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Vail Holidays Dec. 16 - 31, 2017

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.




Holiday Terrariums

Nov. 29, 2017


Town of Vail Public Library

Get in the holiday spirit!  Join us for a fun Holiday gathering and create your own terrarium decorated for the holidays to enjoy.  A variety of shapes and sizes of containers and all materials will be provided for you to make a natural and beautiful easy care terrarium.

 Snow Days Friday – Sunday

Dec. 8 – 10, 2017

All Day

Vail Village and Vail Mountain

 Vail Snow Daze is the signature kick-off event to the season, welcoming free live music, wellness and transformation opportunities, family-friendly happenings, a sponsor expo village and more. Join us in creating moments that become memories, and memories that become tradition.

Learn more at vail.com/snowdays

Holiday Harp Concert

Dec. 6, 2017


Town of Vail Public Library

Enjoy wonderful music for the holidays.  No instrument plays seasonal music more beautifully than the harp. Traditional carols and winter themed, traditional and contemporary.

Dickens Carolers

Dec. 11, 2017


Town of Vail Public Library

Vail Public Library proudly welcomes the Dickens Carolers for a night of caroling in our Fireside Lounge. The Dickens Carolers have been singing in the streets of Vail for over thirty-five years.  Dressed in Dickens’ fashions, they help spread “Holiday Cheer” throughout the valley.  The volunteer group is directed by Randy Simmonds

Family Fireplace Holiday Party

Dec. 14, 2017


Town of Vail Public Library

Join Vail Public Library and Santa for our annual holiday party with crafts, songs and sitting on Santa's lap.

Meet Santa Claus for Children 3 and Under

Dec. 15, 2017


Town of Vail Public Library

Join Vail Public Library for activities for children under 3 and a visit from Santa!

Holiday Fun Run

Dec. 16, 2017


Check www.vailholidays.com for further information.

Kris Kringle Market

Dec. 16, 2017 – Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017


International Bridge

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.

Ice Skating & Cookie Decorating

Dec. 17, 2017


Arrabelle at Vail Square

2:00 – 4:00 pm Ice Skating with the Vail Ice Skating Club and cookie decorating. Watch for St Nick mingling about.

Holiday Tree Lighting

Dec. 17, 2017


Slifer Square

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.

Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Making with  Alpine Arts Center

Dec. 20, 2017


Vail Recreation District Location in Lionshead Parking Structure

Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Making with the Alpine Arts Center 
@ 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Vail Recreation District Community Programming
Second Floor of Lionshead Welcome Center, $10 fee
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.
RSVP: meppard@vailgov.com or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party.

Paper Lantern Making Workshop with Helen Hiebert

Dec. 22, 2017


Town of Vail Public Library

Paper Lantern Making Workshop with Helen Hiebert
@ 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Vail Public Library, free.
Create your paper lantern at a free workshop in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library with local paper artist Helen Hiebert. Bring your paper lantern to the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk through Vail Village immediately following the workshop.
RSVP: meppard@vailgov.com or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party.

Holiday Lantern Walk in Vail Village to the Gore Creek Promenade

Dec. 22, 2017


Through Vail Village

Holiday Lantern Walk in Vail Village to the Gore Creek Promenade @ 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. - Slifer Square, Vail Village by the Covered Bridge, free.
Walk begins at 5:00 p.m.
Complimentary LED lights for your lantern & other treats distributed before walk.
Falling upon the winter solstice, enjoy this joyful community gathering and celebration of light. The short jolly procession through Vail Village will include illuminated lanterns and live music, as we wind our way to the Gore Creek Promenade for the opening celebration of the Eleventh Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater.

Grand Opening Celebration of Eleventh Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater

Dec. 22, 2017


Gore Creek Promenade

Grand Opening Celebration of Eleventh Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater 
Presented by Vicki and Kent Logan 
In memory of Lou Meskimen Vail’s Favorite Masked Man
@ 5:15 – Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village, free.
Join the merriment as the community is invited to celebrate the coolest outdoor ice theater. Art in Public Places with ice sculptor Paul Wertin/Alpine Ice will bring back the popular free and family friendly cinematic experience in ice again this winter season. 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 Vail Winterfest Ice Theater will feature favorite holiday cartoon How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) at the opening celebration. Projection begins daily at dusk until 10:00 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts!

Alpine Arts Holiday Themed Artwork Class

Dec. 23, 2017


Town of Vail Public Library

Join Alpine Arts Center and attend a class that will walk you through the steps of making a holiday themed piece of art which you will take with you. This class is underwritten by a grant from the Town of Vail so participants pay only $20.00 for the class, materials and instruction. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but all ages are welcome. Please rsvp with Alpine Arts Center at 970-926-2732.

Torchlight Parade

Dec. 31, 2017


Town of Vail Public Library

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.


Dec. 31, 2017

Dusk over Vail Mountain


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