Here's a helpful Holiday guide of fun events in the Boulder County area, put together by the Daily Camera:
Holiday Festival 2016: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; and 4 p.m. Dec. 4, Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder. Seasonal music and holiday decorations, $20-$65; cupresents.org.
Holiday Alternative Gift Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3, Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Holiday gift market with fair trade items from around the world, with profits going back to the artisan, free, email@example.com, 303-499-9119.
Lights of December Parade: 6 p.m. Dec. 3, downtown Boulder. Annual parade, including an appearance by Santa, free; boulderdowntown.com.
A John Waters Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Filmmaker and raconteur John Waters's one-man show, "putting the X in X-mas," $35-$115; bouldertheater.com.
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company Presents: Every Christmas Story Ever Told: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 (with other shows through Dec. 13), The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Three actors perform holiday classics, mixed with Christmas traditions from around the world, pop culture, caroling and more, $20-$35; thedairy.org.
Holiday Dinner at BookCliff Vineyards: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 9, BookCliff Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, 1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder. Five-course holiday dinner and wine pairing, $80; firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-449-9463.
Boulder Chorale Holiday Concert: A Thousand Beautiful Things: 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 4 p.m. Dec. 11, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder. Boulder Chorale and Boulder Chorale Children's Chorale sing seasonal songs, $5-$25; email@example.com.
Making Merry by Stories on Stage: 2-4:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Chautauqua Community House, 301 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder. Traditional music, with various holiday-themed stories on stage, $15-$25, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boulder Phil: A Wicked Good Christmas: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder. Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and various musicians feature songs from "Wicked" and other Broadway shows, Christmas classics, carols and more, $13-$70; boulderphil.org.
Boulder Holiday Gift Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 11, YMCA of Boulder Valley, Mapleton Center, 2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder. Eleventh-annual shopping festival with art, goods, fashion, free music and more, free to enter; email@example.com, 720-272-7467.
Children's Christmas Village: Make Your Own Gifts: 1-4 p.m. Dec. 17, Silver Sage Village, 1650 Yellow Pine Ave., Boulder. Make different crafts, $45, children 6-14; firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-383-4406.
Biff Gore: Holiday Soul: 2-4:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Chautauqua Community House, 301 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder. Holiday concert by soul-singing blue and R&B songwriter, $15-$18; email@example.com.
Winter Fair and Holiday Bazaar: 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Elks Lodge, 3975 28th St., with unique, quality hand crafts and gifts for all ages from more than 40 vendors, children's activities, and food and beverages available.
Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Alternative Holiday Gift Fair: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 3, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 4, The University Parish, 898 14th St., featuring nonprofit and fair trade organizations such as Trading Hope and the Ladies Sewing Circle, with refreshments, free; 303-819-8175.
The Nutcracker Ballet: 4 p.m. Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Vance Brand Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave. Performed with Longmont Symphony Orchestra and The Boulder Ballet, with Robert Olson conducting; longmontsymphony.org.
Light-a-Candle to Support Your Library: 10 a.m. Nov. 28 (and additional dates through Dec. 2), 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. The 32nd-annual holiday event where you can buy a book to add to the library collection; longmontcolorado.gov.
Longmont Gift of Home Tour: 5 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 3, Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. The longest-running Christmas home tour in the state, featuring four homes, decorated for the holidays with decorating ideas and items for sale; VIP on Dec. 1 for $35, or general admission Dec. 2 and 3 for $15; longmontcolorado.gov.
Scrooge: Bah Humbug!: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10; and 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. "A Christmas Carol" with music, dancing, jokes and a full meal, $12.50-$20; jesterstheatre.com.
Cowboy Christmas Concert: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 3, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. Live music, refreshments, Christmas crafts, food, country dancing and more, $5-10, kids under 5 free, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-864-6460.
Longmont Lights: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 9, Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. Fire pits, hot cocoa, holiday parade, Santa's workshop, food trucks, ice skating show, fireworks and more, free; longmontcolorado.gov.
U.S. Air Force Academy Band Holiday Concert: 7 p.m., Saturday Dec. 10th, Vance Brand Audtiorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont; 303-776-2244.
Ugly Sweaters & Barrel Aged Beer: 6-10 p.m. Dec. 16, Parry's Pizza, 1232 S. Hover Road, Longmont. The ugliest sweaters earn beer; free if you're in an ugly sweater, email@example.com, 303-651-1010.
Harps for the Holidays: 1 p.m. Dec. 17, Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Holiday harp music by the Colorado Celtic Harp Society; free.
Second Annual Longmont Museum Holiday Festival: 3 p.m. reception, 4 p.m. concert, and 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. concert on Dec. 17, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Holiday celebration with classic music, decorations, Jewish musical traditions, hot chocolate and cookies, Santa, historic winter photo exhibit and more, $10-$15; longmontmuseum.org.
Last Chance Gift Fest: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 18, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. Holiday shopping with art, crafts, toys, food and more than 140 Colorado vendors. Also live music and a kids' train; free admission, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Story Time and Pancake Breakfast: 9-11 a.m. Dec. 22, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Breakfast and stories with Santa, $10-$15, email@example.com.
Parade of Lights and First Friday Art Walk: 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown Louisville. Music, living nativity, petting zoo, Santa, parade at 7 p.m., art walk, choirs, carolers, ice skating and more, free; louisvillechamber.com.
Erie Chamber of Commerce Annual Country Christmas and Parade of Lights: 5-8 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown Erie. Hear Christmas carols, a living nativity scene, a free hay wagon ride, free s'mores over fire pits, shopping, Santa's Workshop, food, arts and crafts, free; eriechamber.org.
Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Erie United Methodist Church, 604 Holbrook St., Erie. Holiday shopping, more than 20 vendors, free, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-828-3906.
Chamber Holiday Open House: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 7, Erie Chamber, 235 Wells St., Erie. Networking, refreshments and more; free.
December Holiday Networking Mixer 2016: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 13, Arts Hub/Art Underground, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette. Food, drinks, networking, door prizes and raffles (bring a new, unwrapped children's toy, a family game or donation to enter), free before Dec. 9, $5-$10 at the door; artunder.org, lafayettecolorado.com.
Senior Center Holiday Reception: 5 p.m. Dec. 13, Senior Services Center, 103 S. Iowa Ave., Lafayette. Holiday meal and get-together with Senior Advisory Board, $5; lafayettecolorado.com.
Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5., followed by live music and entertainment around 7:15 p.m., Sandstone Park, 350 Broadway, Lyons. Parade, fireworks, float contest. See a light display in the park synchronized to music 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6-25, free; 303-823-8250, email@example.com.
WINC Holiday Craft Fayre: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Left Hand Grange, 195 Second Ave., Niwot. Santa, cider, handmade crafts and gifts, including British baked goods; free, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nutcracker: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 16; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 17; and 1 p.m. Dec. 18, Niwot High School Auditorium, 8989 Niwot Road, Niwot. Centennial State Ballet features 16th-annual "Nutcracker" performance, $17-$22, centennialstateballet.org.