Vail-Beaver Creek Weekend Agenda: December 20-23

From ice skating and lantern walks to ice sculptures and Christmas concerts (and even a few live reindeer!): Here's to a weekend is packed with holiday events and things to do

By Katie Coakley December 17, 2019

The Boulder Philharmonic performs Handel's Messiah at the Vilar on Dec 21.


Vail Skating Festival and Ice Spectacular

Dec. 20, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., Solaris and Arrabelle Ice Rinks, Vail Village and Lionshead

The Vail Skating Festival brings the magic of ice skating to Vail with a weekend full of entertainment – including two free 15-minute ice exhibitions featuring national and international medalists at outdoor rinks in Vail Village and Lionshead.


It’s a Wonderful Life

Dec. 20 & 21, 7 p.m., Peter Abuisi Theatre at Vail Mountain School, East Vail

You may have seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” a million times but you’ve never seen it quite like this. Visionbox brings George Bailey, Clarence and the crew to the stage as a live 1940s radio broadcast starring professional actors from Denver and local children. $40 adults; $20 kids.



Beaver Creek Extraordinaire presents Cheer

Dec. 21 – Jan. 4, Beaver Creek Village

Add some sparkle to your holiday season with the extensive line-up of entertainment as part of Beaver Creek Extraordinaire presents Cheer. Free and open to the public, concerts and carolers (and even a few of Santa's reindeer!) will provide the sound of the season; snow and ice creations decorate the village and “ski in” movies create fun for the whole family, to name just a few of the events.


2019 Ice Spectacular

Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m., Dobson Ice Arena, Vail

The highlight of Vail Skate Fest, the Ice Spectacular, is a 90-minute, high-energy ice show featuring U.S. National medalists, international medalists, world competitors and three 2018 Olympic Medalists: Mirai Nagasu, Chris and Alexa Knierim. This is an evening of skating entertainment the whole family can enjoy. $20-$40.


A Classical Christmas with The Boulder Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah

Dec. 21, 7 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra brings the soaring sounds of one of the holiday season’s most evocative scores to the stage. Perennial favorites like Correlli’s Christmas Concerto and Autumn and Winter from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons set the mood; selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” including the Hallelujah chorus, caps off the program. From $54 adults, $20 students.





7th Annual Holiday Lantern Walk

Dec. 22, 4 p.m., Slifer Square, Vail Village

This family-favorite tradition celebrates light and holiday cheer. Pick up your complimentary LED lights and hot chocolate before strolling through Vail Village to the Gore Creek Promenade. Live music precedes the walk; Santa and Ralph the world’s tallest elf lead the procession.


Grand Opening Celebration of the 13th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice & Light Installation

Dec. 22, 5:15 p.m., Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village

Get your cameras ready: Insta-ready illuminated ice and snow sculptures are coming to Vail. Working with ice sculptor Paul Wertin and the innovative creatives who fuse art with technology Alt Ethos, Art in Public Places celebrates celestial wonders through the integration of ice, snow and light at this season’s Vail Winterfest. The illumination begins daily at dusk and runs until 10 p.m. through January 20, 2020.


Winter Solstice Restorative Yoga

Dec. 22, 5:30-7 p.m., Athletic Club at The Westin, Avon

Unwind and embrace the winter season with this 90-minute relaxing, restorative practice. Achieve a blissful union of rest, rejuvenation and clarity using candlelight, soft music and cozy blankets during this special program designed to bring healing and calmness into your over-tired and stressed out self. ($20 for non-members; free for members).




‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

This modern twist on Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, written by two-time Oliver award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, breathes new energy into the well-known story. Grab the whole family and join a mouse, an elf and a little girl as they solve a mystery and witness a Christmas miracle. $48.

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