From the opening of ski resorts to New Year's Eve celebrations, there is no better place to spend the holidays than in the Vail Valley, a hub for Colorado activities. To celebrate, we put together a list of upcoming events we’re looking forward to during the 2018 holiday season in Vail, Beaver Creek and the surrounding area.
Vail Ski Resort Opening Day | Nov. 16
Vail Ski Resort Opening Day will take place on Friday, Nov. 16. Opening Day is always a fun celebration, with people coming from around Colorado in anticipation of a great ski season ahead.
Epic ski passes for the 2018-19 season, which give access to many ski resorts in the Vail / Beaver Creek area, are on sale until Nov. 18, 2018.
Beaver Creek Resort Opening Day | Nov. 21
Beaver Creek Resort will open for the ski season on Wed., Nov. 21, 2018 (the day before Thanksgiving). Get to Beaver Creek early for first tracks — the lifts will start running at 9 a.m. At 1 p.m., make sure you attend the 15th Annual World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition.
It is expected that 5,000 cookies will be consumed in around 20 minutes, with the winner being crowned the 2018-19 Official Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe of Beaver Creek.
Beaver Creek Tree Lighting Ceremony | Nov. 23
Part of opening week celebrations at Beaver Creek, the 38th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. Santa Claus and his elves be in attendance, and there will be a free fireworks show at 6:30 p.m. over Beaver Creek Village.
Small Business Saturday | Nov. 24
Celebrate Vail Valley local businesses — and finish up your holiday shopping — during Small Business Saturday. This event helps our community’s economy and allows you to meet local small business owners.
Warren Miller's Face of Winter | Nov. 24 and Nov. 30
Warren Miller’s Face of Winter, the family-friendly ski movie of the year, will be shown at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Nov. 24 (two showings) and Nov. 30 (one showing).
Birds of Prey World Cup Races | Nov. 29 - Dec. 2
Watch the world’s best downhill skiers race in Beaver Creek at the 2018 Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup Races. The ski event will be supplemented by other festivities, including ice skating, live music, U.S. Ski Team Athlete Signing, raffles and more.
Artists' Holiday Market | Nov. 30 - Dec. 2
Between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, check out the 2018 Artists’ Holiday Market at the Alpine Arts Center in Edwards. There will be over 25 featured artists, as well as a fondue party and kids crafts.
Home for the Holidays | Dec. 8
If you’re in the Minturn area on Dec. 8, go Home for the Holidays with free entrance to the Gypsum Recreation Center, a community tree lighting, visit with Santa Claus, chili cook-off, and holiday lighting contest.
Children's Holiday Program | Dec. 13
On Dec. 13, bring kids of all ages to the Vail Public Library between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for the Children’s Holiday Program. Expect crafts and caroling galore — and a visit from Santa! A separate program for babies and toddlers will take place on Dec. 14 between 11 am and 12:30 pm.
Vail Snowdays | Dec. 13 - Dec. 16
We also love Vail Snowdays, a four-day winter celebration in Vail Village between Dec. 13 and Dec. 16. Enjoy free concerts (Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Shakey Graves), aprés-ski parties, early season shopping deals, and more.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol | Dec. 22 - Dec. 23
North County Center for the Arts (from Lincoln, NH) will perform Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Beaver Creek Vilar Performing Arts Center. There will be just two performances, each at 6:30 pm.
New Years Eve Celebrations | Dec. 31
Ring in 2019 with classic Vail Valley events and celebrations. In Vail, watch the torchlight parade at Golden Peak at 6:15 p.m., followed by community fireworks at dusk.
In Beaver Creek, there will be a glowstick ski run, torchlight parade and fireworks, followed by the New Years Eve Family Bash with a DJ, games, and more. The Family Bash requires tickets, but the other events are free to the public. *Event not yet confirmed for 2018. Check back for details!