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Psst… 36 Things to do in Denver this December 2017

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36 THINGS TO DO IN DENVER THIS DECEMBER 2017

#1 DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET
Denver Christkindl Market | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Christkindl Market

When: December 1 – 23, 2017

Where: Skyline Park, 16th St Mall, Denver CO 80202

Time: Sunday – Thursday 11am – 7pm; Friday & Saturday 11am – 9pm; Closes at 4pm on Thanksgiving Day

Cost: Free

Denver Christkindl Market transforms Skyline Park into a magical “old world” European Christmas village, with wooden vendor huts, twinkling lights, festival music, and an authentic German Bier Hall.

Patrons will be transported to an authentic holiday market like the ones found in German public squares, to shop from thirty featured gift and craft artisans, bakers and chefs, many of whom have come to Denver from around the world.

#2 FRIDAY NIGHT BAZAAR: HOLIDAY EDITION
DenverBazaar | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©DenverBazaar

When: December 1 & 8, 2017

Where: 1717 E 39th Ave, Denver, CO 80205

Time: 4pm –10pm

Cost: Free – $30

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Friday Night Bazaar, Produced by TheBigWonderful, is the only holiday market in Denver this season that offers the Colorado Bottle Shop and Tasting Room — which allows attendees to purchase, and sample, cases and bottles of local Colorado wine, cider and spirits on site.

The Bazaar will feature a different band each Friday, with the lineup including: Royal Street Ramblers & Brothers of Brass. Additionally, a selection of the best local Food trucks will be onsite for attendees to enjoy while shopping the best of Colorado’s craft vendors.

#3 DENVER HOLIDAY FLEA
Denver Flea | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Adam Larkey. Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Flea

When: December 1 – 3, 2017

Where: The Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Time: Friday 6pm – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm & Sunday 10am – 5pm

Cost: $5 – $35; Free for Children 12 & Under

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The Denver Flea is hosting its annual Holiday Flea event this December. The weekend at Holiday Flea means full access to the vendors, drinks, tunes, and more.

Finish up holiday shopping with nearly 200 local makers showcasing their wares, grab a a craft beer or cocktail with an old friend, stoke up your holiday cheer, explore the iconic former Sports Castle, or enjoy a bit of all of the above.

#4 COLORADO BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER
"Artists of Colorado Ballet" by Terry Shapiro

“Artists of Colorado Ballet” Photo Credit: ©Terry Shapiro. Photograph courtesy of ©Colorado Ballet

When: December 1 – 24, 2017

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204

Time: Varies

Cost: $30 – $120

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Colorado Ballet‘s 57th annual production of The Nutcracker returns to Denver this holiday season.

The Nutcracker will feature more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers, 65 Academy dancers, scenery by José Varona and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

#5 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A Christmas Carol

James Michael Reilly and Augie Reichert. Photo Credit: Adams Visual Communications. Photograph courtesy of ©DCPA Press

When: December 1  – 24, 2017

Where: Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 1:30pm; 6:30pm; 7:30pm *Date dependent

Cost: Starting at $35

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A Christmas Carol, presented by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, is a  joyous and opulent musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel.

The story traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

#6 SANTA’S VILLAGE AT DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS AT CHATFIELD FARMS
Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms | The Denver Ear

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms – Photo (C) Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin

When: December 1 – 24, 2017

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128

Time: 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $15 – $20; Free for Children 2 & Under

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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms is hosting Santa’s Village this holiday season. Meet Mrs. Claus, Santa and his reindeer while walking through colorful holiday lights that illuminate the night. Chatfield Farms will be transformed into a magical village. Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s cinema and find unique holiday gifts in his workshop.

#7 DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS’ BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT
Denver Botanic Gardens | The Denver Ear

Blossoms of Light (TM) at York Street. Photo (C) Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin

When: December 1 – 31, 2017

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Cost: $15 – $20; Free for Children 2 & Under

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Denver Botanic Gardens presents the Blossoms of Light, an annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition.

