Cripple Creek and Victor have "The Gift" and want you to help unwrap the weekend-long celebration, complete with parades. One of the delights is the holiday-lighted mine headframes in the hills around the two towns. There are self-guided auto tours or, for a guided tour Friday night, stop at the Aspen Mine Center, 166 E. Bennett Ave, at 5:15 p.m., for a free shuttle ride ending up at the Victor Parade of Lights, an Elf Emporium and a party. Victor's Brian's Park Hockey Rink opens at 2 p.m. Saturday. Cripple Creek's all-day festivities up and down Bennett Avenue on Saturday include a Rudolph's Dash Kids Race at 10 a.m. and a parade at noon. Details: 689-3584, cripple-creek.co.us
The Colorado Springs Conservatory's holiday gift to Teller County is two free performances of "Amahl and the Night Visitors," a one-act opera featuring the conservatory's students, alumni and faculty. Performances are at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday at the Woodland Park Cultural Center, 210 E Midland Ave. In the opera, a disabled shepherd boy and his mother follow three kings looking for a special baby. The kings bring gold for the child, but Amahl has nothing material. Details: 687-5284, coloradosprings conservatory.org
For 40 years, the nondenominational community Soli Deo Gloria Choir holiday concert has been a staple. Come celebrate "Unto Us a Child is Born," sacred choral music and favorite traditional carols, at 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. There's no admission, but as is tradition, the choir asks for donations of nonperishable food to stock the Springs Rescue Mission food pantry. Details: solideo gloriacs.org
You just have to see "The Many Lights of Christmas - Christmas Drive-Through" to believe it - and an estimated 25,000 people from throughout the state will do just that. There are 500,000 Christmas lights, live animals, holiday scenerios, Santa, Christmas carols, Cinderella's carriage, superheroes and even more. It runs 6-9 p.m. Sunday (Friday and Saturday as well) and Dec. 20-23 at Springs First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd. You can also drive through - be patient. It's simply amazing. And it's free.Details: 596-5119
There won't be many raindrops falling on his head when singer/songwriter Burt Bacharach arrives at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., but there might be fluffy, white snowflakes. The entertainer, who has written more than 70 top hits, performs at 8 p.m. Thursday and tickets are $49.50-65. Details: 520-7469, ticketswest.com. Read more about Bacharach on Tuesday in Life.
Compiled by Linda Navarro, email@example.com, 636-0374