Cherokee Castle gets festive for holidays

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Cherokee Castle is a feast for the eyes at any time of year, but holiday decorations on the giant hearth and elsewhere add a festive air that is above and beyond.

In addition to scheduled programs, there are castle tours and holiday teas — advance reservations are a must for events at this historic treasure: 303-688-4600.

A sampler of programs, which include a buffet dinner, castle tour, performance, dessert and coffee with performers:

• Dec. 1 — Christmas Jazz with the Lynn Baker Quintet — Lamont School of Music jazz educator, performer, composer, saxophonist Lynn Baker, who will include Dexter Gordon's version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and more. $100.

• Dec. 6 — Holiday Dinner with Charles Dickens. David Skipper talks about and reads from his Christmas classic and other Dickens works and engages guests in parlor games. $60.

• Dec. 7 — Jazz pianist Henry Butler will perform seasonal music — sacred and secular — in his own special style. $110.

• Dec. 8 — “White Christmas-A Holiday Musical Review” with the Colorado Caroling Company. Includes music from the classic American film by Irving Berlin and other favorites. $105.

• Dec. 13 — Jake Schroeder (Opie Gone Bad) and Hazel Miller join other Colorado music veterans for a holiday evening in the Great Hall — a special benefit for Cherokee Castle and Ranch. $125.

• Dec. 14 — “'Twas the Brass Before Christmas” with the Denver Brass 5 playing trademark arrangements and traditional carols. $105.

• Dec. 21 — Rachel Lampa sings holiday tunes. The Christian inspired vocalist and recording artist entertains. $90.

• Dec. 22 — “Columbo and the Case of the Christmas Killer” takes the favorite detective to Miss Kitty's Christmas Jamboree where he gets the audience to two-stepping and line dancing as they help him solve a murder. $70.

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