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Vail Holidays


December 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

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:
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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.
Evenings of Engagement with Natalie Spears will be held at the Vaill Public Library.  Please come join us for and evening to remember.
History stores itself in the Old Time tunes and folk songs that Natalie brings to life. Blue notes and syncopation from years of listening to her father play piano weave into her music. The raw rhythms of Natalie’s banjo, bass, and piano groove beneath her soulful voice, singing of life’s joys and sorrows.
More information on Natalie Spears at vailhoildays.com
More information on the Evenings of Engagement Evenings of Engagement

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-Sunday  | December 13-16 | 12:00 p.m.

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.

More information at vail.com

Thursday, December 13

Family Fireside Holiday Party | Vail Public Library | 5:00 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.

Keep an eye on the Town of Vail Public Library Calendar for more info Click here for link

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 | location TBD |  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Two 15-minute ice exhibitions at a Vail outdoor rink on December 14th at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

More information at vailholidays.com

Saturday, December 15

Holiday Sweater Run | Willow Bridge Road | 8:30 a.m.
Shhh… what’s that?  Are those sleigh bells jingling?!?  Santa’s just around the corner, checking his list.  Time to put your best foot forward, break out that hideous holiday sweater, and join us on the streets of Vail!
The race starts at Checkpoint Charlie/Willowbridge Road in Vail,  continues on Beaver Dam and Forest Road, passes by the Library, everybody gets a treat in Lionhead, and then head back to Checkpoint Charlie.  Total mileage: 2.5 miles.

More information at vailholidays.com

Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16

Kris Kringle Market | Meadow Drive/Willow Bridge Road, Vail Village | 11:00 am- 3:30 p.m.
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. Vendors will bring food, crafts and holiday items made in Colorado and beyond to warm your heart and home. Gifts and more for everyone. Come enjoy all the Vail Kris Kringle has to offer.

More information at vailholidays.com

Kris Kringle Market Application
Click the link below to fill out the Kris Kringle Market Application

Kris Kringle Market Application


Saturday December 15

Ice Spectacular Starring Patrick Chan | Dobson Ice Arena | 6:30 p.m.
Paid Event featuring Olympic Medalists/ International medalists, and US National medalist.  The Ice Spectacular is  starring 3-time Olympic medalist Patrick Chan. More information and to purchase tickets please go to https://vailskatefest.com

Sunday, December 16

Tree Lighting, Slifer Square | Vail Village | 5:00 p.m.
Vail’s beautiful mountain village with twinkling lights and crisp mountain air is the backdrop for many celebratory events. Come see local children from the Vail Children’s Choir sing, the Town of Vail Mayor, St Nick and more. Cookies to decorate, hot chocolate to help keep you warm and family fun all around. Come join us to celebrate the holiday season.

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.

Tuesday, December 18

AWE Chamber Music |  Vail Public Library | 6:00 p.m.
Vail Public Library welcomes returning musical guests, the AWE Chamber Trio. “Living the Dream” may be the best way to describe the ambitions and goals of the AWE Chamber Trio. The principals have joined musical forces to further their loveof different styles of music and present it to the Vail Valley in uniquesettings and venues.

More information at vailholidays.com
and at vaillibrary.com

Wednesday, December 19

Dickens Carolers | Vail Public Library | 6:00 p.m.
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 | Vail Public Library |  6:00 p.m.
Singing a variety of holiday pieces, Mountain Harmony is sure to catch you up in the spirit of the season.

Friday, December 21

Lantern Painting with Alpine Arts Center | VRD Community Programming – 2nd Level Lionshead parking structure | 4:30 p.m.
$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.

More information at www.alpineartscenter.org or 970-926-2732.  space is limited.

Sunday, December 23

Free Lantern Making with Alpine Arts Center| Vail Public Library Community Room | 1:00 p.m.
Art in Public Places invites you to create your lantern at a free workshop with Alpine Arts Center in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library. Allow yourself 30 minutes at this drop-in workshop to create your lantern. Arrive no later than 3:30 pm to make a lantern.
Immediately following the workshop, join us for the Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village. Please note this is a new style lantern making workshop and appropriate for all ages and abilities!

More information and to register go to  artinvail.com/Events/Programs

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

12th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater Grand Opening Celebration |  Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village |  5:45 p.m.

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!

More information at vailholidays.com

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 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.


All this info and more can be found at vailholidays.com


December 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am
December 31, 2018 @ 10:00 pm
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