Countdown to Christmas: Steamboat to host long list of holiday events |

Countdown to Christmas: Steamboat to host long list of holiday events

Leading up to the holidays there are a wide variety events to attend in Steamboat Springs.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — ‘Tis the season to get into the holiday spirit. Fortunately for Steamboat Springs, there are plenty of holiday-themed events not to be missed.

Friday, Dec. 7 

• The Chief Youth Players present ‘An Elf in Elementary School’
6 p.m. | Friday and Saturday | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
4 p.m. | Sunday | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

The Chief Youth Players present “An Elf in Elementary School” by Daniel Guyton and “Rudolph” by Kristin Cronin. According to the play synopsis, Happy the Christmas elf decides he no longer wants to be a Christmas elf. He then learns new lessons and discovers the true spirit of Christmas.

• YPN Tinsel and Timber Holiday Party
5:30 to 9 p.m. | Storm Peak Brewing Co., 1885 Elk River Plaza

Letters to Santa

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and Main Street Steamboat Springs are partnering to collect Dear Santa letters from children during the holiday season.

Letters should be dropped off with Santa at the Santa Hut, on the front lawn of Bank of the West on Lincoln Avenue; at the newspaper office, 32 10th St.; or emailed to editor Lisa Schlichtman at

Letters are due by Dec. 17 for publication in the Dec. 23 issue of the newspaper.

The Young Professionals Network will host a Tinsel and Timber party for an evening of networking with friends, food from How Ya Doin’ Pizza N’ Eatz, craft brews, music by DJ Dra-La and holiday fun. Flannel is encouraged.

• Annual Hanukkah Party and Shabbat Weekend
5-8 p.m.| Heart of Steamboat Springs Methodist Church, 736 Oak St.

In observance of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, also known as the “Celebration of Light,” Har Mishpacha, the Jewish community of Steamboat Springs, will introduce Steamboat to its new menorah during a lighting celebration. The community menorah lighting event will be followed by the annual Hanukkah Party with visiting Rabbi Segal, who will be leading the Shabbat events.

Saturday, Dec. 8

• North Routt Holiday Bazaar
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | North Routt Community Charter School, 26990 Eagle Lane

This holiday market will feature a variety of items from handmade candles, jewelry, cards, artwork, herbal teas, honey, jam, Greek food, wood crafts, handmade soaps, crocheted items, quilts and more.

• Visit Santa
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Bank of the West, 555 Lincoln Ave.

Children and their families are invited to visit Santa at his study on the lawn of Bank of the West. “Dear Santa” letters can also be dropped off at his mailbox.

• Lions Club Christmas Tree Sales
Noon to 6 p.m. | Christy Sports Central Park Plaza, 1835 Central Park Drive

The Steamboat Lions Club’s annual Christmas tree sale includes trees that range in size from 5 to 20 feet tall. Throughout the month, the trees will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from tree sales, the organization’s largest fundraiser, benefit a variety of local programs. Trees sell for approximately $1 per inch.

• Community Holiday Party
4 to 7 p.m. | Howelsen Hill, 401 Howelsen Pkwy.

The 39th annual Community Holiday Party, hosted by Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs, will include tubing, caroling, a workshop with Santa and his elves, hot chocolate and cookies. The event is free.

• Steamboat Springs Nativity Festival
6 to 8 p.m. | Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1155 Central Park Avenue.

Attendees are invited to view an assortment of creche scenes, listen to Christmas music and enjoy appetizers and desserts. There will be musical performances and a visit from Santa at 7 p.m. The event is free.

During the Steamboat Holiday Festival on Dec. 23, meet Santa at his workshop along with some of his favorite reindeer friends. (Photo by Larry Pierce)

Upcoming events to mark on the calendar

• Annual Yule Log Hunt
Starts Monday, Dec. 10 | The More Barn in Barn Village

The Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association will host the 39th annual Yule Log Hunt beginning Monday, Dec. 10 and starting at last year’s hiding place — The More Barn in Barn Village. A 3-foot-long, 25-pound log is hidden within city limits, and people will try to find it based on clues, which will be posted daily on the museum’s website and Facebook page and printed in Steamboat Pilot & Today. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to 10 days, unless the log is found sooner.

• Young Bloods Collective 2nd annual Holiday Market
3 to 6 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 15 | Storm Peak Brewing Co., 1885 Elk River Plaza

Young Blood Collective’s Holiday Market offers handmade and locally designed gifts and artwork, from originals and prints of drawings, watercolor, ink and mixed media works, wire-wrapped and leather jewelry, photography, essential oils, cards and more. A total of 15 artists will be featured.

• Wreath-making class
5:30-8 p.m. | Wednesday, Dec. 12 | Steamboat Floral, 435 Lincoln Ave.

Materials and instruction will be provided to create a holiday wreath. Light refreshments also will be offered. To register, call 970-879-1424.

• Kids holiday singalong
9:30 a.m. | Bud Werner Memorial Library, 2189 Lincoln Ave.

Join Sari Davidson of Music Together Steamboat for a half-hour filled with favorite holiday songs. This event is for children, newborn to 5-year-olds, and their caregivers.

• Celebration of Light
6 p.m. | Dec. 12 | The Haven, 300 South Shelton Lane, Hayden

Northwest Colorado Health invites community members to celebrate the holidays while honoring the memories of loved ones during the Celebration of Light. Individuals of all ages are welcome to release a sky lantern, decorate ornaments and enjoy homemade soup, cookies and hot chocolate. For more information, call 970-846-8319.

• Winter Kickoff 80’s Ski Costume Party with Ninesevenzero
7 p.m. | Dec. 15 | The Barley Tap & Tavern, 635 Lincoln Ave.

Don ’80s ski gear, cheer on the ski ballet athletes, drink delicious brews and pick up some new gear with 25 percent of the proceeds benefitting Routt County Search and Rescue and Protect Our Winters. Awards for best costume will be presented.

• Santa’s House
12-3 p.m. | Dec. 16 | RE/MAX Partners, 155 Anglers Drive, Suite 200 

Join RE/MAX Partners to meet and take a picture with Santa Claus. Bring friends, family, kids and furry friends and don’t forget letters to Santa. In addition, there will be a heated tent with a hot cocoa and cider bar, holiday treats and ornament making. During the event, RE/MAX Partners will also be accepting donations for LiftUp of Routt County and the Routt County Humane Society.

• ‘Once Upon a Winter’s Tale’
7 p.m. | Dec. 21 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Experience the magic of the season presented by the Steamboat Arts Academy’s theater and dance students.

• Skate with the Grinch
6 to 9 p.m. | Dec. 22 | Howelsen Ice Arena, 285 Howelsen Parkway.

The Steamboat Group will host this year’s Skate with the Grinch event for kids and adults to skate with the Grinch and have their photo taken with Santa. Letters to Santa will also be collected at the event. Proceeds will benefit the Steamboat Springs Skating Club to help pay for ice time. A concession stand will be available with food, hot cocoa and baked goods for donation.

• Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Pioneer Christmas Story-time and craft for kids
11 a.m. | Dec. 22 | Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.

Kids will have a chance to hear stories about pioneer holiday traditions. They will also create a Victorian holiday craft to take home. Children should be age 4 or older and accompanied by a caregiver. The whole family is also welcome.

• Steamboat Holiday Festival
2 to 4 p.m. | Dec. 23 | Steamboat Ski Area base, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

The festival at Gondola Square offers a parade led by Santa on horseback, cookie decorating, reindeer, a stocking scramble, a performance by acappella group Face Vocal Band, story time on the stage and more.

• Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
5:30 p.m. | Dec. 23 | Steamboat Ski Area base, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Watch as the Steamboat SnowSports School treats folks to a spectacular on-snow parade down the mountain lit only by torches in celebration of the holiday season.

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

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