This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms the York Street location’s Gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland, and includes an interactive light display, featuring a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights, Holiday treats, warm drinks, and a souvenir mug.

#8 A HUDSON CHRISTMAS
Hudson Gardens Event Center | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Hudson Gardens Event Center

When: December 1 – 3, 8 – 10 & 15 – 31, 2017

Where: Hudson Gardens Event Center, 6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120

Time: 5pm – 8pm

Cost: $6 – $9

A Hudson Christmas is a premier holiday light show with thousands of twinkling lights in majestic trees, visits with Santa and memories for the whole family. Stroll along a festively decorated outdoor walking path as you sip hot chocolate and experience dazzling displays of color and sound. In addition, Nixon’s Coffee House will be open and selling a variety of hot beverages and snacks to enjoy.

#9 DENVER ZOO LIGHTS
Denver Zoo Lights | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit ©Denver Zoo

When: December 1 – 31, 2017

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St, Denver, CO 80205

Time: 5:30pm – 9pm

Cost: $9 – $17

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Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo‘s campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected.

#10 9NEWS PARADE OF LIGHTS
9News Parade of Lights | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©9News Parade of Lights

When: December 1 – 2, 2017

Where: Starting at W Colfax Ave & Bannock St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: Friday 8pm & Saturday 6pm

Cost: Free; $16 – $25 Grandstand Tickets

Purchase Grandstand Tickets Online

The 9NEWS Parade of Lights continues to be the signature event in Downtown Denver during the holidays. You won’t want to miss the sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, dazzling floats and delightful characters as they take the streets of Downtown.

Spectator viewing for the Parade is free all along the two-mile route and grandstand tickets are available in front of the City & County Building.

#11 CAROLERS ON LARIMER SQUARE
Larimer Square | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Larimer Square

When: Saturdays, December 2 – 24, 2017

Where: Larimer Square, 1450 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: Varies

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Cost: Free

Carolers will be singing the holiday classics on Larimer Square this December! What better way to spend your shopping afternoon than to be sung to by some of the best carolers in Denver.

#12 93.3’S NOT SO SILENT NIGHT
93.3 Not So Silent Night | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©1STBANK Center

When: December 2, 2017

Where: 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln, Broomfield, CO 80021

Time: 5:30pm

Cost: Re-Sell Tickets from $90

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93.3’s Not So Silent Night will feature live music by Imagine Dragons, Dashboard Confessional, Banners, Saints of Valory, and Redlands.

#13 1940S WHITE CHRISTMAS BALL
1940s Ball | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©1940’s Ball

When: December 2, 2017

Where: Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver Convention Center, 650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 5pm – 1am

Cost: General Admission $67

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The 1940’s White Christmas Ball will transport back in time this holiday season for an unforgettably magical 40’s and 50’s holiday party. Mix, mingle and dance among vintage vehicles, movie set lights and props, re-enactors, sleighs, Christmas trees, and a canopy of glistening lights. Enjoy live music, costumes, reenactments of classic holiday films, sleigh rides, food, drinks, and dancing!

Psst… This event raises money for The Colorado 10th Mountain Division and The Commemorative Airforce!

#14 PEPPA PIG LIVE!: PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE!
Peppa Pig Live!

Photograph courtesy of ©Peppa Pig Live!

When: December 3, 2017

Where: Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 2pm

Cost: $15 – $49.50

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Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her all new theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Surprise! The brand new production features Peppa, George, and all their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises.

#15 GREEN RUSSELL’S REPEAL DAY PARTY
Green Russell | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Green Russell

When: December 5, 2017

Where: Green Russell, 1422 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 5pm – 11:45pm

Cost: Free

Exercise your right to drink freely at Green Russell‘s Repeal Day Party. Dress well, the best prohibition era costume will win a $50 Green Russell gift card.

#16 THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE™
The Price is Right Live | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©The Price Is Right Live™

When: December 6, 2017

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Re-Sell Tickets from $69

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The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win.  Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television’s longest running and most popular game show. From Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™  to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase.

