Explore’s Top 5 events Dec. 18 to 20 | SteamboatToday.com

Explore’s Top 5 events Dec. 18 to 20

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

— Christmas is almost here, and there are plenty of opportunities to get in the holiday spirit this weekend with concerts, a snowshoe tour the annual Holiday Festival on the mountain and more.

“The Steamboat Chamber Singers Celebrate Christmas” concert

As a select choral ensemble, the Steamboat Chamber Singers were recently featured for their performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City as one of the 15 participating ensembles at the Distinguished Concerts International New York’s “Messiah Refreshed” fifth anniversary concert. This weekend, the Steamboat Chamber Singers will be singing selections from many familiar holiday pieces, from gospel to classic carols. Tickets are $20 and are available from any of the singers or from All That.

“The Steamboat Chamber Singers Celebrate Christmas” concert | 7 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19 | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 846 Oak St.

Audubon Christmas bird count

Organized by the Yampa Valley Birding Club and Yampatika, Steamboat Springs’ seventh official Christmas Bird count will be one of about 50 similar counts in Colorado. All are part of the 116th annual Audubon Citizen Science project, which will incorporate about 2,300 counts with over 70,000 participants in the Americas and Pacific Islands. For more information or to report birds seen at your feeder on Saturday, email organizers at birdsnboat@comcast.net. To join the group skiing to count birds at Steamboat Ski Area, call Yampatika at 970-871-9151. Ski pass is not included. 

Audubon Christmas bird count | 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 19 | Steamboat Pilot and Today, 1901 Curve Plaza.

Emerald Mountain Snowshoe Tour

Ride the chairlift up historic Howelsen Hill to enjoy spectacular views of the Yampa Valley and to learn winter ecology with local naturalists. This event is for ages 12 and older. Registration is required. Call Yampatika at 970-871-9151.

Emerald Mountain Snowshoe Tour | 10 a.m. to noon | Saturday, Dec. 19 | Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Parkway | Cost is $20 and includes snowshoes and lift ticket.

Holiday Festival

Celebrate the holiday season Steamboat style. See Santa ride down the slopes on horseback and meet Santa at his workshop along with some of his favorite reindeer friends. Participate in the stocking scramble and collect free holiday treats at surrounding stores and restaurants. Additional festivities include cookie decorating, story time and a special holiday concert by the Face Vocal Band as seen on NBC’s “The Sing Off” and “America’s Got Talent.” The party continues after dark at 5:15 p.m. with a torch light parade and fireworks followed by night skiing. View the full schedule at SteamboatMountainVillage.com.

Holiday Festival | 2 to 5:30 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 20 | Base of Steamboat Ski Area, Gondola Square, 2305 Mt Werner Cir.

Steamboat Figure Skating Club Holiday exhibition

The exhibition will showcase 18 events with the club’s current skaters who have been preparing for the past five weeks for this exhibition. The Holiday Ice Show will include classic holiday tunes for a fun family-friendly, free event. There will also be a bake sale.

Steamboat Figure Skating Club Holiday exhibition | 4:30 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 20 | Howelsen Ice Arena, 285 Howelsen Pkwy.

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