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 Holidaze and Other Holiday Events
Vail Holidaze 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 Holidaze 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 including “A Classical Christmas Celebration” with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, and “The Nutcracker”.
In the market for last minute Christmas 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 Snowboard 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 jewelry/bag/accessories boutiques – The Uptown Store. The Edward’s Riverwalk is very popular for its array of storefronts. There are several clothing boutiques, 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 The Pet Spot, also in Edwards.
New Year’s Eve Events
Can you imagine a better place to ring in 2016? 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 aforementioned Vail Holidaze Torchlight Ski Down and fireworks. Beaver Creek has another great option with their “New Year’s Eve Family Bash”. It includes games, a DJ, dancing, prize drawings and more. There is also an early “First Balloon Drop” for the younger set at 10pm, and the real deal at midnight for the older kids.
If you are not able to spend the holidays in our charming mountain villages, we hope that you are spending it somewhere you love with people you love. You can always plan on joining us in 2016!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Lodge at Lionshead and best wishes to you in the New Year!
Lodge at Lionshead is offering 30% off for any last minute openings from December 22, 2015 – January 7, 2016. Two night minimum stays are required. You can check out rates and availability right here on our website.
P.S. Santa is bringing us an early Christmas present this year – 1-2 feet of snow by the 25th!