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December 2012 Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado


Enjoy a Picture Perfect Holiday in The San Juan Mountains!

box canyon lodge winter in ourayWhen one imagines the perfect cover on a Christmas card, they don't have to look much further than any window in Ouray, Colorado in the winter!
After a storm, the clouds open up to a crystal clear sky; the sun beaming down on trees laden with snow. Sledding and skiing are within walking distance from anywhere in town, and a sense of Holiday Cheer permeates this Winter Wonderland.

Join us in Southwest Colorado for a taste of small town winter cheer this December!

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 9th Annual Art Show and Sale

Start Time: 10:00 am End Time: 4:00 pm
Art Show & Gift Sale. 9th annual. Dec. 1, 10-4 pm. Ridgway Town Hall. Local Artists. Demonstrations, refreshments. Details, Information, 970-626-3982.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Gingerbread Houses - Ouray Time: 10:00 am End Time: 12:00 pm 
Enjoy the holiday tradition of Gingerbread House decorating with Weehawken and our partner, Voyager. Each registered family will receive a gingerbread house to decorate as they wish from a wide variety of candies, frosting and more. A $10/family donation is appreciated but not required to participate.
Contact: Weehawken Arts
Phone: 970-318-0150

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Canyon Notes: A Library Benefit Featuring The Poetry of Beth Paulson

Beth.PaulsonStart Time: 5:00 pm End Time: 6:30 pm 
Join Beth Paulson for readings from her newly published poetry book Canyon Notes.Wine and light appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to or call 325-4616.
Contact: Maureen O'Driscoll
Phone: 970-325-4616

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Movie at The Wright - "Magic Mike" Girls' Night Out followed by auction to help send Heidi Duce to the Special Olympics

Start Time: 7:00 pm End Time: 10:30 pm
A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money until he must decide between the life he knows and the girl he loves. Ladies, gather your friends and enjoy an evening of fun for a great cause! The movie will be followed by a LIVE bachelor auction. All proceeds will benefit local extreme athlete Heidi Duce to support her training for the 2014 Paralympics. Movie Price is $7.00 per person
Phone: 970-316-0028

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Music at the Sherbino: The Milemarkers

mile.markersStart Time: 7:00 pm End Time: 12:00 am 
The Milemarkers deliver high-quality Americana rock! Their skillfully crafted original songs have received praise from music promoters and musicians across the country.
Contact: Brian Scranton
Phone: 970-201-8570


Sunday, December 2, 2012 - Gingerbread Houses- Ridgway

gingerbread.houseStart Time: 1:00 pm End Time: 3:00 pm
Enjoy the holiday tradition of Gingerbread House decorating with Weehawken and our partner, Voyager. Each registered family will receive a gingerbread house to decorate as they wish from a wide variety of candies, frosting and more. A $10/family donation is appreciated but not required to participate.
Contact: Weehawken Arts
Phone: 970-318-0150

Sunday, December 2, 2012 - Ouray County Chorus Christmas Concert

music noteStart Time: 7:00 pm 
Enjoy an evening of music and cheer at the Ouray County 4-H Center in Ridgway, Colorado. Holiday music to tap your toes to and sing along!
Contact: Loretta Casler
Phone: 970-901-4204

Friday, December 7, through Sunday, December 9, 2012 - Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Weekend

elks.santa.5Start Time: 9:00 am End Time: 10:00 pm 
Ouray welcomes the holiday season with a long weekend of special events, shopping and winter cheer with Yule Fest Town will be aglow in decorated windows, twinkling lights and Santa’s chuckles. The weekend features holiday music various venues, a wine, chocolate and cheese celebration that supports local nonprofits, visits with Santa for the kids and the pets and great shopping opportunities at local small businesses, many of which feature holiday specials and events.
Contact: Ouray Chamber Resort Association
Phone: 9703254746

Friday, December 7, 2012 - Movies at the Wright/Step Up To The Plate Time: 7:30 pm End Time: 9:30 pm
Acclaimed French chef Michel Bras passes the torch (in this case his namesake restaurant) to his son Sébastien in this intimate documentary.
Phone: 970-316-0028

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - Wright Opera House --- Santa Paws, pets' pictures with Santa Claus, benefit for Second Chance Humane Society

Start Time: 1:30 pm End Time: 3:30 pm 
Bring your four legged friends to the Wright Opera House in Ouray this Yule Fest Weekend! Meet Santa, and donate to a great cause!
Phone: 970-316-0028

