Snowmass heats up with holiday events for everyone

Snowmass Mountain in Snowmass Village.
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Snowmass Village ramped up the winter action this week and into December with a number of activities available.

“Snowmass holidays are a very magical time,” Rose Abello, Director of Tourism for Snowmass Tourism, said in a statement. “The community and guests, alike, have a chance to embrace old traditions and create new ones. From visits with Santa, to tree lightings and menoras, to the Anderson Ranch Holiday Open House, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Of course, the main event at Snowmass is on the slopes.
Photo by Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Here’s the lowdown on all things Snowmass:

  • Every day at 3:30 PM throughout the winter, visitors can enjoy free Snowmass s’mores offered by Snowmass Tourism. Guests can find branded s’mores carts (which look like oversized marshmallows) at Snowmass Base Village and at Snowmass Mall, which serve s’mores.
  • The Artisan at The Stonebridge Inn will serve up a traditional Thanksgiving spread on Thanksgiving Day, including a chef carving station, free-range turkey, and prime rib with all the Thanksgiving sides, including stuffing, collard greens, mac n cheese, and harvest salad. Then pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, and bourbon pecan pie for dessert. $85 per adult / $45 per child 12 and under. For reservations, call 970-923-2427 or reserve online at Opentable.
  • Snowmass Village lights up for the holiday season at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2 with the annual Snowmass Village light up the night Tree lighting ceremony at Snowmass Chapel. The event will include cocoa, carols, a countdown and a personal visit from Santa. More than 40 trees light up at night.
Light Up the Night will return to Snowmass Chapel on Friday, December 2nd.
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  • Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts The winter season starts with the Holiday Open House from 4:30-8pm. December 8th. The evening includes artist-in-residence tours, open studio tours through the candlelit pathways, and the opening of the latest special exhibition in Baton Malotte. exhibition, and the opportunity to purchase a selection of gifts in the ArtWorks store. Stay for dinner and a lively auction featuring curated artwork along with other fun stuff and a festive auction. The holiday open house is free and open to the public; Reservation required. Ticket purchase required for dinner. Additional details are available at
  • The Collective snow block Santa’s Village comes to life from December 10 through the New Year, complete with nutcrackers, inflatable snowmen, decorative lights, candy canes, a light tunnel, and more. Guests can take photos and enjoy the festive holiday scene every day during business hours.
  • December 17-18, Collective snow block It hosts a winter market from 3 to 7 p.m. The Winter Market features local artisans and vendors, pottery, candles, jewelry, and festive goods.
  • Starting December 18th Snow luminescenceAn interactive art and light show presented by Snowmass Tourism and Aspen Snowmass, immerses guests and community members in a world of light and art, located between Snowmass Base Village and Snowmass Mall. Snowmass Luminescence runs daily from sunset to 9 p.m.
  • Santa visiting Viceroy Snowmass The Lobby on December 20, 22, and 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, December 24; It features an appearance by Mrs. Claus.
  • On December 21, A.J Viewline Snowmass Resort, Autograph Collection He hosts a meet-and-greet with Santa’s reindeer on the lawn, followed by Breakfast with Santa on December 23rd and 24th at Stark’s Alpine Grill. Also from December 20-25, Viewline Snowmass features daily hot cocoa and cider stations, plus live music in the lobby from 4-6pm. Day during the height of the holiday season from December 17th to January 1st, it shows seasonal movies like Elf, Frozen, and Home Alone.
  • The Collective snow block Comes alive with holiday cheer at Santa’s Village December 21-24 from 2-4 p.m. every day. Guests can take photos with Socialite and enjoy the holiday scene. Santa’s Village features a one-of-a-kind Snow Globe photo opportunity, featuring live performers, while the Nutcracker and Snow Queen walkers roam around the Snowmass Base Village. Santa will also be on hand, while Sensory Santa, along with Challenge Aspen, is available December 22-23 from 4-5pm for a more subdued Santa experience.
  • Holiday carolsHoliday bells, ringtones, bring cheer to Snowmass Mall and Snowmass Center, as crowd favorites sing along, December 21-24, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. each day.
  • On December 22, A.J Limelight Snowmass Hotel Daily happy hour runs from 3-5pm, featuring deals on local beer and wine. Also on December 22nd, Limelight Snowmass offers a hot chocolate/wine cart on the patio during après-ski hours.
  • On Christmas Eve, guests can attend one of three Christmas Eve services at Snowmass Chapel. Services take place on December 24 at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm, with full choir and orchestra (7pm and 9pm only), readings and meditations. Snowmass Church also hosts a Christmas Day service at 10:30 am
  • On Christmas Day, celebrate Christmas at the restaurants and hotels around Snowmass. TORO in Viceroy Snowmass Gala Buffet is served from 4-9pm for $185 per person. Optional wine pairing $150 per person or champagne pairing $175 per person. Children $75 per person, 12 and under. in literalLocated inside the Stonebridge Inn, guests can settle into a cozy dining room with a comfort food menu. For more details, click here.
  • Torchlight parade and fireworks. Torchlight Parade features skiers and snowboarders making wide turns down the mountain with red flares illuminating the night sky and snow with a glow. The show starts at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to participate (must be an intermediate or higher skier) or to enjoy from the base of the mountain. (Ski/Snowboard participants start loading the Village Express cable car at 5:30 PM) Fireworks are set off at 10 PM to celebrate the New Year.

For more information about the holidays, plus everything else to see and do at Snowmass, visit

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