Events on this Day

 Saturday, December 21st
Looking Glass Art Show
8:00am / Smiley Cafe Gallery
Meet the artists and see their work in oil, pastel and watercolor. All paintings are for sale with 30% of sales going to Durango’s Local First’s efforts to establish a Creative District in Durango. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The show continues through January 30, 2020.   The Looking Glass Collective consists of twenty artists who meet monthly to critique one another’s work. The collective also creates opportunities for exhibits such as the yearly show at Smiley, exhibits for non-profits like San Juan Citizens Alliance and shows at local businesses. The artists have all been juried into multiple national shows; many have won awards.   Looking Glass Collective artists participating in this year’s show are: Linda Bonds, Emma French, Sue Giddings, Sandra Heller, Yvonne Holland, Rosemary Juskevich, Rebecca Koeppen, Betsy Krill, Annette LeMaire, Juanita Nelson, Cheryl Roberts, Pat Smiley, Ann Stringfellow, Dinah Swan and Lorraine Trenholm.
Shop Orientation
9:00am / Four Corners Gem & Mineral Club
Lawrence Broadway, an experienced shop steward will demonstrate the safe use of all of the shop equipment. New members are strongly encouraged to attend, and any member who is learning a new interest area or just wants a refresher training, should also take advantage of this free demonstration. This is also a great place for anyone who wants to become a shop steward to become more familiar with the equipment.
Jewelry Holiday Season Exhibition
9:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
This jewelry event features the gallery's more than two dozen jewelry designers and artists. With earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets and more!
Winter Solstice Invitational Artisans’ Market
10:00am / Durango Arts Center
A signature community event, Durango Arts Center’s Winter Solstice Invitational Artisans’ Market is the perfect destination for holiday shopping. Experience Barbara Conrad Gallery transformed into a dynamic outlet featuring over 25 invited regional artists selected for their high-quality offerings of original and unique fine arts and crafts. Find the perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gift in this year’s market filled with local ceramics, jewelry, metal, textiles, glass, wood, note cards, ornaments, calendars, photography, painting, and drawing.
Free Gift Wrapping in Downtown Durango
12:00pm / Strater Hotel
Get your Christmas gifts wrapped for FREE this season in Downtown Durango. Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1; Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15; and Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22, from noon to 3 pm at the Strater Hotel lobby.   Gift wrapping is in an old fashioned style, with brown paper and string, and then each gift is stamped with the Christmas Town stamp.    Brought to you by the BID and the Strater Hotel.
Community Christmas Lunch
12:30pm / Schneider Park
Community Compassion Outreach invites the public to attend a Christmas celebration. This is a special feast with Durango’s citizens who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Attendees are invited to bring a favorite dish to share. It is an outdoor event, and an opportunity to visit with volunteers and make new friends. Schneider Park is located north of the 9th Street Bridge on Roosa Avenue.    Volunteer drivers are also needed to help transport guests from the Purple Cliffs encampment to the lunch.    To RSVP or sign-up, contact Donna Mae at (970) 236-2313.
Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker
1:00pm / Animas City Theatre
$14/$18  Doors 12:30pm  Show 12:55pm  In this timeless story accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, rising star Soloist Margarita Shrainer perfectly embodies Marie’s innocence and enchantment along with the supremely elegant Principal Dancer Semyon Chudin as The Nutcracker, captivating audiences of all ages and bringing them on an otherworldly journey.
The POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg and adapted to the big screen in 2003, the story of a child's Christmas Eve journey comes alive onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth and fun of the Christmas season on a special trip to the North Pole!
Ben Gibson Duo
6:00pm / Sky Ute Casino Resort Seven Rivers Restaurant
Seven Rivers Saturday Night Entertainment Presents: Ben Gibson Duo
The POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
6:30pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg and adapted to the big screen in 2003, the story of a child's Christmas Eve journey comes alive onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth and fun of the Christmas season on a special trip to the North Pole!
Mysto's Really Big Magic Show
7:30pm / FLC Community Concert Hall
Then family-friendly fun comes to the full Concert Hall with Mysto’s Really Big Magic Show. Mysto the Magi (aka Mitch Harwood) takes audiences on a vaudeville journey with play-lets, mystery, secret messages and group participation, with the entire intent of “having fun.”
The POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
8:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg and adapted to the big screen in 2003, the story of a child's Christmas Eve journey comes alive onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth and fun of the Christmas season on a special trip to the North Pole!
CONNECT: POSH JOSH, Smiley Coyote, Brap the Goat
9:30pm / Animas City Theatre
CONNECT: Winter Solstice Celebration Dance Party, a night of house music & electronic music.   Posh Josh, Smiley Coyote, Brap the Goat  $10/$12/18+/ Doors 9:00pm  Brap the Goat 9:30-10:30 / Smiley Coyote 10:30-11:45 / Posh Josh  11:45-1:15 Tickets available at Animas City Theatre, Animas Trading Company, and online at www.animascitytheatre.com   Posh Josh  https://www.facebook.com/poshjoshofficial  Originally hailing from New York City coming up out of the Disco and Funk age, with Jazz musician parents and then seeing the advent of electronic music and Hip Hop … It is no wonder why Josh gravitated towards HOUSE! ?Infusing, cooking and mixing up all of these influences laid in with a Dirty House beat … ?Posh Josh will take you on a journey, diving in DEEP, allowing you to find and CONNECT with yourself and others … Be prepared to MOVE and SWEAT !!!
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