Revely Vail culminates with the Town of Vail's annual tree lighting in Slifer Square on November 30, but that only marks the start of the holiday season. If you're looking to keep jingling-all-the-way through December 31, Minturn is kicking off the holiday season with 15 days of festivities to celebrate 115 years on the map. As such: don't miss the Vail Valley Art Guild's exhibition at Vail Mountain Coffee Roasters with live jazz by Kathy Morrow (of Splendido fame) on December 1 (4-6 p.m.). The following Friday (December 6) is a double-header—you can check out local jewelry maker Paulina Dean's work (and maybe even pick up some gifts) while you sip wine at Minturn's downtown wine bar, Monkshood Cellars, before you wander over to the Minturn Community Fund for an exhibition by local artists. The weekend culminates in Minturn's tree lighting on December 7 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)—complete with a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and pours of hot cocoa—plus a winter market (and another December 14). There's also caroling on Thursday, December 13, and special events on both Sundays (December 7 & 14) at Minturn's yoga studio, Anahata Yoga, throughout the event—plus, the inaugural "Send it Sunday" at Minturn Saloon (December 8, 3 p.m.), where a weekly raffle can win you a Weston Snowoard every week—among a holly jolly list of other scheduled activities throughout the first two weeks of December.
Our top picks for the two-week celebration? The speakyeasy-themed soiree at Revival Photographic (Friday, December 13)—guests are encouraged to wear Prohibition Era garb—and Minturn's Outdoor Winter Concert on December 14 (5:30 to 7 p.m.), when Colorado-based bluegrass quarter Blue Canyon Boys stop by downtown Minturn (and local wine bar Monkshood Cellars provides the refreshments). minturn.org/15days
It wouldn't be the holidays without Snow Days; this year, Modest Mouse "Float On" down to the stage at Vail's Ford Park for a free show on Friday (December 12, 6 p.m.), and indie folk band The Head and The Heart close out the celebration on Saturday (December 13, 6 p.m.). snowdays.com