The Mix: Top entertainment picks for Denver/Aurora, Dec. 17-23

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Santa at Stanley 2 to 4 p.m., Dec. 19, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. Free. Santa will arrive at 2 p.m.

Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace is starting to feel like the hotspot that cried wolf. But, like, in all the best ways. The city’s forthcoming culinary and retail hub has been saying for months that the space will be completely shut down from December through the early spring while hard hat wearers begin serious, ground-shaking construction. Well, um, it’s now mid-December and the Stanley crew is still hosting shindigs and regularly enticing people to come check out the former aviation manufacturing facility in northwest Aurora. We’re not complaining. The big man is the latest tenant slated to temporarily move into Stanley on Dec. 19, complete with music, treats and a story told by his hubby, one Mrs. Claus. There will also be unspecified prizes given to winners of an obligatory ugly sweater contest. Fingers crossed for “The Force Awakens Tickets.” Seriously, if for no other reason, talk what could be the last chance (ensue eye rolling) to check out this historic building before it’s turned into what could be one of the more bustling spots in the metro area next spring.

Funny Girl 2Funny Girl 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 & 19, or 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20, The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Tickets are $24 in advance or $28 at the door. Call 303-856-7830 or visit vintagetheatre.org for more information.

There are a lot of funny women striding through the pop culture slip stream these days. Schumer, Fey, Poehler, McCarthy — the list goes on. But Fanny Brice was the originator. Born in the Lower East Side in 1891, Brice was a pioneering female entertainer who wowed in roles on stage, film and radio for several decades. “Funny Girl,” a biographical Broadway musical penned in 1964, walks through Brice’s life of stardom and is coming to the Vintage Theatre stage for the next six weeks. The show is directed by Robert Michael Sanders and runs through Jan. 17.

Ice skating at Skyline Park  10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The rink closes at 8 p.m.  on Sundays. Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, corner of 16th and Arapahoe. Free, but skate rentals are $2.

No, you don’t have to be Brian Boitano to lace up the skates (If you are Brian Boitano, we loved you in “Carmen on Ice”). This is your best bet for releasing some of that pent-up skating energy if you’re in Downtown Denver and you’ve been waiting all year to unleash your blading best.

Zoo Lights 5:30 to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 3 at the Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver. $9 per child, $13 per adult.

Of all the strange things an animal at the Denver Zoo will see in a year — gawking humans carrying strange, rectangular shaped boxes being the most familiar — it must be even more bewildering for the creatures that catch a glimpse of the illuminated walkways, trees and the like as the 70-acre campus of the zoo gets the holiday treatment.

Celebrate the Mysteries of the Season with Downtown Aurora Visual Arts 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, 1405 Florence St. Entry is free. Call 303-367-5886 or visit [email protected] for more information. The gallery will be closed Dec. 24 & 25.

It’s that time of year again, folks. That terrific, horrible, singular month of the year when the Targets, WalMarts and Ikea’s of the this spinning rock are inundated by heat-seeking shoppers on an unstoppable quest for the quintessential holiday gift. Elbows are sharpened, ribs are bumped, and sometimes, on special, moon-filled evenings, things come to blows over a tiny video camera. Well, according to the Internet, that is. But it needn’t be that way, kind consumers. The city’s reigning hub of youth creativity Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is offering up a chance to avoid the tinsel-coated rat race this year, and you’d have to be denser than a walnut-cracker to skip out on this one. On display through DAVA’s annual holiday exhibit is set to feature succulent pots, soap dishes, paintings, prints all handmade by the organization’s many local students. There will also be works by local artists Naomi Scheck, Meredith Nemirov, Uriel Pelaez and Jill Davis, as well as candles sculpted by Farrago Candles. So, please, don’t jingle yourself all the way to holiday retail hell this year. Buy local, support an Aurora institution (all proceeds go to year round DAVA programming) and avoid the GoPro grapples. And if you don’t, just be sure to upload your skirmish to YouTube so we can all get a good, eggnog-filled belly laugh at your sad expense. The exhibit is free and open through Jan. 22.

A Weekend of Star Wars 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Boettcher Concert Hall, 1400 Curtis St., Denver; $39 to $99

Apparently, there a some less-than-diehard “Star Wars” fans who won’t be spending the entire Christmas weekend watching “The Force Awakens” for the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th times since opening night. For them, they can take a break from a steady diet of buttery popcorn and free refills from the multiplex soda jerk and enjoy the sounds of Dagobah and beyond, as performed by the Colorado Symphony.