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2017 December/January
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
-Vail Winterfest Ice Theater, Free, Dec 22, 5:15p, 11th
Grand Opening celebration presented by Vicki & Kent
Logan in Memory of Lou Meskimen, Vail¡¯s favorite masked
man, Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village
-Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Dec 31, 6p, ring in the
New Year Vail style at Golden Peak
-Vail Veterans Program, Jan 21-26, the Winter Family
Program offers severely wounded veterans & their families
the opportunity to participate in private, full-day adaptive
ski/snowboard instruction w/PSIA certified instructors at
Vail Mountain, family members also enjoy the slopes w/
equipment rentals & ability-specific, full-day group les-
sons, children¡¯s Ski School & childcare options provided
allowing the whole family to reap the healing benefits of
the beautiful Rocky Mountains, for additional info: www.
--Dec 9, Aspen Highlands Opening Day
-Dec 9, Buttermilk Opening Day
-Tree Lighting Celebration, The Little Nell Courtyard, Dec
10, 5-6p, family friendly event is open to all, complimenta-
ry refreshments, carolers, quality time w/Santa, full cookie
buffet, The Nell¡¯s famous hot cocoa, 675 E Durant Ave,
Aspen, 970.920.6330
-Aspen Santa Fe Ballet¡¯s Sugar Plum Tea Party, Dec 10,
3p, bring the magic of The Nutcracker to life, meet & take
pictures w/favorite characters while enjoying decadent
chocolates, sweets, warm drinks & surprise entertainment,
Hotel Jerome, 330 E Main St, Aspen, $30, contact: info@
-Grand Holiday, Santa Claus & his Reindeer are coming to
town, Dec 10, 4:30-7:30p, Garfield County court house
lawn, 109 8th St, Glenwood Springs, roast marshmallows
& sip hot chocolate w/community, 970.618.3650
-St. Regis Gingerbread House Unveiling, Dec 11, 4-5p,
Join us in our lobby as we reveal this confectionary marvel
standing 7ft tall, take kids photos in front of the house w/
Santa, walk inside the sugary structure, hot cocoa & treats
served, 970.429.7373
-Vail Snowdays, Dec 8-10, free live mu-
sic, wellness & transformation opportuni-
ties, family-friendly happenings, a spon-
sor expo village and so much more
-Vail Yeti Semi-Pro Hockey, Dec 9, 7:30p,
Vail Yeti vs. Jackson Hole Moose, Dob-
son Arena, $10 Adults, $5 Children 12 &
-Holiday Sweater Run, Dec 16, 8:30-
10a, get your best sweater out, route
start Checkpoint Charlie/Willow Bridge
Rd in Vail, be guided on Beaver Dam &
Forest Road, pass by the Library & get a
treat in Lionshead before heading back
to Checkpoint Charlie, fun along the way,
2.7 miles, prizes for Best Sweater, Best
Team, Best Mustache & more
-Vail Kris Kringle Market, Dec 16-17 11a-
3:30p, International Bridge, the perfect
place to find unique Holiday gifts/souve-
nirs, handmade toys, Christmas orna-
ments & decorations, cookies, chocolate
treats, roasted nuts, live music, St Nick,
local craft vendors, authentic food & drink
-Town of Vail Holiday Tree Lighting, Dec
17, 4:30-6p, see local children from the
Vail Children¡¯s Choir sing, the Town of Vail
Mayor, St Nick & more
-Holiday Lantern Walk, Free, Dec 22,
4-5:30p, Slifer Square, Vail Village by the
Covered Bridge, walk begins 5p, com-
plimentary LED lights for your lantern &
other treats distributed before walk, short
jolly procession through Vail Village w/
illuminated lanterns & music to the Gore
Creek Promenade for the opening cel-
ebration of Vail Winterfest Ice Theater
-Snowmass Ski Area 50th anniversary, Dec 15:
$6.50 single-day lift tickets, the price charged
opening day 1967, valid only on Dec 15 & only on
Snowmass, retro party at Elk Camp followed by
fireworks over Fanny Hill; Dec 16: return of Ba-
nana Days with a modern twist, Golden Gala at The
Westin, film debut; Dec 17: day of vintage skiing/
riding, special Cabin Jump & Rail Jam, on-mountain
community picnic at Spider Sabich Picnic/Race Area,
-World Snow Polo Championship, Dec 16-17, 12-4p,
Experience snow polo the ¡®Sport of Kings¡¯, featur-
ing Nacho Figueras Captain of The St. Regis team,
traditional polo event played on a field of snow, VIP
tent guests treated to afternoon tea, light fare & the
iconic St. Regis Bloody Mary cocktail, tournament is
complimentary from the sidelines, Rio Grande Park,
Aspen, 970.710.1663
