December 2022 Events

 Thursday, December 1st
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Start-Up Flex and Stretch
11:00am / Center for Innovation
Join Elizabeth Calagias at the Center for Innovation this December for: Start-Up Flex and Stretch! A weekly series on Thursdays: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   December 1st - Create Graphics for Your Digital Campaign
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Thursday Extreme Art With An Emphasis on DAC Theater Productions - Middle/High School
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects! This class will focus on designing, painting, sculpture and prop techniques with an emphasis on correct shading, values, textures, and color.   September- Odd and Unusual Theater Posters and props, October - Halloween Extreme, November and December - We will celebrate DAC's Theater Production by creating posters, paintings and theater sets!   Create and become involved with DAC Theater Production of "We Will Rock You!" Theater Tickets are included with the class price. The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.
THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm and 6:50pm.
Live Music
5:00pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Live Music
5:00pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
The Technology of Job Search
5:30pm / The DEV Space - Reed Library - Fort Lewis College
Who: Fort Lewis College Alumni and Current FLC Students   What: Applying for jobs today is a lot different than just two years ago. Applicant tracking systems (ATS), one-way interviews, resume scan apps, Artificial Intelligence resume builders, keyword stuffing, and LinkedIn profile optimization tactics it has become complicated. Join Jeff Saville, FLC's Director of the Career and Life Design Center, as he breaks it down into straightforward steps of successful job searching.   We will also LIVE STREAM this event   Questions: Contact Alumni Engagement Officer, Rachel Frederico, at rafrederico@fortlewis.edu
Powerhouse Trivia Night
6:30pm / The Powerhouse
Join us inside The Powerhouse exhibit gallery for Trivia night every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Our trivia includes four rounds- general trivia, science, pictures, and music. Bar open for drink purchases.
First Thursdays Songwriters Series
7:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
Free- ***Only 50 RSVP seats available***   Join us for the First Thursdays Songwriters Series Thursday, December 1st, at The iNDIGO ROOM at The iAM MUSIC Institute! This free event, hosted by Ashley Edwards, co-founder of iAM MUSIC and lead singer & keyboardist of Hello Dollface and Loki Moon, will feature seven amazing local musicians:  Dusty Grannis  Ragged Oak  Hannah Liberman  Andrew Schumann  Alex Ruiz  Doc Monos  Paul Cranfill
 Friday, December 2nd
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Ignacios Taste of Christmas/Holiday Market
9:00am / ELHI Community Center
It's time for a Merry & Bright Taste of Christmas 2022!
Noel Night Savings and Celebration
9:00am / Toh-Atin Gallery
Toh-Atin Gallery will offer a gallery wide 10% discount Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd, 3rd and 4th with additional discounts on Delbert Buck Folk Art.   Darryl Kuntz will be playing piano (keyboard) Friday, Dec. 2nd, for NOEL NIGHT, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.   Come join the festivities, get into the CHRISTMAS spirit and enjoy substantial savings on Navajo Rugs, Native Pottery, Jewelry, Paintings and much more.   Refreshments will be served throughout the evening Friday.
2022 Noel Night
10:00am / Downtown Durango
Join together with friends, family, and folks from all over in this community-wide celebration kicking off the holiday shopping season and encouraging folks to shop, eat, and love local during the holidays. Enjoy special offers, live music and entertainment, especially festive events, and treats crafted just for you at the 20th Annual Noel Night!   Now celebrated as the one of biggest shopping days of the year, Noel Night began in 2002 as a response to the Missionary Ridge Fire and the reprecussions this disaster had on our local, independent businesses. Since then, this well-loved community event continues to have an enormous impact on our local economy and overall community well-being. Every year Noel Night highlights local retailers and restaurants during the most magical time of year and reminds our folks of all ages how rewarding it can be to shop locally year-round.   This annual event is made possible by the partnership of Local First, Durango Business Improvement District, Main Ave Businesses, and The Durango Herald.
Noel Night at The ArtRoom
10:00am / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
Make your list and check it twice for this year's Noel Night! Artists and local businesses throughout the Smiley Building are taking part in this community-wide celebration kicking off the holiday shopping season and encouraging folks to shop, eat, and love local during the holidays. Enjoy special offers, live music and entertainment, especially festive events, and treats crafted just for you at the 20th Annual Noel Night!
First Friday Pop Up
12:00pm / Bucks Parlor
First Friday Pop Up at Bucks Parlor. Swing in any first Friday of the month to see local artist and buy some cool vintage! Friday April 1st we will have three makers in the shop. One with lovely copper electraform jewelry, a ceramic artist and a textile artist. Please follow our socials for more info.
19th Annual Festival of Trees
12:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Musuem
Get into the spirit of the season with the Festival of Trees & Wreaths, a free and family friendly holiday tradition! Event-goers will tour an enchanted forest of Christmas trees and wreaths decorated by our generous sponsors, bid on the creative gifts and festive decorations, and vote for their favorite creations - all while supporting Community Connections' mission to help people with disabilities lead healthy and fulfilling lives in Southwest Colorado. There are three ways to participate this year:   19th Annual Festival of Trees: View a dazzling display of trees and wreaths in person at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Musuem from December 2nd - 4th, from noon to 5 pm.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival
1:00pm / La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
Local vendors selling an array of hand/homemade items from paintings, jellies, Christmas treats and decor to jewelry and more unique items you don't want to miss out on.
Pots and Pints - Ceramic Hand-Building Happy Hour
4:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Come get your hands dirty as you create a unique and functional Turtle Dove Vase! We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy happy hour drinks, spend time with community artists, and most importantly hand-build a Turtle Dove Vase to use for years to come. By the end of the evening your piece will be ready for glazing. You select a glaze which will be applied to your ceramic piece when fired. Look for an email telling you when your piece is ready for pick-up and use. Let the fun begin! $30.00 Per Participant
First Friday Art Show
5:00pm / Create Art and Tea
Create Art and Tea is now hosting First Friday. First Friday is an effort to bring art and charitable foundations together. On the First Friday of every month, Create Art and Tea will host an art opening featuring new artists.    Featured artists will choose a charity to support. A portion of the proceeds made from purchased art will go to the organization of choice. On opening night, you can expect light refreshments, live musical performances, the opportunity to meet the artists, and hear about the charitable organizations. The works for sale will remain in the loft area of the gallery for the remaining duration of each month.   Times may vary. Visit website for more details on each month's featured artists and charities!
Noel Night Show featuring Robert Rivera - Opening Reception & Exhibition
5:00pm / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
Noel Night Artisan Market
5:00pm / Main Mall
The Noel Night Artisan Market is the first ever market at the Main Mall on the most popular local shopping night of the year. What better way than to support the wonderful creatives in this community by purchasing their pieces directly from them for your holiday gifts?
Ceramic Ornament Painting
5:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Join Durango Arts Center for a relaxing evening of art, with an experienced teacher to give you guidance along the way. Ceramic Ornament Painting! Get comfortable with acrylic painting techniques and enjoy the process of completing a painted ornament showing a wonderful winter wonderland. Techniques, color, and value will be explored. Beginners are welcome! This class is also perfect for adults with previous painting experience.
THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
Live Music
5:00pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Live Music
5:00pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Noel Night: SCAPE Start-Up Pop-Up
5:00pm / EsoTerra Ciderworks
Deck the halls with gifts made right here in Southwest Colorado! The Start-Up Pop-Up will feature companies that manufacture incredibly innovative goods to make your gift giving thoughtful, unique, and local.    Sample food and drinks provided by EsoTerra Ciderworks in their NEW Durango location, 558 Main Avenue, and do your shopping while enjoying heritage cider that's picked, pressed and poured in our region. The Start-Up Pop-Up is a perfect way to shop and support local companies, come celebrate with us 5-8pm, Noel Night, December 2nd.   Event presented by the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE). Featured companies: Alpine Origins, Bear Balm, Cold Case Gear, Deirdre Photography, Farm to Summit, Spoke Sound, and Voodoo Mixology.   https://www.goscape.org/events/noelnight22
Noel Night is Christmas Soiree with 35 local artists
5:00pm / Create Art and Tea
For the Month of December the Upstairs Gallery is featuring the fine art of 35 Local Artists. It is a Christmas Soiree of delightful new Creations for the Season by the Artists of Create.    There are great discounts on Fine Art, Pottery and Jewelry!   We will be offering 5% discount all loose leaf teas.
Ignacios TASTE of CHRISTMAS
5:30pm / Ignacio Community Library
We Invite you to celebrate the most beautiful time of the year with us! Come and enjoy our annual light parade with a Santa helicopter flyover, town light display, Christmas tree fundraiser auction, holiday market, contests and prizes, festive treats, photos with Santa, and more!
Starlight Jam session
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Live music hosted with Tyler Reed Smith and friends
Fill Your Bowl for Art
6:00pm / Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center
Join Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center at Ignacio's Taste of Christmas for our annual Fill Your Bowl for Art fundraiser! Pick a one-of-a-kind handmade pottery bowl and fill it with homemade soups and breads for only $15. December 2nd from 6pm - 8pm immediately after the Ignacio Town Parade.
Home to Home Film Screening & Q&A with Filmmakers
6:00pm / Student Union Ballroom - Fort Lewis College
On September 9, 2019, four friends set off together on a journey along the Colorado Trail with a handful of film cameras and a guitar. The premise was for Joe to run from his home in the Front Range, where he'd lived for a decade, to his new home in the San Juan Mountains, documenting the excursion using all analog media. Joe ran, hiked, and talked his way along the 500 miles of trail, accompanied by Chris on his acoustic guitar, while Brendan and Forest photographed and filmed on their 16mm and 35mm cameras. The nine days spent together manifested in a convergence of people, place, and experience, rooting the crew in a deeper appreciation and understanding of home.   Joe Grant: Joe is a mountain runner, photographer, and writer living in Durango, Colorado. Joe grew up in France and came to FLC as an exchange student 20 years ago. He has a diverse resume running, racing, and adventuring in Colorado and around the world. He derives his inspiration from exploring wild places under his own power and is passionate about protecting these areas for current and future generations.   Chris Parker: Raised in the Mississippi Delta, now based in the Wasatch Mountains, Christopher Parker is a musician, writer, climber, and FLC alumni that finds inspiration in the outdoors. A husband and father of two, these days he can be found playing his songs for rambunctious kiddos at crags, campsites, and trailheads around the wild west.   More Info: This event is open to the public and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $5 and FLC alumni that RSVP will receive a free drink ticket.   Parking: Parking is free at FLC after 5pm.   Questions: Contact Director of Alumni Engagement, Ryan Lazo, at rtlazo@fortlewis.edu
Noel Night at the Botanic Gardens
6:00pm / Durango Botanic Gardens
Join us for a magical night at the Durango Botanic Gardens. Luminaries will light your way. Hot chocolate¸ spiced cider and homemade cookies served on the library patio to warm up your evening.    SANTA and Mrs. Claus are making a special appearance between 6 - 7:00p, so arrive early to share your wishes with him. In addition, Santa's helpers will be reading holiday stories. We hope to see you at the Gardens for this very special event! Parents, there is plenty of free parking at the library!
Cindy and Mary Present a Night of Improv
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Devise & Conquer members, Mary Quinn and Cindy Laudadio-Hill are excited to showcase both short and long-form improvisation (with a little help from their friends)   Hilarity will ensue.
Holiday on the Hill Concert
7:00pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
This performance is FREE for current FLC Students and guests who are 18 & under.  FLC students must present their current College ID at the venue door to gain entrance. (1 seat per FLC ID)
 Saturday, December 3rd
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
St. Columba Christmas Craft Bazaar
8:00am / St. Columba School Gym
Come join us for a perennial holiday favorite: the 25th annual St. Columba Christmas Craft Bazaar!    Come see your favorite and new vendors and their beautiful handcrafted, homemade items.   Breakfast burritos and lunch wraps will be available to buy.
St Mark's Community Christmas Bizarre
8:30am / St. Mark's Episcopal Church
St. Mark's is so excited to have our Christmas Bazaar again this year! Come join us and find wonderful gifts, famous cinnamon rolls, take and bake casseroles, sweets, cookie platters and lots of smiles.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival
9:00am / La Plata Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
Local vendors selling an array of hand/homemade items from paintings, jellies, Christmas treats and decor to jewelry and more unique items you don't want to miss out on.
Senior Center Holiday Food & Craft Bazaar
9:00am / Durango La Plata Senior Center
Over 20 tables! Handmade crafts, candles, soaps, baked goods, ornaments +more. Bring the whole family!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
9:00am / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.   Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!   Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Noel Night Savings and Celebration
9:00am / Toh-Atin Gallery
Toh-Atin Gallery will offer a gallery wide 10% discount Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd, 3rd and 4th with additional discounts on Delbert Buck Folk Art.   Darryl Kuntz will be playing piano (keyboard) Friday, Dec. 2nd, for NOEL NIGHT, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.   Come join the festivities, get into the CHRISTMAS spirit and enjoy substantial savings on Navajo Rugs, Native Pottery, Jewelry, Paintings and much more.   Refreshments will be served throughout the evening Friday.
Holiday Art Market
11:00am / Four Leaves Winery
Buy local gifts from local artists! Allysia Brooke Designs (jewelry) Duck Girl Art (pastels and home goods) Dana K Senge (sculpture)
19th Annual Festival of Trees
12:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Musuem
Get into the spirit of the season with the Festival of Trees & Wreaths, a free and family friendly holiday tradition! Event-goers will tour an enchanted forest of Christmas trees and wreaths decorated by our generous sponsors, bid on the creative gifts and festive decorations, and vote for their favorite creations - all while supporting Community Connections' mission to help people with disabilities lead healthy and fulfilling lives in Southwest Colorado. There are three ways to participate this year:   19th Annual Festival of Trees: View a dazzling display of trees and wreaths in person at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Musuem from December 2nd - 4th, from noon to 5 pm.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
Live Music
5:00pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Live Music
5:00pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Badwater film preview and fundraiser
6:00pm / Mancos Opera House
Fun movie night! National Mustang Association, Colorado (NMACO) presents a preview screening of "Badwater," written and filmed in Mancos and Cortez. Proceeds to benefit NMACO and the Mesa Verde wild horses. Live music with "Ravensong," cash bar with cider, beer and wine, popcorn and movie snacks. Live Q&A with screenwriter Chuck Greaves. Tickets on line at https://app.tickettailor.com/dashboard
Salsa Dance night
6:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Salsa dancing and instruction
Christopher Dolphin: Captain | Composer
7:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
$10  Join Christopher Dolphin and iAM MUSIC on December 3rd, where he will share his unique story through song and video about how he has become the captain of the ship and has been sailing around Southeast Asia, creating an environmental movement using his original compositions. *Grit and Glory* is the story of a man from Durango bridging Colorado and Bali to regenerate the biosphere through adventure and music.
