Mountain Mayhem: The Holidaze | AspenTimes.com

Mountain Mayhem: The Holidaze

Living in a resort town means there are offseasons when the pace slows and there are on seasons when it’s action-packed — like the one we’ve just entered as we usher in the holidays. It’s a mad dash from function to function with events for all ages and times of day. I have to keep a calendar by the hour to not miss out on the many activities and activations.

Upcoming on the family circuit are more tree lightings and Santa sightings in town including free events like Olaf the Elf visits Hallam Lake at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; The St. Regis Aspen’s tree lighting this Saturday, Dec. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Hotel Jerome on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Benefits I don’t like to miss include The Next, Aspen Art Museum’s après-style event on Dec. 28, starting at 4 p.m., as well as the Audi Ajax Cup benefiting Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club on Dec. 30 with a ski race and after party. Typically, Aspen Film’s Academy Screenings also top the list, though this season they’ve been moved post-holidays from Jan. 4 to 7 — I think it’ll be a perfect match to follow the madness.


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