Things to do this holiday season in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor

The holiday season is nearing, and with it comes many events. Here is a list of events to help you plan your holiday season in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor.

Fort Collins

Hall of Gifts: noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21, Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road. The Hall of Gifts features booths of hand-crafted items created by local artisans, including jewelry, clothing, glasswork, pottery, photography and food. Cost is $3; $1 for children age 12 and younger. Information: (970) 221-6730 or www.LCTix.com

Lights Up! Holiday Celebration: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Front Range Village, Fort Collins. Count down with Santa as he lights up the big Christmas tree and join him afterward for complimentary photos with him and his sleigh. Free. Information: www.shopfrontrangevillage.com

“White Christmas”: Nov. 19 to Dec. 31 (visit www.ADinnerTheatre.com for showtimes), Midtown Arts Center, Carousel Dinner Theatre, 3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. Cost is $39-$49. Information: (970) 225-2555 or www.ADinnerTheatre.com

>OpenStage Theatre presents “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”: Nov. 19 to Dec. 19 (visit www.openstage.com for showtimes), ArtLab, 239 Linden St., Fort Collins. See the story behind “A Christmas Carol” and Jacob Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge’s soul. $12-$25. Information: (970) 221-6730 or www.LCTix.com

Old Town Ice Skating Rink: Nov. 20 to Feb. 28, Old Town Square, Fort Collins. Times vary. Open-air ice skating. Cost is $2 for skating and $1 for skate rental. Information: (970) 221-6337 or DowntownFortCollins.com

Santa Claus arrives: Noon Nov. 20 to Dec. 24, Old Town Square, Fort Collins. Come meet Santa. Workshop visiting hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays; story time with Santa, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays at Clothes Pony, 111 N. College Ave., Fort Collins; skating with Santa at the Old Town Ice Rink, 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Information: (970) 484-6500 or www.DowntownFortCollins.com

Holiday Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26-27, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. Features more than 90 holiday arts and crafts vendors. Cost is $1; children age 12 and younger get in free. Information: (970) 224-6026 or www.FCGov.com/recreation

Mostlie Leftover Turkeys: Nov. 26 to Dec. 17 (visit www.MostlieLeftoverTurkeys.eventbrite.com for show times), Nonesuch Theater, 216 Pine St., Fort Collins. Members of Fort Collins parody troupe The Mostlies Shane Miller and Bradney Handley present some of the best of the worst Mostlies leftovers. Cost is $15. Information: (970) 224-0444 or www.MostlieLeftoverTurkeys.eventbrite.com

“Kosher Lutherans”: Nov. 27 to Dec. 26 (visit www.BasBleu.org for show times), Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St., Fort Collins. This curveball comedy about an infertile Jewish couple and their desperate attempts to have a baby was written by University of Wyoming professor William Missouri Downs. Cost is $12-$22. Information: (970) 498-8949 or www.BasBleu.org

Foothills Pops Band Chestnut Pops Concert: 2 p.m. Nov. 28, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins. The band will perform holiday pieces including “Slavonic Folk Suite,” a fantasia on “Greensleeves” and Nelhybel’s “Christmas in Poland.” Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. Information: www.FortNet.org/POPS

>Timberline Church Family Christmas Celebration: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1., 2908 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins. Events are free, but there is a cost for gifts and silent auction. Live nativity, hayrides, holiday gifts at Sweet Shoppe and Marketplace, silent auction to benefit U COUNT Campaign and Homeless Gear and other activities. Information: Lisa Christopherson at info@timberlinewomen.org or (970) 482-4387

Parade of Lights Preview Performance: 5 p.m. Dec. 1, University School of the Arts, route begins at the corner of Pitkin and Peterson streets, Fort Collins. The CSU Marching Band will present a preview of its upcoming performance at the annual Parade of Lights in Denver; event will be followed with hot drinks inside the UCA. Free. Information: www.CSUSchoolOfTheArts.com

Nightlights: 6 p.m. Dec.1, First Presbyterian Church, 531 S. College Ave, Fort Collins. Free. Community tree lighting featuring 50-foot tall Nightlights Tree, showcasing 25,000 LED lights, live music, live nativity and nativity displays from around the world, food and warm drinks. Information: www.realitiesforchildren.com or http://firstpresfc.org/

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides: Dec. 1-31, Old Town Square. Information: (970) 484-6500 or www.DowntownFortCollins.com

