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Celebrate Your Winter Holidays in Ouray

Ouray’s WinterFest offers you a holiday season filled with fun events to celebrate the start of winter in Ouray. During this busy time of year let WinterFest and Ouray be your relaxing, friendly and spirit-filled getaway from the stress of the holiday season. Whether you are a local or a visitor, we are here for you with friendly shop owners, unique treasures for your loved ones, great treats, soothing sulfur-free hot springs, soft beds, and unique winter culture and adventure for the whole family!

Keep up with all the WinterFest events on our Facebook Page, the Ouray County Community Calendar and the Alpenglow Arts Alliance Website.

Ongoing:

December 2018

Thursday, December 13: "Free Solo" presented by San Juan Mountain Guides, 6-9 pm, Sherbino Theater (SOLD OUT)

Doors at 6:00 pm, Film at 7:00 pm. $10 for adults, $5 for students (18 and under). "Free Solo," is an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. This film is underwritten with the support of San Juan Mountain Guides.

Friday, December 14: 12th Annual PATT Pasta Bar & Holiday Goodies Sale, 5:30-7pm, Ouray Community Center

Join us for this fun annual tradition and help raise funds for Ouray Schools on Friday, December 14 from 5:30-7:00pm. Local chefs, Holiday Bake Sale, Entertainment from the Ouray High School Stage Band and more! $10.00 for Adults/ $5.00 for Seniors and under 12 / $30.00 for family.

Friday, December 14: Ouray County Players Radio Show: "A Christmas Carol," 7:30-8:30 pm, Wright Opera House

A new hour-long adaptation of the classic Dickens' 1843 novel A Christmas Carol in a live radio show format. Performed in front of the audience complete with music and live sound-effects, this story for all ages is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Presented by the Ouray County players starring Terry Kiser as Scrooge. Advance $10 adults, $5 students. At door $12 adults, $7 students.

Saturday, December 15: Ouray County Chorus "A Bit of Holiday Cheer" Concert, 4:30-6:30 pm, Ouray County 4-H Event Center

This is a free concert featuring soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices of numerous community members from all around Ouray County. The chorus is under the direction of Laurie Wenzel from Montrose, who has directed the group for the past two years and accompanied on piano by Dee James of Ouray. The afternoon event will include music of the holidays, both traditional and contemporary, with choral pieces and some solos to add variety. Come and enjoy the music of the season! No admission but donations requested to support the chorus and community. It should be a great show. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, December 15: Alex Smith - Live at the Sherbino, 7-10 pm, Sherbino Theater

Doors at 6:30 pm, Music at 7:00 pm. $10 entry. Alex is a wonderful poetic writer who captures words full of meaning, matching them with creative music that creeps quietly into the past at the same time as dancing with the present, and sneaking a peek at the future. - Bob Everhart: Country Music News International

Sunday, December 15: Ouray County Players Radio Show: "A Christmas Carol," 7:30-8:30 pm, Wright Opera House

A new hour-long adaptation of the classic Dickens' 1843 novel A Christmas Carol in a live radio show format. Performed in front of the audience complete with music and live sound-effects, this story for all ages is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Presented by the Ouray County players starring Terry Kiser as Scrooge. Advance $10 adults, $5 students. At door $12 adults, $7 students.

Sunday, December 16: Weehawken's Annual Gingerbread House Event, 1-2:45 pm, Ouray Community Center

Buckets of candy, oodles of frosting, sticky fingers, heaps of smiles, and a kajillion sugar-coated photo ops. That just about sums up Weehawken Creative Arts' annual gingerbread house decorating event, offered for over a decade every December to families from all over the region in either Ouray or Ridgway. Families must reserve a house in advance ($15 each) and will arrive to find a fully assembled house that just needs the magic of imagination and decoration. Once families check-in, they peruse surreal tables of candy and goodies that can be added to the structures with oodles of frosting. As a team, families decorate their house and then get to take the house home for enjoyment during the holiday season. Additional donations are gladly accepted and appreciated for this program as it runs well over $1500 to provide the service to participants.

Wednesday, December 19: Wednesday Night Movies at the Wright: "The Greatest Showman," 7 pm, Wright Opera House

Show 7:00pm, doors 6:30pm. $5 Admission. Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Saturday, December 22: Telluride Theatre presents "Dude and Bro Get Real," 8-10 pm, Sherbino Theater

Doors at 7:00 pm, Curtains at 8:00 pm. $15 inadvance or $20 at door. Your favorite (or soon to be favorite) ski bums are back!... and this time they need to Get Real! With vanishing ski bum culture, an ever-changing mountain town and the crunch on housing Dude & Bro fight for the weird, the wild and the gnar.

