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This Week in Colorado Springs (12/9 - 12/15)

Winter is Coming!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - December 8, 2016

My goodness we had some chilly weather this past week, didn’t we? It seems as though winter is coming in waves this year, though, as this whole weekend and next week are slated to be relatively sunny and warm (comparatively).

Starting off our week with Friday evening (12/9), we have a truly extravagant Christmas production at the Glen Eyrie Castle! No other event compares to Glen Eyrie’s Madrigal! Set in the grandeur of The Great Hall of The Castle, our 16th century-style banquet is sure to fill you with awe this Christmas season. Full of festive entertainment by talented musicians and performers, this classic Colorado tradition is guaranteed to be unforgettable! Our award-winning Culinary Team has hand-crafted the evening’s four-course meal with sensational new flavors that pair perfectly with your one-of-a-kind experience!

Saturday morning (12/10) brings us to Manitou Springs for Breakfast with Santa! The Annual Breakfast with Santa is one event you do not want to miss. Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs invites families to enjoy breakfast with Santa. On the menu for breakfast will be all you can eat: Scrambled eggs, ham, pancakes, orange juice, hot chocolate, and coffee. Remember to bring your camera to take advantage of great pictures of the family with Jolly Old Kris Kringle!
Saturday evening should be a hilariously good time if you’re in town this weekend, as the Broadmoor World Arena will be presenting Jim Gaffigan! Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. In 2015, Jim became one of only ten comedians in history to sell out the famed Madison Square Garden arena for the finale of his “Contagious” tour, he opened for Pope Francis in front of one million+ people in Philadelphia, and is now on tour again! Don’t miss your chance to see this rare comedic talent!

Sunday morning (12/11) will be a great time to get in some early Christmas shopping at the Citadel Mall, as they’ll be hosting a Christmas Bazaar and Fundraiser for MS Patient Justin Wilbert. They will have over 30 vendors. Direct sales and Crafters. We will also have a gift-wrapping table for you to get your gifts wrapped for just a donation. The funds raised will go towards Stem Cell Treatment for Justin, what better way to show a bit of that holiday spirit?
Sunday evening how about we keep the giving theme going, but a lot of fun for yourself as well! The Gold Room will be hosting a “Give!” benefit concert, featuring beloved bluegrass jam-band phenomenon, Cornmeal! Opening music provided by the Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble. Proceeds benefit Rocky Mountain Highway, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, and Shift Thrift Store. Make your Indy Give! donation on-site to be entered to win gear from Mountain Equipment Recyclers Inc, tickets to MeadowGrass Music Festival 2017, and other great swag! Cornmeal is described as "A definite must for the bluegrass crowd, and big thumbs up for country and jam-band fans", and is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music. You’re in for a great time if good music for a good cause is up your alley!

Monday (12/12) brings us to Stargazers Theatre, where Josh Garrels will be putting on his “The Light Came Down” Christmas show. Josh Garrels has spent more than a decade crafting music that cuts clean through. Resting in the space between accessibility and honesty, Garrels’ songs wrestle with and celebrate the mystery of faith with authenticity and heart. Cultivating a genre-blending mix of folk and hip hop, Garrels’ music explores themes of compassion, hope, longing, and liberation. This is sure to be a must-see show if you’re in town this week!

Tuesday (12/13) provides a unique opportunity if you’re here in Colorado Springs and feeling adventurous, as this week’s Meetup dinner location will be at Rasta Pasta! Their menu is a fusion of Caribbean and Italian flavors that includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Per their website, they have "Creative Caribbean Pasta, fresh and funky salads, and 'ridiculously' good desserts." They also have a full bar featuring Jamaican beer and rums with local beer on tap. A delicious meal in good company is hard to pass up!

Wednesday (12/14) The hilarious duo Jay & Silent Bob are back! Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks 2. Now you can see them live at The Hollywood Improv recording their comedy podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old. Ranked #1 on Itunes Comedy podcasts, this is a sometimes touching, always hilarious, look at what happens when two people grow up in Hollywood’s gaze. These limited engagements will be recorded as the stories evolve live in front of the audience, so every show is a completely unique experience!

Wrapping up our week with Thursday (12/15), we stop by Stargazers Theatre once again for the hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 12th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2016!

Also be sure to visit our Guided Colorado Tours section for up to date information on our custom tour services. Come join us for a road trip into Colorado history and nature!

And as always, don't forget about Front Range Shuttle! From cozy SUV's to 25 passenger buses, we have all your airport transportation needs covered!