Top Colorado Holiday Events

The holidays are here!  And, since I am an enormous proponent of anything celebratory, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the next few blog posts will be holiday-centric.  For ease, I am categorizing the Holiday event schedules by state.  Enjoy!

Colorado Holiday Events  

            Vail and Beaver Creek

Vail has a plethora of holiday events!  From family holiday movie nights (including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Charlie Brown Christmas) to holiday concerts and carolers roaming with hot cocoa.  There is even "Skate with the Stars" on Thursday, December 20 to Sunday, December 23.

Beaver Creek, just miles away from Vail, also has a number of activities to choose from around the holidays.  Winterfest starts on Saturday, December 22 and continues through December 24 with Winter Characters visiting Beaver Creek Plaza, a Kids' Winter Wonder Parade, Family FunFest Carnival, Figure Skating Show and Disco Skate Night.

(Photo of Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, Photo credit: Courtesy Josh Stevenson / Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa).

For those around Vail and Beaver Creek, please come to the Ski Town Soups book signing and soup tasting event at The Bookworm in Edwards, Colorado on Thursday, November 29 at 6pm.

            Copper Mountain

On Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9, Copper Mountain celebrates its 40th Birthday!  Enjoy live music, beer specials and ticket specials!


On December 1, the annual Lighting of Breckenridge turns the town into a holiday postcard – celebrate with hot cocoa and cookies, carolers, and in a twinkling plaza filled with festive gatherers.


On December 15, Bud Light presents River Run Rocks Concert Series, a free traditional après live-music scene.  On December 22, the very talented snow artists from Laughing Hands Studio will carve a snow sculpture, where in a new one will be carved each month of the winter.  But, the event that most caught me is titled “Chocolate Village”, which features delicious homemade chocolate creations from Keystone Resort’s Pastry Chef Ned Archibald.  This handcrafted holiday tradition features 2,500 pounds of chocolate crafted into a miniature alpine village, a working chocolate gondola, a cascading chocolate waterfall, 6 foot tall white chocolate Christmas tree with chocolate presents. The Chocolate Village premieres on December 18!  Even more holiday events will take place around Keystone!

For those around Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Keystone please come to the Ski Town Soups book signing and soup tasting event at The Next Page in Frisco, Colorado on Friday, December 7 at 7pm.

            Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk

December holidays are celebrated with "12 Days of Aspen".  During the 12 Days of Aspen (December 20-31), downtown Aspen becomes a winter wonderland: free ice skating, visits with Santa's reindeer, s'more making parties, cookies, cocoa, holiday drink specials, and more delight all of Aspen.  The grande finale, on December 31, is where Aspen Mountain rings in 2013  with a New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza.

(Photo courtesy of the Aspen Chamber).


Santa’s Village, December 21-24 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.,
 is where the North Pole comes to the Snowmass mall and base village.  Get a photo with Santa!  Christmas music can be enjoyed by Holiday kids entertainment on December 21 and 22 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and "What the Dickens Carolers" on December 23 and 24 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Additionally, selected letters to Santa are published daily in The Snowmass Sun, from December 6 - 24.  Then, finally, come be enchanted by the Torchlight Parade  with Fireworks on December 27 at 5:00 p.m. (fireworks at 6:30 p.m.).

            Winter Park 

On November 24, the 4th annual Village Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in Winter Park's Village.  On December 12 and 19, enjoy s'mores by the fire!


Telluride has a Holiday Art Bazaar, which takes place on Friday, December 7 - Sunday, December 9.  The Holiday Bazaar showcases locally made arts, fine crafts and artisan foods made in the Telluride region for ultimate local art shopping experience.

             Steamboat Ski Resort

Merry Main Street Holiday Celebration is a festive community event downtown Steamboat, where in Lincoln Avenue is closed and you may visit the stores, seek out the gingerbread houses, dine in the restaurants, and get your shopping done early. Also, there is the "Great Steamboat Caroling Competition" - sing traditional carols or make up words to a song to compete for honors in the Best Caroling Group, Most Creative Group, and Most Philanthropic Group.  All activities take place on December 8 from 5 - 8pm.


     Crested Butte

Gunnison-Crested Butte published an amazing list of December 2012 holiday activities taking place around Crested Butte Mountain Resort from a holiday bazaar to a gift-making workshop and even an ice sculpture presentation.  You can paint your own pottery and finish with a holiday yurt dinner – almost an activity a day here!


Jennie Iverson
Jennie Iverson


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