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - Yule Night visit with Santa/Chili supper

santa and reindeerStart Time: 5:00 pm 
Children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5:00 PM, followed by chili supper beginning at 5:15. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Chili supper includes chili, cornbread, salad, dessert, beverage for $8/adults, $5 ages 5 - 12. Hot dogs and chips available if kids don't want chili.
Ouray Elks Lodge
421 Main St.
Ouray CO 81427
Contact: Jim Pettengill
Phone: 970-626-4239

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 4th Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest

wine and chocolate.2011Start Time: 7:00 pm End Time: 10:00 pm
Join us for an evening of treats and delightful tastings of wine, chocolate, cheese and more! And an opportunity to buy the things you try! Dress in your best impression of Winter Wonderland and enter to win the most festively dressed. Vendors will be coming as far as Fort Collins! Music provided by Alternate Route. This event a benefits a different local non-profit each year. Deck the halls in Ouray on Dec. 8th 7 pm- 10 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 a the door.
Contact: Faith Parry
Phone: 970-325-4913

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - Tony Rosario Band

tony rosarioStart Time: 7:00 pm End Time: 11:00 pm
The Sherbino Theatre in Ridgway is excited to present the talented musical stylings of Tony Rosario! Head on out to Ridgway for a night of Music and dancing.
Contact: Brian Scranton
Phone: 970-201-8570

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - LIVE MUSIC-North Fork Flyers

north fork flyersStart Time: 9:00 pm End Time: 12:00 am 
O'Briens Pub is starting the season out right with one of the most popular musical groups in Southwest Colorado performing live thei Yule Fest weekend!
O'Brien's Pub & Grill
726 Main
Ouray CO 81427 USA

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - Dolce Voce -- Holiday Voices

christmas tree box canyonStart Time: 2:00 pm End Time: 4:00 pm
Montrose based a capella choral group will entertain and delight us with a great assortment of holiday music from all ages. This will be a highlight of our season in Ouray County! Adults $10, Students $5
Contact: Sue Hillhouse
Phone: 970-626-2970

Friday, December 14, 2012 - Movie at the Wright "The Flat"

Start Time: 7:30 pm End Time: 9:30 pm
When Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother died at 98, he was charged with cleaning out her Tel Aviv apartment, where he made a shocking discovery. The filmmaker plays detective as he sorts through decades of the Holocaust survivor's letters and photos.
Phone: 970-316-0028

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Target Opening Day of Ouray Ice Park - Weather Permitting

The Ouray Ice Park (the Park) is a manmade ice climbing venue operated in a spectacular natural gorge just outside the town of Ouray, CO. It is home to more than 200 named ice and mixed climbs, most within a 15-minute walk of the Park entrance. Whether you are a seasoned climber, or new to the sport, the Ouray Ice Park is the premiere place to climb!

Phone: 970.325.4288

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Christmas in the Park - Ridgway

Start Time: 11:00 am End Time: 3:00 pm 
Come visit Santa from noon til 2:00 pm with complimentary photo and gift bag. Kids crafts, face painting, holiday treats and Christmas Caroling.
Contact: Susan Leverenz
Phone: 970-369-5406

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Movies at The Wright Opera House/Ballet in Cinema: The Bolshoi Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

nutcrackerStart Time: 2:00 pm 
Discover one of childhood's most celebrated tales in this beloved holiday ballet, brought to life by acclaimed dancers Vladimir Vasiliev, Yekaterina Maximova, Vyacheslav Gordeyev and Nadia Pavlova (with music by Peter Tchaikovsky). Watch Herr Drosselmeyer unwrap his magical gifts for Clara and Fritz, as well as the dance confections that emerge in Clara's dreams.
Phone: 970-316-0028

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - The Sherbino Theater Presents: JOINT POINT!!!

sherbinoStart Time: 7:00 pm End Time: 12:00 am 
Joint Point is quickly becoming a coveted commodity for the hungry Colorado music scene. Catch the Point at the Sherbino!
Contact: Brian Scranton
Phone: 970-201-8570

Friday, December 21, 2012 - Santa Delivers Stocking Stuffer Potluck

santa listStart Time: 6:00 pm 
Help stuff stockings for Santa Delivers (on Christmas Eve). Bring a dish to share. Everyone welcome. A Ouray tradition!
Contact: Jim Pettengill
Phone: 970-626-4239

