Winterfest Wonderland

Vail Village's Annual Tribute to Winter is a Family Affair

Paper-lantern making workshops, a giant ice theater, and a parade down Bridge Street marks Vail's annual Winter Solstice celebration.

By Kirsten Dobroth November 17, 2017 Published in the Holiday 2017/2018 issue of Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine

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Winterfest parade-goers. 

Vail Village’s annual Winterfest celebration kicks off with two paper lantern-making workshops (Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Making with the Alpine Arts Center, Dec 20, 4-6 p.m., Second Floor of Lionshead Welcome Center, $10; Paper Lantern Making Workshop with Helen Hiebert, Dec 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Vail Public Library, free), culminating with a Santa-led procession from the Covered Bridge (Dec 22, 4:30 p.m., Slifer Square) up Bridge Street to Gore Creek Promenade’s outdoor winter theater. There, complimentary hot cocoas await, and at 5:15 p.m. a 300-pound slab of chiseled ice screens the 1960s animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. If you can’t make the parade and Winterfest premiere, the ice theater becomes a frozen fixture of the village landscape throughout the season, screening holiday classics and Warren Miller ski films each evening for as long as Mother Nature keeps it cold.

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