Warren Miller's "Daymaker"
7:00pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
A killer storm cycle in the Monashees. Adaptive backcountry riding like you’ve never seen before. The ultimate grass skiing run. Alaska (twice). Come along for the biggest days with the 73rd annual Warren Miller film, Daymaker. Then get ready for your own. Because there’s no better day than one out on the hill.   Join Crazy Karl Fostvedt, Michelle Parker, Katie Burrell, Hana Beaman, Daron Rahlves, Ryland Bell, Cam Fitzpatrick, Connery Lundin, and more out on the hill and you can’t really have a bad day.    We hit Snowmass for the biggest party of the winter, surprise a Warren Miller superfan at the base of Snowbasin, and take him skiing with Jonny Moseley and Marcus Caston. We follow one of Europe’s most legendary mountain guides, rewrite the rules of adaptive backcountry riding, and try to keep up with some of the most exciting young skiers and snowboarders on the planet.    In the world today, the ground shifts constantly beneath our feet, and bearings are hard to come by. Warren Miller’s Daymaker will take you on a journey to peaks that replace the mountains in your mind with ones that free your mind.
 Sunday, December 4th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Veterans Benefit Breakfast - Open to Public
9:00am / VFW Post 4031
Great opportunity to support your local veterans while enjoying a delicious breakfast! Open to the public, this event is held every 1st & 3rd Sunday.    Donations of only $8 for adults, $7 for veterans, and $5 for kids 12 and under. All proceeds help support local veterans!
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Riverhouse Holiday Bazaar
9:00am / Riverhouse Children's Center
Meet Santa, 11am-1pm   Crafts, Gift Kits & Art for sale. All sales and donations go toward the benefit of Riverhouse Children's Center, a nonprofit organization.   BRING YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY!
Noel Night Savings and Celebration
9:00am / Toh-Atin Gallery
Toh-Atin Gallery will offer a gallery wide 10% discount Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd, 3rd and 4th with additional discounts on Delbert Buck Folk Art.   Darryl Kuntz will be playing piano (keyboard) Friday, Dec. 2nd, for NOEL NIGHT, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.   Come join the festivities, get into the CHRISTMAS spirit and enjoy substantial savings on Navajo Rugs, Native Pottery, Jewelry, Paintings and much more.   Refreshments will be served throughout the evening Friday.
Earring Making Methods
10:00am / Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club
In this 6 hour class, hosted by the Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club, students will learn beginning jewelry making techniques for earrings. Skills include sawing, soldering, dapping, fold forming, ear wire making, matching pairs, and assembly. Earrings are the most common jewelry accessory, therefore these are useful skills for a budding art entrepreneur. Expect to finish two pairs in this class.    All materials are provided and the class fee is $140. This class is taught by Jama Crawford. To register, please email jama@frontier.net. Walk ins are not allowed due to limited space.
Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival
10:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
Local vendors selling an array of hand/homemade items from paintings, jellies, Christmas treats and decor to jewelry and more unique items you don't want to miss out on.
Holiday Card- Making Class
10:00am / The Main Mall, Downtown Durango
Get in the holiday spirit with a creative card-making class.   - Make six holiday cards to take home, two of each design. - Learn card-making techniques so you can keep creating at home. - The perfect holiday event for friends or families (ages 10+ please).   Price: $35, includes all materials
Football Sundays
11:00am / Zia Cantina
Watch football with us on our BIG SCREEN TV every Sunday starting at 11am!
19th Annual Festival of Trees
12:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Musuem
Get into the spirit of the season with the Festival of Trees & Wreaths, a free and family friendly holiday tradition! Event-goers will tour an enchanted forest of Christmas trees and wreaths decorated by our generous sponsors, bid on the creative gifts and festive decorations, and vote for their favorite creations - all while supporting Community Connections' mission to help people with disabilities lead healthy and fulfilling lives in Southwest Colorado. There are three ways to participate this year:   19th Annual Festival of Trees: View a dazzling display of trees and wreaths in person at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Musuem from December 2nd - 4th, from noon to 5 pm.
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Silent Sundays with Swanson
2:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Award-winning pianist Adam Swanson accompanies classic silent film comedies LIVE! A universally enjoyed classic artform everyone in the family can enjoy.
Holiday Card-Making Class
2:00pm / The Main Mall, Downtown Durango
Get in the holiday spirit with a creative card-making class.   Make six holiday cards to take home, two of each design. Learn card-making techniques so you can keep creating at home. The perfect holiday event for friends or families (ages 10+ please).   Price: $35, includes all materials
Resounding Joy! DCS Holiday Concert
3:00pm / Summit Church
This year we will again present a very unique and special concert in a more intimate location and with a focus on love, hope, and JOY. Join the Durango Choral Society and the Durango Women's Choir, along with soloists and special guests, to ring in an especially grateful holiday season with beautiful lullabies, traditional carols, and a sprinkling of laughter and glee.   Tickets $20/$5
THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
Live Music
5:00pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Live Music
5:00pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Jazz/Funk/Soul Jam
5:00pm / 11th Street Station
Jazz, funk, and soul jam hosted by iAM MUSIC faculty! All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to this free jam session!
Sunday Funday
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Spin the wheel, win prizes!!
 Monday, December 5th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Robert Rivera Exhibition All Week
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
Christmas Soiree with 35 local artists All Week
11:00am / Create Art and Tea
For the Month of December the Upstairs Gallery is featuring the fine art of 35 Local Artists. It is a Christmas Soiree of delightful new Creations for the Season by the Artists of Create.
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Monday Middle/High School After School Art
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects!   September - Three Dimensional Art, October - Extreme Halloween  November/December - Ceramics!   The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.   Scholarships are available. 13 Classes.
Live Music
5:00pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Live Music
5:00pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Rob Webster live music
6:00pm / Fur Trappers Steakhouse and bar
Tonight we will be having some amazing Food and Drink specials along with deals on signature dishes prepared by the finest chefs in Colorado. But that's not all we have to offer tonight we also have live music on our stage all night long. so if your looking to listen to some good music and experience the best food and staff Durango has to offer, come on down to Fur Trappers Steakhouse and Bar.
