The Springs area has many budget-friendly holiday events for the family this weekend. The Pikes Peak Library will actually be offering two free events at several locations. Children will enjoy decorating cookies, listening to a favorite story, creating crafts, and music at Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, December 21st @11 am.
Mrs. Claus will tell stories at the Rockrimmon Library on Dec. 21st @ 2pm. Join storyteller Cathy Kelsay as she brings Mrs. Claus to life to tell your favorite holiday stories. The children will sing holiday songs, and share puppets to celebrate the season.
If your family is the more adventurous type then consider going on a “Nature Hike with Santa”@ Fountain Creek Nature Center, on Dec. 21st , from 10 am -11:30 am. There will be an interactive reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem and snowflake crafts. Afterward, your family can join Santa for a hike around the nature loop to see what gifts nature gives us. The cost is $3 for members, $4 for non-members.
Fountain Creek Nature Center will also offer horse drawn wagon rides @ 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1 pm. Listen to the sounds of Suffolk horses clip-clopping down the regional trail with jingle bells and seasonal songs. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations required.
Electric Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., is open now thru Jan. 1st @ 5:30 -8:30 pm. The zoo’s annual holiday affair with sparkling trees, warming fires, and animated animal sculptures throughout the zoo is a wonderful family event. Santa will also be there from Dec. 23rd-Jan 1st. Tickets are $8.25 for adults; $5.25 for children ages 3-11. Children 2 and under are free.
Santa is at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., on Dec. 21st @ 4:30 pm. Santa will take wish lists from the kids while parents can listen to tunes from the Munchkinland Jazz Trio. Enjoy the dramatic tree lighting during the event. A donation of $5 per person benefits the Fine Arts Center and the El Pomar Empty Stocking Fund.
The family can ice-skate at Skate in the Park, at Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave. thru Jan 5th. The cost is $5-$6 for admission, and $3 for skate rental.