Winter Wonderland: A Guide to Vail's Holiday Season 2023

Lesley Davis  |  November 28, 2023

Winter Wonderland: A Guide to Vail's Holiday Season 2023

Winter Wonderland: A Guide to Vail's Holiday Season 2023

As the snow blankets the picturesque town of Vail, Colorado, it's time to embrace the holiday spirit and revel in the winter wonderland that our mountainous haven becomes during the holiday season. From festive lights and decorations to exhilarating outdoor activities, Vail has something for everyone this holiday season. Let's explore the exciting experiences and events that await you in our enchanting alpine village.

Holiday Dining: Savoring the Season

  1. Alpine Elegance at Sweet Basil: Begin your holiday culinary journey with a visit to Sweet Basil, a Michelin recommended and iconic restaurant in Vail Village. Indulge in a menu that combines locally sourced ingredients with international flair, creating a dining experience that's as exquisite as the snowy landscape outside.
  2. Cozy Comfort at Vintage: For a warm and intimate setting, head to Vintage. This rustic-chic restaurant offers comfort food with a modern twist, making it the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring the winter wonderland.
  3. Après Ski Delights at The Remedy Bar: Located at the Four Seasons Resort in Vail, The Remedy Bar is the ideal place to relax after a day on the slopes. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a menu that seamlessly blends mountain flavors with contemporary culinary techniques.

Holiday Shopping: Finding the Perfect Gifts 

  1. The Gilded Spruce: For over 40 years, this shop specializes in all things Christmas. Offering a wide range of ornaments, decorations, and festive gifts. Whether you're looking for traditional holiday decor or unique, handcrafted ornaments. This boutique store is a must-visit for anyone seeking gifts that capture the magic of the season.
  2. Perch: Perch offers a thoughtfully curated selection of home goods, gifts, and accessories. During the holiday season, the shop transforms into a festive space with holiday-themed items, making it a great place to find stylish and unique presents for friends and family.
  3. Vail Village Arts: If you're looking for one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts, Vail Village Arts is the perfect stop. This gallery showcases the work of local and regional artists, offering a stunning array of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and other artistic creations.

Festive Events: Celebrating the Season

  1. Kris Kringle Market (December 7-10, 2023): Kickstarting the winter festivities, Join us for a Holiday Market in the Mountains. The lights, garland, holiday treats, artisans and more will take over the streets of Vail. The Market presents Colorado Artisans, Handmade baked goods, artisanal food products, as well as multiple entertainment venues with musical entertainment, kid’s activities, gluhwein (mulled wine) and more.  Stroll through Vail Village’s International Bridge.
  2. Smile with Santa (December 10-23, 2023): Experience the magic and embrace this cherished tradition of meeting Santa Clause. Families and children will have the chance to embrace the spirit of Christmas for the holiday festivities!
  3. New Year's Eve Celebration (December 31, 2023): Bid farewell to the old and welcome the new in style at Vail's New Year's Eve Celebration. The streets come alive with fireworks, live music, and a jubilant atmosphere. Join the countdown to midnight in Vail Square, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Rockies.

Vail promises a magical blend of festive celebrations, outdoor adventures, and culinary delights. Whether you're a local resident or a visitor, these events provide the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Bundle up, embrace the spirit of the season, and make the most of this enchanting winter wonderland in Vail.

If you are looking for a home in the Vail Valley, we at the Vail Luxe Group, are more than happy to answer your real estate questions and help you find your luxury Colorado home in Vail that aligns with all your must-haves!


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