Get in the holiday spirit with special celebrations and events happening around the Grand Valley in November and December. Take a look at the events calendar for more information and to see a complete listing of 2017 holiday happenings in the Grand Valley.
Downtown Tree Lighting - November 17 (5:15-7:00 p.m.)
Main Street is illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights for downtown Grand Junction's kick off of the holiday season. At approximately 5:15, Santa lights the tree at 4th and Main, as well as all the lights on Main street simultaneously. Kids will then have a chance to visit with Santa before he returns to the North Pole.
Holiday Art & Craft Fair at the Art Center - November 17-19
Each year, the Art Center hosts its annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair the weekend before Thanksgiving. Find unique gifts for all ages and budgets. This event is the second largest fundraiser for the Art Center and is great for artists, gift-givers, and gift-receivers alike. Admission is free.
HopeWest Holiday Show & Luncheon - November 18-19 (10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)
This event has become a holiday tradition for over 800 guests. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit HopeWest Kids, a child and teen grief program. Tickets can still be purchased for Sunday's show - click here.
Grand Junction Turkey Trot 5K & Little Gobbler Run - November 23 (9:00 a.m.)
Join nearly 1,500 people who have made the GJ Turkey Trot part of their Thanksgiving tradition. Run, jog, or walk just over 3 miles in beautiful downtown Grand Junction. This is a family event, so bring the strollers and kids along. Proceeds benefit the Grand Junction Fire Fighters Foundation. Register now.
Craft Show at Two River Convention Center - November 24-25 (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Shop for the holidays at Two Rivers Convention Center's Holiday Craft Show. Over 75 vendors, handmade crafts, live demos, concessions and drinks. Admission is $5 per person. 12 and under is free.
Carriage Rides & Holiday Festivities in Downtown Grand Junction Nov. 25: 12-4 p.m. || Nov. 26: 12-2 p.m. || Dec. 2-3: 12-2 p.m. || Dec. 8: 5-8 p.m. || Dec. 9-10: 12-2 p.m. || Dec. 16-17: 12-2 p.m. || Dec. 23-24: 12- 2 p.m. || Dec. 26-28: 12-2 p.m.
Enjoy free carriage rides and visit with Santa while doing holiday shopping in downtown Grand Junction. Holiday window displays will delight all ages as festive music is heard on the street. Fill everyone's wishes with unique gifts from downtown and share the joys of the season with friends and family at our locally owned restaurants.
Art & Chocolate Walk (Palisade) - November 25
Savor the small town holiday atmosphere of Palisade as you nibble on chocolate and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from fine art to gourmet foods to toys and jewelry. Pick up a punch card at any of the participating merchants, get the card punched at each location, and be entered to win a large gift basket brimming with art and chocolate.
Olde Fashioned Christmas (Palisade) - December 1-2
Enjoy some holiday magic with all the sights, sounds, and tastes of the season at Palisade's Olde Fashioned Christmas. Spend the weekend shopping, sampling soups, singing carols, sharing a carriage ride, marveling at Gingerbread creations, and spreading good cheer.
December 5 - Festivities begin about 5 p.m. with the sweet sounds of the Taylor Elementary Serenaders singing carols as they stroll down Main Street in Palisade to the Town Plaza where the Christmas tree awaits. The parade of lights will follow the Christmas Tree lighting at approximately at 5:30 p.m.
December 2 - Holiday shopping, craft vendors, soup challenge, carriage rides, and fun festivities in Palisade for young and old alike. The Gingerbread House Contest is a very popular event during Olde Fashioned Christmas and a "must-see" for all who attend!
Breakfast with Santa - December 2
Always an annual favorite, it's Breakfast with Santa at Dinosaur Journey Museum! Enjoy breakfast with the prehistoric giants, holiday performances by Adagio Dance Academy and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself! Admission is $8 per person. Pre-registration is required and spaces sell out quickly. Call 970-242-0971, ext. 2206 to register.
Candy Cane Hunt - December 2
A holiday themed puppet show, family photos with Frosty the Snowman, holiday crafts, cookies, cocoa and more all make the annual Candy Cane Hunt the perfect family event. Don't miss the Mascot Run immediately before the hunt for candy canes begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. Events take place at Lincoln Park Barn.
Lavender Association of Western Colorado Holiday Craft Fair - December 2 (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
For a sweet smelling gift, visit the Lavender Holiday Craft Fair at Redlands Middle School (2200 Broadway). Prized for its perfume, medicinal properties, culinary attributes, and beautiful color, lavender has been one of the most popular herbs for centuries and is one of the newest crops to be grown in western Colorado. The Holiday Craft Fair will feature quality handcrafted lavender-related items as well as unique arts and crafts.
Wine Into Winter - December 2 (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
The Grand Valley Winery Association presents the 4th Annual Wine Into Winter event. Tickets are $35 per person and include a commemorative Grand Valley Winery Association ornament, a recipe booklet including recipes from each participating winery with wine suggestions, wine pairings with hors d'oeuvres at each winery, and discounts on selected wine purchases at each winery. Participating wineries include Carlson Vineyards, DeBeque Canyon Winery, Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery, Grande River Vineyards, Graystone Wintery, Plum Creek Cellars, and Two River Winery. Reserve your spot today.
Downtown Grand Junction Parade of Lights - December 2
This is the centerpiece of the holidays in Downtown Grand Junction. Thousands of enchanted spectators line the street to watch more than 100 floats light up the night on seven blocks of Main Street. The parade starts at approximately 5 p.m., with various community groups, businesses, and organizations competing for cash prizes in various categories. This event is not to be missed! The theme for the 2017 parade is “Songs of the Season”.
