Bring the family and get in the holiday spirit with numerous activities provided by Vail Holidaze. The events kick off on Friday, December 18th with “Libations and Lanterns” with the Alpine Art Center. For $10, enjoy holiday music, snacks, and libations available for purchase while painting your very own lantern to bring to the Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year’s tree lighting takes place at 5:00 PM next to the covered bridge in Slifer Square. After the annual tree lighting, join in on a festive lantern walk led by Santa throughout Vail Village.
Looking for the perfect way to end the holiday season? Then head over to Golden Peak at 6:15 on New Year’s Eve for the annual Torchlight Parade. Watch as ski instructors and locals’ form a glowing train as they ski down Golden Peak with glowing sticks. Always a crowd favorite, the magical scene only gets better as it is followed up with a Town of Vail fireworks display.
1. Beaver Creek Loves Kids Winterfest
Beaver Creek Loves Kids WinterFest is in full force every day on the Village Plaza during après ski hours from December 19-January 2. Celebrate the season with live performances, contests, parades and much more! All activities are free for kids of all ages, and you can event visit with Santa! Check out their website for more information.
2. Beaver Creek’s New Years Eve Bash
Voted among the Travel Channel’s top 10 family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations, New Year’s Eve in Beaver Creek is a blast for parents and children alike. Starting at 8 p.m., the New Year’s Eve Family Bash gets underway with a DJ, games, dancing, prize drawings and two balloon drops. Be sure to reserve your bottle of champagne to celebrate the stroke of midnight! Click here for tickets.
3. Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festive
The 16th Annual Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival takes place in Vail Cascade Resort & Spa from January 7-9, 2016. From tastings to dinners, this beer festival has it all. The festival has also arranged lodging deals for folks coming from out of town. Visit http://www.bigbeersfestival.com/ for tickets and more information.
4. Vilar Performing Arts Center
The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek is having a variety of family-friendly shows throughout the holiday season. From “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” to “Rhythmic Circus”, be sure to check out their full list of shows!
5. Minturn’s Winter Market
If you are missing those summer afternoons spent meandering through the Minturn Market, then you’ll love Minturn’s Winter Market featuring all your favorite vendors. Check it out on Saturday, December 19th from 10-2, with Santa, hot cocoa, and more! For more information, visit their website here.
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