Gear up for the holidays with Switch on the Holidays, Small Business Saturday, Love the Local spotlights and more!

Downtown Boulder

Nov 4, 2015

News You Can Use

Save the Date: Switch on the Holidays

Sunday, November 22 | 5 pm | 1300 Block of Pearl Street

Mark your calendars for this quintessential Boulder holiday tradition!

A holiday performance by the Boulder Chorale leads up to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall, with a special appearance by Santa himself! Then stick around for FREE visits with Santa until 7 pm.

Switch on the Holidays

Love the Local: Small Business Spotlights

Do you wish you knew the story behind your favorite shop, store, or restaurant? We tracked down the owners and operators of many downtown businesses so that they could share their story with you!

In celebration of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28), learn more about the amazing business owners of Pearl Street and beyond! Check out stories about the people who help make downtown a thriving and vibrant community, and don't forget to shop small this holiday season!

See our website, Facebook, and Twitter daily for highlighted spotlights.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 28 | Pearl Street and Beyond

Small Business Saturday (the day following Black Friday) is dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

Show your support for local businesses by pledging to shop and dine in downtown this holiday season. On the BIG day, enjoy special promotions and/or in store special events at participating businesses.


Dance is for Every Body

November 8 | 1 - 4 PM | Boulder Public Library - Canyon Theater

The annual fall dance showcase at the Boulder Public Library is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the local dance community. In five, 15 minute presentations, individual dancers, dance companies, studios & schools present dances, improvisations, demonstrations and mini-classes. The event is free and all ages are welcome.


Snow Much Fun in Central Park

November 17 - January 3 | Boulder Central Park

Grab a cup of hot cocoa or a gingerbread latte and take a stroll through Central Park. The park will be illuminated with more than 200,000 LED lights from 5 - 11 pm every night.

In addition, special events will take place throughout the season.


Holiday Dining Options

There are lots of great places to eat downtown on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Chow down on tasty selections from some of our favorite local restaurants! Check out our list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving and/or Christmas meals. Contact the individual restaurants for reservation and menu information.


St. Nick on the Bricks

On Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday's Nov. 28 - Dec. 19 | 11AM - 2PM | Visitor Information Center

Kids of all ages come visit with Santa for FREE on Pearl Street. Whether you're asking for a fire engine for Tommy, a new doll for Molly, or a diamond ring for mommy, bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.


Found Downtown

This photo from our Instagram was taken downtown.

Email the location of this photo to with "Found Downtown" in the subject line for a chance to win a $25 Downtown Boulder Gift Card. Winner will be notified by Tuesday, November 17.

Congratulations Donna G, winner of last Found Downtown (Trident Booksellers and Cafe).


new Businesses

MUD Facial Bar

2098 Broadway |
(303) 903-0441

Mud believes the solution to brighter, more youthful skin is through routine skincare. Mud staff is comprised of trained and licensed estheticians, and their simple 5-step process is modified to fit your skin type, leaving you with glowing skin in less than 30 minutes.


The Ghost BBQ + Spirits

2028 14th St |
(303) 998-9350

The Ghost offers Texas Style BBQ with a Boulder Spin. Enjoy smoked BBQ with local and natural meats, offering scratch prepared sides and sauces.

Cured West

2019 10th St |
(720) 389-8096

A sweet, tiny and absolutely beautiful mini-me version of Cured, Cured West is the extension of Boulder's favorite East End cheese shop and gourmet grocery. Nestled on the West End of Pearl, this grab-and-go focused food stop offers everything from an wall of gourmet chocolates to a rotating daily selection of hand-crafted sandwiches.


Fawns Leap Botanical Arts

2019 10th St |
(303) 999-0935

Fawns Leap takes pride in offering a carefully selected and ever-changing variety of seasonal stems and specimen plants to captivate the senses. Celebrate the art of a well-dressed table for family and friends to gather around with beautifully designed vases, planters and home goods created by American craftsmen and artists. Fawns Leap seeks to connect us with our environment and each other.

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Upcoming Events


1 Million Cups
9 - 10 am / Galvanize

Don Miguel Ruiz with "The Toltec Art of Life & Death"
7:30 pm / Boulder Book Store

Paint "Ski Village"
6:30 pm - 9 pm / POSHsplat

Purple Squirrel
8 pm - 11 pm / Laughing Goat Coffeehouse

TacoRita Wednesday!
10 pm until we sell out / Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

Teatime with Susan Wick
3 - 5 pm / Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Warren Miller Wednesdays
8 pm / West End Tavern

Wednesday Mexiburger
4 pm - close / Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace


Bluegrass, BBQ, & Bourbon Thursdays
8 pm - close / West End Tavern

Late Night Happy Hour
9 pm - midnight / West End Tavern

Old Time Bluegrass Jam
7:30 pm / West Flanders Brewing Company

Paint "Let it Snow"
6:30 pm - 9 pm / POSHsplat

Steve Knopper with "MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson"
7:30 pm / Boulder Book Store

Sunset Series w/ DJ Royal Swan and Friends- Free in the Restaurant!
5 pm - 10 pm / Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

Vinyasa Yoga with Liana @ Amana Yoga
6 pm - 7:15 pm / vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda


Friday Lunch and Early Happy Hour
Lunch from 11:30 am - 3 pm, Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm / Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace

Late Night Happy Hour
9 pm - midnight / West End Tavern

Paint "Back Country Ecstasy"
6:30 pm - 9 pm / POSHsplat

Pearl Street Stampede
7 pm / 1300 Block of Pearl

Pig Roast Fridays
5 - 9 pm / Aji

Roy Catlin
9 pm - 11 pm / Laughing Goat Coffeehouse

Opening: Small Works Juried Art Exhibit
6 pm - 8 pm / Vilona Gallery

Opening: SmithKlein Gallery Presents New Works by Impressionistic Oil Painter Lyudmila Agrich
2 pm - 6 pm / SmithKlein Gallery

Tim Smisek Live in Concert with Alex & Sam
7 pm - 10 pm / Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place


Afternoon Tea
3 - 5 pm / Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

Afternoon Tea
2 pm / St Julien Hotel and Spa

Boulder Farmers Market
8 am - 2 pm / Central Park

Opening: Front Range Anglers ORVIS Fly Fishing 101
1 pm - 2 pm / Front Range Anglers

Opening: Front Range Anglers Signature Saturday Series
10 am - 12 pm / Front Range Anglers

Late Night Happy Hour
9 pm - midnight / West End Tavern

LeesaAnn - A Boulder Original
8 pm - 9 pm / Laughing Goat Coffeehouse

Paint "Patchwork Cat"
6:30 pm - 9 pm / POSHsplat

RADIATE Unified Dance Party – Free in the Restaurant!
8:30 pm - 12:30 am / Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place


"The Nutcracker" Storytime Featuring Boulder Ballet
2 pm / Boulder Book Store

All Night Happy Hour
3 pm - close / Aji

Communikey presents Rise and Shine Sunday Brunch – Free in the Restaurant!
10: 30 am - 3:30 pm / Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

Evergreen Grass Band
10 pm - 1 am / Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

Family Day Paint "Balloons"
2 pm - 4 pm / POSHsplat

Live Music
Sundays from 2 - 5 pm, Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm / Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace

Sacred House Sunday Gathers
10 am - 12:30 pm / Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place