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The Weekender // December 21st-23rd

The Weekender // December 21st-23rd

The holidays are in full swing here in Durango! If you’re stumped on what to do this weekend, then this is the article for you! There’s tons going on, you just have to pick your favorite! As the holidays are quickly approaching, many of the events featured to highlight the season. But fear not, if none of these events float your boat, there are 36+ other things going on this weekend!


The Nutcracker - Saturday-Sunday, December 22nd-23

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker

Who doesn’t love a good holiday ballet? Come by the Animas City theatre this weekend for a classic tale to get you into the holiday spirit. Let the musical enchantment of the Sugar Plum Fairy bring you and your friends the joy of the season. Relive the classic and watch the story many of us know and love on the big screen at the Animas City Theatre. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the theatre before the show. The matene show will begin at 1pm, and doors open at 12:30pm. This is spectacular musical is ideal for those who love the holiday season and Ballets involving inanimate objects going on holiday adventures.

The Nutcracker Ballet
Poster from Animas City Theatre

The Polar Express Train Ride - Friday-Sunday, December 21st-23rd

The Polar Express Train Ride

It’s the last weekend before Christmas, meaning the days to board the Polar Express are limited! Take a break from the stresses of shopping, planning, and running around this weekend and join the Durango winter tradition. Just over an hour of travel time, the Polar Express is great for families, and transports you to the North Pole (which is surprisingly close to Durango) with carols, hot cocoa and cookies, and of course, Santa! When you’re done, be sure to walk through the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum. They’ve worked hard to decorate it for the holidays, so don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a local favorite tradition. This event is great for families who love singing carols and singing waiters bringing you hot cocoa.

The Polar Express Durango
Photo from Polar Express Train Ride

Winter Solstice Artisans' Market - Friday-Saturday, December 21st-22nd

Winter Solstice Artisans' Market

Still have some last minute shopping to do? There’s a lot going on in December, we get it. If you’re looking for a one-stop spot for all of your holiday shopping, run, don’t walk to the Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market this weekend. They’re about to close up for the season, so the clock is ticking! With creations from over 40 regional artists invited because of their hard work and passion, you’ll come across gifts you simply won’t find anywhere else. It’s the perfect destination for all of your shopping, for your friends, family, and even yourself! This event is perfect for anyone who definitely didn’t procrastinate their holiday shopping and doesn’t want to spend all weekend hopping from store to store.

Poster from Durango Arts Center


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