There is something magical about the holiday season in Vail. Snow falls softly on the rooftops while the warm glow of lampposts light the cobbled streets. Doorways and shops are adorned with twinkling lights, pine garlands, and red bows. The beautiful mountain village is the perfect stage for Vail’s unique outdoor events, including the holiday market, tree lighting ceremony, lantern making workshops, and more. Come help us celebrate the season!
What is Vail Holidays:
Celebrate the Holiday Season with Vail Holidays Events December 5-31 st , 2018
Vail Holidays creates a festive and magical holiday season in an iconic setting, and offers a plethora of events happening December 5-31, 2018. Vail’s beautiful mountain village with twinkling lights and crisp mountain air is the backdrop for many celebratory holiday events which will spark holiday spirit for visitors and locals alike. Most events are free or include a small fee and include a holiday market, tree lighting ceremony, lantern making workshops and much more. Vail Holidays are classic events that the whole family can enjoy together. More information available at www.vailholidays.com
Vail Holidays events include:
Wednesday, December 5
Evenings of Engagement with Natalie Spears, Vail Public Library, 5:30 p.m. The raw rhythms of Natalie’s banjo, bass, and piano groove beneath her soulful voice, as she sings of life’s joys and sorrows.
Wednesday, December 12
Holiday Harp Music with Margot Krimmel , Vail Public Library, 5:30 p.m. No instrument plays seasonal music more beautifully than the harp. Margot will perform both traditional and winter-themed compositions.
Thursday, December 13
Family Fireside Holiday Party, Vail Public Library, 5:00-7:30 p.m. For children of all ages who believe and wish to visit Santa Claus. Mountain Harmony Acapella will perform this evening. We will have arts and crafts available to make the wait time a fun and hands-on experience.
Thursday-Sunday, December 13-16
Vail Snow Days, Vail Mountain Celebrate the season with Vail Snow Days. This 4-day festival brings live concerts at Ford Park, in-town and on-mountain early season specials, après and after dark parties, lively expo village and more.
Friday, December 14
Santa & The Babies, Vail Public Library, 11:00 a.m. Offered to children under three years who will benefit from a daytime, calm and casual Santa experience. There will be toys and snacks offered to make waiting for your turn a playful experience with friends and family.
Ice Skating Exhibition of Champions, Arrabelle Ice Rink, 5:00-6:45 p.m.
Preview to the Vail Skating Festival.
Friday-Sunday, December 14-16
Vail Skating Festival, town-wide, Daily Ice Show, free exhibitions, clinic/seminar, Skating Memorabilia
December 15: Ice Spectacular Starring Patrick Chan, Dobson Ice Arena, 6:30- 8:00 p.m. Paid event featuring Olympic Medalists/ International medalists, and US National medalist.
December 15-16: Skating Clinics & Seminars. Daily. Paid event for competitive skaters and coaches from all over featuring guest Olympic and World Coach Tammy Gambill.
US Figure Skating Museum Display, Daily Includes paintings, memorabilia, old blades, triple axel dress, etc.
Saturday, December 15
Holiday Sweater Run, Willow Bridge Road, 8:30 a.m. Showcase your best holiday sweater in a 2.7-mile race that will showcase the beauty of Vail. Prizes will be given to the best-dressed, best beard and more. Fun for all ages. (Fun along the way, cocoa break, snowball throw and more) The Route is down Willow Bridge Road, left on Meadow Drive, up Forest Road and Down Beaver Dam Road, left on Vail Road to Meadow Drive. There will be a loop around the library. Arrabelle is our stop of hot chocolate and back to Willow Bridge Road on Meadow Drive. More info at www.vailholidays.com
Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16
Kris Kringle Market, 11:00 am- 3:30 pm, Meadow Drive/Willow Bridge Road, Vail Village 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. Enjoy live music, St Nick, local craft vendors, authentic food and drink, and a true spirit of the Holiday Season.
Kris Kringle Market Application
Click the link below to fill out the Kris Kringle Market Application
Sunday, December 16
Tree Lighting, Slifer Square, Vail Village, 5:00 p.m. 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. Enjoy the artistic touches the ice sculptures have created throughout the Village.
