Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak Annual Dinner, DoubleTree World Arena Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. $50. Featuring a silent auction, dinner and program featuring John Fielder and his book Colorado Then and Now, Part II. Thurs., Dec. 1, 5 p.m. Call 635-7506 ext. 121 for more.
World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil, Pioneer's Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. Honor those who have died of HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. The reading of names begins at 5:30 p.m. and the procession will continue to the Gay and Lesbian Fund at 315 E. Costilla for a presentation and refreshments. Thurs., Dec. 1. Call Bob at 578-9092 ext. 127 for more.
Native American Women's Association 25th Anniversary Banquet, entitled "Join Our Dream ... For the Next 25 Years", Elkhorn Lodge, 7300 Woodfill Road, Fort Carson. $15 includes roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Deanna Waters, Kiowa/Otoe/Missouria, speaks. Fri., Dec. 2, 6-9 p.m. Call Kateri at 630-7382 for more.
25th Anniversary of Martyr Commemoration, St. Mary's Cathedral, 22 W. Kiowa St. A commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the four American women martyred in El Salvador on Dec. 2, 1980, followed by a reception. Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Call Sister Therese at 473-8764 for more.
Gem and Mineral Silent Auction, Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Center Drive. View and bid on a large variety of gems and minerals. Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Dave at 635-7891 or Ruth at 632-9686 for more.
65th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Memorial Park, Union and Pikes Peak avenues. Rear Admiral Steven W. Maas speaks at this event planned by the U.S. Submarine Vets on Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m. Call 209-1249 for more.
Antiques at the Expo, Phil Long Expo Center, 1515 Auto Mall Loop. $4. Featuring antiques, uniques and collectibles. Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 596-8839 for more.
holiday events The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas, Mount Saint Francis Auditorium, 7665 Assisi Heights. $11-$13.50. Marionette artist David Simpich presents his original play, recommended for adults and school-age children. Runs through Dec. 28. Call 636-3272 or visit simpich.com for ticket info.
Cripple Creek Christmas Carol, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/235-8944. A Christmas play set in Cripple Creek with characters from local history. Runs through Dec. 30. Visit cripplecreekchristmascarol.com for tickets and more.
The Lighter Side of Christmas Parade, downtown Woodland Park on Henrietta Street. Free. Featuring a tree lighting ceremony, Woodland Park Wind Symphony, Santa and more. Fri., Dec. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call 686-1820 for more.
Falcon Wanderers Christmas Volksmarch, Old Colorado City. Meet at Central Christian Church, 2002 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Free. Courses of 5K and 10K will be offered, walk at your own pace. Sat., Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 632-9320 for more.
Gingerbread House Decorating, Michael's stores, call 800/MICHAELS for locations. Decorate a Wilton gingerbread house with your family on Sat., Dec. 3, 1-3 p.m. Call to reserve a space, as quantities are limited.
TubaChristmas, Acacia Park, corner of Platte and Nevada avenues. Free. Enjoy Christmas carols played by a choir of Tubas. Sat., Dec. 3, 4 p.m. Call Verne at 532-0021 for more.
Parker Christmas Carriage Parade, featuring dozens of horse-drawn carriages, wagons and stagecoaches, live music, a petting zoo, horse rides, pictures with Santa and more. Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Call 303/841-0353 or visit parkeronline.org for more.
Sounds of the Season Holiday Home Tour, Woodland Park. $7-$15. Featuring six festively decorated homes with live music, refreshments and more. Dec. 3-4. Visit dicksoncenter.org or call 686-2464 for more.
Messiah Concert, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Free. Featuring the Chancel Choir and Orchestra on Sun., Dec. 4, 5 p.m. Call 471-4361 for more.
Chanukah Fair, Temple Shalom Sisterhood Gift Shop, 1523 E. Monument St. Featuring beautiful and unique Chanukah gift items. Sun., Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Adele at 633-3987 for more.
Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour to benefit the Old Colorado City Historical Society, 1 S. 24th St. for $10-$15. Enjoy a variety of historic homes that have been converted into bed-and-breakfast destinations. Sun., Dec. 4, 2-6 p.m. Visit historytour.info or call 473-8684 for more.
Children's Chorale Concerts, call 633-3562 or visit kidssing.org for more. Featuring 'Tis the Season at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., on Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Featuring Summit by Candlelight at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., on Sat., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.
The Elves and the Shoemaker, Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. $10. Presented by Alleycat Theatrics. Runs Dec. 6-8, 7-8 p.m. Call 964-2906 for more.
Deck the Hall Holiday Concert, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $15-$35. Featuring the Colorado Springs Chorale. Fri., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. Call 520-7469 for more.
Soli Deo Gloria Choir, Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free, donations for Care and Share accepted. The choir and Brass Ensemble present a concert of Christmas music by Gabrieli, Hayes, Rutter and Nestor. Sat., Dec. 10, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 262-0614 for more.
Toy Exchange and Winter Carnival, The Catamount Institute at Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St. Free. A toy-sensational and sustainable holiday event for families with children of all ages. Participate in a used toy exchange and bring a new toy to benefit Christmas Unlimited. Sat., Dec. 10, 1-4 p.m. Call 471-0910 ext. 103 for more.
The Nutcracker with Zamuel Ballet School, Mitchell High School's theater, 1205 Potter Drive. $15. Featuring Ivan Putrov, principal of The Royal Ballet and Brieanna Olson as Sugar Plum. Runs Sat., Dec. 10, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Call 570-1441 or visit zamuelballet.com for more.
Holiday Tea with Tchaikovsky, presented by the Youth Ballet. $8-$12. On Sun., Dec. 11, 1:30 and 4 p.m. at the da Vinci Academy, 1335 Bridle Oaks. On Sun., Dec. 18, 1:30 and 4 p.m. at Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave. Call 272-7078 for more.
Pikes Peak Ringers and First Presbyterian Church Concert, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Sun., Dec. 11. Visit first-pres.org or call 884-6100 for more.
The Little London Winds Christmas Concert, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Free. The nonprofit community wind ensemble presents their holiday concert on Mon., Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Call 492-1049 for more.
Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble Wintersong Concert, featuring music that celebrates the season. Free. At Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. on Fri., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. Performance at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 1201 Leta Drive, Security on Sun., Dec. 18, 4 p.m. Call Deborah at 577-4192 for more.
Yuletide Enchantment Parade, downtown Manitou Springs. Accepting applications for themed floats through Dec. 10. The parade takes place Sat., Dec. 17, 1-3 p.m. Visit manitousprings.org for more.
The Gift of Giving, Historic City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $8-$18. Featuring a gospel stage play starring Lenny Williams to benefit children affected by Hurricane Katrina. Sat., Dec. 17, 7:15 p.m. Call 866/464-2626 or visit ticketswest.com for tickets.
Pikes Peak Philharmonic Concert, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Rd. Featuring Christmas from England to America, including The Night Before Christmas, narrated by Jon Lawson. Sun., Dec. 18, 3 p.m. Call 442-6853 or visit pikespeakphil.org for tickets.