HeidiTown.com on the radio – What to do this weekend in Colorado

As most of you know, I have a weekly radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Starting this week,  I am no longer creating YouTube videos of the segments, and instead I will be updating the blog each Thursday with the transcript from the radio show. I am also including a link to the audio for those who would like to listen!

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Here is this week’s transcript:

“Hi, my name is Heidi, and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and road trips around Colorado. Here’s the exciting lineup for Friday, December 9 through Sunday the 11th.

White Christmas logoFirst, I’ve had the opportunity to see two very different holiday shows here in Northern Colorado.  White Christmas, at Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins and Scrooge, The Musical at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown. You can find my reviews of the two productions at HeidiTown.com under the Theater Category.

Here in Fort Collins, celebrate the sounds of the holidays on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Oak Street Plaza, at the 6th Annual TUBAChristmas. And on Sunday, at the same place and time it’s Trumpets for Christmas. Both hour-long events feature local musicians sharing their talents with the people of Northern Colorado. For more information, and to keep an eye on everything happening in Fort Collins this holiday season go to DowntownFortCollins.com.

Starry Knight Loveland Snow Sculpture
Starry Knight, winner of last year's Snow Sculpture in the Dark. Photo courtesy of EngagingLoveland.org.

There’s an exciting event happening in Loveland this week. It’s the 2nd Annual Snow Sculpture in the Dark and this year’s theme is “Fire & Ice.” Six teams are competing to build the best snow sculpture Northern Colorado has ever seen. Alongside the sculpting enjoy lots of other festivities planned around this even including an art show, family activities, shopping, a parade of lights and more. Visit EngagingLoveland.org or read my preview of this event on HeidiTown.com.

On Friday night in Loveland, during Snow Sculpture in the Dark, it’s the 1st Annual Liquid Arts Festival at the Bonnell Building on 4th Street. Eight Colorado distilleries will be on hand for patrons to taste their goods and chat about handcrafted liquors. Go to DancingPinesDistillery.com for additional information about this brand new event.

Big Band Christmas Ball posterI’m super excited about an event in Boulder this Saturday. The Big Band Christmas Ball, is brought to you by the producers of the 1940s WWII Ball held annually at the Boulder airport. I attend a lot of events, and I can honestly say that the WWII Ball last June was the most fun my husband and I had at an event all year, and I can’t wait for the Big Band Christmas Ball.

The ball is being held at the Elk’s Lodge in Boulder and features The Hot Tomatoes, the Andrews Sisters tribute act, Reveille, re-enactments from Christmas classics such as White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, and so much more. If you’d like to dance the night away with me, visit 1940sball.com.

A few holiday celebrations are happening around Colorado this weekend.

Longmont Lights is at Roosevelt Park… more info at DowntownLongmont.com.

And the holidays are in full swing in Grand Lake. Enjoy breakfast with Santa this weekend and a Full Moon ski at the Nordic Center. For the entire lineup of holiday happenings in the Grand Lake area visit GrandLakeChamber.com.

In southwest Colorado enjoy Christmas in Dolores on Friday night. This adorable little river town will kick off the season with a tree lighting, Santa Claus, shopping and a poker run. More at DoloresChamber.com.

An Old Fashion Christmas in Palisade is this weekend with the parade on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Other events at this festival include a car show, chili cook off, books sale and more. It’s going to be a weekend to remember on the Western Slope. Go to PalisadeCoC.com for details.

Staying on the Western Slope, enjoy the 23rd Annual Christmas Train Show in Grand Junction starting this weekend and running through January 2, 2012. The display, at the Cross Orchards Historic Site depicts the Rio Grand Railroad as it traveled from Denver to Salt Lake. Visit wcMusuem.org for details and directions.

Hammonds_2011_Candy_Cane_FestivalNow here’s a Denver event for the kid in all of us. On Saturday, from 9 to 5. it’s the 11th Annual Candy Cane Festival at the Hammond’s Candies Factory & Store. The lineup for this crazy day includes magicians, carolers, storytelling, food vendors, carnival games, face painting, trolley rides, Santa himself, and of course lots and lots of candy. Get all the sugary sweet details at HammondsCandies.com.

Another unique event, this one perhaps a little more appropriate for the adults, is the Old English Christmas Feast this weekend at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. Partake in the feast and enjoy entertainment by the Estes Valley Chamber Singers, a hand bell choir and two Scottish fiddle players. Contact the YMCA of the Rockies through their website at YMCARockies.org for ticket information.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown and join the town’s block party on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comOnFB.

Thanks for listening!”


  1. Just wanted to note the hammond’s candies link is missing an “S” after hammond – and it goes to a bogus website.
    Still love your blog and check almost every week. Keep up the good work!



    1. Dave, I truly appreciate the feedback. I will fix it now. Thanks so much for being a HeidiTown citizen. 🙂 ~Heidi, The Mayor


  2. Candycane fest! Love it! Nice to see a unique xmas event. 🙂


  3. We want a white Christmas with people caroling sleigh rides Santa Clause good body warming holiday food snow mobiles Christmas shopping tours wild life comfortable hotels with good food and meal plans. Christmas trees Christmas towns and celebration with like minded people.all for the


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