Along with gifts and good food, the holiday season often brings family members and friends from across the country to one central location — crammed around a dining room table avoiding talk of politics. While quality time with all three of your rarely seen uncles is appreciated, it’s not easy entertaining a house full of guests. Take your relatives to any or all of these local hangouts to clear the house for a few hours and enjoy time together.

Tracy’s Place
Address: 7330 W. 88th Ave., Unit E, Arvada
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, by appointment only Sunday, closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Contact: 720-476-4431,
The scoop: Tracy’s Place offers a “creative twist on a paint and wine studio.” Rather than just wine and painting, Tracy’s Place offers a variety of craft projects, including beaded art, string art, jewelry making and wire wrapping, alongside local craft beer, soda, tea or coffee. Walk-ins are welcome, and group rates are available when you make a reservation. Visit to view upcoming projects. You can even plan a special visit where the whole family works together on one large masterpiece designed for your home.

Wheat Ridge Lanes
Address: 6595 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge
Hours: 2 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight Sunday, closed Monday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Contact: 303-420-2523,
The scoop: This bowling alley, family-owned and operated for more than 50 years, is unlike most others, the locals boast. While your bowling balls hit the pins, the food hits the spot. The vast menu includes classic bowling alley grub, like pizzas, chili cheese fries and burgers, and also offers options such as dinner salads, smothered burritos and steak (on Thursdays). Large groups are welcome, and reservations aren’t necessary — call ahead or just show up. Wheat Ridge Lanes also offers a spacious full-service bar …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle

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