Sunday, December 23: Telluride Theatre presents "Dude and Bro Get Real," 8-10 pm, Sherbino Theater

Doors at 7:00 pm, Curtains at 8:00 pm. $15 inadvance or $20 at door. Your favorite (or soon to be favorite) ski bums are back!... and this time they need to Get Real! With vanishing ski bum culture, an ever-changing mountain town and the crunch on housing Dude & Bro fight for the weird, the wild and the gnar.

Monday, December 24th, Santa Delivers to Ouray Children, Ouray.

To arrange a personal visit from Santa, call 970-596-1219 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 16th.  We still need Santas and drivers – call if you can help.

Tuesday, December 25th, Christmas Dinners at Ouray Restaurants

Wednesday, December 26: Wednesday Night Movies at the Wright: "I Can Only Imagine," 7 pm, Wright Opera House

Show 7:00pm, doors 6:30pm. $5 Admission. Growing up in Greenville, Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father, Arthur. When Arthur becomes terminally ill, he finds redemption by embracing his faith and rediscovering his love for his son. Years later, Bart's troubled childhood and mended relationship with his dad inspires him to write the hit song "I Can Only Imagine" as singer of the Christian band MercyMe.

Monday, December 31st: New Year’s Eve Celebration and Karaoke, 9pm, Ouray Elks Lodge 492, Ouray Fireworks, midnight, Ouray Main Street

Ouray Elks New Year’s Eve Party., doors open 5:00 pm, karaoke starts 6:30, with finger food and drink specials. Open to the public.

January 2019

Thursday, January 3: Open Bard Poetry with Amy Friedman, 6:30 pm, Sherbino Theater

Doors at 6:00pm. Readings start at 6:30pm. $5 at the door. In January, Amy Friedman of Denver hits the Podium! Amy Strauss Friedman is the author of the poetry collection The Eggshell Skull Rule (Kelsay Books, 2018) and the chapbook Gathered Bones are Known to Wander (Red Bird, 2016). Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Rust + Moth, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Amy teaches English at Arapahoe Community College. 

Saturday, January 5: Kids’ Climbing College, 10am-2pm, Ouray Ice Park Kids’ Wall

The 2019 Kids Climbing College (KCC) will be a free opportunity for kids ages 7-17 to try the exciting sport of ice climbing.  Held annually at the Ouray Ice Park Kids Wall, The KCC is a super fun way for youths to get a taste of this great local winter sport. The Kids' Wall is a specially developed 40 ft high, 140 foot wide slab of ice located on top of the ice park with easy walking access. It features a dozen different routes with various levels of difficulty for all the kids. The KCC is free, ages 7-17, first-come-first-serve. San Juan Mountain Guides will provide harnesses, helmets, boots, crampons, and ice tools.  Participants should bring: an adult to sign paperwork, warm clothes, gloves, winter boots/ski boots and warm hat (ski clothes work well for climbing). Participant’s families should park in the designated Ice Park Parking areas and walk up to the Kids Wall.

Saturday, January 5: The Human Element, 7 pm, Sherbino Theater

Doors at 6:30 pm, Film at 7:00 pm. Entry by Donation. We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life in turn. In this riveting and visually rich drama, blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air supply. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element highlights Americans who are on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Tuesday, January 8: Monthly Welcome Home Alliance Veteran's Coffee, 10am-noon, Sherbino Theater

Veterans only, please.  Free. Every Branch. Every Era. Every Ability.  Offering coffee, donuts and camaraderie.  Mike Trickey and April Heard will be there bringing information to you on topics such as:  Navigating the VA, Housing, Jobs, Volunteer Opportunities, community resources, VA benefits, recreation and mental health.  For more information or to offer support (products or monetary), call 970-765-2210 or visit https://www.whafv.org/ 

Thursday, January 10: The Yawpers, 8-11 pm, Sherbino Theater

The Yawpers craft tunes that are engrossed in creative context. Some might recall edges of the mid-1900s Delta blues, but only if those lived-in riffs were played by the MC5, broadcast through booming stadium speakers and drenched with pounds of fuzzy distortion and full-throttled punk rock energy.

Saturday, January 12, Sound of Music Sing-A-Long, 7 pm, Wright Opera House

Enjoy a free viewing of this classic film and join us in a community sing-a-long!