Friday, December 21, 2012 - Suzanne Paris plays till the end at Trail Town Still

Start Time: 9:00 pm
Susanne Paris will play her awesome blues as we come to the "End of the World As We
Know It Party" on Dec 21st from 9pm-12am. Time to buy a new Mayan calendar (It seems I only just got the last one).
Trail Town Still is located at 240 Palomino Trail (behind the Conoco) in Ridgway and makes fine spirits from local ingredients. Yes, we have gift baskets!
Contact: Joe Alaimo
Phone: (970)626-3060

Monday, December 24, 2012- CHRISTMAS EVE

santa eveSanta and his elves are on the move!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012- CHRISTMAS DAY

christmas morningEnjoy Christmas at The Box Canyon! Wake to the serene beauty of a small Colorado Town, Share the spirit as you enjoy a cup of coffee in the soothing mineral hot springs, then enjoy a scenic drive before a decadent dinner at one of our fine dining establishments!

Saturday, December 29, 2012 - Concert - The Intervention Jazz Band

interventionband buyStart Time: 7:30 pm
Jazz Concert in the Wrighteous Jazz Series sponsored by Friends of the Wright Opera House and Ouray County Performing Arts Guild.
Phone: 970-316-0028

Monday, December 31, 2012 - NEW YEARS EVE

fireworks in ouray coCelebrate New Years Eve in one of the most beautiful places in the country! Join your fellow revellers at one of the parties or dinners in the county, then "Ooh" and "Ahh" to the spectacular fireworks display at midnight in Ouray! Definately an experience not to be missed.

Local shops in Ouray and Ridgway offer a variety of original gift ideas for everyone! Wander the streets of these little villages and enjoy a different perspective on holiday shopping. Here are not the bulging aisles and frenzied crowds of a department store, angry florescent lights flickering overhead. Let the crisp mountain air usher you up and down Main Street, with the friendly smiles of shopkeepers as they assist you and your fellow guests in a leisurely quest for the perfect gift. 


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Ouray Lodge Welcomes Yule Fest Revelers with Great Savings!


Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest Completes Yule Weekend in Ouray!

wine and chocolate.2011.3The Ouray Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Weekend greets the Holiday Season with open arms and activities sure to entertain everyone. From Friday, December 7, 2012 through Sunday, December 9, 2012, the town is bursting with sidewalk sales, Santa on parade, festive music in several venues and the Fourth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, just to mention a few exciting opportunities to enjoy the Holiday Cheer and small town charm Ouray is famous for.

Every year, Ouray locals and visitors welcome the season with a Parade of Lights, filling this tiny mountain town with the bright festivity of the Holidays. Santa will arrive with the parade, and children and pets will all have the opportunity to visit with him at the Ouray Elks Lodge and the Wright Opera House. Sidewalk sales and all around good cheer are the order of the day.

wine and chocolate.2011Perhaps the most popular event for adults at Yule Fest will be the Fourth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, which will be held at the Ouray Community Center on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, sample a variety of decadent treats, all presented by local vendors. Southwest Colorado wineries are steadily gaining recognition in the wine industry. With the inclusion of local chocolatiers and dairies from across the state, one would think Nirvana had been found. This year, in the tradition of showcasing the many marvelous things Colorado, the event will also be showcasing local distilleries and arts and crafts. It's like one stop shopping mixed in with an evening of live music and fabulous oral delights!

alternate.routeThis year, the theme Home for the Holidays will be complimented by the musical stylings of Bluegrass Band 'Alternate Route', a dynamic acoustic band that brings fresh new sounds to traditional music, with an edgy mix of bluegrass, newgrass, classic country and more. Once again, door prizes will be awarded for the most festively dressed, and the evening should prove to be the best yet of this hugely popular event.

After the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest, the evening continues at O'Briens Pub, with The North Fork Flyers, Western Colorado’s premier jazz/pop quintet performing from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Mr and mrs claus in ourayOn Sunday, December 9, 2012 what better way to celebrate the season than an afternoon enjoying Dolce Voce, a Montrose based a capella choral group as they entertain and delight with a great assortment of holiday music from all ages.

