– By Kelly Ragan –

 

As the chill in the air starts to bite a little harder and the last of the colorful mosaic of leaves fade to brown, we know fall is once again collapsing into winter. Though the days are getting shorter, there is no shortage of holiday pomp and pageantry offering the coziest of bright spots.

Whether you love the classics or modern flair, Northern Colorado has a little something for everyone this holiday season. 

Here’s a list of some of the events you won’t want to miss. 

November 

The Scarlet Pimpernel 

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a swashbuckling action and adventure musical based on Baroness Orczy’s famous 20th century novel on the French Revolution and the battle for liberty, equality and fraternity. With an epic story and a rousing score, the show offers a colorful window into 18th century French and British history. 

 The Candlelight

4747 Marketplace Dr., Johnstown 

 Thru Nov. 6 

 coloradocandlelight.com

 

101st Army Band 

The 101st Army Band returns for its annual performance in Greeley with a world-class concert honoring our veterans. The band is a component of the Colorado Army National Guard acting as musical ambassadors for the state of Colorado and the United States Army. The 101st Army Concert Band is the largest and most versatile ensemble in the regiment, playing everything from large scale concert pieces to patriotic music and marches.Tickets are free and are limited to four per person while supplies last. 

 Union Colony Civic Center
701 10th Ave., Greeley 

 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6

 ucstars.com

 

Hillsong UNITED + Chris Tomlin Tour 

Chris Tomlin and Hillsong UNITED invite fans to experience the songs that have shaped modern Christian worship music. 

 The Ranch Events Complex

5280 Arena Cir., Loveland 

 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12

 treventscomplex.com

 

Photo courtesy of the Festival of Trees

 

Festival of Trees 

A beloved holiday tradition, the Festival of Trees transforms the first and second floors of the Union Colony Civic Center lobbies into a winter wonderland of beautifully decorated trees and displays. The nine-day event features public hours, individual special events, a silent auction, horse carriage rides and a chance to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

 Union Colony Civic Center 

701 10th Ave., Greeley

 Nov. 25-Dec. 3

 greeleyfestivaloftrees.com

 

Fort Collins Children’s Theatre presents: Elf The Musical

A modern-day holiday classic, “Elf The Musical” follows the tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Raised by elves, Buddy eventually learns he’s a human from New York City. When he learns the truth, Buddy embarks on a journey to find his birth father and discover his true identity–all while helping those around him remember the true meaning of Christmas. 

 Lincoln Center Performance Hall 

417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins

 Nov. 18-20

 lctix.com

 

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas 

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters enroute to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge–which just so happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. Enjoy a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, “White Christmas.” 

 The Candlelight 

4747 Marketplace Dr., Johnstown

 Nov. 17-Jan. 8

 coloradocandlelight.com

 

December 

Homesteader’s Holiday 

Enjoy historical house tours, candle dipping, holiday crafts, musical entertainment and more with plenty of holiday splendor at Centennial Village Museum, complete with festive decorations. 

 Centennial Village Museum 

1475 A St., Greeley 

 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 

 greeleymuseums.com 

 

Photo by Machmer Media.

 

The Nutcracker

The Canyon Concert Ballet returns to the stage this December, alongside the Fort Collins Symphony, with the classic Christmas favorite, the Nutcracker. The beloved holiday story follows young Clara who, after falling asleep on Christmas Eve, is transported to a world where toys become larger than life.

 Lincoln Center Performance Hall 

417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins 

 Dec. 9-11 

 lctix.com

 

Lindsey Stirling – Snow Waltz Tour 

Lindsey Stirling, the classically trained musician, songwriter and dancer, known for her electronic violin and innovative sound, is set to perform a selection of holiday classics and original songs designed to evoke intense emotion through immersive arrangements and mesmerizing melodies. 

 The Ranch Events Complex 

5280 Arena Cir., Loveland

  8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15

 treventscomplex.com

 

A Candlelight Christmas 

Larimer Chorale presents Candlelight Christmas, a Fort Collins tradition full of holiday pageantry and wonder. Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” provides a standout centerpiece, with 12 movements that include eight carols, a harp interlude and a professional and recessional Gregorian chant. 

 Lincoln Center Performance Hall 

417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins 

 Dec. 16-17

 lctix.com

 

Voctave 

Enjoy a musical performance from Voctave, featuring hits from their Top 10 Billboard charted album, “Spirit of the Season, Deluxe Edition.” The group’s 11 members represent a wealth of diverse backgrounds and musical experiences. 

 Union Colony Civic Center 

70110th Ave., Greeley

 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 

 ucstars.com

 

Mannheim Steamroller 

Grammy Award winner Chip Davis created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics in the distinctive Mannheim sound. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 35 years since the first Christmas album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. 

 Lincoln Center Performance Hall 

417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins 

 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20  

 lctix.com