Things to do in Colorado Springs this weekend | 10th Mountain Division WWII talk at Manitou Library 

Things to do in Colorado Springs this Weekend | November 30th, 2018 - December 2nd, 2018

Are you bored of the same old boring stuff? Check out these exciting things to do in Colorado Springs this weekend

There is only one city that is ranked as the Most Desirable Place to Live according to US News (Colorado Springs is #1) and Best Places to Live (Colorado Springs is ranked #2) this year combined with the best city park in the nation (Garden of the Gods) and an array of incredible open spaces and plenty of things to do such as events that occur on a yearly basis (see our Guide to Annual Events for more information), additionally there are nearly endless wild and open spaces within close vicinity to Colorado Springs, not mention plenty of museums and other fun attractions. Colorado Springs has nearly endless fun things to do, assuming you love doing things in the outdoors, either way, you will surely be impressed by the many options Colorado Springs has to offer.

Top things to do in Colorado Springs this weekend (November 30th, 2018 - December 2nd, 2018): 


1. Colorado's Ski Troops

When: Saturday, December 1st, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

Cost: Free

Where: Manitou Springs Heritage Center

Why:  This is a super rare opportunity to hear Colorado's role in the 10th Mountain division and World War II. Retired Marine Col. Tom Duhs will be giving a special presentation complete with slides and pictures, a lot of which, have never been released before. Duhs will tell stories about the specific individuals recruited to fight in the high altitude rugged terrain in Italy. Cowboys, high alpine skiers, rodeo competitors and all cowboys and cowgirls were recruited during this time. Our armed forces needed men and women who could endure harsh conditions and knew how to work hard and handle horses with experience camping in extreme conditions and outdoor winter survival. Additionally, recruits needed to be able to ski. Skiers played an important role and Dugs will give you the opportunity to hear the stories of these war heroes. This is really a special opportunity to see how these soldiers battled the harsh conditions of high alpine terrain during winter months. We will see you there!


2.Festival of Lights Family Fun Day

When: Saturday, December 1st, 2018 10 AM - 2 PM 2018

Cost: Free

Where: Pioneers Museum

Why: This day is filled with great things to take your family to and the best part is that it is free! From The Taylor Elementary Choir, a Magic Show, Quartet, Children's Chorale, orchestra, recorder ensemble to letters to Santa, face painting, El Paso County Nature Centers teaching about local wildlife and even free cookies and hot cocoa to start off the parade! This day filled with fun (and free!) things to do is sure to fill your day with joy, laughter and a whole lot of holiday cheer. We will see you there!


3. NORAD Tracks Santa

When: Saturday, December 1st, 2018 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Where: Space Foundation and Discovery Center

Why: The Space Foundation Discovery Center is always putting on awesome events that are focused on educating both parents and kids about how incredible outer space is. The Center is always partnering with great organizations and has an incredible museum for you to visit. This event will allow participants to learn about all the cool technology that is used to track Santa.


4. Festival of Lights Parade

When: Saturday, December 1st, 2018 5:50 PM

Cost: Free

Where: Downtown Colorado Springs

Why: 34th Annual Festival of lights will be sure to light up Downtown, Colorado Springs with holiday cheer. From the incredible light displays Downtown, to the array of holiday floats, bands playing music and traditional holiday joy complete with costumes and of course the presence of the one and only Santa Clause. The Parade will start off on Tejon St. and will begin at St. Vrain St and go all the way north to Vermijo Avenue. It will start promptly at 5:50 PM and you can park anywhere Downtown without a hooded meter marking the parade area. 


5. Star Gazers Theatre

When: Doors open at 7:00 PM and the Show starts at 8:00 PM

Cost: $25 day of show plus ticketing fee

Where: Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts

Why: This will be a rare occasion having two of the most accomplished and acclaimed blues artists in modern time come together for one incredible show at the unique Star Gazers Theatre. Tommy Castro and Mike Zito have been noted for many different awards and recognition. This show will feature songs that are Tommy and Mike's personal favorite and will combine thier unique individual flavor of blues. This will surely be a night not to miss for music enthusiasts here in Colorado Springs

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