Holiday Gala: 7:30 Dec. 2, 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5, University Center for the Arts, Griffin Concert Hall, 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins. Celebrate the season with CSU music groups performing an evening of religious and secular holiday music. Cost is $12; $7 for CSU students; $1 for children ages 2 through 17. Information: www.CSUSchoolOfTheArts.com

Carolfest: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 beginning at Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. Carol through the streets of Fort Collins. Participants are asked to bring warm clothes and gloves, as a majority of the caroling will be outside. This is a walking event, so participants need to be able to walk the half-mile route. Free. Information: (970) 484-6500 or www.DowntownFortCollins.com

Adult Storytime — A Constellation of Three Seasonal Stories: 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Main Library, 201 Peterson St., Fort Collins. Listen to three holiday stories that celebrate December gifts from the sky. Free. Information: (970) 221- 6740

Reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”: 5 and 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, Avery House, 328 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins. Enjoy a reading of this holiday classic and some milk and cookies; reservations are required. Cost is $3. Information: (970) 482-7125 or www.PoudreLandmarks.org

“A Musical Christmas Carol”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Poudre High School, 201 Impala Drive, Fort Collins. Celebrate the season with children’s performance troupe la-de-da’s annual holiday performance. Cost is $10; $7 for seniors and students. Information: (970) 224-0444 or www.ladedacolorado.com

S.O.A.P. Troupe presents “Holiday Surprise”: 1:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. The Slightly Older Adult Players present a holiday show. Cost is $5. Information: (970) 224-6027

Mountain Kids presents “Nutcracker with a Twist”: 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and 3 p.m. Dec. 5, CSU Lory Student Center Theater, Fort Collins. A new twist on an old classic, this show brings ballet, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, gymnastics, special effects and more. Cost is $9; $7 for children and seniors. Information: (970) 221-6730 or www.LCTix.com

Garden of Lights: The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins. Activities other than gift shop are free. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 3., visit with Santa, hear The Tower Singers and Women’s Jazz Group from Fort Collins High School, enjoy hot drinks and shop handmade crafts from the Gardens; 3-8 p.m. Dec. 4, visit with Santa, hear the Spotlight/Syrens and Prima Voce from Rocky Mountain High School, see the three canine Sugar Plum Hairies and shop gifts from the Gardens. Garden of lights will be lighted from 5 to 8 p.m, Dec. 3-5, Dec. 8-12 and Dec. 15-26. On Dec. 10, visit with Santa. On Dec. 11, hear the Poudre Jazz Combo and see the three canine Sugar Plum Hairies. On Dec. 17, hear the Sunny Side Singers. On Dec. 18, visit with Santa and see the three canine Sugar Plum Hairies. Information: (970) 416-2486 or www.fcgov.com/gardens

Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 4, CSU Oval, Fort Collins. This 5K run/walk will raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. Registration is $25; $20 for students and $15 for kids ages 12 or younger and seniors ages 65 and older. Information: www.Active.com

Holiday High Tea: 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4, Email fcsymphonyguild@yahoo.com for event location. Musical entertainment will be provided at this holiday event sponsored by the Fort Collins Symphony Guild. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is requested. Information: fcsymphonyguild@yahoo.com

Children’s Christmas Party: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 4. Elks Lodge No. 804, 1424 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. Free. RSVP for a place on Santa’s lap. Information: Arlys Wagner, (970) 493-9322.

The Greening of Red Feather Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Village of Red Feather Lakes (POA Buildings, Fire Barn and the Library). This holiday marketplace will host holiday craft booths featuring handcrafted items, clothing, paintings, carvings, photography, jewelry and baked goods.

Larimer Chorale’s Dickens Dinner: 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5, Fort Collins Country Club, 1920 Country Club Road. Four-course Victorian feast featuring costumed Dickens Carolers from the Larimer Chorale. Cost is $65. Information: (970) 221-6730 or www.LCTix.com

Annual Holiday Open House: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 and 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Avery House, 328 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins. See the historic Avery House all decked out for the holidays; homemade gift items and baked goods will be available for purchase. Free admission. Information: www.PoudreLandmarks.com

Temple Or Hadash’s Hanukkah party: 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. Features games, latkes and a concert by contemporary Jewish performer Rabbi Joe Black. Cost is $8 per person (with a max of $32 per family); free for students with ID. Information: (970) 407-7896 or www.TempleOrHadash.org