Saturday & Sunday, January 12 – 13: San Juan Skijoring, 11am-4pm, Ouray County Fairgrounds

When you love the sport of skijoring and want nothing more than to see it grow, what do you do to help?  You build a new race with a goal of making it one of the best races ever!  Not only that, but you will have the chance to help a small community bring people in during a seasonal down turn.  The founders of San Juan Skijoring didn’t design this from scratch.  Many miles where traveled throughout Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, South Dakota, Colorado and New Mexico over the years leading up to putting on a phenomenal race. With big goals in mind for competitors and spectators alike, many conversations took place on course layout, time of year, venue and safety.  Thanks to Ouray County Fairgrounds we were blessed with an amazing venue and association.  January 2017 we made history in Ouray County with the San Juan Skijoring debut.  Yes, we could have called it Ridgway Skijoring but we love Ouray as well and the snow falls here because of the San Juan Mountains.  2019 will be a new year with an upgraded course to keep skiers and snowboards on there toes.  We will look to improve every year and we truly believe that this is just the beginning for Skijoring.

Thursday, January 17, Sherb Talk: Empowerment Through Skateboarding with Shane Carrick, 7 pm, Sherbino Theater

Doors at 6:00 pm, Talk at 7:00 pm. Entry by Donation (suggested $10). From Iraq to Ethiopia, Shane's talk will highlight his work done around the world in the international skateboard charity sector. He will share the stories of youth from across the globe that have been empowered by skateboarding and he will speak about the idea of skateboarding serving as a bridge that connects people from vastly different cultures and world-views.

Friday, January 18: Meadow Mountain, 7:30 pm, Sherbino Theater

Doors at 7:00 pm, Music at 7:30 pm. $12 in advance or $15 at door. Winners of the 2017 Rockygrass Band Competition, Meadow Mountain, comprised of Summers Baker (guitar), Jack Dunlevie (mandolin), Ian Parker (violin/ viola), George Guthrie (banjo), and Wilson Luallen (bass) are a band in the true sense of the word: a whole larger than the sum of its parts. Their music plays to each members’ individual strengths, and the finished product is a style of music rooted in traditional, hard-driving bluegrass.

Saturday, January 19: Ouray PARC WinterFest Games, noon-4pm, Rotary Park Ice Rink (no-snow alternate – Fellin Park)

Enjoy fun games on the ice at Ouray's Rotary Park. The PARC games will include free ice skate rentals at the pool, broomball, a fire, food, music and special games. All ages are encouraged to attend and enjoy some beyond-average ice rink activities.

Wednesday, January 23: Matchstick Productions' "ALL IN" presented by Peak Mountain Guides, 7-9 pm, Sherbino Theater

Doors at 6:00, Film at 7:00. $10 for adults, $5 for students (18 and under). "All In," Matchstick Productions 2018 epic ski film delivers a first of its kind experience. This concept is spearheaded by a talented group of hard-charging women who wanted to disrupt the male-dominated ski film formula. Skiing isn’t exclusionary, true fun in the mountains can be shared equally by everyone. This isn’t your typical “Women can shred too” film, this is a kick-ass ski film that just happens to feature as many women as men. This film is presented by local sponsor Peak Mountain Guides.

January 24-27: Ouray Ice Festival, Ouray Ice Park & Ouray Community Center

The Ouray Ice Festival held each January is an annual gathering of the tribe and the main fundraiser for the Ouray Ice Park. For three days and four nights Ouray is an absolute ice climbing mecca; ice climbers, both novice and pro travel from around the world to celebrate the growing sport of ice climbing. During daily vendor exhibitions Festival attendees have the opportunity to demo the latest ice tools, apparel, and gear from the Outdoor industries leading retailers. Hundreds of spectators line the top of the Gorge on Saturday and Sunday to watch the world’s best ice and mixed climbing talent battle for the prize! And, with over 100 interactive and educational climbing clinics to accommodate every skill level, Festival participants are sure to have an experience to remember. Nightly events include multimedia presentations by leading climbers, music, food, dance parties and a live and silent auction overflowing with screaming deals of the latest outdoor gear! We are tirelessly planning for the 2019 Ouray Ice Festival, and this year may prove to be the best Festival ever! A schedule of clinics was released by San Juan Mountain Guides, the Official Concessionaire of the Ouray Ice Park. Click the link to check out 2019 Ice Fest Clinics: https://mtnguide.net/trips/ouray-ice-climbing/ouray-ice-festival-clinics/.

 

A huge holiday thank you to the following businesses for their support of the 2018-19 WinterFest season!

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