FINE ARTS Focus Vail Valley

Art in public places celebrates winter

The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places lantern walk and exhibits consistently bring joy to locals and visitors, as well. And this year’s projects continue to celebrate our glorious winters.

To share in the holiday spirit, Vail’s Paper Lantern Project invites residents and guests to make paper lanterns. The first workshop, presented by the Alpine Arts Center, will be held on December 20, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lionshead Welcome Center. A fee of $10 includes complimentary light snacks, wine and beer available for purchase and a festive ambiance while creating your unique lantern. The Vail Public Library’s free workshop, on December 22, with local paper artist Helen Hiebert takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. preceding the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk.

“We wanted to create a hands-on and interactive art event which would gather both guests and residents to celebrate the holidays,” says Molly Eppard, Vail’s Art in Public Places coordinator. “With the success of the Vail Winterfest ice installations, we decided to continue with the theme of light. What better time to have a festive walk in Vail Village than during the shortest days of our year to illuminate our charming town with artful lanterns. It is quickly becoming a beloved tradition in Vail.”


The Winter Solstice Lantern Walk on December 22 will begin approximately at 5 p.m. in Vail Village. Music and merriment will take place during this festive celebration which will be led by Santa and the world’s tallest elf. The short walk will end at the grand opening of the Vail’s 11th Annual Winterfest Ice Theater on the Gore Creek Promenade, where hot cocoa will be served.

This year’s outdoor ice theater, in memory of Lou Meskimen, Vail’s favorite Santa Claus, features the work of ice sculptor Paul Wertin of Alpine Ice. This free, popular cinematic experience features oversized ice chairs where one can lounge and enjoy the scenic Gore Creek during the day and watch film projections on a screen, created in ice, in the evening. The Vail Winterfest Ice Theater will feature a holiday favorite, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, at its opening celebration. Projection begins daily at dusk until 10 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts.