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Wednesday

Christmas

In Australia, a Christmas lunch is traditional; in England, Christmas is all about TV show specials; in Poland, the day is spent at mass and recovering from a night of feasting. But what are people really planning to do on Christmas Day here in the U.S.? Well ...

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Thursday

comedy

So you've always wanted to try improv, but you're afraid you'll end up somewhere between Michael Scott and clamming up. Fear not, because tonight's Improv Free-For-All is all about playing nice. "There is no leader, there is no income, there is no team. There is improv," reads the literature for the Colorado Springs Players, the group hosting the affair. Sound friendly enough? Then be at the community room at Fire Station #8 (3737 Airport Road, tiny.cc/a0nc8w) at 6:30. "Your holiday gut will thank you." — Edie Adelstein

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Friday

sports

In my time on this earth, I've spent many more hours awkwardly running and repeatedly falling across ice in my shoes — playing broomball, the greatest sport known to man — than I have laced into skates, attempting to glide gracefully. But that's me, which says nothing of you, who may want to take part in this year's Holiday Skate at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com). The big sheet's open from 2 to 7 ($3 admission, $2 skate rentals), just like it was yesterday. But today also brings an Empty Stocking Fundraiser ($5 admission) from 11 to 2. Don't fall — just don't. Everyone will laugh at you. — Matthew Schniper

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Saturday

kids & family

Your Christmas season's been missing something. You only notice it in the quiet of the room, or when a friend says goodbye, or when it snows, but the question is always there: Where are the donkeys? Suffer no more, friends, for the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org) is bringing you its Holiday Festival and Winter Break with the Burros. Today includes a visit from children's writer Lyn Bezek, author of Daisy, the Cripple Creek Donkey, as well as chances to mine chocolate chips from cookies, play with LEGOs and, of course, boogie with the burros. Admission is $4 to $8. — Bryce Crawford

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Sunday

music

You're probably already familiar with the soothing music of best-selling solo pianist Jim Brickman, who has a melody for just about every monumental occasion. But maybe you didn't know that once upon a time, this award-winning artist was busy writing commercial jingles for McDonald's, Pontiac and Kellogg's. For the 17th year in a row, Brickman, along with special guest performers, brings you and the family The Magic of Christmas, a night of holiday favorites (albeit a little belated) at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35. — Anna Palmer

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Monday

music

Should old acquaintance be forgot this time of year, no one's told that to Rhymesayers emcee Brother Ali and Colorado Springs hip-hop duo the ReMINDers. Last fall, the two acts toured the country together as part of Ali's Mourning in America Tour, whose highlights included two sell-out shows at Minneapolis' First Avenue, the legendary venue celebrated in Prince's film Purple Rain. Now they're reuniting for a pair of year-end shows tonight and tomorrow at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder, foxtheatre.com). What better way to ring in the new year than with two of the most positive and socially conscious acts in hip-hop? Tickets are $25 tonight and $40 on New Year's Eve; both shows are all-ages ($2 extra for under-21 tickets) and kick off at 9. — Bill Forman

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Tuesday

kids & family

This ain't exactly Ibiza, so you'd figure someone in Colorado Springs would be thinking about New Year's Eve from a child's perspective. Turns out there are a few someones, with the Pikes Peak Children's Museum crew. Their annual Noon Year's Eve party runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and offers ball and balloon drops, among other wholesome attractions. Since there's no actual Children's Museum yet (see here), the event will unfold at the Olympic Training Center (1750 E. Boulder St.), where families of up to five can get in for $13 in advance (at pikespeakchildrensmuseum.org) or $15 at the door. Each additional partygoer will cost you $2, or $3 at the door. — Kirk Woundy

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