Vail Holidays creates a festive and magical holiday season in an iconic setting, and offers a plethora of events from Dec. 5-31. Vail’s beautiful mountain village with twinkling lights and crisp mountain air is the backdrop for many festive events that will spark the holiday spirit for visitors and locals alike. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Vail Holidays is a collection of classic seasonal events that the whole family can enjoy together.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
Evenings of Engagement with Natalie Spears, Vail Public Library, 5:30-6:30 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, Dec. 12
Holiday Harp Music with Margot Krimmel, Vail Public Library, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
No instrument expresses seasonal favorites more beautifully than the harp. Margot will perform both traditional and winter-themed compositions.
Thursday, Dec. 13
Family Fireside Holiday Party, Vail Public Library, 5-7:30 p.m.
For children of all ages who believe and wish to visit Santa Claus. We will have arts and crafts available to make the wait time a fun, hands-on experience. Mountain Harmony Acapella will join us, singing a variety of holiday songs.
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 13-16
Vail Snow Days, Vail Mountain
Celebrate the season with Vail Snow Days. This 4-day festival includes live concerts at Ford Park, in-town and on-mountain early season specials, après and after dark parties, a lively expo village and more.
Friday, Dec. 14
Santa & The Babies, Vail Public Library, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Designed for children under three years, Santa and The Babies is a daytime, calm and casual Santa experience. Toys and snacks will be offered to make waiting for your turn with friends and family a playful experience.
Free Preview Ice Skating Exhibition of Champions, Arrabelle Ice Rink, 5 and 6:30 p.m. Enjoy two, 15-minute ice exhibitions that will preview the Ice Spectacular on December 15th. The events will feature U.S. National and International Medalists.
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16
Vail Skating Festival
Dec. 15: Ice Spectacular Starring Three Time Olympic Medalist Patrick Chan, Dobson Ice Arena, 6:30-8 p.m. Watch and enjoy Olympic, International and U.S. National Medalists skate. This is a ticketed event and for tickets and more information visit www.vailskatefest.com
Dec. 15-16: Skating Clinics & Seminars, Dobson Ice Arena
The two half-day clinics for skaters, coaches and adults will feature an elite coaching staff that will focus on: Jumping techniques; skating skills; off-ice warm up and fitness and injury prevention. For tickets and more information visit www.vailskatefest.com
Saturday, Dec. 15
Holiday Sweater Run, Willow Bridge Road, 8:30 a.m.
Showcase your best holiday sweater in a 2.7-mile race that highlights the beauty of Vail. Prizes will be given to the best-dressed, best beard and more. Fun for all ages. The race offers entertaining stops along the way such as: a cocoa break, snowball throw and more.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 15-16
Kris Kringle Market, Meadow Drive/Willow Bridge Road, Vail Village, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
The 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. Visitors will enjoy the true spirit of the holiday season with live music, a visit from St. Nick, local craft vendors, authentic food and drink, and more.
Sunday, Dec. 16
Holiday Tree Lighting, Slifer Square, Vail Village, 5 p.m.
Town of Vail Holiday Tree Lighting. Join the festivities, including local children from the Vail Children’s Choir the Town of Vail Mayor, St. Nick hot cocoa and more.
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, Dec. 18-20
Traditional Piñata Workshop, Vail Public Library, 4-6 p.m.
New this year, 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, Dec. 18
AWE Chamber Music, Vail Public Library, 5-7 p.m.
Vail Public Library welcomes returning musical guests, the AWE (Alpine Wind Ensemble) Chamber Trio. “Living the Dream” may be the best way to describe the ambitions and goals of the AWE Chamber Trio. The AWE Chamber Trio will perform seasonal classics in the fireplace lounge, so pull up a chair, open a good book, and enjoy!
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Dickens Carolers, Vail Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m.
Wearing Victorian costumes (many of them made by hand by the singers themselves), this volunteer choral group performs at the Vail Public Library. Please check the calendar at www.vaillibrary.com or call 970-479-2184 for details.
Thursday, Dec. 20
Mountain Harmony Acapella, Vail Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m.
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 details.
Friday, Dec. 21
Lantern Painting with Alpine Arts Center, $10 Fee, VRD Community Programming, 2nd Level Lionshead Parking Structure, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants on painting your own paper lantern. This lively evening will include complimentary light snacks, holiday music, wine and beer available for purchase while creating your unique lantern. $10 instruction & materials fee, Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Please call or email to make a reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-926-2732.
Sunday, Dec. 23
Lantern Making with Alpine Arts Center, Vail Public Library, 1-4 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, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Live Music. Walk begins at 5:30 p.m.
Art in Public Places invites guests and residents of all ages to enjoy this joyful celebration of light at this free community event. Enjoy live alpine musical entertainment from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in anticipation of the arrival of Santa who will lead the short, jolly procession through Vail Village at 5:30 p.m. Now a favorite family holiday tradition, the festive walks ends at the Gore Creek Promenade for a celebration of film on ice at the Twelfth Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater with complimentary hot cocoa.
The Holiday Lantern Walk is generously sponsored by Doe Browning.
Grand Opening Celebration of Vail Winterfest Ice Theater, Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village, 5–10 p.m.
Join the merriment celebrating the coolest outdoor ice theater. Lounge in oversized ice thrones while enjoying scenic Gore Creek during the day and film projections in the evening. Art in Public Places' Vail Winterfest Ice Theater will feature the holiday favorite cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the opening celebration. Projection begins daily at dusk until 10 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts.
Monday, Dec. 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. 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.
For more information on all holiday events and activities please visit www.vailholidays.com