Win tickets to the Big Band Christmas Ball in Boulder, Colorado

1940s WWII Ball

The Mayor of HeidiTown at the 1940s WWII Ball on June 18, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all rights reserved)


This past summer, one of the most standout events I attended was the 1940s WWII Ball. My husband and I didn’t really know what to expect, but by the end of the night we both agreed that this was the most fun we’d had at an event in a long time, and we go to A LOT of events.

This is the sort of evening out that creates memories, not only because it’s unique, but a lot of characters attend the 1940s WWII Ball, and they make this event the cat’s meow. From singers to swing dancers, to band members, to hosts, to regular guests who come decked out in unbelievable 1940s garb from head to toe, there’s never a dull moment.

The 1940s WWII Ball is held annually at the Boulder Airport, and features a hanger for dancing, a big stage, lots of vintage airplanes, a couple themed bars, entertainment and much more. When we saw the caliber of the dancers who were in attendance, we had no intention of dancing – we’re not really great at swing – but judging by the number of blisters on my feet the next day, we ended up spending hours on the dance floor. Big band music is just so infectious!

Big Band Christmas Ball posterNow it’s time for the 2nd Annual Big Band Christmas Ball, by the same people who brought you the 1940s WWII Ball.

Last June, HeidiTown ran a contest for tickets to the WWII Ball, and the organizers have been good enough to decide to give away tickets again through this blog. This time, you can sign up here to win a pair of tickets (an $80 value) to the Big Band Christmas Ball.

The event is on December 10, 2011, and will be held at the Boulder Elks Lodge. The night will feature the big band, The Hot Tomatoes. This band plays the WWII Ball and I can tell you for a fact that they are truly HOT – it’s hard to stay seated when the guys are playing

There will also be re-enactments from famous Christmas shows like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas.” Frank Sinatra will be there, along with the Andrew Sisters tribute act, Reveille 3. Other entertainment will include everything from ice carvers to chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Believe me, you don’t want to miss this event.   I’m not!

Guest are encouraged to dress up in 40s and 50s vintage era clothing, and although this isn’t a requirement, my husband and I dressed the part at the 1940s WWII Ball. We didn’t go all out, like some of the people there, but for some reason, it just makes the evening that much more fun.

So, if you’d like to win a pair of tickets to Big Band Christmas Ball in Boulder, Colorado, just leave me a comment below telling me your favorite Christmas movie, and you’ll be entered into the random drawing that will take place at approximately 3 p.m. Friday, November 25, 2011.

Tickets to this event make an excellent early Christmas present!  To purchase tickets to the Big Band Christmas Ball go here.

~ Contest Closed ~

Good Luck!

Website Comments

  1. Susan Cotten

    My all time favorite Christmas movie… White Christmas! It encompasses so many things, entertainment, dancing(which I love to do), tribute to our military, love, and the overall spirit of Christmas!

  2. Kelly Leedy

    I have always watched and loved White Christmas. The dresses, the music, the characters will always have a special place in my heart but a new found favorite is Elf. The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.

  3. Merrie Leach

    White Christmas is my favorite Christmas movie! Captures the spirit of Christmas in fabulous style.

  4. Wink

    ONE favorite? Yikes! I’m torn between Holiday Inn and Miracle on 34th Street and It’s A Wonderful Life. Can I go with a three-way tie?

  5. Staci Toma

    I love the cartoon How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
    …I guess it’s the kid in me. 🙂

  6. Kathryn Wernsman

    Too many to choose from but “It’s a Wonderful Life” holds a special place in my heart. I grew up in Jimmy Stewart’s home town (Indiana, PA) and as a child I sang at the movie’s annual Christmas reunion. A memory I’ll never forget!

  7. claire cummings

    There is a tie for my favorite Christmas movies…both It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on
    34th Street.

  8. shannon l

    It’s a wonderful life, hands down! But I watch just about every decent Christmas movie made in November and December. It’s the best time of the year!

  9. Danielle Jimenez

    I love Home Alone 1 and 2! I know that’s two movies, but they have to be watched together. 🙂

  10. Lisa Burnham

    The adult in me loves “It’s A Wonderful Life”, and the kid in me loves “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, I couldn’t wait for it to come on TV each year. That meant that Christmas was finally coming!! This is way before VHS or DVD were invented :). My mom would make pudding, and that was a real treat for us kids. Rudolph AND pudding?? Yesssss! 😀

  11. Louis Gabriles

    My favorite is “A Christmas Story”. Hopefully one day I’ll win a ‘major award’ like the leg lamp (or tickets to the ball)!

  12. Deana Anker

    my fav has to be ” A Christmas Story” i think it’s funny, and i really like that things go horribly wrong and they still manage to have fun and be together.

  13. Elyse

    “A Christmas Carol”… the Muppets version of course. Love “White Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” too… great classics.

  14. J. Schiefelbein

    I’m an oddball. My unconventional holiday movie choice is John Ford’s “The 3 Godfathers”. In this John Wayne western, three desperadoes on the run unexpectedly become guardian to a newborn babe. At the climax of the film, a Christmas miracle saves the lives of the man and child and restores the cowboy’s faith. This often overlooked, little known, John Ford western is a hidden gem and a touching holiday heartwarmer.

  15. Misty Faucheux

    Hands-down my favorite Christmas movie is the original Miracle on 34th. I just love Maureen O’Hara!

  16. Janice Walker

    I love the movie”BISHOP’S WIFE” (the old one win Cary Grant, David Nievens), I love “IT’s A WONDERFUL LIFE” (I Believe in Angels) and of course There’s “WHITE CHRISTMAS” (Bing looks like my Daddy for who I miss very much) The movies now day are ok but they will never make the memories like the old ones. “MERRY CHRISTMAS & GOD BLESS”

  17. Sharmila Conger

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the clay-mation one … LOVED that claymation and Burl Ives as the narrator/snowman. So many good moments in that film … remember, “Bumbles Bounce!”

  18. Heather H.

    The Bishop’s Wife: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven. It was remade since; however, this cast is much better.

  19. Becky H

    Christmas Vacation, after all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas I need a good laugh!

  20. Brooke Zerbato

    I love many Christmas movies, like White Christmas and The Christmas Story, but my most favorite Christmas movie is Elf! Such a funny Movie!!! 🙂

  21. Stephanie Schmidt

    I love Christmas so much, it’s hard to choose!!! Favorite classic is It’s a Wonderful Life, favorite modern movie is Polar Express, love the book, the movie and the soundtrack!

  22. Ruth Lancaster

    I have to say White Christmas is my favorite holiday movie too! It has so many wonderful memories of my childhood tied up in this sweet movie!

  23. ashley

    my favorite christmas movie is national lampoons christmas vacation! its not an old classic but it makes me laugh out loud every time i watch it and really reminds me of crazy christmas time with my family! i love it. the great thing about the christmas season is that there is plenty of time to take in all of the amazing holiday films every year! 🙂

  24. Laurie Warrick

    Hi! My favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas!! My family and I always watch it every year-alot of great memories watching that movie and I love musicals and Bing Crosby. Growing up, I always listened to Bing Crosby’s albums during Christmas. Great memories of snuggling up on the couch with a blanket, my mom and hot chocolate.

  25. Alicia

    My all time favorite Christmas movie has got to be White Christmas. Wee watch it every year while we decorate the tree. <3

  26. Dawn Paepke

    One of the best Xmas movies and just general movies of all time, is A Christmas Story!

  27. Mary K

    I watch White Christmas multiple times over the holidays. Nothing like Der Bingle! My sister and I have been known to break out in choruses of the song “Sisters” at any and all moments. I’ve also always loved watching the Baryshnikov version of the Nutcracker.

  28. Laurel

    It’s a Wonderful Life is the most heart-warming Christmas movie. I have to watch it every year. I even named one of my cats Zuzu’s Petals, in honor of my favorite part of the movie when George realizes that life is the most precious gift.

  29. Michelle brady

    My daughter Rae and i love to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas – it reminds us that we all need to be a good friend to each other ALL times of the year. Happy Thanksgiving !

  30. Jaime A

    Not your average holiday movie, but since I was little I have always watched Amadues on Christmas day.

