Kara & Marcus Duo perform a Christmas Concert with Seeking Still this Friday, Dec. 9 at United Methodist Church, 19 S. Park Ave. Then on Saturday, Dec. 10, Dance Around Company presents Toyland, a dance showcase, 7 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. A suggested donation of $8 will benefit the Dancer Performance Fund for improved sets, costumes, venues and more. Call 970/216-4895 or visit dancearoundco.com.
Events continue on Sunday, Dec. 11 with the Montrose Community Band’s Annual Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. The audience will take “A Christmas Journey,” enjoying many classic and modern holiday favorites including “Sleigh Ride,” “Secret Agent Santa,” “Amazing Grace,” “Elegy for the USS Arizona,” “Cowboy Christmas,” selections from Polar Express, and more. For more info, visit montrosecommunityband.com or call 970/596-1188.
Closer to Christmas, Ashleigh Caudill presents a Holiday House Concert at 644 N. 4th St. in Montrose on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. More info at caudillmusic.com. Also on Dec. 18, Montrose United Methodist Church hosts A Surprising Christmas Pageant at 2 p.m., followed by a tea and cookie exchange. Bring two dozen cookies, buy a bag and have fun. Proceeds go to a children’s chosen project.
Those without holiday dinner plans can attend Montrose United Methodist Church’s Christmas Day Dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 25. Reservations are required; call 249-3716. The church is located at 19 S. Park Ave.
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Mountain Village revs up its holiday season this Friday, Dec. 9 with Jingle Jam and the annual Tree Lighting. The town’s own version of Noel Night features grab bag discounts at stores, food specials, Santa, and more. See this week’s special Jingle Jam insert for a guide to shopping ideas and activities.
Telluride Choral Society presents Wintersing 2011: A Sleigh Ride Through Time, featuring classics from Rudolf to Rucker this weekend in Telluride, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. (as well as Dec. 18 at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, 2 p.m.). Under the direction of Rhonda Muckerman, Choristers, Omnivoce, Emanon, Chorale, Chamber Singers and a variety of small ensembles will present works by Handel, Eric Whitacre, John Rucker, Sara Bareilles, The Decemberists, and more. Tickets for Telluride’s Friday and Sunday performances ($15 adults, $8 kids) are available at the door. For more information on Wintersing, go to telluridechoralsociety.org.
Families will enjoy the annual Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration at Schmid Ranch on Wilson Mesa this Saturday, Dec. 10. Santa will be there, and guests will enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, a bonfire, cowboy coffee and hot chocolate, and making wreathes. People can even cut down their own Christmas trees. Contact the Telluride Historical Museum for more info, 970/728-3344.
Next week, wee little ballerinas, older dancers and their instructors present A Winter Wonderland at The Palm Theatre, choreographed by Palm Dance Director Valerie Madonia and instructors Amanda Sturdevant, Jessica Galbo and Josh Landis. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 (students $15, lap children free). More info is available at telluridepalm.com.
Shopping is the name of the game this weekend in Ouray, with Yule Fest discounts and a Holiday Scavenger Hunt going on through Sunday. Look for at least 10 special ornaments at participating businesses (marked by luminarias);
Shoppers have a chance to win a holiday gift certificate courtesy of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association by participating in the Ouray Holiday Scavenger Hunt. A special ornament will be hidden in many Ouray shops, restaurants and businesses. Participating businesses will have glowing white luminarias outside their doors. Turn in at least ten “finds” by the end of the weekend to enter a special drawing on Dec. 12. (Visit OurayColorado.com for more info.
The Wright Opera House kick off weekend events with Yuletide Jazz with Mike Gwinn and the North Fork Flyers on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, prepare for an entire day and evening of holiday activities with a Gingerbread House Workshop (call Weehawken, 970/318-0150), Santa Paws at the Wright Opera House, 1-3 p.m. (call Second Chance Humane Society, 970/626-2273), and dinner and a meeting with Santa and Mrs. Claus starting at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.
Meanwhile, there will be much action on Main Street, with Ouray Art Walk and Main Street Caroling at restaurants from 5-8 p.m.; and the Ouray Fire Department Holiday Parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5:30 p.m. Over at the Ouray Community Center, the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest from 7 to 10 p.m. The Woodland Winter Wonderland-themed benefit for Art Partners includes a costume contest, photographic portraits, and music by the Celtic and Chamber music by Chameleon Ensemble. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at many regional businesses, or $15 at the door. Visit Facebook.com/WineChocolateandCheese for more information.
If you’re still standing at 9 p.m., head over to O’Brien’s Pub for live music by Tony Rosario & The Trutones.
Another Gingerbread House Workshop takes place Sunday in Ridgway. And finally, Yule weekend wraps up with the Ouray County Chorale Christmas Concert at the Ouray County 4H Event Center in Ridgway at 7 p.m.
Christmas celebrations in Ouray continue Tuesday, Dec. 13 with the Ouray Woman’s Club Annual Christmas Program at the Ouray Community Center, 1 p.m. Entertainment includes the Ridgway Elementary Choir and group caroling. Members and guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the Elks Club Santa Delivers program, cookies to share with shut-ins, as well as holiday staples to donate to the Ridgway Community Food Pantry. For more info., call 970/325-4816.
To help prepare for Santa Delivers, the Elks is holding a Stocking Stuffing and Pot Luck on Friday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Deliveries will take place on Dec. 24 (deliveries in Ridgway and Ouray can be arranged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Dec. 22, or call 970/325-0095 (Ouray) or 970/626-5862 (Ridgway).
Finally, the Wright Opera House will host Wintersing 2011 on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets ($10 adults, $5 students/kids) may be purchased in advanced at regional businesses or online at ocapg.org.