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Around Town: Ballet performances, magical train rides & Christmas fun

Posted at 11:13 AM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 13:18:03-05

SOUTHERN COLORADO — The holidays are here and if you are looking to attend some fun events this weekend we've got you covered! The News5 team has come up with a list of events that you should check out in Southern Colorado.

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad Santa Express
What: Experience the train that takes you to meet Santa Claus at the magical North Pole in the Royal Gorge! While waiting to board the train you can get your holiday shopping done in a retail store, complete with unique gifts for the holiday season. As the Santa Express train travels to the North Pole, sing along to a mix of new and old Christmas music playing, while enjoying delicious, locally sourced entrees available on every Santa Express class of service. When the Santa Express Train reaches the North Pole, Santa and his special Elves board the train to pass out a special holiday bell to each ticketed child as he makes his way through the train.
When: Until December 30
Time: There are up to four daily departures: 9:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The 9:15 a.m. is a breakfast with Santa event.
Where: Royal Gorge Route Railroad in Canon City
Cost: Value Pricing:
Monday- Thursday, Nov. 14th – Dec. 12th
All days Dec. 26th- Dec. 31st.
$49 Adult / $39 Child (ages 1-12) – Coach Class (Comfortable seats with expansive windows that showcase pristine views throughout one of Colorado’s grandest canyons).
$59 Adult / $49 Child (ages 1-12) – Club Class (Comfortable table style seating in one of our historic Club cars. Featuring unique warm woods and large picture windows that showcases the beautiful canyon during our majestic winter season.)
$69 Adult /$59 Child (ages 1-12) – Vista Dome – (offering the most spectacular views of the breathtaking Royal Gorge and the mighty Arkansas River. Vista Dome offers comfortable booth-styled seats for a relaxing trip through this meandering canyon)

Peak Pricing:
Fri., Sat., and Sun. during Nov. 15th- Dec. 8th

All days Dec. 13th- Dec. 20th.
$54 Adult / $44 Child (ages 1-12) – Coach Class
$64 Adult /$54 Child (ages 1-12) – Club Class
$74 Adult /$64 Child (ages 1-12) – Vista Dome

Premium Pricing:
December 21st- 24th

$59 Adult / $54 Child (ages 1-12) – Coach Class
$69 Adult /$64 Child (ages 1-12) – Club Class
$79 Adult /$74 Child (ages 1-12) – Vista Dome

For more information, click here.

ElectriCritters at the Pueblo Zoo
What: Enjoy over 250,000 lights and 150 unique lit sculptures throughout the Pueblo Zoo! Event features:

  • 150 magical creations with 250,000 dancing lights
  • Santa nights with free photos
  • Hot Chocolate and treats at the Candy Cane Cafe
  • Opening Night Gingerbread House Contest and Tree Lighting
  • Holiday shopping at Pueblo Zoo’s Gift Shop

When: November 29-30, December 1, 5-8, 12-23, 26-29
Where: Pueblo Zoo
Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Adult member: $6
Child member: $4
Adult non-member: $8
Child non-member: $6
Children under 3 are free!

For more information, click here.

The Nutcracker Ballet Performances
What: Add a little dash of magic to the holiday season with an incredible adventure into a wonderful world of delights. The Oklahoma City Ballet is back for Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker as all your favorite characters come to life over Thanksgiving weekend.
When: Friday, November 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, November 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Pikes Peak Center-190 S. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs

For more information, click here.

Manitou Springs Tree Lightning Ceremony
What: It's the annual Manitou Springs tree lighting at the town clock ceremony. You can enjoy cookies, cider with Santa at the town clock. There will also be carolers from neighborhood churches.
When: Novembers 29
Where: Wheeler Town Clock in Manitou Springs
Time: 5 p.m until 7 p.m.
For more information, click here.

Old Colorado City Christmas Stroll
What: Walk the holiday streets of days gone by following Small Business Saturday with the best Victorian Christmas Celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m Enjoy holiday cheer and treats at many of the shops. Santa's Workshop will be open for business until 8 p.m. for the Stroll and every weekend until Christmas. Don't forget, there will be entertainment strolling the streets too!
When: Saturday, November 30
Where: Old Colorado City
Time: 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.