The Bells of Christmas: 7 p.m., Dec. 5, First Presbyterian Church, 531 S. College Ave, Fort Collins. Church handbell choir concert, along with organ and brass quintet, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the choir. Free with freewill offering to benefit the church music ministry. Information: (970) 482-6107 or http://firstpresfc.org

Holiday Stocking Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Faith Evangelical Church, 3920 S. Shields St., Fort Collins. The Rocky Mountain High School music department is hosting a special night of holiday songs. Cost is $10; $5 for children 12 and younger. Information: (970) 488-7093 or rpetting@psdschools.org

Canyon Concert Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”: 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18; 2 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18; and 3 p.m. Dec. 12, CSU Lory Student Center Theater, Fort Collins. Cost is $24; $22 for seniors age 60 and older and children age 12 and younger. Information: (970) 221-6730 or www.LCTix.com (Lory)

Larimer Chorale’s “What Sweeter Music”: 7:30 Dec. 10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12, First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover St., Fort Collins. Larimer Chorale, chamber orchestra and guest artists will perform a unique “surround-sound” presentation of holiday pageantry and wonder. Cost is $18; $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Information: (970) 221-6730 or www.LCTix.com

Northern Colorado’s TUBAChristmas: 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Oak Street Plaza, Fort Collins. Come celebrate the holiday season with a community brass band of tuba proportion directed by Fort Collins’ own Cecil Gutierrez. Free. Information: (970) 484-6500 or www.DowntownFortCollins.com

Kris Kringle Jingle: 9 a.m. Dec. 11, Front Range Village, Fort Collins. One- and two-mile fun runs through Front Range Village. Cost is $10; free for kids. Information: www.PVHS.org

Trumpets for Christmas: Noon Dec. 12, Oak Street Plaza, Oak Street and College Avenue, Fort Collins. More than 40 community trumpet and coronet players perform Christmas songs. Free. Information: (970) 484-5635 or www.DowntownFortCollins.com

Vintage Holiday Cookbooks: 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins. Cheryl Miller will present a humorous history of vintage holiday cookbooks. Free. Information: (970) 221-6740

Winter Wonderland — An Andrews Sisters Holiday Concert with Reveille 3: 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins. Reveille 3 will perform holiday songs from the famed trio. Free. Information: (970) 221-6740

Opera Fort Collins Presents Operettas & Arias: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, University Center for the Arts Griffin Concert Hall, 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins. This annual holiday gala will feature music, food, wines, gourmet coffees and teas and a holiday auction. Admission is $65 in advance/$75 at the door. Information: (970) 221-6730 or www.LCTix.com

Rocky Mountain Chamber Singers present “A Christmas Carol”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins. Under the direction of Ann S. Bunyan, this production features a cappella Christmas carols. Cost is $14; $7 students. Information: www.FortNet.org/RMCS

Abby’s Signature Concert Series — Christmas Show: 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20, First Presbyterian Church, 531 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Enjoy music of the season in this annual concert to benefit Pathways Hospice and Respite Care. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Information: www.PathwaysCare.org

Dickens Carolers: 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Main Library, 201 Peterson St., Fort Collins. Join members of the Dickens Carolers and celebrate the sounds of the season. Cost is free. Information: (970) 221-6740

Holiday Acoustic Guitar: 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins. Guitarist Jeff Wahl will perform traditional holiday songs as well as original works. Admission is free. Information: (970) 221-6380 or www.PoudreLibraries.org

New Year’s Eve Contra Dance: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Club Tico in City Park, Fort Collins. This Friends of Traditional Dance gala will feature high-energy jazz fusion by Contrazz; free dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Information: (970) 493-8277 or www.FOTD.org

First Night Fort Collins: 5 p.m. Dec. 31, Downtown Fort Collins. Enjoy this annual family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration featuring live music, performances and fireworks. Admission is $10; free for kids age 6 and younger (with a paying adult); tickets go on sale Dec. 18. Information: (970) 484-6500 or www.DowntownFortCollins.com

Loveland

28th Annual Respite Care Holiday Ball: 6 p.m. Nov. 20, Embassy Suites Hotel, Crossroads Boulevard and Interstate 25, Loveland. Dinner, live music, dancing, and silent and live auctions to raise funds for Respite Care Inc. Tickets are $150 per person, $2,500 for preferred seating for 10, $2,000 for a table of 10 and $20 raffle tickets. Information: (970) 207-9435 or visit www.respitecareinc.org

