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Snowmass heats up with holiday events for all

Aspen Times staff
Snowmass Mountain in Snowmass Village.
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Snowmass Village has ramped up the winter action this week and into December with a number of activities on tap. 

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

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

Here’s the lowdown for all things Snowmass:



  • Every day at 3:30 p.m. throughout the winter season, visitors can enjoy free Snowmass s’mores presented by Snowmass Tourism. Guests can find branded s’mores carts (which resemble oversized marshmallows) in Snowmass Base Village and on the Snowmass Mall, featuring s’mores treats.
  • The Artisan at The Stonebridge Inn will offer 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 a harvest salad. Then, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, and bourbon pecan pie for dessert. $85 per adult/$45 per child 12 & under. For reservations, call 970-923-2427 or book online at Opentable.
  • Snowmass Village lights up for the holiday season at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 2, with the annual Light Up the Night tree lighting ceremony at the Snowmass Chapel. Event will include cocoa, carols, a countdown, and an in-person visit from Santa. Over 40 trees light up the night.
Light Up the Night will return to Snowmass Chapel Friday, Dec. 2.
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  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center kicks off the winter season with the Holiday Open House from 4:30-8 p.m. Dec. 8. The evening includes artists-in-residence, open-studio tours via candlelit paths, the opening of the latest special exhibition in the Patton-Malott Gallery, and the chance to purchase a selection of gifts in the ArtWorks store. Stay for dinner and a lively auctionette featuring curated artwork along with other fun and festive auction items. The Holiday Open House is free and open to the public; reservations are requested. A ticket purchase is required for dinner. Additional details available at andersonranch.org.
  • The Collective Snowmass comes alive as Santa’s Village from Dec. 10 through the New Year, complete with nutcrackers, inflatable snowmen, decorative lights, candy canes, light tunnel, and more. Guests are able to take photos and enjoy the festive holiday scene daily during operating hours. 
  • Dec. 17-18, the Collective Snowmass hosts a Winter Market from 3-7 p.m. The Winter Market features local artisans and vendors, pottery, candles, jewelry, and festive goods.
  • Starting Dec. 18, Snowmass Luminescence, an interactive art and light display 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 the Snowmass Mall. Snowmass Luminescence runs from sunset to 9 p.m., daily.
  • Santa visits the Viceroy Snowmass lobby on Dec. 20, 22, and 24 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Dec. 24; features an appearance by Mrs. Clause.
  • On Dec. 21, the Viewline Snowmass Resort, Autograph Collection hosts a meet and greet with Santa’s reindeer on the lawn, followed by a breakfast with Santa on Dec. 23 and 24 at Stark’s Alpine Grill. Also from Dec. 20-25, the Viewline Snowmass features daily hot cocoa and cider stations, as well as live music in the lobby from 4-6 p.m. The Viewline Snowmass also features a weekly Family Movie Night every Thursday starting Dec. 8 and every day during peak holiday season Dec. 17 – Jan. 1, featuring seasonal movies such as Elf, Frozen, and Home Alone.
  • The Collective Snowmass comes alive with holiday cheer in Santa’s Village Dec. 21-24 from 2-4 p.m.. each day. Guests can take photos with Socialite and enjoy the holiday scene. Santa’s Village features a unique Snow Globe photo opportunity, featuring live performers, while Nutcracker and Snow Queen stilt walkers roam around Snowmass Base Village. Santa will also be on hand, while Sensory Santa, in conjunction with Challenge Aspen, is available on Dec. 22-23 from 4-5 p.m. for a calmer Santa experience.
  • Holidays carolers, the Holiday Bell Tones, bring cheer to the Snowmass Mall and the Snowmass Center, singing crowd favorites, Dec. 21-24, from 12:30-4 p.m. each day.
  • On Dec. 22, the Limelight Snowmass Hotel starts daily happy hour from 3-5 p.m., featuring deals on local beers and wine. Also on Dec. 22, Limelight Snowmass offers a hot chocolate/mulled wine cart on the patio during apres-ski hours.
  • On Christmas Eve, guests can attend one of three Christmas Eve Services at the Snowmass Chapel. Services on Dec. 24 take place at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m., with full choir and orchestra (7 p.m. and 9 p.m. only), readings, and reflections. The Snowmass Chapel also hosts a Christmas Day service at 10:30 a.m.
  • On Christmas Day, celebrate Christmas at restaurants and hotels around Snowmass. TORO at the Viceroy Snowmass offers a Gala Buffet from 4–9 p.m. for $185/person. Optional Wine Pairing $150/per person or Champagne Pairing $175/per person. Kids are $75/person, 12 and under. At The Artisan, located inside the Stonebridge Inn, guests can settle into a cozy dining room setting with a comfort-food menu. For more details, click here.
  • Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. The Torchlight Parade features skiers and snowboarders making wide turns down the mountain with red flares that illuminate the night sky and snow with a glow. The parade begins at 6 p.m., and all are welcome to participate (must be an intermediate skier or above) or to enjoy from the base of the mountain. (Ski/snowboard participants begin loading the Village Express chairlift at 5:30 p.m.) Fireworks launch at 10 p.m. to ring in the New Year.
  • To ring in 2023, guests can look for a variety of prix fixe and à la carte specials at restaurants and bars around Snowmass Village. The Collective Snowmass hosts a free New Year’s Eve celebration from 7-11 p.m. featuring DJ Tenza, family friendly event, party favors, an East Coast ball drop, and a complimentary champagne toast. TORO at the Viceroy Snowmass offers a Gala Buffet from 6:30–10 p.m., with late night finger food from 11:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. and dancing from 10:00 p.m.–1 a.m. for $489/person, including a Ruinart Champagne Toast. Optional $150 Wine Pairing /Champagne Pairing $175/per person. Celebrate at The Artisan, located inside the Stonebridge Inn.

For more information on the holidays, as well as everything else there is to see and do in Snowmass, visit http://www.gosnowmass.com.

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