Top 10 holiday events in Steamboat Springs |

Top 10 holiday events in Steamboat Springs

Leading up to the holidays there are a wide variety events to attend for families and friends in Steamboat Springs.
Ben Ingersoll

— Once items are checked off the Christmas to-do list, it’s time to begin enjoying the holidays with family and friends. And in Steamboat Springs, this week is marked by a full offering of events and activities sure to keep everyone entertained.

Here are my top 10 choices for holiday events to attend in the days leading up to Christmas:

1. “It’s a Wonderful Life” film screening

The classic film is known as one of Frank Capra’s masterpieces. The movie captures the essence of a community’s spirit and is a film with much more to it than feel-good sentimentality. The event is free to the public. Doors and bar open at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” | Tuesday, Dec. 23 | 7 p.m. | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

2. Bad Santa’s Ugly Sweater Party

The staff at Butcherknife welcome one and all to their first Ugly Sweater Party. DJ Leprechaun will be spinning his holiday hip-hop tunes, and prizes will be given to those wearing the ugliest Christmas sweaters. Food will be provided by Y Not Wagon.

Ugly Sweater Party | Tuesday, Dec. 23 | 5 to 8 p.m. | Butcherknife Brewing Co., Tap Room, 2875 Elk River Road

3. Holiday trunk show

The trunk show will feature holiday collections by local artists, including jewelry, handwoven scarves and functional glass works by Bobbi Vischi. For this particular show, there will special prices for those still in need of the perfect gift, said Linda Laughlin, executive director of the Center for Visual Arts. The CVA was founded in 2009 by Laughlin and has continued to build support from emerging artists, youths and community members. The nonprofit organization and community art center showcases more than 30 local artist members.

Trunk show and sale | Tuesday, Dec. 23 | 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Ave.

4. Under the Streetlamp

Known as an extremely talented vocal quartet, Under the Streetlamp will be in town for a concert of holiday tunes and timeless melodies from the American Radio Songbook. Before they were part of this quartet, each member of the group was a starring member of the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Jersey Boys.” For tickets to the show, visit

Under the Streetlamp | Tuesday, Dec. 23 | 7 p.m. | Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road

5. “Women’s Quotations for Successful Living” book signing

The founders of Inspired Life Network, Caroline Lalive Carmichael, Sarah Coleman and Hal Levin, spent hours researching and seeking quotes from celebrities, historic figures and motivational individuals to create their recently released book, “Women’s Quotations for Successful Living.” They will be signing copies of the book, which contains a compilation of more than 1,200 humorous, inspiring and uplifting messages from more than 600 women, and meeting with readers.

Book signing | Tuesday, Dec. 23 | 4 to 6 p.m. | All That, 601 Lincoln Ave.

6. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus

Kids of all ages — adults, too — are invited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event will feature complimentary hot chocolate and holiday tunes performed by local musician Trevor Potter. The event is free and open to the public.

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus | Tuesday, Dec. 23 | 5 to 7 p.m. | Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court

7. Advent soup supper and Christmas caroling

Concordia Lutheran Church will host a soup supper, which will warm up attendees before they travel downtown to take part in caroling along Lincoln Avenue.

Advent soup supper and Christmas caroling | Tuesday, Dec. 23 | 5:30 p.m. | Concordia Lutheran Church, 755 Concordia Lane

8. Ugly Xmas Sweater Party

Dig out that ugly Christmas sweater buried deep in the closet for Schmiggity’s Ugly Xmas Sweater Party. One of the local DJs in town will be spinning retro music for those looking for some Yuletide enjoyment. The event is free to the public.

Ugly Xmas Sweater Party | Wednesday, Dec. 24 | 9 p.m. | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.

9. Community Christmas Dinner

For those staying in town for the holidays who want to enjoy Christmas dinner with other members of the community, this free event provides the perfect venue. Local musicians will be performing live during the meal, volunteers and food donations are always welcome. Call Lorraine at 970-819-3115 or Sandi at 970-819-6556 for more information.

Community Christmas Dinner | Thursday, Dec. 25 | 2 to 6 p.m. | Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

10. Un-Silent Night Christmas Party

After a day of cooking, feasting or opening gifts, shake it off at Schmiggity’s Un-Silent Night Christmas Party. At the nighttime dance party, there will be an appearance by a local DJ to get the festivities started right. The event is free to the public.

Un-Silent Night Christmas Party | Thursday, Dec. 25 | 9 p.m. at Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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