Events on this Day

 Saturday, November 18th
Harvest Market
9:00am / TBK Bank Parking Lot
Rain, Snow, or Shine   Featuring locally grown fresh veggies, meats, cheeses, and more for your Harvest celebration meal! Plus, get a jump on your holiday shopping with unique and useful items from our quality local Artisans.
Artisans Holiday Gift Show and Sale
9:00am / Strater Hotel Oak Room
Start your holiday shopping with friends, good cheer, and door prizes! An eclectic blend of hand-crafted work by local artisans.   Mixed metals jewelry, enhanced fiber art, handcrafted bee products, hand painted eggs, handmade bags, fine gourd art, Cartwheel Studio, pottery, jewelry, mixed media art, water colors, baskets, and wood turned pens.
Purgatory Opening Day
9:00am / Purgatory Resort
Are you ready? May this year be one of the best! We are stoked to welcome you back to the mountain! Thanks to all of our hardworking workers for getting the mountain ready for the season.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory One Day Sale
9:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, One Day Sale, is back! Come stock up on Holiday goodness! As low as $5.00 per pound!
Portraits with Santa Ken!
12:00pm / Allison Ragsdale Photography
Back by popular demand, we're offering Portraits with Santa again this year! Each kiddo/family will get a quick and easy 15 minute session in our studio with Santa Ken. Each session comes with 5 digital images of your choice. You can view/download them from your own personal ordering website.
Purgatory Opening Day - Live music with The Quarks
1:00pm / Purgys Patio
Let's celebrate opening day in style! Get in a few runs in the morning, then hang out for the afternoon and enjoy live music from The Quarks on Purgy's Patio near the beach area. The Quarks are a dynamic, crowd-moving rhythm-based funk & soul quartet!
The Polar Express Train Ride
4:30pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Multiple excursions a day! Check our website for specific times.  Experience the magic this holiday season! Join us for a truly magical recreation of the classic holiday story, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Climb aboard a vintage steam train as it departs our Durango Depot for the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus himself. Upon arriving at our depot, you'll be immersed in the story as our chefs serve you hot chocolates and sweet treats while the conductor recites a reading from the Polar Express book. After arriving at the North Pole, you'll enjoy an incredible light show set to holiday music. On the return trip to Durango, Santa will visit each coach and hand out the first gift of Christmas to each passenger.   First told in the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this is the story of a child's Christmas Eve journey. It was adapted to the big screen in 2003. And now it comes alive each year with THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth, and fun of the Christmas season on a special steam train trip to the North Pole! Certain dates and car types will sell quickly so you'll want to book soon to reserve your preferred seating!   THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is our most popular event of the year and is an annual holiday tradition for many riders. While the train excursion is roughly 65 minutes in duration, we recommend allowing 2 hours for the entire adventure so you can enjoy the full experience! The weather can be cold at the North Pole, so we recommend layering properly, even though all the cabins are heated aboard the train. As always, we recommend wearing pajamas to capture the Christmas spirit!
6:00pm / Durango Beer and Ice
Every Saturday 6-9pm Karaoke with your Bartenders Diana & Kimmie ! If you can pull it up on YouTube we can get you on the mic, play karaoke roulette and get a free pint ! Great Food, Tasty Beer in a Fun, Safe, and Friendly Atmosphere ! Cheers
'Send it Like a Local' Ski Film
6:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Visit Durango is proud to announce a film over one year in the making "Send It Like A Local" - A love story between snow sliders and the San Juan Mountains. Filmed by local cinematographers in Durango, La Plata County and the immediate surrounding area. The film features local legends and visiting pros shredding at Chapman Hill, Purgatory Mountain Resort, and all over the San Juan backcountry.
San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestras Fall Concert
7:00pm / Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
The San Juan Symphony is delighted to invite audiences of all ages to the 2023 Fall Semester Concert of the San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestras. These wonderful students have been rehearsing all semester in preparation for their highly anticipated event!   The upcoming Fall Semester Concert features many beloved works for full orchestra. The Junior Orchestra gets things started with Rossini's upbeat overture to "The Barber of Seville," along with several other works that showcase the emerging talents of these young musicians. After a short break, Sayra Siverson and the Youth Orchestra explore the depths of Beethoven's "Egmont Overture," a dark and brooding work that culminates in the kind of pure musical triumph that only Beethoven can muster. The concert also features "Wondrous," a new concert piece from 2014 by Texas-based composer Karel Butz, meant to capture "the grandeur of a celebratory occasion and the vibrancy of young performers." Rounding out the program will be the brilliant and striking symphonic poem "Finlandia" by iconic Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
Julie & The Boyz
7:00pm / Wild Horse Saloon
$10 Cover Charge 18-20/$5 Cover Charge 21+  Please Note: All underage guests must be on our Approved Underage List. Please contact
3rd Annual 24-Hour Theatre
7:30pm / Durango Arts Center
We're taking eight plays from blank page to on stage in 24 hours. Join us for a whirlwind theatre experience and see what magic can be created by our talented folks in just 24 hours.    House opens 30 minutes before the listed show time.
Yikes Ski Pop Up Party
9:00pm / Roxys
Official After Party for the ski film, 'Send it like a local'. 80's ski theme!
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