Holidays & Events in Vail, Colorado

There is nothing quite like the holiday season in Vail. From the charming beauty of Vail Village and Lionshead to the epic, snow-packed mountain conditions, the magic of the season is all around. If you’re planning a trip this month, we encourage you to check out one of the festive events outlined below, or contact your Solaris Personal Assistant for additional information.

Vail Holidaze

This annual event adds a variety of family-friendly activities to Vail’s iconic holiday backdrop. Events are available daily December 18 through 20 and also December 31 at a variety of locations around town, including Solaris Plaza. Indulge in cookie decorating, learn how to ice skate, learn how to make festive paper lanterns and more. Click here to view the complete Vail Holidaze schedule. Additionally, guests are invited to welcome the New Year, Vail style, with the Torchlight Parade. Watch the parade at Golden Peak, as ski instructors and Vail locals form a glowing train as they ski down Golden Peak with glow sticks. As a bonus, a spectacular firework display will follow.

Tree Lighting in Slifer Square

Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, music and entertainment at 5 p.m. on December 20, followed by an illuminated lantern walk led by the one and only Santa. Make your own lantern for your chance to win one of many great prizes!

Ice Skating at Solaris Plaza

Local skaters will be at the Solaris Ice Skating Rink on select dates this month to assist children with the basics of skating. During Vail Holidaze, there may even be a surprise appearance from Santa himself.


Winter Sleigh Ride

Delight in Vail’s picturesque mountain setting when you indulge in a sleigh ride through our local winter wonderland. Your Solaris Personal Assistant will happily make a reservation at one of our local favorites, including Bearcat’s Cabin or 4 Eagle Ranch, both of which also offer intimate dining in a historic setting.

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, Vail offers something for guests of all ages. Enjoy the best shopping and dining this season at Solaris Plaza, and be sure to visit our on-site Personal Assistants for information on in-residence holiday catering, last-minute shopping options, spa treatments and more.

From our family to yours, happy holidays, and we wish you the very best in the New Year.