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Vail Holidaze Dec. 18 - 20 & 31, 2015

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 Holidaze? 
Vail’s Holidaze takes Vail’s already iconic setting and adds family activities, such as skating, and many outdoor events. Held from December 18th through the 31st, Vail Holidaze events bring an even more festive vibe to the Yuletide.


December 18 

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  “Libations and Lanterns” with the Alpine Arts Center. 

Location will be at the Vail Recreation District Community Programming, Second Floor of Lionshead Welcome Center. $10 instruction & materials fee, Children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP: meppard@vailgov.com or 970-479-2344, space is limited. 

For a second year, the Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants on painting your own paper lantern. This lively evening will include complimentary light snacks, holiday music, and wine and beer available for purchase while creating your unique lantern to bring to the Vail Tree Lighting. Space is limited.

December 19th 

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Holiday cookie decorating will be taking place around town. 

5:00-7:30 p.m. Local skaters will be at Arrabelle Square and Solaris Ice Skating rink to skate with your child. Watch for the elves and Santa mingling about. 

5:00- 7:30 p.m. Vail Noel Nights throughout Vail. 

Local Vail businesses will be open and families have the opportunity to shop and see what Vail is all about. Childcare will be provided for parents to have that extra time to find the perfect gift. 

December 20

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. “Paper Lantern Workshop” with Helen Hiebert

Free Paper Lantern Workshops in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library with local paper artist Helen Hiebert. The workshops are free and family friendly. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

RSVP required to meppard@vailgov.com or 970-479-2344. Please indicate which workshop you would like to attend and please indicate number in your party. 

5:00 p.m. Vail Holidaze Tree Lighting in Slifer Square followed by illuminated lantern walk in Vail Village

Art in Public Places’ Vail’s Paper Lantern Project invites residents and guests to come together as a community to share holiday spirit and goodwill during this magical time of year. 

After the annual Vail Holidaze Tree lighting a festive lantern walk led by Santa throughout Vail Village takes place for all to enjoy. New this year, prizes will be awarded to various age groups for most creative and unique paper lanterns at the tree lighting.The Vail Paper Lantern Project and complimentary LED battery lights for your lanterns are sponsored by Doe Browning, Vail resident and former Art in Public Places Board Chair. The LED lights will be distributed at the tree lighting. You will be able to enjoy carolers, hot chocolate and more as we ring in the season. Prizes will be awarded for most unique and creative lantern. (Children must be accompanied by adult) 

New Year festivities

Once you’ve recovered from all the holiday festivities, ring in the New Year Vail style December 31st:

6:15 p.m. 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.

Learn more about Vail Holidaze

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