Colorado Mesa University Holiday Choral Concert - December 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Delight in wonderful holiday music performance by Colorado Mesa University students and faculty at Moss Performing Arts Center - Love Recital Hall. Get ticket information here.
Holiday Light Tour for 50+ - December 7 (5:30-8:00 p.m.)
Get in the holiday spirit as you take a tour of Grand Junction's best light displays. Also, enjoy hot chocolate and some goodies before the tour departs. Pick up and drop off is at Lincoln Park Barn. Register early, as this popular tour always fills up fast.
Cookies & Milk with Santa at Mesa Mall - December 8 (5:00-6:00 p.m.)
Celebrate the season and spread holiday cheer at this annual Cookies and Milk with Santa celebration. Kids can get festive with various crafts and activities, watch an elf-worthy Christmas short in your custom cardboard sleigh and to top it off, enjoy story time with some of our favorite holiday books from Mesa County Public Library. Come dressed in your pajamas and enjoy cookie decorating and a flavored milk bar and keep an eye out for Santa who may be passing through! Free.
Spirit of Christmas - December 8 (5:00-8:00 p.m.)
This event brings hundreds to downtown Grand Junction to enjoy evening shopping, live entertainment, free carriage rides, and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Downtown businesses will be open until 8:00 p.m. and select shops will be serving complimentary hot drinks and treats. The Spirit of Christmas is free and is held at the same time as the Chocolate Walk.
Chocolate Walk - December 8 (5:30 p.m.)
Experience downtown Grand Junction's holiday charm, featuring either an Art on the Corner tour or a history tour. All paid participants receive a special commemorative mug filled with Enstrom's hot chocolate if registered by November 2. Cost is $12/person. Meet at Enstrom Candies at 5:30 p.m. To register, call 970-254-3866.
Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair (Fruita) - December 9 (10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
Enjoy Fruita's annual holiday arts and crafts fair featuring local vendors with wall decor, clothing, jewelry, ornaments, woodworking products, crocheted items, paintings and many more unique items. Located at the Fruita Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parade of Lights (Fruita) - December 9 (5:30 p.m.)
Downtown Fruita will light up for the holidays during the annual Parade of Lights beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m. This year's theme is Candy Land.
Face Vocal Band Holiday Concert - December 9 (7:00 p.m.)
Enjoy holiday tunes performed by Face, an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, CO who have been captivating audiences for over a decade with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. This concert is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre. Click here to purchase tickets or call 800-626-8497.
The Nutcracker-Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra- December 9-10 (Sat. 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. / Sun. 2:00 p.m.)
A holiday celebration to share! Dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes dance to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score performed by the GJSO and featuring dancers from the Colorado Mesa University Dance Department, local dance companies and two world-class dancers from the Boston Ballet in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. Performances take place in the Grand Junction High School Auditorium. Click here to purchase tickets.
Christmas Train Show - December 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31
The Grand Valley Model Railroad Club showcases their impressive collection of miniature model trains at Cross Orchards Historic Site. Don't miss the replica of the Grand Junction Depot. Admission: Child $1 / Adult $4 / Family $7
Christmas Concert with Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus - December 10 (6:30 p.m.)
The chorus will present its annual Christmas concert at Northeast Christian Church. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker - December 11 (7:00 p.m.)
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the only fully produced (One 60’ growing Christmas Tree, seven backdrops featuring Russian heritage, 10-foot tall puppets, 40 dancers, and 100 costumes for each of the three tours) national tour of the Christmas favorite. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete score, be sure to see the best Russian dancers perform jaw-dropping moves and bring Christmas to life at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction. Purchase tickets online here.
Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee - December 16 (7:00 p.m.)
Join the Bar D Wranglers for an evening of cowboy Christmas songs, comedy, guitar pickin' and fiddlin' that families of all ages are sure to enjoy. Show begins at 7:00 p.m. at Two Rivers Convention Center. Click here to purchase tickets.
Santa "Cause" 5K Fun Run - December 16 (10:00 a.m.)
Get on your Santa suit and run for a good cause - to help the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction raise funds for an all-inclusive playground at Sherwood Park. Run takes place at Las Colonias Park. Registration fee is $30.
Harp, Guitar & Carols with the Western CO Chorale - December 16-17 (Sat. 7:30 p.m. / Sun. 3:00 p.m.)
Join the Western Colorado Chorale as they perform familiar and beautiful holiday music at Moss Performing Arts Center - Love Recital Hall. Purchase tickets here.
Cookies "N" Claus - December 20 (6:00 p.m.)
Come down to the Community Center in your pajamas for a fun filled evening! Watch Paw Patrol: Pups Save Christmas and Pups Save the Penguins! Enjoy cookies and cocoa and don’t forget your camera, as there will be an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap! YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER $5. This will also ensure you leave with a fun trinket!
A Swingin' Holiday - Western CO Jazz Orchestra Christmas Concert - December 21 (7:00 p.m.)
Get ready for a fun, upbeat holiday concert presented by the Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra. Tickets are $25 per person and available at the Grand Junction Symphony Office or at the door.
A New Year's Celebration with High Desert Opera - December 31 (1:30 and 7:30 p.m.)
High Desert Opera will produce a special New Year's Eve extravaganza celebrating 15 seasons of delivering high-quality opera and Broadway Musical productions to the Grand Valley. HDO will recall big musical numbers from its past musicals but also present new musical delights in this concert. Tickets available mid-November.
New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks at Powderhorn Mountain Resort - December 31 (5:00 p.m.)
Skiers and riders parade down Powderhorn Mountain Resort with lights and torches to illuminate the mountain like never before! There will be live music, food and drink specials, and fireworks, with the torchlight parade beginning at 6:00 p.m. Fun for the whole family.