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Vail Holidays


December 16- December 31

There is something magical about the season in Vail during the holidays. The setting is classic: snow drifts lay on the rooftops of Vail’s Village and Lionshead while the warm glow of lampposts light the cobbled streets. Pine garlands, red bows and strings of lights festoon the ice skating rinks and Alpine chalets and – to top it off – we’ve created daily activities and events to help you and your family celebrate the season.

What is Vail Holidays:
Vail’s Holidays takes Vail’s already iconic setting and adds family activities, such as skating, and many outdoor events. December 11th through the 31st, Vail Holidays events bring an even more festive vibe to the Yuletide.
Vail Family Holidaze events:

  • 11/29/2017 Holiday Terrariums Library
  • 12/6/2017 Holiday Harp Concert -Library
  • 12/8/2017 Snow Daze – 12/8 to 12/10
  • 12/14/2017 Family Fireplace Holiday Party @ Library
  • Sunday, December 16th and 17th:
    11 am- 3:30 pm Kris Kringle Market:
    A Holiday market is the perfect place to find a unique Holiday gift or souvenir, such as handmade toys, Christmas ornaments and decorations, cookies, chocolate treats, roasted nuts and more. The Vail Kris Kringle Market is always striving to make our visitors’ experience an unforgettable one. Enjoy live music, St Nick, local craft vendors, authentic food and drink, and a true spirit of the Holiday Season.

Vendors if you wish to be a part of this new and exciting holiday market please download the application in the below link and fill it out. Please mail back to the address on the form.
Click Here to Download Kris Kringle Market Application

  • Sunday, December 17th:
    2:00 – 4:00 pm Ice Skating with the Vail Ice Skating Club and cookie decorating. Watch out for St Nick mingling about.
    4:30- 6:00 pm: Town of Vail Tree Lighting. Come see local children from the Vail Children’s Choir sing, the Town of Vail Mayor, St Nick and more!
    Ice Sculptures will be placed around Vail for the Holiday season. Come see the artistic touches the ice sculptures have created.
  • Tuesday, December 20th:
    4:00 – 6:00 pm Cocktails & Canvas
    Lantern Making with the Alpine Arts Center & Vail Recreation District Community Programming
    Second Floor of Lionshead Welcome Center
    $10 instruction & materials fee, Children must be accompanied by an adult.Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants on creating your own paper lantern. This lively evening will include complimentary light snacks, holiday music, and wine and beer available for purchase to enjoy while creating your unique lantern to bring to the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk on Wednesday, December 21st.
    RSVP: meppard@vailgov.com or 970-479-2344, space is limited.
  • Wednesday, December 20th:
    Paper Lantern Making Workshop
    VRD @ 2nd floor of LH
  • Friday, December 22th:
    Paper Lantern Making Workshop
    Lantern Making Workshop @ Library
  • 12/22/2017 Lantern Walk
  • Friday, December 22:
    Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village, free.
    Join the merriment as the community is invited to celebrate the coolest outdoor ice theater returning to Vail this winter season. The Vail Winterfest Ice Theater was conceived and introduced by Art in Public Places during the 2012-2013 winter season to celebrate Vail’s 50 the anniversary. Art in Public Places with ice sculptor Paul Wertin, will bring back the popular free and family friendly cinematic experience in ice. Lounge in oversized ice chairs while enjoying the scenic Gore Creek during the day and film projections on a screen created in ice in the evening. The Ice Theater will feature favorite holiday cartoon How the Grinch Stole  Christmas (1966) at the opening celebration. Feel free to dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character from this holiday classic. Projection begins daily at dusk until 10:00 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts! This installation is made possible through generous funding from Vicki and Kent Logan.
  • 12/23/2017  Holidays Holiday Fun  Run
  • 12/23/2017 Alpine Arts Center Program @ Library (3:30-5:30pm)
  • Saturday, December 31st:
    New Year festivities
    Once you’ve recovered from all the holiday festivities, ring in the New Year Vail style December 31st: 6:15pm Torchlight Parade: come to Golden Peak to watch the annual Torchlight Parade and fireworks at Golden Peak. Watch as ski instructors and Vail locals form a glowing train as they ski down Golden Peak with glowing sticks followed by a fireworks display.



December 16 @ 8:00 am
December 31 @ 10:00 pm
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