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The Denver Post - - LIFE&CULTURE - by Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez

WIN­TER WON­DER­LAND

Ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of the hol­i­day sea­son in Cherry Creek North on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with its first Win­ter Fest on Fill­more. The free fam­ily-friendly cel­e­bra­tion trans­forms the plaza (be­tween First and Sec­ond av­enues on Fill­more Street) into a win­ter won­der­land with live ice sculpt­ing, car­ol­ers, elves, fire pits, give­aways and more, as well as com­pli­men­tary hot bev­er­ages and treats. In ad­di­tion, bar­gain hun­ters will ap­pre­ci­ate that the shop­ping dis­trict’s art galleries, boutiques, res­tau­rants, spas and sa­lons will of­fer spe­cial dis­counts and pro­mo­tions for the day. cher­rycree­knorth.com

REIN­DEER GAMES

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in these rein­deer games. Santa is all over the place this time of year, but, when his rein­deer make an ap­pear­ance, it’s ex­tra spe­cial. They’re fly­ing into Mur­doch’s Home & Ranch Sup­ply this week­end and next. On Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., see them for free in West­min­ster (9150 Wadsworth Pkwy.) and from 3 to 6 p.m. in Long­mont (2255 N. Main St.). Then, on Dec. 11, they share their magic in Gree­ley (310 Eighth St.) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and in Fort Mor­gan (1207 W. Platte Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m. Next week­end, they make two ap­pear­ances on Dec. 17. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., they will be in Lit­tle­ton (12154 N. Du­mont Way) and fly over to Parker (9853 S. Parker Rd.) from 3 to 6 p.m. Don’t for­get your smart­phone for a few mem­o­rable pic­tures. mur­dochs.com

SANTA PAWS

Meow-y Christ­mas! Even Santa Claus knows, if furry fam­ily mem­bers are naughty or nice. And, be­cause they’re fam­ily, pet par­ents have to in­clude them in all of the hol­i­day tra­di­tions, in­clud­ing sit­ting on Santa’s lap. Four-legged friends can get a com­pli­men­tary photo with the big jolly guy at PetS­mart on Dec. 10 and 11 from noon to 4 p.m. each day. They can even share their wish list full of treats and toys. pets­mart.com

SHIP­PING AND RE­CEIV­ING

You’ve heard about Black Fri­day and Cy­ber Mon­day. Now comes Free Ship­ping Day on Dec. 16 — a cy­ber-event mark­ing the last pos­si­ble 24-hour pe­riod when re­tail­ers can guar­an­tee on-time de­liv­ery by Christ­mas Eve, Dec. 24. This year, nearly 900 on­line re­tail­ers are of­fer­ing free ship­ping deals, in­clud­ing Toms, Lucy, Ca­bela’s, Chico’s, Tory Burch, UGG, eBags, JCPen­ney, Tar­get and more. Min­i­mum pur­chase re­quire­ments and other re­stric­tions will vary by store. Of­fers will be re­vealed on the web­site at 10:01 p.m. MST on Dec. 15. Be pre­pared to shop un­til you, or your com­puter, drop. free­ship­ping­day.com

VA­CA­TION PLANS

No need to pack any lug­gage for this fun va­ca­tion. En­joy a free out­door screen­ing of the hol­i­day film clas­sic “Na­tional Lam­poon’s Christ­mas Va­ca­tion” as part of DIA’s Film on the Fly se­ries in its open-air plaza. The hol­i­day party starts at 4 p.m. on Dec. 16 with an Ugly Hol­i­day Sweater con­test. (Stop by a thrift store for some real win­ners.) The film be­gins at 6 p.m., so bun­dle up for lots of laugh-out-loud mo­ments on the big screen. Lim­ited seat­ing will be pro­vided. How­ever, bring your own chair or cush­ion to en­sure a com­fort­able seat. Con­sider car­pool­ing or us­ing pub­lic trans­porta­tion to save on park­ing fees. fly­den­ver.com/events

GOOD FOR­TUNE

Panda Ex­press wants cus­tomers to skip the line by or­der­ing on­line. Through Jan. 2, 2017, place an on­line or­der of $5 (or more) and save $3 with promo code FAST. (The code can only be used once per ac­count.) If your fam­ily is din­ing, have each per­son place their own or­der for max­i­mum sav­ings — given the min­i­mum pur­chase is just $5. A two-en­trée and side plate costs $6.90 at most lo­ca­tions. With the dis­count, pay a lit­tle more than $4 (with tax) for lunch or din­ner. Even though on­line or­ders are usu­ally in­tended for pickup, grab your or­der, take a seat in the restau­rant and en­joy your meal — just to take ad­van­tage of the on­line dis­count. pan­da­ex­press.com

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