Keep the Family Happy Over the Holidays

"Don't set the dang tree on fire, Beatrice!" "Will you get off my back, Gertrude? You need to chill with some Happy Hour Yoga at Ska Brewing."
“Don’t set the dang tree on fire, Beatrice!” “Will you get off my back, Gertrude? You need to chill with some Happy Hour Yoga at Ska Brewing.”

Christmas is nearly upon us, and we say “upon us” because it really does seem to pounce, doesn’t it? Sheesh.

And Christmas isn’t the only big shebang that’s only a couple weeks away; Fort Lewis College graduation for the fall semester is also just around the corner. That means plenty of family will be in town, and that means they’ll be looking for things to do in Durango.

We all know about the Durango train’s Polar Express, which will be running nearly daily through Jan. 3, and there are plenty of holiday concerts and performances, including Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Coat and the Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee.

But that still leaves lots of unfilled family time. Gulp. Here’s a brief guide of lesser-known ways to keep the fam-damily entertained from before commencement until after Christmas.

Things to Do in Durango With the Family

Dec. 18: Souper Thursdays feature homemade soup and, on this particular Thursday, live music from the Pete Giuliani Band at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St. in Durango.

Dec. 18: Free Feng Shui class. Jedidah DeRuyter  will lead “Feng Shui: Create a Sacred Space Even Santa Could Sink Into” from 12-1 p.m. in the Sun Room (#110) at Inhabit in the Riverside Professional Building, 1970 E 3rd Ave., Durango. Call 970-382-2727 or visit for more information.

Dec. 20: The Fort Lewis College commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Whalen Gymnasium on campus in Durango.

Dec. 21: Get your Irish on during Celtic Christmas, 6-10 p.m. at the Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave. in Durango. Partake in Celtic holiday traditions and enjoy live music with Patrick Crossing.

Dec. 22: Find your bliss then find your beer during Happy Hour Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Ska Brewing. For $10, you get one hour of yoga chased with one pint of beer. BYOM (bring your own mat)!

Dec. 24: Take a walk along the Animas River Trail from 9-10:30 a.m. to enjoy nature and do a bit of birdwatching. Meet at Rotary Park in Durango to join other avian enthusiasts.

Dec. 27: Get your tickets for Comedy Night at the Henry Strater Theatre at the Strater Hotel featuring comedians Chris Simpson and Frank Schuchat. All shows are 18 and over. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8.

While all your family is in town, don’t feel an ounce of guilt sending them over to stay with us at the Durango Quality Inn. We’ll take good care of ’em, and we won’t get offended if they criticize our decorating choices or ask us when we’re going to give them little Quality Inns. Book their rooms with us today!

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