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Vail, CO
Vail, CO



Spending the holidays in Vail is like living your white Christmas dreams. Skiing fresh powder. Cozying up by the fire. Strolling our cobblestone streets to see the festive lights. The holidays here truly are magical. Whether you’re here with a group of friends, family or as a couple, it’s the perfect place for you to celebrate the season. As you plan your holiday visit to Vail, here are some must-dos to push it from great to unforgettable.

Can’t-miss Holiday Events in Vail

Vail ramps up its off-mountain activities with unique holiday events you and your friends will love. Visit December 8-10 for Snow Days, the signature kick-off event to the season, with free live concerts and an Expo Village where you can check out the latest brands have to offer. Stop by our Cocktails & Canvas workshop on December 20th, where you and your friends can imbibe and enjoy complimentary snacks while you learn how to make your own unique paper lanterns.

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1. Enjoy dinner with a view at Game Creek Restaurant

There isn’t a bad view anywhere in Vail, but it only gets more scenic the higher up the mountain you go. Head up to Game Creek Restaurant for a truly remarkable experience and one-of-a-kind views. Your trip to the top starts with a snowcat ride, where you’ll experience the beautiful calm of the mountain after dark. Warm up with gourmet cuisine and sweeping views of the Game Creek Bowl in this European chaletinspired restaurant.

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2. Take a picture-perfect Sleigh Ride

Nothing screams winter wonderland quite like a horse-drawn sleigh ride through fresh powder. Enjoy the cool mountain air as you snuggle up under a cozy blanket and view star-studded skies. And if the moment strikes you, caroling is more than encouraged! It’s truly like living in a fairytale. There are numerous options in the Vail area, many which include dinner, drinks, or live music.

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3. Celebrate Vail Holidays

From December 11-21, Vail turns into an idyllic holiday wonderland with Vail Holidaze. Visit the Kris Kringle Market to find a special (or last minute) gift, handmade ornaments, delicious treats and more. A must do activity during Vail Holidaze is the big tree lighting ceremony, which truly welcomes Christmas. Gather by the covered bridge and enjoy festive music as we officially ring in the holidays.

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4. New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Plan your trip so you can ring in the New Year, Vail style. First, stop by the Torchlight Parade, where ski instructors and locals form a glowing train as they ski down Golden Peak with glow sticks. Tip: bring your camera for some stellar photos! Then, stick around for our iconic fireworks display before you head into town to raise a glass to 2018!