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, December 18-20
Traditional Piñata Workshop, Vail Public Library, 4:00-6:00 p.m. New this year, The Vail Public Library will host a 3-day workshop to create a piñata to celebrate the holiday season. Please register as space is limited. Contact Vail Public Library for more information at 970.479.2184.
Wednesday-Thursday, December 19
Dickens Carolers, at 6pm Vail Public Library Wearing Victorian costumes (many of them made by hand by the singers themselves), the volunteer musical group performs around the Valley and they’ll be joining us at Vail Public Library. Please check the calendar at Vail Library Website or call 970.479.2184 for additional updates and times.
Wednesday-Thursday, December 20
Mountain Harmony Acapella, at 6pm Vail Public Library Singing a variety of holiday pieces, Mountain Harmony is sure to catch you up in the spirit of the season. Please check the calendar at www.vaillibrary.com or call 970.479.2184 for additional updates and times.
Friday, December 21
Lantern Painting with Alpine Arts Center, Friday at 4:30pm VRD Community Programming – 2nd Level Lionshead parking structure $10 fee Register to Alpine Arts
Join Art in Public Places with Alpine Arts Center who will instruct participants how to paint paper lanterns. This lively evening will include holiday music, complimentary light snacks, and wine and beer available for purchase. Join us for this special evening to create your unique lantern to bring to the Holiday Lantern Walk on Sunday, December 23.
Please Register @ www.alpineartscenter.org or 970-926-2732. Please indicate number in your party – space is limited.
Grand Opening Celebration of Vail Winterfest Ice Theater, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village Join the merriment celebrating the coolest outdoor ice theater. Lounge in oversized ice thrones while enjoying the scenic Gore Creek during the day and film projections in the evening. Art in Public Places Vail Winterfest Ice Theater will feature holiday favorite cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the opening celebration. Projection begins daily at dusk until 10pm and will be on view until the ice melts.
Sunday, December 23
12th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater – Grand Opening Celebration, Sunday at 5:45pm Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village. Free & Family Friendly, help celebrate the coolest outdoor ice theater. Art in Public Places, along with ice sculptor Paul Wertin/Alpine Ice brings back the popular free and family friendly cinematic experience in ice this winter season. Lounge in oversized ice thrones while enjoying the scenic Gore Creek during the day and film projections on a screen created in ice in the evening. The Vail Winterfest Ice Theater will feature favorite holiday cartoon How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) at the opening celebration. Projection begins daily at dusk and runs until 10:00 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts! Art in Public Places’ Vail Winterfest Holiday Lantern Workshops, Walk and Ice Theater are generously sponsored by Doe Browning.
Lantern Making with Alpine Arts Center, Vail Public Library, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (arrive no later than 3:30 to make your lantern) Alpine Arts Center will lead guests of all ages creating festive lanterns to bring to the Holiday Lantern Walk immediately following. Allow yourself 30 minutes to create your lantern. The Art in Public Places paper lantern workshops and Holiday Lantern Walk are generously sponsored by Doe Browning.
Holiday Lantern Walk, Slifer Square, Vail Village, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m, Free & family friendly
In its sixth year, the Holiday Lantern Walk is a joyful celebration of light and a favorite family tradition. Enjoy festive alpine entertainment and hot chocolate, as we gather in Slifer Square before the walk. This holiday tradition is a short jolly procession led by Santa and Ralph the world’s tallest elf through Vail Village. Winding its way to the Gore Creek Promenade the walk culminates at the grand opening of the 12th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater. Complimentary LED lights & other festive treats distributed before walk.
Slifer Square by the Covered Bridge
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Music by “Grown Men in Lederhosen,” Authentic Family Friendly Entertainment
5:00 p.m. Santa and Ralph the World’s Tallest Elf arrive to mingle with guests
5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village
Monday, December 31
Ski Down Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Golden Peak, 6:15 p.m. Once you’ve recovered from all the holiday festivities, ring in the New Year Vail style. 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.