This year, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is excited to offer a special package to our Yule Fest Guests. Come on up to Ouray on Friday, and begin your weekend with a soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs. After an evening enjoying the serene beauty of the San Jeans, head on back to the Lodge and wind down with one or a few movies from our video library.

box canyon lodge winter in ouraySaturday morning, stay in town soaking and relaxing, or take a scenic drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in the state before the festivities of the night. As the sun sets, after the parade of lights and a visit with Santa, put on your Holiday best, and enjoy an evening at the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest. Sample pallet pleasing delights from local vendors such as Stony Mesa Winery, Pleasant View Vineyards, Four Leaves Winery, Joyce Withrow with Rosemaling, Gubbini Winery, Mountain View Winery, Trail Town Still, Mouse's Chocolates, Ouray Candy Company, Drost's Chocolates, Jumpin Good Goat Dairy, Dayspring Farm, Garrett Estate Cellars and MouCo Cheese. Peruse the variety of original gift ideas from your favorite Bordeaux, to a one of a kind piece of art displayed by local merchants!

Once the evening festivities have come to a close, your room at the Box Canyon is waiting to envelope you in a warm, cozy night sleep. Before heading home on Sunday, be sure to enjoy a cup of Exotic Earth Coffee as you take one last soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs!

Box Canyon Lodge Yule Fest Weekend Special is $209.95 plus tax, and includes two nights lodging in one of our beautiful guest rooms and two tickets to the Wine Chocolate & Cheese Fest on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Call and book your getaway today!


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Ouray Hotel Serves Up the Best Choices this Thanksgiving!


Celebrate Thanksgiving with us in Southwest Colorado!

thanksgiving turkeyNovember in the San Juans is the perfect time to visit. After all of the rushing about in the Summer and fall months, things have begun to mellow. Some of the restaurants and shops have closed for the season, and winter has begun to show signs of moving in for a few months. It is not yet cold enough for Ice Climbing, but perfect for soaking in the soothing mineral hot springs on a crisp clear evening.

With the holidays looming, this is a perfect time to get away and prepare for the many activities in the weeks to come, and of course, there are some fabulous specials being offered at The Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs!

Escape the norm this Thanksgiving! Stay in Ouray, and let us take care of all the details!


Outlaw Restaurant

outlaw logoOpen from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, serving a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham and primerib with all the traditional trimmings you might expect. Celebrate the holiday in this charming atmosphere surrounded by friends and family and music.

Let the folks at the Outlaw provide you with Thanksgiving dinner in a fun and exciting atmosphere. The oldest restaurant in Ouray, the Outlaw has a distinct feel to it. John Wayne memorabilia decorates almost every surface, and the player piano at the entrance fills the room with an Old West mood of fun and festivity. You will feel as if you have been transported back to simpler times as you enjoy all of the dishes you have come to anticipate on Thanksgiving.

Dinner will be served from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Price is $24.00 per adult, $12.00 per child 12 and under


Cimarron Cafe

Thanksgiving Menu  cimarronLocated just nine miles north of Ouray, the Cimarron Cafe, which only opened its doors a few short months ago, has already established itself as a spectacular dining experience. Whether you choose to enjoy your meal in the bar area, with several giant televisions broadcasting a variety of sporting events, or relax in the dining room, with expert servers anticipating your every need.

After eating your fill of the decadent delights on this buffet, a scenic drive back to Ouray and our soothing mineral hot springs is ideal!

This year, General Manager and Head Chef, Roy Perkins will be hosting a Thanksgiving Buffet, featuring all of the traditional dishes! There will be only two seatings for this event, at 1:00pm and at 4:00 pm, so it is important to make your reservations as soon as possible.

Price is $25.00 per adult ad $12.50 for children ages 12 and under. Price includes one non-alcoholic beverage.

Stay at the Box Canyon and recieve a voucher for a complimentary glass of champagne or house wine with your dinner.


Every year, we get up early on Thanksgiving to start the turkey and prepare for a day full of cooking and football. Wouldn't it be nice to have all the fun with none of the work? Celebrate with that special someone, or bring the whole family. We've got you covered! There won't be any dishes to wash, and the table is already set. If you run out of rolls, not to worry! Someone else is standing by, ready to replenish your plate!

Give us a call, and we will make all of the arrangements for you! All you have to do is enjoy.

Once you have enjoyed a fabulous meal, head on back to the Box Canyon, and enjoy some football, or a movie from our extensive video library. Let us take all the pressure off so that you can enjoy the holiday the way it was meant to be. 

Between the fabulous food and the majestic beauty of the San Juans, this will be a Thanksgiving to remember.

See You Soon!


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