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Dec 24, 2020 // Heather Bailey
Vail’s Holiday Happenings!

Our community has organized many outside, socially distant and safe events for you, friends, and family to enjoy during this holiday season. Be sure to read about all of SSF’s favorite holiday happenings!   


Magic of Lights Vail | Dec 11 – Jan 24

SSF is a proud sponsor of this family-friendly, winter lighting walkthrough experience, offering locals and guests alike a memorable, physically distanced and safe activity to complement their Vail experience. Set in the Lower Bench of Ford Park and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens area, the approximately half-mile walking loop features an array of majestic lighting displays, made from half a million individual low-impact LED lights, creating a winter wonderland and underlining the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The ticketed experience runs nightly Dec. 11-Jan. 24. Visit Magic of Lights Vail to purchase tickets.


Magic of Lights, at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, CO.
Magic of Lights, at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, CO.


Solaris Ice Shows | Saturday, Dec 26

Abbreviated skating shows occur at 5 and 6 p.m. at Solaris Ice Rink in Vail Village. These free outdoor shows feature national level competitors and Olympian skaters. Performances are 15-20 minutes in duration.


Vail Art in Public Places 14th Annual Winterfest at the Gore Creek Promenade and International Bridge, Vail Village

Illuminated Ice Installation by Alpine Ice: 20 sculpted ice lanterns represent Vail’s place as an international mountain resort community, including influences from our friendship cities Yamanouchi, San Miguel de Allende, and St. Moritz.

Community Lantern Exhibit by Vail Mountain School students: premiering on the International Bridge is an exhibition of over 100 lanterns created by local first through fourth grade students over the past several months representing our year-round Vail community.


Ice Sculptures

Gore Creek Promenade and International Bridge, Vail Village


New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Vail Mountain, 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Once you’ve recovered from the holiday festivities, ring in the New Year – Vail style. Information on socially distanced locations to watch will be available on The fireworks will be visible from areas of both villages!


Vail NYE Fireworks

Vail, CO Fireworks on NYE


Daily Tree Lighting | Beaver Creek | 6PM, 7PM, 8PM
The Nightly Tree Light Show begins will be displayed throughout the entire season. After a long day of exploring The Extraordinary together, unwind in Beaver Creek Village near the ice rink and enjoy the tree lighting each evening.


Tree Lighting BC


Christmas Eve Fireworks | Beaver Creek 5:30PM
Enjoy the magic of fireworks to wrap up your day in Beaver Creek.


BC FIreworks

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