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Dillard’s New Year’s Day Sale

Dillard’s traditionally has a huge sale on New Year’s Day, with everything that’s already reduced 50% off the lowest price!  I have not been able to confirm details for 2018, but it’s a pretty long-standing tradition.  (In previous years they’ve been really tight-lipped if you try to call to confirm ahead of time.)   There are definitely some awesome deals if you are willing to fight the crowds – it tends to be crazy in the shoe department especially.  My mom loves this sale and plans her New Year’s Day around it every year!

I think that the Dillard’s Clearance Center at The Citadel usually does some sort of discount on New Year’s Day as well, but again, I’m not positive of the details for this year.  Just wanted to give you a heads up before I sign off for Christmas break!

Free Crafting Event for Kids in Old Colorado City

Who Gives A Scrap in Old Colorado City will be hosting a free event for kids on Tuesday, December 19th:

Join our Community Outreach Artist Gay Houghtaling for a day of FREE crafting. This is a kid only event. Each child will be helped in creating holiday gifts from donated items. FREE card making and gift wrapping will also be available.

Check out all of the info on this event here.

Free Movies at Focus on the Family Theater

Just a reminder that the movie theater at the Focus on the Family Visitor Center and Bookstore is showing free movies on select Saturdays this December!  Show times are at 10 AM and 12:45 PM on December 16th and 30th; you can see the lineup of dates here.  They’ll also have free popcorn and juice while supplies last.

Free Thursday Breakfasts at Chick-fil-A (Select Locations)

Select Colorado Springs-area Chick-fil-As are giving away more free breakfasts!  On Thursdays during December, you can pick up one free breakfast item per person present from 6:00-10:30 AM.  The promotion varies at each location, so check out their Facebook pages for the information on what freebie is being served and whether a purchase is required:

Hiking Helen Hunt Falls/Silver Cascade Falls

Colorado has so many beautiful winter days that are warm enough for getting outdoors that I’m going to be publishing a few fun hikes that we’ve done recently even though I know hiking is the last thing on most people’s brains in December.  It just feels so good to get outside and be active in God’s creation that I want to encourage you to put on a few layers of clothing and do it!

We recently visited Helen Hunt Falls – which is not a hike at all; you park right at the base – and then took the trail up to Silver Cascade Falls.  Though the water is low at this time of year, it was still an enjoyable, easy hike that got us out in the fresh air and gave us some great views.

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Store Closing Sale at Charming Charlie

I stopped in to Charming Charlie at Shops at Briargate today to look for a belt and found out that the store is closing and everything is 25-40% off right now (as of Saturday, December 2nd).  Most stuff was 25% off; I think it was mostly only clearance items that were 40% off.  I’m speculating here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they marked it down more soon, as they still had quite a lot of stuff and it sounded like they would be closing pretty quickly.

The Broadmoor’s Gingerbread House 2017

Here’s a free Christmas activity that your families might enjoy: visiting the Broadmoor’s gingerbread house!  Every year, their pastry team creates a gigantic gingerbread house on the second floor of the hotel, and it’s free to go and view.  It smells incredible, too, at least right now while it’s still “fresh”.

We had fun looking at the details of the house and guessing what they used to make each piece.  You can watch a video on their Facebook page of the construction process – it’s pretty incredible!

We stopped in at their coffee shop/bakery while we were there, and in case you want to know before you take your family, a hot chocolate is $2.95, apple cider is $2.55, and most of their pastries are $3-$4.

Oh, and if you’re there during the day time, you can also check out the free Penrose Heritage Museum right across from the Broadmoor.

Free Concerts in December at Colorado College

Colorado College has a variety of free events that are open to the public each month, including concerts by both professional and student musicians.  Check out the calendar for the full schedule of events – they have concerts with choral and acapella groups, bluegrass bands, the chamber orchestra, and more!  (If you’re just interested in music events, click on the “Upcoming Events” tab and then filter by the music department.)

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