Chess Club
6:30pm / Guild House Games, Main St. Mall
Come play some chess! Every Monday night 6:30-9 p.m. upstairs in the Durango mall on Main St.    Free!  Drop in! 
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, December 6th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Clay to Canvas
1:00pm / Durango Arts Center
A weekly ART Class for those with Parkinson's. Each week, discover an interesting lesson on Art History and Art Appreciation. Then discover the joy of ART with the many artistic projects we have in store for this fabulous class.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon of art, with kind and compassionate instructors to guide you along your way.
Holiday Crafts Classes for Adults/ Afternoons
1:00pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Join me in making festive and beautiful holiday decorations! All supplies included in price!
Gift Giving Workshops
2:00pm / Create Art and Tea
Create and Bracelet with Annelle  Create a beautiful gift for Christmas while learning the basics of Kumihimo Bracelet making in this exciting introduction class.    includes a little bag of beads   $65.00 all supplies included
Tuesday After School Art Grades 2-5
3:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects.   September is Sculpture month, October - Halloween Extravaganza  November - Drawing and Painting, December - Gift Giving!   The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.
Holiday Craft Class for Juniors (ages6-9)
3:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Oh, what fun we will have creating all things Christmas! First, we will make and decorate a CHRISTMAS TREE GARLAND, Next, will make adorable POM-POM SANTA ornaments. Then we will make glittered UNICORN ornaments and poured paint and glittered INITIAL ornaments! If we have time, we will even make and decorate a ONE CONE CHRISTMAS TREE! it's going to be SO MUCH FUN!!
Gather Dinner Event
5:30pm / James Ranch Grill
The Gather Dinner event takes place every Tuesday evening 5:30pm-7:30pm Mid-October to the end of March. You are wowed with a four course, prefixed meal using as many local/regional ingredients as possible. During this culinary experience, you will be joined by two invited guests that have produced one or more of the ingredients on your plate that are going to share their journey in producing the ingredients we are privileged to serve that evening. This is a time to connect and honor our farmers, ranchers, producers, bakers and purveyors that go beyond what most of us can conceive in order to accomplish what they do. This memorable evening has limited seating. Prepaid Reservations only. Reservations are closed two days prior to event date for preparation time.
Salsa Dance Lessons
6:00pm / Wild Horse Saloon
Drum Roll... Salsa Classes are back!   Four-week sessions starting on the first Tuesday of each month. We offer Level 1 Brand New, Level 2 Beginner, and Level 3 Intermediate Salsa sessions. Taking all four classes in any given session is the best way to learn, but we do accept single-class drop-ins. Public social dance hour after class!   Tuesday nights. Level 1 - 7:00pm. Level 2 - 7:00pm. Level 3 - 6:00pm. Classes last approximately one hour. From ~ 8pm-9pm we have a public social dance!   Pricing: Entire four-week session - $50/individual - $40/each for couples. Single class drop-in - $15. Payment taken at the door.   Level Descriptions:   Level 1 is for brand-new Salsa dancers. You will learn fundamentals - Salsa musicality, proper frame and connection, the basic step, open and closed partner dance positions, basic left turns, and more. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style).   Level 2 is for beginner Salsa dancers with a bit of experience or ones moving up from L1. You will learn more fundamentals plus a little extra! We will continue with musicality exercises, timing, smoothing out the basic step and moves, and will move into cross-body leads, progressive left turns, basic right turns, and simple combos. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style).   Level 3 is for intermediate Salsa dancers with a solid grasp of musicality, footwork, cross-body leads, and combination moves. We will work on more complex combos, progressive right turns, slants, stops, copas, and more. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style) - but may occasionally throw in some Salsa on 1 (LA style).
Open Mic Night
7:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Open mic every tuesday, open to performers of all kinds and levels from beginners to experts. Support local live music!
 Wednesday, December 7th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Lola's Place wreath and centerpiece workshop
5:30pm / Lola's Place
Join us! We will create wreaths or a holiday centerpiece. Food provided. The event will be outside under heaters.
Paint and Sip
5:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Painting with an instructor, all supplies are included.
Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance
5:30pm / VFW Post 4031
VFW Post 4031 is holding a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Celebration on December 7th between 5:30 and 9:00 PM. There will be food and beverages available. The Durango Brass Band will perform during the event.
Karen Roberts of Picasso and Vino
6:00pm / Create Art and Tea
Painting parties are the perfect place to tap into your inner artist. Karen will show you step by step how to create your own masterpiece based on our featured painting, while you enjoy a cup of tea and a scone to get you in the artistic frame of mind.   We provide all the supplies, instruction and fun for a fantastic experience. It's a great idea for friend time, date night, family get-togethers, Create a gift for yourself or another for the Christmas giving time, a gift to be in the creative process.   $75 for a fun evening   Call Caprice at 970-764-4104 to register or stop by Create Art and Tea at 1015 Main Ave Durango
Holiday Craft Classes for Adults/Evenings
6:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Join me in making festive and beautiful holiday decorations! All supplies included in price!
Geeks Who Drink
8:00pm / The Roost
Think its just trivia? Think again!
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
 Thursday, December 8th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Start-Up Flex and Stretch
11:00am / Center for Innovation
Join Elizabeth Calagias at the Center for Innovation this December for: Start-Up Flex and Stretch! A weekly series on Thursdays: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   December 8th - Get started with your very own podcast.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Thursday Extreme Art With An Emphasis on DAC Theater Productions - Middle/High School
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects! This class will focus on designing, painting, sculpture and prop techniques with an emphasis on correct shading, values, textures, and color.   September- Odd and Unusual Theater Posters and props, October - Halloween Extreme, November and December - We will celebrate DAC's Theater Production by creating posters, paintings and theater sets!   Create and become involved with DAC Theater Production of "We Will Rock You!" Theater Tickets are included with the class price. The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.
Gregg Deal, Artist-in-Residence, Opening Reception
4:30pm / Fort Lewis College Art Gallery
The FLC Art Gallery is holding an opening reception for Artist-in-Residence Gregg Deal. Free and open to the public.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
Wreath and Centerpiece workshop
5:30pm / Union Social House
Learn how to create your own holiday wreath or centerpiece.  All materials provided.
Professional Women's Network Presents: A Comedy Gala
5:30pm / Double Tree Hotel
Joins us for a night of comedy by 4 Corners Comedy Festival. There will be 3 comics and a cash bar. Bring your guy, gal, or pal, and dress to impress! Tickets are $18 for non-members, $13 for members.
Create jewelry with Happy in our gift giving time
5:30pm / Create Art and Tea
Create a bracelet or a pair of earrings with Happy. You will have fun choosing from her great selection of beads and color. A gift to give or keep for yourself to enjoy the creative process.   $65 for a great time creating a gift   Call Caprice at 970-764-4104 or stop by Create Art and Tea 1015 Main Ave Durango
 Friday, December 9th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Lost Wax Casting via Metalsmithing
9:00am / Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club
Curious about the lost wax process of casting… Here is your chance to explore & practice this creative art. A group of six individuals in a one on one personal instruction for 2 whole days. You will create your own design, carve that design into purple wax, then we encase it into a special type of casting investment. I personally bake it overnight within a kiln. Afterwards, you will melt your provided sterling silver & feel the floor Rumble…. Clean your artwork & Voilà your piece is ready to wear!   All materials provided. COST: $225.00, with $100.00 down to reserve a seat. Class handout will be sent via email once payment is received. JP Designs LLC www.artbonnet.com
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
The Parade of Gingerbread Homes
5:00pm / Animas Chocolate & Coffee Co.
