If you’re hoping for a perfect Rocky Mountain Christmas, be sure to put Aspen Snowmass on your list. Once you’ve arrived in our sparkling, snow-covered valley and have entered downtown Aspen, you’ll be greeted by an abundance of glittering lights, wreaths, garlands, and festive holiday decorations.
Since specific event dates and details can change from year to year, be sure to visit the websites of local businesses (or just ask our Concierge) before confirming your activity plans.
Letters to Santa for the Littles
Each year from early- to mid-December, Santa leaves a special mailbox in the front yard of the Sardy House. Kids and adults alike can send in their Christmas lists via the “Letters to Santa” box. Check the Aspen Chamber events page for this year’s dates once they’re set.
Annual Christmas Tree Lightings
If you arrive in Aspen for a long Christmas break, you may be in time for one of the several annual Christmas Tree lightings downtown.
— Aspen’s Sardy House on Main Street lights up its tree during the first weekend of December with carolers, cocoa, and community. At nearly 100-feet tall, this traditional fir Christmas tree is an Aspen staple.
— The Little Nell usually turns on its Christmas tree lights in the courtyard by mid-December.
— The St. Regis includes a “Champagne sabering” signature ceremony when its 30-foot courtyard tree begins to glow.
A “12 Days of Aspen” Christmas
Each year, the Aspen Chamber (ACRA) curates a continually-updated list of that season’s “12 Days of Aspen” holiday activities. The “12 Days of Aspen” activities are perfect for supplementing your own Christmas holiday schedule with activities the whole family will enjoy. From caroling performances to cookie and gingerbread decorating to story hours and more, you’ll find the Chamber’s Christmas resource invaluable, no matter the year. Since exact dates and details change annually, you’ll want to keep the link bookmarked.
Pre-Christmas Solstice Bonfire in Aspen
ACES (the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies) usually offers a Solstice bonfire celebration called “Return to the Light” the week before Christmas. Take a journey through the Hallam Lake Nature Preserve on a one-way walking loop, while stopping to experience colored lights shining through ice sculptures, nature photos, and complimentary hot cocoa (bring your own mug!).
Christmas Skiing and Snowboarding
The best memories for many taking an Aspen Christmas vacation come from the brilliant skiing and snowboarding conditions at Aspen Snowmass. With four mountains to choose from (and every pass includes them all!), you’ll experience prime conditions on exciting and expansive terrain. You’ll never get bored. Explore currently available tickets and passes on the SkiCo website.
Christmas Dining in Aspen Snowmass
For dining options on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Aspen, visit the Aspen Chamber’s website to see the latest updates on local restaurants who’re offering special holiday feasts. Whether you’re deciding on an early Christmas lunch or an evening Christmas dinner, you’ll find the perfect option to suit everyone in your party. Most Aspen restaurants do require reservations since seats are especially in demand during the Christmas holiday season, so make your plans early (and let our Concierge help if you’re an Alpine Property guest)!
Home Away from Home for Christmas in Aspen
At Alpine Property, we want our holiday vacation rentals to be your homes away from home. Situated in the heart of cozy downtown Aspen, you can light a Christmas tree in your condo or cook your own holiday meal in a fully equipped kitchen. If the holiday excitement gets too overwhelming, you can walk back to your rental for a warm, quiet night. Reach out to our team and reserve the perfect holiday vacation rental in Aspen Snowmass.