What’s Happening in the Vail Valley This Holiday Season

December 3, 2021
Beaver Creek Resort during night in the winter

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 Holiday events in Vail we’re looking forward to during the 2021 holiday season in Vail, Beaver Creek, and the surrounding area. 

Check out our favorite Holiday events in Vail!

Magic of Lights 

November 19th, 2021— January 5th, 2022 

Enjoy a festive, family-friendly activity right outside of Vail Village. This half-mile walking loop can be found in Ford Lower Park Bench and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Throughout the early holiday season, enjoy this winter wonderland display! 

Vail Snow Days 

December 2nd — 5th, 2021 

This four-day festival celebrates the beginning of the ski season with live music! Including two headlining shows at the Ford Park Venue, a pub crawl, and local ski brand vendors expos, this event brings Vail Village together. On the last day of the festival, enjoy brunch at the Tavern on the Square in Lionshead! 

Powabunga Vail 

December 9th — 12th, 2021 

Live music fans will not want to miss the Powabunga music festival in Vail, Colorado! With headliners this year including Rufus Du Sol and Bob Moses, this 3-day festival is a spectacular kick-off to the winter season. Purchase tickets to attend this dance party that will be held in Ford Park! 

15th Annual Vail Winterfest 

December 19th — January 20th, 2022 

This holiday season, enjoy the 15th Annual Vail Winterfest! The Winterfest is highlighted this year by a lantern installation along the Gore Creek Promenade. See stunning lanterns by artist Olive Maya hung over the International Bridge in Vail Village. At dusk, walk along the Gore Creek Promenade to see and interact with 25,000 pounds of ice sculptures also by artist Olive Maya.  Get involved yourself with the complimentary Lantern workshop which will take place on Sunday, December 19th, 2021, at the Vail Public Library! Register in advance for the workshop here.  

New Year’s Eve Celebrations 

December 31st, 2021 

Ring in the new year with a celebration in Vail. Shred the slopes all day long before making your final turns of 2021. After you’re done on the slopes, grab an après drink to cheer for the new year. As part of Vail Holidays, New Year’s Eve will include both a Torchlight Parade & Fireworks! Fireworks will be set off at around 6:15 PM, perfect for those who don’t want to stay up until the clock strikes midnight! 

Vail Après 

Daily at 4:00 PM 

Every day once the ski runs close for the day, the villages of Vail and Lionshead welcome skiers and pedestrians alike to enjoy an Après ski snack or drink in the many restaurants and bars. We recommend the Red Lion as a destination to enjoy appetizers, beers, and cocktails as well as live music and a festive atmosphere.  

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