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What's happening this weekend in Colorado Springs: Chocolate festival, vintage shopping and holiday lights

December 6, 2017 Updated: December 7, 2017 at 11:57 am
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photo - Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will be open nightly from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Dec. 9-23; and 25-Jan. 1.
Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will be open nightly from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Dec. 9-23; and 25-Jan. 1. 

Here's a look at some of our favorite events happening this weekend around Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

THURSDAY

Bet your bottom dollar, it's opening night for "Annie" and her rescue dog, Sandy, through Jan. 7, Fine Arts Center, various days and times "Tomorrow, Tomorrow," check csfineartscenter.org.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

Wild and silly, musical fun and comedy, it's the annual adult "Babette's FA LA LA" cabaret featuring Judeth Shay Comstock, Hannah Rockey, Tatiana Nikitenko, Elizabeth Fluharty, Dave Hale, Jim Jackson, Heather Carnahan. 7:30 p.m., through Dec. 23. Tickets $18-25 at themat.org, fa la la, 1626 S. Tejon St.

FRIDAY

They'll "Deck the Hall" at the 31st annual Colorado Springs Chorale holiday concert extravaganza. Carols and classics, the Grinch and "The Wind in the Willows." It's all set before a backdrop of illustrations by famed artist/illustrator Michael Hague. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 to $50 at pikespeakcenter.com or Pikes Peak Center Box Office, 190 S. Cascade Ave. cschorale.org.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

They'll hit with a "Blizzard" of sound for the Out Loud Colorado Springs Men's Chorus holiday performances, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., $20, outloudcsmc.com

 

Opening weekend for "A Christmas Chaos" at Fountain Community Theater and "A Christmas Carol" will never be the same. When a professional company doesn't show up for a holiday show, community amateurs do their best to fill in. Mayhem! Tickets $8-10, 326 W. Alabama Ave. in Fountain, fountaintheater.org

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Shoppers have been ready for weeks. The upscale Vintage Market Days "Flannel & Frost" opens at 10 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday. Norris-Penrose Indoor Arena, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $5-10, vintagemarketdays.com

One gift transforms a family's lives in the holiday musical "The Heart of Christmas" at Charis Bible College in Woodland Park. $25, $15 for kids 12 and under, charisbiblecollege.org

A holiday Electric Safari of lighted animal displays all through acres of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, this weekend through Jan. 1.

These devastatingly dark angels won Tony Kushner a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize in the 1990s and now "Angels in America" as community theater comes to Marmalade at Smokebrush, performed by Theatre d'Art, 219 W. Colorado Ave., admission a suggested $15 donation. facebook.com/events/1962654513982829/

SATURDAY

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. That says it all. The Holiday Chocolate Festival promises more than 100,000 samples when it opens at 11 a.m. in Altered Reality Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. Kids activities and chocolate martinis for the big folks. $5, free for kids ages 4 and under, taste tickets $10 for 12 samples. holidaychocolatefestival.com

Tour decorated homes in the historic Old North End during the annual home tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It's a benefit for TwoCor, a nonprofit helping at-risk young people. $30 at the first tour home, 1823 N. Cascade Ave. CSHolidayHomeTour.com, $25 in advance.

SUNDAY

A musical holiday tradition, the First Presbyterian Church Christmas Joy! holiday concert at 2 and 4:30 p.m.. The 150-voice First Pres choir, guest artist Alvy Powell, orchestra, 17-piece Big Band, the Pikes Peak Ringers, Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and a Celtic group. Pikes Peak Center $15-25 at pikespeakcenter.com or 520-7469.

Bill Murray comes to Denver in quite a different performance, with cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez in "Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds" tied to his debut album "New Worlds." It's a combo literary event and concert with him reading excerpts from great authors. Tickets $45-125, axs.com

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