Vail Holidays
Vail Holidays is the perfect place for family celebration this holiday season, as the town and mountain come alive with lights, sounds, events and cheer during the month of December.
Daily: Dec 05 - Dec 31
Vail Mountain
Embrace the holidays with the annual tree lighting ceremony and lantern walk. On New Year’s Eve torchlight ski down and fireworks, ring in the New Year Vail style with the Torchlight Parade, followed by fireworks at Golden Peak. Watch as ski instructors and Vail locals form a train as they ski down Golden Peak with glowing sticks followed by a fireworks display. Holidays is free and open to the public.


Date Event Time Location Description
Wednesday, December 5  Evenings of Engagement with Natalie Spears 5:30 p.m-6:30 p.m. Vail Public Library 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  5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Vail Public Library  No instrument expresses seasonal favorites more beautifully than the harp. Margot will perform both traditional and winter-themed compositions.
Thursday, December 13 Family Fireside Holiday Party  5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Vail Public Library 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, December 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, December 14 Santa & The Babies 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Vail Public Library 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.

Friday-Sunday, December 14-16

Vail Skating Festival 

Ice Spectacular Starring Three Time Olympic Medalist Patrick Chan

Skating Clinics & Seminars, Dobson Ice Arena

Dec. 15

6:30-8:00 p.m. 



Dec. 15 & 16

Dobson Ice Arena



Watch and enjoy Olympic, International and U.S. National Medalists skate. This is a ticketed event and for tickets and more information visit


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

Saturday, December 15 Holiday Sweater Run 8:30 a.m.  Willow Bridge Road 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, December 15 Kris Kringle Market 11:00 am- 3:30 p.m. Meadow Drive/Willow Bridge Road 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, December 16 Holiday Tree Lighting 5:00 p.m. Slifer Square, Vail Village 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-Thursday, December 18-20 Traditional Piñata Workshop  4:00-6:00 p.m. Vail Public Library 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, December 18 AWE Chamber Music  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Vail Public Library  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, December 19 Dickens Carolers  6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Dickens Carolers  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 or call 970.479.2184 for details.  
Thursday, December 20 Mountain Harmony Acapella  6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 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 or call 970.479.2184 for details. 
Friday, December 21 Lantern Painting with Alpine Arts Center  4:30 - 6:30 p.m.   2nd Level Lionshead Parking Structure  $10 Fee, VRD Community Programming,  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: or 970.926.2732.
Sunday, December 23 Lantern Making with Alpine Arts Center  1:00-4:00 p.m. (arrive no later than 3:30 to make your lantern.)   Vail Public Library  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 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Live Music. Walk begins at 5:30 p.m.  Slifer Square, Vail Village  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  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 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, December 31 Ski Down Torchlight Parade & Fireworks  6:15 p.m.   Golden Peak  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.