Vail-Beaver Creek Weekend Agenda: December 13-15

From Modest Mouse at Vail Snow Days to the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Vilar: 13 holiday things to do in and around Vail and Beaver Creek this weekend

By Katie Coakley December 11, 2019

Vail Snow Days, Dec 12-15

Image: Zach Mahone


Santa and the Babies

Dec. 13, 11 a.m., Vail Public Library, Vail

If Santa sends you child screaming, you’ll enjoy this opportunity for your wee one (three years old or younger) to meet Santa during a calm and casual daytime experience. Toys and snacks will be offered to make waiting for your turn a bit easier.

Revival Photographic Holiday Party

Dec. 13, 5:30-10 p.m., 1031 Main St., Minturn 

Celebrate the opening of Revival Photographic with a 1900s-inspired Tintype Party. Don your best turn of the 20th century gear (tophats, snapcaps or other prohibition-era gear) book your own tintype session for a unique memory. Light snacks will be provided.

 Modest Mouse

Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m. doors open; 6 p.m. show, Ford Park Parking Lot Concert Venue

Bringing headlining music to Vail for free, Snow Days concerts are legendary. Don’t miss this performance by Modest Mouse. Founded in 1993, Modest Mouse has achieved what eludes so many indie bands: They’ve achieved massive popularity without alienating longtime fans. Brooklyn-based five-piece band The Rad Trads opens. Daily goings-on at Snow Days (through Dec 15) include a festival village at Mountain Plaza from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with demos and samples and a block party on the International Bridge from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. with even more giveaways and swag.

James Niehues, “The Man Behind the Maps” Book Signing

Dec. 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Vail Sports, Lionshead

James Niehues, a legendary ski map artist who has hand-painted more than 300 ski maps for over 200 iconic snow sports areas, will be signing copies of his new book, “The Man Behind the Maps” at Vail Sports. The event is free; limited books will be available for sale.

Community Shabbat Dinner

Dec. 13, 6 p.m., Vail Chabad Jewish Center

Celebrate Shabbat with Brothers for Life, Israeli Defense Forces Wounded Veterans and the Vail Chabad community. Free.

The Nutcracker Ballet Presented by Vail Friends of Dance

Dec. 13-15, 7 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

It’s not really the holidays until Clara receives her nutcracker and is transported to a magical world. Vail Friends of Dance presents the holiday classic “The Nutcracker Ballet” featuring the Vail Youth Ballet Company with guest artists, students from Vail Valley Academy of Dance and community members. $38.


Vail Holiday Sweater Run

Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m., Checkpoint Charlie/Willow Bridge Road, Vail Village

Break out your favorite festive (ahem, ugly) sweater for this 2.5-mile fun run in Vail. Prizes will be given for Best Sweater, Best Team, Best Mustache and more! Dogs are welcome. $20 for adults in advance, $25 day of.

Minturn Winter Holiday Market

Dec. 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Minturn

Enjoy all of the character of Minturn’s summer market with a holiday twist. Peruse wares from a wide variety of vendors for holiday gift options, plus enjoy music from carolers, an appearance by Santa, s’mores and more.

 Hipster Santa Photo Booth

Dec. 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hygge Life, Eagle-Vail

If you’ve been holding out for a truly unique Santa experience, here’s your chance to get your pic with Hipster Santa. Mountain Art Collective will be taking the photos and providing the impeccably turned-out Santa. Cocoa will be served and pastries and coffee will be available for purchase in the café.

Blue Canyon Boys

Dec. 14, 3-5 p.m., Downtown Minturn

Enjoy this free outdoor concert from the Blue Canyon Boys, known for their high-octane Colorado bluegrass sound. Part of the 15 Days of Minturn, celebrating the 115th anniversary of the founding of Minturn.

Beaver Creek FunFest

Dec. 14, 4-5:30 p.m., Beaver Creek Village, Beaver Creek

Every Saturday through April 13, Beaver Creek Village comes alive with the Beaver Creek FunFest. Kids can earn tokens by playing games in the various tents to redeem Beaver Creek-themed prizes. Free.

The Head and The Heart

Dec. 14, Doors open at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 6 p.m., Ford Park Parking Lot Concert Venue

Known for their high-energy shows, The Head and The Heart have been selling out iconic venues like Red Rocks, Mishawaka and ACL Live in Austin. This band from Seattle has continued to build and refine their sound in the decade they’ve been playing together, proving that they have staying power moving from the indie folk sound to alternative rock and pop. Denver-based Rob Drabkin opens.


Bluegrass and Bloodies

Dec. 15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Tavern, The Arrabelle, Lionshead

Keep the Snow Days music going while you enjoy a bit of hair-of-the-dog during Sunday Funday at The Tavern. The Runaway Grooms perform.





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