the Fourth of July without fireworks. They are available through the city’s website.

 

Longmont’s  plans are up in the air, though the city may still hold it’s fireworks celebration on July 4th at 9:30 pm Text LOCO4TH to 888777 or check the city website  for more information.

 

Brighton  canceled its celebration in the park, but there will still be fireworks beginning at dusk on the Fourth of July. The display from eastern Brighton will be broadcast on channels 8 and 881, as well as on the city’s facebook page.

 

Berthoud  will still hold its fireworks display on July 3, starting around 9:15 pm. The fire department will set off fireworks from Waggener Farms, though gatherings are prohibited on the property. They also will set them off higher in the sky, so they can be seen from a greater distance and home viewing.

 

Loveland  is collaborating with Fort Collins and Larimer County for its first drive-in fireworks display at The Ranch Events Complex. The gates open at 7:30 pm for cars to enter and fill the parking lots. Participants must remain in or near their cars. Fireworks will start at about 9:15 pm, and viewers can tune in to 96.1 KISS-FM for music to accompany the show.

 

Windsor  fireworks start at 9:10 pm. Instead of Boardwalk Park, this year’s fireworks display will be launched between the Poudre River Trail to the north and New Liberty Rd. to the south and between 7th St. to the east and Colorado Blvd. to the west. This location is considered to be the highest point in town. For those who won’t be able to see it from their home, residents are asked to disperse into open spaces, along sidewalks and on bike paths, observing physical distancing guidelines. On-site viewing will not  be available.

 

Firestone  fireworks are moving back to Saddleback Golf Course and will be shot-off just north of the 15th hole around 9:30 pm, visible from Miner’s Park. The Town of Firestone will have parking available for an excellent view of the show at the property that surrounds Town Hall. Food Trucks will be available in the Town Hall parking lot. All participating Food Vendors will have online ordering options for your health and safety. Information on participating Food Trucks will be available the week prior to the event on the website as well as Facebook page.

 

Colorado Spring’s  4th of July Symphony on Your Porch, from 8:30-10 pm, Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s annual patriotic concert will be broadcast on local radio stations while fireworks will light up the night sky from various locations. Fireworks will also be streamed live.

 

Morrison’s  Bandimere Speedway: Jet Car Nationals & Family Festival is a festival with drag racing, live music, troop salute, jet cars and more at the Speedway. Elimination rounds start at 12:30 pm, Pre-race ceremony at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm and  fireworks at about 9:45 pm  Tickets run $18 to $30 in advance, $21 to $33 at the gate. Parking is $15. Discount coupons available at participating Brakes Plus & Chick-fil-a locations. Those in the vicinity should be able to see the fireworks. Check the Speedway website for radio stations carrying simulcasts of the music.

 

 

Cities with Canceled Fourth of July Shows

  • Arvada
  • Aurora
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Denver: Civic Center park, Coors Field, Empower Field
  • Englewood
  • Golden
  • Green Valley Ranch
  • Highlands Ranch
  • Lafayette
  • Lakewood
  • Parker
  • Thornton
  • Westminster

 

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