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Old 11-21-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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So, it's my first winter in Colorado Springs, and I'd like to know two things --

1. What one or two places would anyone recommend in Colorado Springs for photography of Christmas light displays?

2. Other must-do things in COS related to Christmas?

Thanks
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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Pheteroi - This is also our first Christmas in COS. Can't speak to Christmas lights, having not been here before, and it's not really our thing. However, as for other things to do during the season, check out the winter programs at the COS Philharmonic. They're doing the Nutcracker (as one would expect)Nov 26-28, but if your taste runs to something a bit different (more our speed), try the "Rockin Christmas" with Flash Cadillac (a Boulder band made good back in the day) on on Dec 17; a concert with the CS Chorale on Dec 19; New Year's Eve with Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and other Broadway tunes; and a Sinatra themed program on Jan 15-16. Also, don't forget the Fruitcake Toss in Manitou Springs in early January (if it's anything like the coffin races on Halloween weekend, it'll be a blast). Some friends have also told us that the zoo does something for Christmas (lots of lights, etc.; maybe other posters have more info).
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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If you've never seen the lights at Seven Falls, I'd recommend it, once.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:27 AM
 
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Saturday, 04 Dec, is the Festival of Lights, a parade in the downtown area at 5:30PM. Tons of things to do, shop and places to eat downtown, so come early and make a day of it.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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If you're interested in lights, then I'll echo otowi's recommendation to take in Seven Falls. Plus, by all means, take the trip to the zoo. They're both fantastic. Cripple Creek's casinos always put on a nice holiday display, but it's much farther away, and not as nice, as Seven Falls or the Zoo.

From a holiday enteratinment standpoint, the Rockettes are at the World Arena Nov 23 and 24 (better hurry if you want tickets). Brule is a Native American performer, and he puts on a fantastic Christmas program. He'll be at the Pikes Peak Center on Dec 18. Trans Siberian Orchestra will take your breath away. Two shows at the World Arena on Dec 23. And, I'll echo Carrera32's recommendation of the Philharmonic's Rhapsody in Blue on New Years Eve. I went last year, and it was terrific.

Twice, I've enjoyed a traditional Scottish Holiday Dinner on Christams Eve at the Black Bear in Green Mountain Falls. Chef Matthews puts on a wonderful multi-course meal.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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Some of the best Christmas light displays on earth are located here:
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:56 AM
 
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Some of the best Christmas light displays on earth are located here:
I know there's a house on Deergrass Place, right off Chapel Hills Drive, that puts Las Vegas AND the Griswalds to shame. All sides, yards and roof are done up, usually they play music too. Yes, it's viewable now, and has been for almost two weeks.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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I have to be honest, I'm not a big fan of the Festival of Lights. We enjoy heading to the Broadmoor area and looking at some christmas lights there. I also plan to take my children to the Royal Gorge railroad to see Santa. That's a surprise, though
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:48 PM
 
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Does Santa's Workshop have anything special for Christmas? I've only ever been there in summer.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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Here's a house downtown that is a local legend for its lights.
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