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Lights, eggnog, and mistletoe – ‘tis the season.

Lights, eggnog, and mistletoe – ‘tis the season.

Seriously, what is your favorite part of December? Is it the twinkling holiday lights that make every evening sparkle? Is it the abundance of eggnog and assorted cookies at every social gathering? Is it the off-chance that you’ll be standing under a mistletoe when Chris Hemsworth walks by? Let us at BackCountry know – we like thinking about all the things that make this month truly amazing. (And yes, that Chris Hemsworth scenario could TOTALLY happen.)

As the year closes out, we’ve rounded up a few events for you to check out this month. We hope to see you around the neighborhood (or at our favorite watering holes).


Thursday, December 13, 6:30pm-8pm, Highlands Ranch Mansion

Join your friends and neighbors in the Grand Ballroom of the Mansion for an enchanting holiday event. The program will feature holiday favorites arranged for a string quartet. This evening includes an hour open house for Mansion tours, viewing of a local artist’s masterpieces, appetizers, and a cash bar. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.


Entry deadline is Saturday, December 15, 5pm

Does your house shine with holiday cheer? If you enjoy decorating your home’s exterior and want to share your efforts with the community, put it on the Highlands Ranch Holiday House Decorating Map. The homes entered will be added to a map and posted on the Highlands Ranch website, and then the public is invited to use the map to check out the displays.


Through December 24, Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Colorado’s acclaimed Nutcracker is the largest in the state and has been named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. by the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award Contest. With live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this performance is returning for its 58th year. Performances sell out, so get your tickets early!


Through December 22, Curious Theatre Company

The most lauded play of the 2016 Broadway season, Stephen Karam’s The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking show that takes place over the course of a family Thanksgiving dinner. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. Get tickets.

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