  31. Jessica Jensen

    My favorite Christmas movie has been White Christmas, ever since I was a little girl. I love the musical numbers, Danny Kay is hilarious, and I love to watch Vera Ellen tap her toes BLINDINGLY fast and listen to Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney sing “Count Your Blessings.” And I love the Mandy routine. And I love the “Snow” song. I even found a recipe for hot buttered rum based solely upon Bing’s comment of “Hot Buttered Rum, light on the butter.” Between all of that, the clothes, and the vernacular, it’s just a great movie all around!

  32. Debi Christensen

    I would have to say White Christmas is my sentimental favorite. I grew seeing it every year. When It’s a Wonderful Life was re-released, it came in a close 2nd to White Christmas! I love the music and dancing in White Christmas, and I am thoroughly charmed by Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby!

  33. Ariel

    The movie we always put on every year was the 1964 NBC Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas television special – the one with the elf who wanted to be a dentist and the abominable snowman. That’s my childhood Christmas movie.

  34. Chris

    Die Hard is a great Christmas movie! Nothing says Happy Holidays like blowing the roof off with C-4. And Alan Rykman’s German accented impression of Santa…priceless!

  35. sally

    My favorite movie of all time, Christmas or any other time of year, is White Christmas. My twin and I watch it every year and laugh and cry throughout. Of course our favorite part is “Sisters” and we have done this number for years in front of whoever wants to see us. One year I loaned it to my mother-in-law to watch and she loaned it to her neighbor. When I got it back I put it in to watch it again and she had recorded another TV show over it…YIKES! I had to wait a whole year to find it, and yes I still have it on VHS! We would love to come to this special event and act out our favorite movie. PS we really like to dress up in costume for any reason:)

  36. Sue Powell

    My favorite holiday movie is Holiday Inn. You can’t go wrong with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, not to mention all the incredible song and dance in it! I tear up when they get to the scene singing “White Christmas.” Love it!! 🙂

  37. Steve

    awesome! the 1940’s ball was a blast. This should be every bit as fun. Unique experience! Favorite Xmas movie is Die Hard!!!!

  38. Heather

    There are so many to choose from, but Polar Express is a family favorite. It shows how your life can change when you believe. Brings tears to my eyes every time. Another favorite is the cartoon Annabelle’s Wish. It’s a wonderful story of sacrifice and the rewards that it brings.

  39. Patricia Durfee

    My absolute, all-time favorite Christmas movie is “White Christmas.” You just can’t go wrong with Rosie and Danny! And as a bonus, my kids can do a pretty good version of “Sisters,” choreography and all. 🙂

  40. Barb Wise

    I know this movie is on the top of many people’s list and for good reason: It’s A Wonderful Life!

  41. Kelina H

    It’s a tie between the old school Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Films and A Christmas Story.

  42. Charlie

    Every year I watch Scrooge( the original) as well as Miracle on 34th street with my mother as a tradition. I grew up listening to the Glenn Miller Orchestra with my grandfather who was in WWII, so this is an event that I would LOVE to attend!

  43. Gene Ehlers

    It’s a Wonderful Life. And my life would be wonderful if I won those tickets!

    See you at the Ball

  44. The Mayor

    The winner of 2 tickets to 1940’s WWII Ball’s Big Band Christmas Ball is Sally. She has been contacted via email. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared their favorite Christmas movies.

    Here were the results…. 1st place goes to White Christmas with 17 votes followed by It’s a Wonderful Life (12), The Christmas Story (6) < -- My Favorite, Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer (5), Miracle on 34th Street (4), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (3), tied with 2 votes each was The Bishop's Wife, Holiday Inn, the original Grinch, Die Hard, Polar Express, and getting one vote each, the original Scrooge, Home Alone, The 3 Godfathers w/John Wayne, The Muppets, Christmas Carol, Elf and Amadeus. Remember, you can still purchase tickets to the Big Band Christmas Band at

    I will see you there!!!

    ~Heidi, The Mayor

  45. Diana Sproul

    Christmas in Connecticut – Barbara Stanwick as a food writer who doesn’t cook, pretends to have a husband and child, and falls in love with a war hero.

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