Merry Christmas ... now what?

Merry Christmas! Now what?

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season typically culminates with the opening of presents Christmas morning, and if young children are involved or even those young at heart, that excitement can be over as early as 10 a.m., if not sooner.

So what about the rest of the day?

Good news. Here are some suggestions for those looking for fun on Christmas Day ATPAO (after the presents are opened.)

Hit the slopes

Both Powderhorn Mountain Resort on Grand Mesa and Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs are a short car ride away for those looking to enjoy a snowy, sloped winter wonderland.

Powderhorn offers discounted rates for people wanting to ski or ride for a couple hours, or special rates for those sticking exclusively to beginner slopes.

Go to for information.

Sunlight offers free skiing for children 5 and younger and those 80 or older.

Information can be found at

If skiing or boarding is not your snow style, there are opportunities for sledding, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on Grand Mesa.


Who loves a parade?

Tune into the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at 8 a.m. on ABC. Not only will Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse appear, there will be music performances by Lady Antebellum, Backstreet Boys, Colbie Caillat, Brad Paisley, Ross Lynch, TobyMac, Phillip Phillips and Yolanda Adams, according to


Hit the trails

Put on the new hat, gloves or scarf you may have gotten for Christmas and visit an area trail for fresh air while working off that sixth piece of peanut butter fudge.

Don’t forget your camera. The trails may be pretty empty, and winter days can offer superb photo opportunities.

Assuming conditions are dry, the day might be a good chance to test out the mountain bike or road bike, as well.

Although Colorado National Monument’s Visitor Center won’t be open Christmas Day, the monument will be open for public use.


Silver Bells? Try Silver Screen

One of the most anticipated movies of the year, “Les Miserables,” will be released Christmas Day, but it’s far from the only movie in theaters. All three of Grand Junction’s major theaters: Avalon Theatre, Carmike Cinemas & and Regal Cinemas 14 will be open on Christmas.

Being that Christmas falls on a Tuesday, Avalon Theatre will offer its Dinner and a Movie promotion with a twist. Instead of bringing in a dinner receipt for two free tickets to the show, people can bring two cans or boxes of non-perishable food for the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies and receive two free tickets. Otherwise, admission is $5 per person.

The Christmas movie at the Avalon will be “Wizard of Oz.”

Basketball, anyone?

The NFL gets Thanksgiving, and the NBA gets Christmas.

A couple big games have been scheduled this year on ABC that even a casual basketball fan may enjoy: the New York Knicks will play the L.A. Lakers at 1 p.m.; then the Oklahoma City Thunder will face the Miami Heat in a re-match of the recent NBA Finals.

The Nuggets play at the L.A. Clippers at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.



People write “Thank You” cards for wedding and baby shower presents, but what about Christmas presents?

Consider thanking those who gave you presents this year. Even Santa would probably like a “Thank You” card. I’m sure Mom or Dad or Grandma or Grandpa would be happy to make sure Santa gets that card.

Game on

Pull out the jigsaw puzzles, board games or a deck of cards. These are great ways to socialize with the entire family away from TVs, computers or smart phones.


Play time

Pull out those new presents and play.

Did you get a new gadget? Read the owner’s manual and experiment.

Did you get a new remote-controlled car? Get it going.

Did you get a baby doll? Awww.

Did you get a box of chocolates? Open that baby up and nibble away.


Look at lights

Take a drive Christmas evening once the sun goes down and find homes with exterior holiday light displays.

There’s no telling how long people will leave the lights up, so take the time to drive around the area looking for your favorite displays.


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