#17 DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS: FOLLOW YOUR HEART
Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart

Photo Credit: ©Disney On Ice

When: December 7 – 10, 2017

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: Thursday 7pm, Friday 11am & 7pm, Saturday 11am, 3pm & 7pm; Sunday 1pm & 5pm

Cost: $20 – $80; Free for Children under 2 on lap

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Follow Your Heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice!  Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game.

Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends.

#18 GLAMOUR BAR BAZAAR
Glamour Bar Bazaar | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Glamour Bar

When: December 8, 2017

Where: Glamour Bar, 955 Lincoln St E, Denver, CO 80203

Time: 4pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

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Glamour Bar is hooking you up with a one stop shop for holiday gift giving. They will be hosting some of their favorite local brands for an evening full of retail therapy, music and signature drinks!

#19 TINY HOUSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE
Colorado Tiny House Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Colorado Tiny House Festival

When: December 9 – 10, 2017

Where: The Shops at Northfield Stapleton, 8340 Northfield Blvd, Denver, CO 80238

Time: 10am – 6pm

Cost: $5

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Have you ever wanted to see a tiny house festively decorated and on display for the holidays? What about ten of them? Visit the Tiny House Holiday Village, Presented by Colorado Tiny House Festival, and talk to the tiny house professionals about all things tiny!

#20 CHERRY CREEK NORTH’S WINTER FEST ON FILLMORE PLAZA
Cherry Creek North | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Cherry Creek North

When: December 9, 2017

Where: Fillmore Plaza, Denver, CO 80206

Time: 10am – 2pm

Cost: Free

Experience the true joy of the holiday season, including winter itself at Winter Fest on Fillmore Plaza and at participating businesses throughout the Cherry Creek North area.

This festive celebration will culminate on Fillmore Plaza, transforming the street into a winter wonderland, featuring: Live ice carving, temporary fire pits, face painting, and complimentary treats and warm beverages.
Businesses throughout the area will also be hosting Winter Fest activities, such as ornament decorating, entertainment and more.

#21 YES PLEASE MAKERS MARKET
Yes Please | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Yes Please

When: December 9, 2017

Where: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

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In honor of their grand opening, Moore Collection x Craft Boner = Yes Please, a new retail shop in North Denver, is hosting it’s first (and only) special Yes Please Makers Market. The Makers Market will feature over unique items and gifts from over 50 vendors.

#22 DENVER JACKALOPE: AN INDIE ARTISAN FAIR
Jackalope Arts | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Jackalope Arts

When: December 9 – 10, 2017

Where: McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

The Denver Jackalope: An Indie Artisan Fair is a weekend shopping destination featuring over 150 local, curated and hand-selected artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts.

Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, ceramics and paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art and photography, plus much more.

#23 DENVER HAHO HOLIDAY MARKET
Denver Handmade Homemade (HAHO) Market | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Handmade Homemade (HAHO) Market

When: December 9 – 10, 2017

Where: 970 Yuma St, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 12pm – 5pm

Cost: Free

The 6th Annual Denver Handmade Homemade Holiday Market is a special two-day event featuring different local makers each day along with live music, food trucks, stick & poke, and plenty of other surprises!

#24 JAY & SILENT BOB GET OLD
Jay & Silent Bob Get Old | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Comedy Works

When: December 10 – 13, 2017

Where: Dec. 10-11 Comedy Works Downtown in Larimer Square & Dec. 12-13 Comedy Works South at the Landmark

Time: 7:15pm & 9:45pm *Date dependent

Cost: $30

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The hilarious duo Jay & Silent Bob will perform in Denver at two of the Comedy Works‘ locations! Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks 2. Now you can see them live recording their comedy podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.

#25 BILL MURRAY, JAN VOGLER AND FRIENDS: NEW WORLDS
Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©McCaw Hall

When: December 10, 2017

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $45 – $125

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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds, is a program that showcases the core of the American values in literature and music. A show that communicates the bridges artists have built between America and Europe. A fascinating encounter between great music and great literature featuring two masters of their art.

#26 LADY GAGA
Lady Gaga | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©ConcertBoom

When: December 12, 2017

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Re-Sell Tickets from $59.99

Purchase Tickets Online

Lady Gaga will perform live at the Pepsi Center!

#27 ELF THE MUSICAL
ELF The Musical | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©ELF The Musical Tour

When: December 13 – 17, 2017

Where: Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Time: Varies

Cost: Starting from $25

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ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.

#28 NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS: HOLIDAY SHOW

When: December 15, 2017

Where: Ogden Theatre, 935 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Time: 9pm

Cost: Re-Sell Tickets from $95

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will perform live at the Ogden Theatre!

#29 THE UGLY SWEATER RUN
The Ugly Sweater Run | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©The Ugly Sweater Run

When: December 16, 2017

Where: Downtown Denver, 2000 Market St, Denver, CO 80205

Time: 11am – 3pm

Cost: $45; Free for Children 5 & Under

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It’s the Merriest 5K of the year! Dive head first into your closet and grab the ugliest sweater you own.

The Ugly Sweater Run presented by Kahlúa, benefitting One Warm Coat combines the festive flair of tacky sweater parties with fitness. Join thousands of other dancers, prancers, and 5K dashers for a jolly good time filled with holiday music, photo stations, and even inflatables.

#30 DENVER BEER FESTIVUS

Denver [only] Beer Festivus | Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Two Parts

When: December 16, 2017

Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E Academy Blvd #1, Denver, CO 80230

Time: 4pm – 7pm

Cost: $40 – $65

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The Denver [only] Beer Festivus brings the city’s breweries together for one fantastic evening to allow locals and visitors the opportunity to taste all of these top-notch beers under one roof.

#31 PARADE OF LASERS
Parade of Lasers | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Parade of Lasers

When: December 16, 2017

Where: Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218

Time: 7pm

Cost: $33.25 – $60

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Crowdsurf presents the 5th Annual Parade Of Lasers, a breathtaking visual experience, featuring Flux Pavilion, Protohype, Yultron, and PLS&TY.

#32 LEANN RIMES
LeAnn Rimes | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Altitude Tickets

When: December 18, 2017

Where: Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 8pm

Cost: $39.50 – $55

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LeAnn Rimes will perform with a special holiday concert ‘Today is Christmas Tour’, at the Paramount Theatre, with special guest, Lara Ruggles.

#33 HALCYON’S MISTLETOE MARKETPLACE
Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

When: December 19, 2017

Where: HALCYON, a hotel in Cherry Creek, 245 Columbine St, Denver, CO 80206

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

This holiday season, Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek is curating exclusive access to some of Cherry Creek North’s most unique boutiques with the 1st annual Mistletoe Marketplace. Providing a backdrop for 20 Cherry Creek North retailers in the Halcyon Ballroom, this will be the perfect one-stop-shop to pick up stocking stuffers and treats for everyone on your list.

For added yuletide vibe, Alice 105.9 will be rocking around the tree with Stocking giveaways. Snack on seasonal treats and enjoy one free drink ticket to the cash bar.

#34 WAITRESS
Denver Center for the Performing Arts | The Denver Ear

Lenne Klingaman, Desi Oakley and Charity Angel Dawson. Photo Credit ©Joan Marcus. Photograph courtesy of ©DCPA Press

When: December 19 – 31, 2017

Where: Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Time: Varies

Cost: Starting from $25

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The musical Waitress will be on stage at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts this month. Featuring original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, this show is brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson, and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

#35 UMPHREY’S MCGEE

When: December 29 – 31, 2017

Where: Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218

Time: 8pm

Cost: $80 – $395

Umphrey’s McGee are back to make sure 2017 goes out with a bang with a three-night show at Fillmore Auditorium!

#36 MY MORNING JACKET

When: December 29 – 31, 2017

Where: 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln, Broomfield, CO 80021

Time: 8pm

Cost: $59.95 – $168

Purchase Tickets Online

My Morning Jacket will perform three nights in-a-row at the 1STBANK Center!

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