As the popular holiday song will tell you, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”! There is nothing better than celebrating the holidays in the snow-covered Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Everything is blanketed in white, trees are lighted, festive decorations are hung and the jolly atmosphere is tangible. Being in Vail Village and Lionshead over Christmas and New Year’s is simply magical. We hope you can come experience it with us!
Vail Holidays and Other Holiday Events
Vail Holidays takes place each holiday season and includes the Vail Tree Lighting, Vail Lantern Walk, and kid-friendly activities like cookie decorating. These Vail events all take place prior to the Christmas holiday. On December 31, Vail Holidays picks back up with the annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Ski Down and fireworks display. Both are popular traditions in Vail, so get there early.
In Beaver Creek, the Vilar Center for the Performing Arts has a number of classic holiday shows and concerts. Past performances have included “A Classical Christmas Celebration” with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, and “The Nutcracker”.
In the market for last minute gifts? You are in the right place! Vail Village and Lionshead are both known for their boutique shopping. You’ll find everything from fine art and sculpture to jewelry to casual and designer clothing. Almost every brand of outdoor gear and clothing can be found, and many even have their own stores – Burton, The North Face, Patagonia, Smartwool, Icebreaker, Helly Hanson, Marmot and more. Want really high end Vail shopping? Anything at Gorsuch will fit the bill. How about custom skis or a custom snowboard? Try Liberty Skis or Weston Snowboards which are both locally-owned and operated.
More shopping can be had down valley from Minturn to Eagle. Mountain and road bike aficionados will find good specialty bike shops, with some custom options, down in Eagle. Minturn has one of our favorite gift boutiques – The Uptown Store. The Riverwalk at Edwards is very popular for its array of storefronts. There are several clothing stores, a great outdoor clothing and gear store called Ptarmigan Sports, The Kitchen Collage for your favorite chef, Vintage Magnolia for flowers and gifts, and my favorite book store – The Bookworm. Along with books, it also has a fantastic café and small gift selection that is great for stocking stuffers. And don’t forget your furry friends with toys and treats from Wags & Whiskers, also in Edwards.
New Year’s Eve Events
Can you imagine a better place to ring in the new year? New Year’s Eve in Vail…ski champagne powder by day and celebrate in style by night. Special dinner menus, live music and dancing abound. Have a favorite restaurant? It is likely offering something special on December 31st. Be sure to make your reservations early, though. New Year’s is one of the busiest times of the season.
For families, Vail has the previously mentioned Vail Holidays Torchlight Ski Down and fireworks. It’s early enough in the evening for even the youngest revelers.
Make Your Condo Festive
Let our concierge staff help bring the magic of the holidays to your condo. We can arrange to have trees and other holiday decor delivered, help with holiday caterers, gift delivery and more.