The Parade of Gingerbread Homes! Join us at our chocolate cafe for a fun, festive evening. View all the entries, vote for your favorite in the People's Choice Contest, and be there to see who will be named winners of each category! Plus enjoy a free glass of sparkling wine or a free hot chocolate on us!   To view the full rules, categories, prizes, and register for the competition visit the link in our profile. Houses must be dropped off on December 3rd and will be on display through January 1st. We are proud to donate the proceeds of this year's Gingerbread House Contest to the HomesFund Serving Southwest Colorado. Happy building!
Glass Ornament Winter Landscapes Painting
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Join us for a relaxing evening of art, with an experienced teacher to give you guidance along the way.   Glass Ornament Painting! Get comfortable with acrylic painting techniques and enjoy the process of completing a painted ornament showing any holiday scene of your choice. Techniques, color, and value will be explored.    Beginners are welcome! This class is also perfect for adults with previous painting experience. $35.00 Per Participant.
Starlight Jam session
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Live music hosted with Tyler Reed Smith and friends
A Christmas Carol Radio Play VIP Preview Party
6:30pm / FLC Theatre Building, MainStage Theatre
This is a benefit event to support Durango Theatreworks and its upcoming production of A Christmas Carol-A Radio Play. In addition to the entertaining production, attendees will partake of holiday beverages and delicious treats from Hermosa Cafe.
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara's "Nutcracker"
7:30pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
Featuring the San Juan Symphony. No holiday season is complete without a trip to the theatre to see The Nutcracker! Enjoy this magical story that is a favorite for audiences of all ages.
 Saturday, December 10th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Homebuyer Education Class in Durango
8:30am / Fort Lewis Campus Sitter Family Hall Room 710
Tired of renting? Join our Homebuyer Education Class. Learn what it takes to become a homeowner and gain access to local down payment assistance funds. Topics covered include: Budget, Credit, Insurance, Lending, Down payment Assistance Programs, Real Estate, Inspection, and Home Maintenance. Space is limited. To register please visit: www.homesfund.org.
Durango Farmers December Holiday Market
9:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Events Center
Come shop with our regular vendors and meet new ones! Pick up your December fresh foods and special holiday meal ingredients and while you are there, find those unique and perfect gift items for family and friends!   We will have entertainment, warm food and drinks available and lots of festive fun!   This will be the last day for you to spend your orange 2022 market bucks, so dig them all out and find some goodies!
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
9:00am / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.   Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!   Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Lost Wax Casting via Metalsmithing
9:00am / Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club
Curious about the lost wax process of casting… Here is your chance to explore & practice this creative art. A group of six individuals in a one on one personal instruction for 2 whole days. You will create your own design, carve that design into purple wax, then we encase it into a special type of casting investment. I personally bake it overnight within a kiln. Afterwards, you will melt your provided sterling silver & feel the floor Rumble…. Clean your artwork & Voilà your piece is ready to wear!   All materials provided. COST: $225.00, with $100.00 down to reserve a seat. Class handout will be sent via email once payment is received. JP Designs LLC www.artbonnet.com
The ArtRoom Collective Holiday Exhibition and Market
10:00am / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
See creation in action! The ArtRoom Collective is Durango's working studio gallery where 22 artists, jewelers, potters, leather crafters and others create and sell their handmade goods. Quarterly ArtRoom Collective Exhibition and Markets feature artist spotlights with multiple demonstrations to teach and inspire.   The ArtRoom Collective at The Smiley is a diverse, working studio gallery where artists create, collaborate and share their passion with the community.    Cindy Atchison — Cindy Miller Atchison Design | Art #17 11:00 am — Explore the unique qualities of both oil and acrylic paints. Witness the creation of two cloudscape paintings in oil and acrylic to compare these two mediums.   Heather Leavitt Martinez — Let's Letter Together Studio #11 12:00 pm — Join this hands-on demo on holiday lettering. Receive free markers and an accompanying video to continue your learning.   Ray Martinez — Ray Martinez Photography #10 1:00 pm — Classic headshots never go out of style! Watch Ray's photographic techniques to capture the perfect headshot.   Stacy Eileen — Stacy Eileen Art. #20 2:00pm - Stacy will be demonstrating her technique of charcoal portraits   Diane Thornton — DKTDesigns Fine Beaded Jewelry #7 3:00 pm — Diane will be demonstrating the creation of beautiful resin jewelry
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Army Navy Game Party
1:00pm / VFW Post 4031
VFW Post 4031 is hosting an Army-Navy Game Party. Food will provided by Ty's Texas BBQ for a donation. Beverages will be available. The event will be held in our downstairs hall which has 6 TVs to make viewing easier. Go Navy Beat Army.
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara's "Nutcracker"
2:00pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
Featuring the San Juan Symphony. No holiday season is complete without a trip to the theatre to see The Nutcracker! Enjoy this magical story that is a favorite for audiences of all ages.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
Salsa Dance night
6:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Salsa dancing and instruction
Second Saturday Series: Cousin Curtiss & Delaney Davis
7:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
$15  The iNDIGO Room is a small intimate venue located inside of the iAM MUSIC Institute in the heart of Downtown Durango across Main Street from Buckley Park. These small house concert-style shows provide a concert experience that allows the crowd and artist to interact in a way that feels like they are performing in your own living room.   The Bands:  [Cousin Curtiss]  Cousin Curtiss brings to the stage a fiery dynamic rarely seen by a solo act and now, with a full band armed and ready with years of live touring and recording experience behind him, the concert performance becomes legendary. Truly. Within the United States and around the world Cousin Curtiss has spread his positive energy and endless smile through his Award Winning Rootstomp music. He describes it as, "playing Blues music but at Bluegrass speeds" or more simply, "like...if Blues and Bluegrass had a baby." Rapid fire guitar. Incendiary harmonica. Thunderous kick.  https://www.cousincurtiss.com/  https://www.facebook.com/cousincurtiss  https://www.instagram.com/cousincurtiss  https://www.youtube.com/user/cousincurtiss   [Delaney Davis]  Singer/songwriter from a small, New Mexico mountain town with an acoustic/folk/soul focus.  http://www.delaneydavismusic.com
A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play
7:00pm / MainStage Theatre
Just in time for the holiday season, Durango Theatreworks will be presenting "A Christmas Carol-A Radio Play." Come enjoy some of Durango's finest performers re-enacting a live 1940's radio show of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, complete with music and sound effects. A Christmas Carol - A Radio Plays runs from December 9-18 at the Fort Lewis MainStage Theatre. For tickets and more information, please go to durangoconcerts.com. (or durangotheatreworks.org).
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara's "Nutcracker"
7:30pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
Featuring the San Juan Symphony. No holiday season is complete without a trip to the theatre to see The Nutcracker! Enjoy this magical story that is a favorite for audiences of all ages.
 Sunday, December 11th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Cutting and Polishing Cabochons
10:00am / Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club
Learn to cut and polish a cabochon.   In this class you will learn how to operate a large slab saw. From the slab you will be able to cut out an oval blank which you will learn to grind to shape and polish. You will have created a stone that is ready to set in jewelry.   You will also learn how to drill a hole in a stone and how to make a matched pair of earrings out of rock.   Cost of the class is $80. All materials are provided. To register contact Joel Arnold: joelrecuerdo55@gmail.com or call (970) 247-5140.
Football Sundays
11:00am / Zia Cantina
Watch football with us on our BIG SCREEN TV every Sunday starting at 11am!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Sutcliff Vineyard Wreath and Centerpiece workshop
1:00pm / Sutcliffe Vineyard
Join us while we sip wine and create beautiful, festive wreaths.  Ticket includes all materials to create your own wreath or centerpiece and wine from Sutcliff Vineyards.
iAM MUSIC Student Showcase
2:00pm / Animas City Theatre
At iAM MUSIC we take pride in pushing our students to find their authentic artistic voice and channel it into the creation of original music. This original music showcase features just that, the original music our amazing students have created over the past few months. Join us for this free event at the Animas City Theatre to celebrate Durango's up-and-coming original music talent!
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara's "Nutcracker"
2:00pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
Featuring the San Juan Symphony. No holiday season is complete without a trip to the theatre to see The Nutcracker! Enjoy this magical story that is a favorite for audiences of all ages.
Sculpt an ornament wit Paul in our Gift Giving Time
2:00pm / Create Art and Tea
Imagine an ornament on your tree that you created or give as a memorable gift to another to last a lifetime. Creating with Paul is a fun time of laughing, learning, sculpting and hearing educating stories.   $50 for a fun time creating
A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play
2:00pm / MainStage Theatre
Just in time for the holiday season, Durango Theatreworks will be presenting "A Christmas Carol-A Radio Play." Come enjoy some of Durango's finest performers re-enacting a live 1940's radio show of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, complete with music and sound effects. A Christmas Carol - A Radio Plays runs from December 9-18 at the Fort Lewis MainStage Theatre. For tickets and more information, please go to durangoconcerts.com. (or durangotheatreworks.org).
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
Sunday Funday
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Spin the wheel, win prizes!!
 Monday, December 12th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Robert Rivera Exhibition All Week
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Monday Middle/High School After School Art
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects!   September - Three Dimensional Art, October - Extreme Halloween  November/December - Ceramics!   The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.   Scholarships are available. 13 Classes.
Chess Club
6:30pm / Guild House Games, Main St. Mall
Come play some chess! Every Monday night 6:30-9 p.m. upstairs in the Durango mall on Main St.    Free!  Drop in! 
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, December 13th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Clay to Canvas
1:00pm / Durango Arts Center
A weekly ART Class for those with Parkinson's. Each week, discover an interesting lesson on Art History and Art Appreciation. Then discover the joy of ART with the many artistic projects we have in store for this fabulous class.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon of art, with kind and compassionate instructors to guide you along your way.
Holiday Crafts Classes for Adults/ Afternoons
1:00pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Join me in making festive and beautiful holiday decorations! All supplies included in price!
Tuesday After School Art Grades 2-5
3:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects.   September is Sculpture month, October - Halloween Extravaganza  November - Drawing and Painting, December - Gift Giving!   The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.
Holiday Craft Class for Juniors (ages6-9)
3:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Oh, what fun we will have creating all things Christmas! First, we will make and decorate a CHRISTMAS TREE GARLAND, Next, will make adorable POM-POM SANTA ornaments. Then we will make glittered UNICORN ornaments and poured paint and glittered INITIAL ornaments! If we have time, we will even make and decorate a ONE CONE CHRISTMAS TREE! it's going to be SO MUCH FUN!!
Gather Dinner Event
5:30pm / James Ranch Grill
The Gather Dinner event takes place every Tuesday evening 5:30pm-7:30pm Mid-October to the end of March. You are wowed with a four course, prefixed meal using as many local/regional ingredients as possible. During this culinary experience, you will be joined by two invited guests that have produced one or more of the ingredients on your plate that are going to share their journey in producing the ingredients we are privileged to serve that evening. This is a time to connect and honor our farmers, ranchers, producers, bakers and purveyors that go beyond what most of us can conceive in order to accomplish what they do. This memorable evening has limited seating. Prepaid Reservations only. Reservations are closed two days prior to event date for preparation time.
Salsa Dance Lessons
6:00pm / Wild Horse Saloon
Drum Roll... Salsa Classes are back!   Four-week sessions starting on the first Tuesday of each month. We offer Level 1 Brand New, Level 2 Beginner, and Level 3 Intermediate Salsa sessions. Taking all four classes in any given session is the best way to learn, but we do accept single-class drop-ins. Public social dance hour after class!   Tuesday nights. Level 1 - 7:00pm. Level 2 - 7:00pm. Level 3 - 6:00pm. Classes last approximately one hour. From ~ 8pm-9pm we have a public social dance!   Pricing: Entire four-week session - $50/individual - $40/each for couples. Single class drop-in - $15. Payment taken at the door.   Level Descriptions:   Level 1 is for brand-new Salsa dancers. You will learn fundamentals - Salsa musicality, proper frame and connection, the basic step, open and closed partner dance positions, basic left turns, and more. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style).   Level 2 is for beginner Salsa dancers with a bit of experience or ones moving up from L1. You will learn more fundamentals plus a little extra! We will continue with musicality exercises, timing, smoothing out the basic step and moves, and will move into cross-body leads, progressive left turns, basic right turns, and simple combos. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style).   Level 3 is for intermediate Salsa dancers with a solid grasp of musicality, footwork, cross-body leads, and combination moves. We will work on more complex combos, progressive right turns, slants, stops, copas, and more. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style) - but may occasionally throw in some Salsa on 1 (LA style).
Durango Elks Lodge Pub Trivia
6:30pm / BPOE 507 Durango Elks Lodge
Quiz Night, Trivia Night, Pub Trivia, whatever you want to call it. Test your knowledge at the Durango Elks lodge.   Charity event! All proceeds go to building physically challenged access to our wonder historic building.    Non members welcome!
Open Mic Night
7:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Open mic every tuesday, open to performers of all kinds and levels from beginners to experts. Support local live music!
 Wednesday, December 14th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Sandra Heller Oil Painting Demonstration
2:30pm / Create Art and Tea
This will include design decisions, palette layout, color mixing and paint application including the palette knife. Also, a discussion of several finished works and plein air equipment.   $20 registration fee
Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
3:00pm / TBK Bank
Santa and his crew are visiting TBK Bank! Bring the family on over for crafts, letters to Santa, caroling with the Durango Choirs, cookies & cocoa, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus...and so much more! This is a free event!
Paint and Sip
5:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Painting with an instructor, all supplies are included.
