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Tom Leyba
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What is Greeley Unexpected?

Greeley Unexpected highlights the people, the events and more that make the city an interesting place to live, work, play and learn.


Jessica Cooney
Al and Pam Bricker
Becca Ries
Glen Cortese
Ron and Linde Thompson
Tom Leyba
Chloe Young

How Well Do You Know Greeley?

  • We’re getting bigger all the time.

    Greeley's population is now estimated to be over 100,000, but there are still very few traffic jams and rarely a need to wait at the same red light more than once. Getting from one side of town to the other is a piece of cake. There are definitely people in other cities who are jealous. And that's ok.

  • Where to go, what to do, who to see.

    Where do we start? The events just keep multiplying—there’s the list of signature events like the Greeley Stampede, Arts Picnic, Blues Jam, Weld County Fair and Oktobrewfest. But then you can’t forget the High Plains Chautauqua, Neighborhood Nights, University of Northern Colorado and the Union Colony Civic Center season of performances. Top that off with the Greeley Chorale, Greeley Children’s Chorale, Friday Fests, First Fridays and UNC Homecoming week, and a full schedule of events at the Moxi Theater, and the calendar starts getting very full very fast. In fact, the list is so long, we can only mentioning a few in this list.

    You can plan your day, week, month and season around all the great things going on in Greeley.

What's Happening

Upcoming Events

Skate Your Turkey Off at the Greeley Ice Haus

November 28th12:00pm to 05:00pm

Greeley Ice Haus

Skate off that Thanksgiving food at the Greeley Ice Haus. Admission is only $3 and skate Rental is free with a donation of 2 non-perishable food items for Weld County Food Bank. (Skate rental without donation $2.) 

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2014 Festival of Trees

November 28th to December 6th12:00pm to 06:00pm

Union Colony Civic Center

Come join us for the annual Festival of Trees, Nov. 28-Dec. 6, 2014 inside Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center. You'll be able to stroll through splendidly decorated lobbies full of elegantly decorated trees and wreaths. Throughout the festival, patrons can bid on seasonal items including trees, wreaths, Santas, snowmen and year round items like jewelry in the silent auction. At the end of the festival People's Choice, St. Nick’s Pick, and Mrs. C’s Favorite Tree awards are presented as well as the Kid's Choice ribbon. 

There are lots of activities going on including visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, face-painters, children's activities, horse & carriage rides, holiday demonstrations, door prize drawings, and joyous serenading by Christmas choirs and merry musicians. Keep an eye out for Holly & Noel, the talking Christmas Trees! As well as elaborately decorated trees, the celebration also includes special events including Kream of the Krop Swing Band's Jingle Bell Jam, Silver Bells Social, the Teddy Bear Bash, Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out, the Whoville Holiday Seussabration, and the memorable music of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra’s Poinsettia Pops Concert

Admission: $2 Adults & $1 children - 1-12 years and seniors 60 years and older and all proceeds benefit the Union Colony Civic Center and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild. Tickets can be purchased from the Union Colony Civic Center box office. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Weld Food Bank and don't forget your camera!

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Whoville Holiday Seussabration at the 2014 Festival of Trees

November 29th09:00am to 12:00pm

Union Colony Civic Center

***The Greeley Arts Picnic made the announcement that Whoville Seussabration tickets are now SOLD OUT.***
Get your Seuss on at the Whoville Holiday Seussabration, which has become a favorite part of the Festival of trees. Tickets are limited and cost just $5.
You can have your “Who-Do” done at the Whoville Hair Salon, take your picture with the Grinch, go on a Seuss-tastic scavenger hunt, decorate a Grinchilicious cookie, find out your Who name, get your face painted, take a horse and carriage ride (weather permitting), play Grinch games, make a “Grinchy” craft, and more!
Tickets can be purchased from the Union Colony Civic Center ticket office or by calling 970-356-5000. 

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