Mountain Mayhem: ‘Tis the Season |

Mountain Mayhem: ‘Tis the Season

01: Dan Sheridan leads the choir at the Sardy House Tree Lighting.

The annual Sardy House Tree Lighting last weekend kicked off the month of holiday gatherings throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Among my favorite, family-friendly events this month are the following occasions — all are complimentary and several also include a charity initiative.

On Thursday, Dec. 10, from 4-5:30 p.m., Sven the Elf visits Rock Bottom Ranch for a magical winter afternoon feeding the ranch animals and making holiday crafts. On Sunday, Dec. 13, from 5-6 p.m., The Little Nell hosts a Tree Lighting with Santa, “reindeer” from the Aspen Animal Shelter, carolers from SoL Theatre Productions and more, and a clothing drive for LIFT-UP. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 4:30-7 p.m., visit Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s Holiday Open House. Tour the studios to shop for gifts from artists-in-residence and staff, enjoy art activities for children in Schermer Meeting Hall, make s’mores around the bonfire. (There’s also a holiday dinner in the Ranch Café for a very reasonable price.) On Sunday, Dec. 19, The St. Regis’ annual Tree Lighting Ritual takes over the Fountain Courtyard with carolers from the Aspen School District, visits with Santa Claus, holiday treats and festive beverages and the hotel’s signature Champagne sabering. And while you’re there, be sure to visit the Gingerbread Hotel in the lobby by the Grand Staircase.

For a full list of holiday events and further details on local holiday happenings, visit

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