Holiday Craft Classes for Adults/Evenings
6:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Join me in making festive and beautiful holiday decorations! All supplies included in price!
Geeks Who Drink
8:00pm / The Roost
Think its just trivia? Think again!
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
 Thursday, December 15th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Start-Up Flex and Stretch
11:00am / Center for Innovation
Join Elizabeth Calagias at the Center for Innovation this December for: Start-Up Flex and Stretch! A weekly series on Thursdays: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   December 15th - Practice Creating Flyer's and Presentations for Your Business
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Thursday Extreme Art With An Emphasis on DAC Theater Productions - Middle/High School
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects! This class will focus on designing, painting, sculpture and prop techniques with an emphasis on correct shading, values, textures, and color.   September- Odd and Unusual Theater Posters and props, October - Halloween Extreme, November and December - We will celebrate DAC's Theater Production by creating posters, paintings and theater sets!   Create and become involved with DAC Theater Production of "We Will Rock You!" Theater Tickets are included with the class price. The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Powerhouse Trivia Night
6:30pm / The Powerhouse
Join us inside The Powerhouse exhibit gallery for Trivia night every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Our trivia includes four rounds- general trivia, science, pictures, and music. Bar open for drink purchases.
Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee
7:30pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
The Bar D Wranglers' popular "Christmas Jubilee" returns for the holidays. The Bar D Wranglers weave together traditional holiday and Western music, cowboy poetry, tall tales and humor. It is a warm-hearted, fun-filled, all ages show that inspires the entire family to embrace the true meaning of the holidays.
 Friday, December 16th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Starlight Jam session
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Live music hosted with Tyler Reed Smith and friends
3rd Ave. Arts presents The Majesty of Christmas
7:00pm / St. Marks Episcopal Church
No Santa. No Frosty or Rudolph. Enjoy beautiful sounds of the season performed by some of your favorite regional musicians: soprano Gemma Kavanagh, flutist Rochelle Mann, violinist Lauren Avery, trumpeter Joseph Nibley, Durango Chamber Singers and pianist C. Scott Hagler.
A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play
7:00pm / MainStage Theatre
Just in time for the holiday season, Durango Theatreworks will be presenting "A Christmas Carol-A Radio Play." Come enjoy some of Durango's finest performers re-enacting a live 1940's radio show of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, complete with music and sound effects. A Christmas Carol - A Radio Plays runs from December 9-18 at the Fort Lewis MainStage Theatre. For tickets and more information, please go to durangoconcerts.com. (or durangotheatreworks.org).
 Saturday, December 17th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
9:00am / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.   Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!   Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Macrame Plant Hanger Class
12:30pm / Union Social House
Join me, Belle and the Bear, and learn several macrame knots to make your very own plant hanger. Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift for the holidays!

Appetizers provided
Drinks Available
Special "Thank You" gift from me!
Pet Paws and Santa Clause
1:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Bring your pet to the Arts Center for some quality clay creation! Together, you and your furry friend will create a clay "Pet Paw Ornament or medallion"! When you are finished, you get to have your pet's photos taken with DAC's very own St. Nick!
A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play
2:00pm / MainStage Theatre
Just in time for the holiday season, Durango Theatreworks will be presenting "A Christmas Carol-A Radio Play." Come enjoy some of Durango's finest performers re-enacting a live 1940's radio show of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, complete with music and sound effects. A Christmas Carol - A Radio Plays runs from December 9-18 at the Fort Lewis MainStage Theatre. For tickets and more information, please go to durangoconcerts.com. (or durangotheatreworks.org).
Veterans Benefit Holiday Dinner
3:00pm / VFW Post 4031
Come join us for the annual Veterans Benefit Holiday Dinner held at the VFW Post 4031 in the lower dining hall. Dinner will be served from 3 pm to 6 pm at $15/plate and is free for veterans.   This event is open to the public and we look forward to celebrating with everyone!
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Salsa Dance night
6:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Salsa dancing and instruction
A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play
7:00pm / MainStage Theatre
Just in time for the holiday season, Durango Theatreworks will be presenting "A Christmas Carol-A Radio Play." Come enjoy some of Durango's finest performers re-enacting a live 1940's radio show of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, complete with music and sound effects. A Christmas Carol - A Radio Plays runs from December 9-18 at the Fort Lewis MainStage Theatre. For tickets and more information, please go to durangoconcerts.com. (or durangotheatreworks.org).
Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music
7:30pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
Calling all Nuns, Goat herders, Hills, Alps, Baronesses, Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String or any of your favorite things! This is your chance to sing-a-long to the most successful movie musical of all time and one of the funniest, most liberating nights out you will have for a long time.
 Sunday, December 18th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Veterans Benefit Breakfast - Open to Public
9:00am / VFW Post 4031
Great opportunity to support your local veterans while enjoying a delicious breakfast! Open to the public, this event is held every 1st & 3rd Sunday.    Donations of only $8 for adults, $7 for veterans, and $5 for kids 12 and under. All proceeds help support local veterans!
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Football Sundays
11:00am / Zia Cantina
Watch football with us on our BIG SCREEN TV every Sunday starting at 11am!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Songs For Christmas
2:00pm / Create Art and Tea
Featuring Drea Pressley, Linda Mach and Andreas Tischhauser   Drea, Linda and Andreas together are a trio of extraordinary talent. They will bring in our Christmas favorites and we will have a sing along time with some fun surprises of our favorite Christmas stories.    Its a time to enjoy our favorite carols and bring in the holiday spirit with song and bright smiles   Refreshments of tea and cookies will be provided.   Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and children under 10 $5 Call Caprice at 970-764-4104 or stop by Create Art and Tea to purchase your ticket
A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play
2:00pm / MainStage Theatre
Just in time for the holiday season, Durango Theatreworks will be presenting "A Christmas Carol-A Radio Play." Come enjoy some of Durango's finest performers re-enacting a live 1940's radio show of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, complete with music and sound effects. A Christmas Carol - A Radio Plays runs from December 9-18 at the Fort Lewis MainStage Theatre. For tickets and more information, please go to durangoconcerts.com. (or durangotheatreworks.org).
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Jazz/Funk/Soul Jam
5:00pm / 11th Street Station
Jazz, funk, and soul jam hosted by iAM MUSIC faculty! All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to this free jam session!
Sunday Funday
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Spin the wheel, win prizes!!
 Monday, December 19th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Robert Rivera Exhibition All Week
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Chess Club
6:30pm / Guild House Games, Main St. Mall
Come play some chess! Every Monday night 6:30-9 p.m. upstairs in the Durango mall on Main St.    Free!  Drop in! 
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, December 20th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Holiday Crafts Classes for Adults/ Afternoons
1:00pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Join me in making festive and beautiful holiday decorations! All supplies included in price!
Tuesday After School Art Grades 2-5
3:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects.   September is Sculpture month, October - Halloween Extravaganza  November - Drawing and Painting, December - Gift Giving!   The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.
