Vail Holiday Activity Schedule

There is something magical about the holiday season in Vail.  Snow falls softly on the rooftops while the warm glow of lampposts light the cobbled streets.  Doorways and shops are adorned with twinkling lights, pine garlands, and red bows.  The beautiful mountain village is the perfect stage for Vail’s unique outdoor events, including the holiday market, tree lighting ceremony, lantern making workshops, and more.  Come help us celebrate the season!


What is Vail Holidays: 

Held from November 29th, through the 31st, Vail’s Holidays takes Vail’s already iconic setting and adds family activities, such as a Kris Kringle Market, ice-skating, and many outdoor events. Vail Holidays bring an even more festive vibe to the Yuletide.


Vail Family Holidays events:

  • Wednesday, November 29th5:30 pm-6: 30 pmJackson Emmer performs at Vail Public Library – an evening of engagement


  • Wednesday, December 13th5:00 pm -7:00 pm Books ‘n’ Bites book club meets to discuss favorite holiday books and stories with cookies and light refreshments at the Vail Public Library.


  • Thursday, December 14th:5:00-7:30pm Family Fireside Holiday Party Join Santa for our annual holiday party with crafts, songs, and sitting on Santa’s lap. Mountain Harmony A Cappella group will entertain and host a sing along with us as well.


  • Friday, December 15th: 11:00am-12: 30 pCookies and Tea Party for Children under age 3,at the Vail Public Library.


  • Saturday, December 16th at 8:00 amat Checkpoint Charlie in Vail. 

We will be kicking off the holidays with a Holiday Sweater Run Come show off your favorite festive winter sweater in a friendly competition.  Prizes will be given for best dressed. Start is at 8 am and the 2.7-mile race will showcase the beauty of Vail. Fun along the way. More info


  • After the race, come visit the

Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th 

Kris Kringle Market from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

This outdoor market includes 34 local and regional Colorado vendors.  It is the perfect place to find a unique gift for that someone special.  The market will offer ornaments, handmade toys, decorations, cookies, roasted nuts, and more.  Kris Kringle will be visiting from 1:00 pm-2: 30 pm. Explore the beauty of handmade items while you spend time on the streets of Vail.


  • Sunday, December 17th,

Ice Skating and cookie decorating in Lionshead from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm,


  • Sundayevening, December 17th

Vail Village Tree Lighting Ceremony in Silfer Square by the Covered Bridge from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

A Vail Holiday favorite with greetings from the Mayor Dave Chapin, Rabbi Dovid, Father Brooks, and live holiday music from local musicians.  There is a rumor that even Santa might show up!


  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Making with the Alpine Arts Center 

4:00 pm – 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: or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party.


  • Wednesday, December 20th 5:30 pm-6: 30 pmWomen’s A Capella group, Mountain Harmony will be singing holiday favorites in the community room (audience can sing along on some songs)


  • Friday, December 22, 2017

Paper Lantern Making Workshop with Helen Hiebert

1:30 pm – 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 Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village immediately following the workshop.
RSVP: or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party. Friday, December 22, 2017


  • Holiday Lantern Walk in Vail Village to the Gore Creek Promenade

Slifer Square, Vail Village by the Covered Bridge, free.

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

The paper lantern workshops and lantern walk are generously sponsored by Doe Browning.

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 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!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Alpine Arts Holiday Craft  

            @3:30 pm – 5:30 p.m. Vail Public Library Join Alpine Arts Center and attend a class that will present multiple holiday crafts for you to make and take home 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.


December 31, 2017

            Golden Peak, Vail 

  • Once you’ve recovered from all the holiday festivities, ring in the New Year Vail style December 31stat the6:15pm Torchlight Parade. Come to Golden Peak to watch the annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Golden Peak. Watch as Vail Resorts ski instructors and Children participating in Devo form a glowing train as they ski down Golden Peak with glowing sticks followed by a fireworks display, immediately following the torchlight parade.


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