-St. Regis Tree Lighting, Dec 16, 5-7p, experience
the magic of the holidays as we illuminate our 30ft
tree, performance by Aspen High School Band &
Singers, photo booth w/Santa, holiday cookies &
beverages, dual champagne sabering, also debuting
our newly renovated restaurant Velvet Buck, meet
our Chefs, sample the new menu, complimentary
community event in the Fountain Courtyard & Velvet
Buck, 315 E Dean St, Aspen, 970.429.7373
-Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Dec 17, 7:30a-3p,
longest running citizen science survey in the world,
birders of all experience levels welcome & encour-
aged to participate in this census that has helped
assess the health of bird populations & guided
conservation action since 1900, meet at Hallam Lake
before heading out to count in the Aspen area, 100
Puppy Smith St, Aspen, 970.925.5756
-The 12 Days of Aspen, Dec 20-31, downtown Aspen
comes alive w/free ice skating, holiday treats, carol-
ers, Santa, top it all off with New Year¡¯s Eve fire-
works over Aspen Mountain, 970.925.1940
Durango/Silverton/Hesperus/Pagosa Springs:
--Dec 1-31, The Polar Express Train, Durango & Silverton
Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, choose your date & car
type and book now
-Dec 2-10, Christmas Tree Train, Durango & Silverton
Narrow Gauge Railroad, ride the regular Cascade Canyon
Train but come prepared to cut your own Christmas Tree
to be hauled back to Durango on the steam train
-State Street Ballet¡¯s ¡®The Nutcracker¡¯ featuring the San
Juan Symphony, Dec 8, FLC Community Concert Hall, A
family favorite, the beloved traditional holiday ballet
-Holiday Farmers Market, Dec 9, La Plata County Fair-
grounds, our only market in December where you can
meet our regular & new local Artisans offering an assort-
ment of quality handmade holiday gift items
-Frosty¡¯s Craft Fair, Fun Zone & Fun Run, Dec 9, Bayfield
High School, fundraiser for La Plata County Independent
Youth Performing Arts rural arts programs
-Dec 16-17, 22-24, Santa Sleigh Rides, Rapp Corral offers
custom horse drawn sleigh rides in the winter wonderland
between Durango & Purgatory Ski Area, since 1984
-Dec 26, Free Transit Day, Ride Durango Transit for free
all day long, all routes
-New Year¡¯s Day Brunch Train, Jan 1, a trip reminiscent
of turn-of-the-century travel, start the New Year onboard
the D&SNG steam powered train, Standard class & Pre-
mium class seating available
--Public Ice Skating, Dec 4, 12p, 321 E Lionshead Circle
in Vail, for the recreational skater, Dobson Ice Arena hosts
open skating sessions for all ages & abilities, also offers
wide array of hockey options for youth & adults, begin-
ners to seasoned players, public skate available Sun,
Mon, Tues, Wed & Thu through the season, more info
Events, Fairs, Festivals, Fun
Cortez/Dolores/Dove Creek/Mancos:
--Raising Readers Storytime, every Thu, 10:30a, Cor-
tez Public Library, 202 N Park St, Cortez, songs, stories,
crafts & silliness, 970.565.8117
-Wednesdays Game Daze, 5-6p, Mancos Public Li-
brary, 211 W First St, Mancos, Contact Lee Hallberg
-Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party,
Dec 7, 7-9p, Mancos Valley Chamber Visitor Center, 101 E
Bauer, Mancos
-Mancos Grand Winter Nights Holiday Event, Dec 8,
5-8p, downtown Mancos, *Open House galleries w/
Apps, Drinks, Shopping; *Community Holiday Singing &
Caroling Circle Fireside; *Hot cocoa & bonfire at Colorado
Ranch & Home Realty; *Free Glass Ornament Making at
Painted Turtle(5-7p); *Homemade Soups & Hot Drinks
from Green Table Cafe; *Doll Show Opening at Veryl
Goodnight¡¯s Gallery; *Mancos Valley Chorus concert at
Methodist Church(7p)
-Christmas in Dolores at the Galloping Goose, Dec 9,
Galloping Goose Historical Society Train Museum, 421
Railroad Ave, Dolores, Celebrate the holidays with com-
munity & Santa, Hot Cocoa & Cookies, holiday bonfire and
live Music w/local Musicians
-Mancos Winter Holiday Arts Bazaar, Mancos Community
Ctr, Grand Ave, open 9-5 Saturday, Dec 9, 120 W Grand
Ave, Mancos
January 26
LCD Soundsystem (sold out), Belly Up, Aspen,
January 27
The Silk Road w/Marcin Arendt, Blue Sage Hall,
Paonia, 970.527.SAGE
Martin Garrix (sold out), Belly Up, Aspen,970.544.9800
January 28
Marshmello, Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
January 31
Matoma: One In A Million Tour, Belly Up,
Aspen, 970.544.9800