Holiday Craft Class for Juniors (ages6-9)
3:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Oh, what fun we will have creating all things Christmas! First, we will make and decorate a CHRISTMAS TREE GARLAND, Next, will make adorable POM-POM SANTA ornaments. Then we will make glittered UNICORN ornaments and poured paint and glittered INITIAL ornaments! If we have time, we will even make and decorate a ONE CONE CHRISTMAS TREE! it's going to be SO MUCH FUN!!
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Gather Dinner Event
5:30pm / James Ranch Grill
The Gather Dinner event takes place every Tuesday evening 5:30pm-7:30pm Mid-October to the end of March. You are wowed with a four course, prefixed meal using as many local/regional ingredients as possible. During this culinary experience, you will be joined by two invited guests that have produced one or more of the ingredients on your plate that are going to share their journey in producing the ingredients we are privileged to serve that evening. This is a time to connect and honor our farmers, ranchers, producers, bakers and purveyors that go beyond what most of us can conceive in order to accomplish what they do. This memorable evening has limited seating. Prepaid Reservations only. Reservations are closed two days prior to event date for preparation time.
Salsa Dance Lessons
6:00pm / Wild Horse Saloon
Drum Roll... Salsa Classes are back!   Four-week sessions starting on the first Tuesday of each month. We offer Level 1 Brand New, Level 2 Beginner, and Level 3 Intermediate Salsa sessions. Taking all four classes in any given session is the best way to learn, but we do accept single-class drop-ins. Public social dance hour after class!   Tuesday nights. Level 1 - 7:00pm. Level 2 - 7:00pm. Level 3 - 6:00pm. Classes last approximately one hour. From ~ 8pm-9pm we have a public social dance!   Pricing: Entire four-week session - $50/individual - $40/each for couples. Single class drop-in - $15. Payment taken at the door.   Level Descriptions:   Level 1 is for brand-new Salsa dancers. You will learn fundamentals - Salsa musicality, proper frame and connection, the basic step, open and closed partner dance positions, basic left turns, and more. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style).   Level 2 is for beginner Salsa dancers with a bit of experience or ones moving up from L1. You will learn more fundamentals plus a little extra! We will continue with musicality exercises, timing, smoothing out the basic step and moves, and will move into cross-body leads, progressive left turns, basic right turns, and simple combos. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style).   Level 3 is for intermediate Salsa dancers with a solid grasp of musicality, footwork, cross-body leads, and combination moves. We will work on more complex combos, progressive right turns, slants, stops, copas, and more. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style) - but may occasionally throw in some Salsa on 1 (LA style).
Open Mic Night
7:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Open mic every tuesday, open to performers of all kinds and levels from beginners to experts. Support local live music!
 Wednesday, December 21st
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Paint and Sip
5:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Painting with an instructor, all supplies are included.
Holiday Craft Classes for Adults/Evenings
6:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Join me in making festive and beautiful holiday decorations! All supplies included in price!
Geeks Who Drink
8:00pm / The Roost
Think its just trivia? Think again!
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
 Thursday, December 22nd
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit the Mountain
2:00pm / Ski Beach at Purgatory Resort
Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a stop at Purgatory Resort before the big night of gift deliveries! Bring your little ones by the Beach area and get those Christmas wishes in!
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
 Friday, December 23rd
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Starlight Jam session
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Live music hosted with Tyler Reed Smith and friends
 Saturday, December 24th
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
 Monday, December 26th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Robert Rivera Exhibition All Week
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Chess Club
6:30pm / Guild House Games, Main St. Mall
Come play some chess! Every Monday night 6:30-9 p.m. upstairs in the Durango mall on Main St.    Free!  Drop in! 
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, December 27th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Tuesday After School Art Grades 2-5
3:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects.   September is Sculpture month, October - Halloween Extravaganza  November - Drawing and Painting, December - Gift Giving!   The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Gather Dinner Event
5:30pm / James Ranch Grill
The Gather Dinner event takes place every Tuesday evening 5:30pm-7:30pm Mid-October to the end of March. You are wowed with a four course, prefixed meal using as many local/regional ingredients as possible. During this culinary experience, you will be joined by two invited guests that have produced one or more of the ingredients on your plate that are going to share their journey in producing the ingredients we are privileged to serve that evening. This is a time to connect and honor our farmers, ranchers, producers, bakers and purveyors that go beyond what most of us can conceive in order to accomplish what they do. This memorable evening has limited seating. Prepaid Reservations only. Reservations are closed two days prior to event date for preparation time.
Salsa Dance Lessons
6:00pm / Wild Horse Saloon
Drum Roll... Salsa Classes are back!   Four-week sessions starting on the first Tuesday of each month. We offer Level 1 Brand New, Level 2 Beginner, and Level 3 Intermediate Salsa sessions. Taking all four classes in any given session is the best way to learn, but we do accept single-class drop-ins. Public social dance hour after class!   Tuesday nights. Level 1 - 7:00pm. Level 2 - 7:00pm. Level 3 - 6:00pm. Classes last approximately one hour. From ~ 8pm-9pm we have a public social dance!   Pricing: Entire four-week session - $50/individual - $40/each for couples. Single class drop-in - $15. Payment taken at the door.   Level Descriptions:   Level 1 is for brand-new Salsa dancers. You will learn fundamentals - Salsa musicality, proper frame and connection, the basic step, open and closed partner dance positions, basic left turns, and more. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style).   Level 2 is for beginner Salsa dancers with a bit of experience or ones moving up from L1. You will learn more fundamentals plus a little extra! We will continue with musicality exercises, timing, smoothing out the basic step and moves, and will move into cross-body leads, progressive left turns, basic right turns, and simple combos. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style).   Level 3 is for intermediate Salsa dancers with a solid grasp of musicality, footwork, cross-body leads, and combination moves. We will work on more complex combos, progressive right turns, slants, stops, copas, and more. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style) - but may occasionally throw in some Salsa on 1 (LA style).
Durango Elks Lodge Pub Trivia
6:30pm / BPOE 507 Durango Elks Lodge
Quiz Night, Trivia Night, Pub Trivia, whatever you want to call it. Test your knowledge at the Durango Elks lodge.   Charity event! All proceeds go to building physically challenged access to our wonder historic building.    Non members welcome!
Open Mic Night
7:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Open mic every tuesday, open to performers of all kinds and levels from beginners to experts. Support local live music!
 Wednesday, December 28th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Paint and Sip
5:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Painting with an instructor, all supplies are included.
Geeks Who Drink
8:00pm / The Roost
Think its just trivia? Think again!
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
 Thursday, December 29th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
 Friday, December 30th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Starlight Jam session
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Live music hosted with Tyler Reed Smith and friends
 Saturday, December 31st
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Show!
6:00pm / Purgy's Patio
Purgatory's favorite holiday tradition! From 6:00pm-6:30pm at the Base Area, patrollers and ski instructors will be coming down the mountain, lighting up the night with bright torchlights. Once the parade has finished, stick around for the fireworks show!
Salsa Dance night
6:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Salsa dancing and instruction
New Year's East Coast Toast
10:00pm / Carver Brewing Co
Carver's will be hosting a quick and simple New Years Toast on the earlier side. Come join us for a East Coast Toast - enjoy complimentary glass of champagne and New Years Toast!
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