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Mountain Mayhem: Holiday spirit

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem

Keeping the spirit alive this holiday season has been an exercise in planning, creativity and flexibility.

The St. Regis turned their tree lighting virtual this year. You can watch the luminous courtyard from the comfort of your phone via their Instagram account @stregisaspen.

Krista Klees of Slifer Smith & Frampton hosted the 5th annual Lucky Chances Luncheon this year as a virtual event on Thursday, December 3. In the past, Klees has invited women for this holiday tradition held at the Hotel Jerome with the dining generously hosted by her and the donating to a select few non-profits generously made by guests. This year, she and her team chose restaurants from Aspen to Summit County where you could order your lunch to-go and enjoy while watching the presentation from the non-profit beneficiaries online. It served as a great way to support restaurants while also raising funds for the chosen charities and keeping this holiday tradition alive. Klees shared afterward that “we received 287 donations and raised $31,620.00! With Slifer Smith & Frampton’s generous match, that’s a total of $61,620.00! A HUGE thank you and so much gratitude for Narr8Media, Ann Abernethy and my amazing sister-in-law, Rhonda Schneider, for making this event happen “’virtually’. It would never have come together without all of you and I am grateful!”

On Sunday, December 6, Santa and Mrs. Claus took a late afternoon tour through Aspen by horse-drawn carriage. They started at The Sardy House and wove their way through town, waving from a distance, tossing candy canes and posing for photos.

For those interested in reaching Santa by mail, there are Letters to Santa mailboxes set up this season in the front yard of The Sardy House and in the lobby of the Hotel Jerome.

The Buddy Program transformed its Gingerbread House Workshop typically held at The Little Nell into a take-home kit this year replete with an apron, frosting, candy and a pre-assembled house. Reserve your custom kit for $150 ($75 is a tax deductible donation to the non-profit) and can be picked up curbside through December 11 at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen or Third Street Center in Carbondale. Visit or call 970.920.2130.