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

HeidiTown.com’s KRFC 88.9 FM radio segment for the weekend of December 16-18, 2011.

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Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and road trips around Colorado. Remember, HeidiTown is not a calendar of events, but rather stuff the Mayor likes!

bald eagle
Bald Eagles. Photo from PhotoXpress.com

And one thing I like? Birds. Yes, I’m an amateur birder so this event caught my eye. Bald eagles spend their winters in Northern Colorado, and I’ve already seen one sitting in a tree near I25 around the Berthoud exit.

You will have a chance to see one during Eagle Watch at Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space this Saturday, December 17th from 9 to 11 a.m. Join a Master Naturalist and learn about these amazing birds. Binoculars and scopes are provided. These Eagle Watches will take place through January 22nd, so check out FCGov.com/naturalareas for dates and times.

Also in Northern Colorado, don’t miss the Garden of Light at The Gardens on Spring Creek. The garden is lit up in thousands of lights, and kids young and old will be amazed. Visit Santa, listen to holiday music, and enjoy warm drinks and sweet treats. Visit FCGov.com/Gardens for the list of activities planned and for directions to The Gardens.

If you haven’t visited Santa in Old Town Square in Fort Collins, you still have time! And don’t miss Story Time with Santa on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. and Skating with Santa on Saturdays from 11 to 12 at the Old Town Skating Rink. Get all the details at DowntownFortCollins.com.

Colorado Governor Mansion
Colorado Governor Mansion (Photo from Wikipedia)

Also in Fort Collins, don’t miss the Be Local Winter Market on Saturdays from 10 to 3. The market, held in the Opera Galleria at 123 N. College, features over 40 vendors with local products. Go to BeLocalFirst.org for more information.

Here’s something to do with the family. This event started on December 10 and is continuing daily through this Friday the 16th. Enjoy free holiday tours of the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion. The mansion is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day and the decorations this year will reflect the theme Holiday Heritages. Entertainment will be provided throughout the week in the Carriage House. Go to HistoryColorado.org for more.  See a slide show of this year’s decorations at the mansion here.

This weekend take part in Twas the Night Candlelight Christmas Tour at the Molly Brown House Museum on Friday and Saturday night. Take a special Christmas tour of the museum with special holiday readings, treats and Old St. Nick. A truly wonderful family event. Also at the Molly Brown Museum, Holiday High Tea. For more information visit MollyBrown.org.

In Golden, Colorado it’s the last weekend to witness the Olde Golden Christmas Parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. If you’ve never visited Golden during the holidays, you’re missing out on a great little Christmas town. While there, don’t miss Santa and Mrs. Claus’s last weekend at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Here in Colorado, Santa has replaced his sleigh and reindeer with a locomotive and historic passenger cars all decked out for the holidays. The train departs every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Visit ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org for details.

Aspen Fireworks Photo by Dan Bayer
12 Days of Aspen, New Year's Eve. (Photo courtesy AspenChamber.org. Photographer Dan Bayer)

In the mountains, the 12 Days of Aspen kick off next week on December 20. This event is just one reason Aspen made the HeidiTown’s Top 5 Christmas Towns list. From the 20th through New Years Eve, Aspen celebrates the season with all sorts of cheery activities from concerts to theater, from street entertainment to ice-skating to shopping and dining specials and much more. Visit AspenChamber.org for the entire 12-day lineup.

That’s it for this week… there are lots of events taking place across Colorado this month and if you’d like to share something that’s happening in your neighborhood, there are lots of ways to connect with me.
You can email TheMayor@HeidiTown.com, tweet me on Twitter @HeidiTown
or leave me a comment on the blog or on Facebook at HeidiTown.comOnFB.

Thanks for listening and happy holidays!

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