Applewood Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21, The Ranch, First National Bank Building, Crossroads Boulevard and Interstate 25, Loveland. Shop for holiday arts and crafts, enjoy food and drinks and live music by Darren Curtis Skanson. Cost is $4. Information: www.ApplewoodArtsAndCrafts.com

Canyon Concert Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”: 7 p.m. Nov. 26-27 and 2 p.m. Nov. 27-28, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. Cost is $16; $14 for seniors/students. Information: (970) 962-2120.

Ninth Annual Community Tree Lighting: 5 p.m. Nov. 28, Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave. Lighting of tree at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue at 5:25 p.m. The Original Dickens Carolers singing holiday carols and treats. Free. Information: www.CityOfLoveland.org or (970) 962-2410.

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School’s Annual Bazaar and Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 29, 4650 Sunview Drive, Loveland. Pictures with Santa, festive Christmas music, 80 vendors and breakfast and lunch. Admission is $1 per person or $3 per family with a nonperishable food donation or $2 per person and $5 per family without food donation. Proceeds benefit church’s community assistance fund. Information: (970) 667-4506 or www.immanuelloveland.org

The GunnPoint Band’s Colorado Christmas: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. GunnPoint has created a memory-filled musical and comedic evening that celebrates the classic Christmas celebrations of days gone by. Cost $15. Information: (970) 962-2120 or www.CityOfLoveland.org

Santa’s Workshop: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 4 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18, 5401 Stone Creek Circle, Centerra, Loveland. Santa will listen to kids’ Christmas wishes and pose for free photos; donations of cold-weather clothing will accepted for Centerra’s Winter Clothing Drive to benefit Loveland’s House of Neighborly Services; and there will be a holiday lighting display. Information: www.centerracolorado.com

Loveland ‘Tis the Season Community Sing-along: 2 p.m. Dec. 5, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. Features local performer Sharon Sheets as she leads the crowd in singing songs and sharing stories of the holiday season. Free. Information: (970) 962-2120

Sculpture in the Dark: Dec. 8-11, Downtown Loveland. This annual event includes a parade of lights, snow sculpting contests, caroling and carriage rides with Santa. Admission is free. Information: www.EngagingLoveland.org

Loveland Choral Society presents “Christmas Tidings”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11-12, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. Concert of cherished traditional and contemporary Christmas carols, cheerful holiday favorites and seasonal songs. Cost is $16. Information: (970) 962-2120 or www.CityOfLoveland.org

 ”Christmas in Connecticut”: 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. Laughs, romance and holiday cheer abound in this 1945 classic film. Cost is $6; $5 seniors and students. Information: (970) 962-2120 or www.CityOfLoveland.org

Interstate Cowboy Christmas Ball: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. Join the cast of this Western Swing ensemble and friends in this classic Christmas show featuring Leonard Urban, Broadway Bound dancers, singer Mary Buirgy and mother/daughter duo Kelly and DeeAnn. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County. Cost is $20; $15 seniors/students. Information: (970) 962-2120 or www.CityOfLoveland.org

Bells of the Rockies presents “Christmas Bells — Singing in the Season”: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. A thrilling bell tribute to the season. Cost is $12; $10 for seniors; children 12 and younger admitted free. Information: (970) 962-2120 or www.CityOfLoveland.org

Rocky Mountain Chamber Singers present “A Christmas Carol”: 2 p.m. Dec. 19, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. Under the direction of Ann S. Bunyan, this production features a cappella Christmas carols. Cost is $14; $7 students. Information: (970) 962-2120 or www.CityOfLoveland.org

New Year’s Eve Extreme Rodeo: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland. Catch the best in bucking broncs, roping and riding at this annual event. Admission is TBD. Information: www.BECLive.com

Windsor

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’’: Windsor Community Church. 700 Automation Drive, Unit D, Windsor. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11. Christmas tale of a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Information: www.windsorplayhouse.org or (970) 674-1790

Windsor Chorale Annual Winter Concert: 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Windsor Methodist Church, 503 Walnut St, Windsor. Theme is Christmas through the ages from the 1600s to today. Free with freewill offering. Information: Grover Kelly, (970) 460-0226

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