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WATCH: Kris Kringle Holiday Market at Revely Vail

Tricia Swenson was live at the Revely Vail Kris Kringle Holiday Market, doing some early holiday shopping.

Jen Hartwick and Natalie Cressman of the Trey Anastasio Band are playing at Gondola One for Revely Vail

Jen Hartswick and Natalie Cressman of the Trey Anastasio Band will play at the base of Gondola One in Vail today as part of the first Revely Vail festivities, which took over the village this Thanksgiving holiday week.

The two band members will each play a duet with other musicians: Hartswick will play with Nick Cassarnio, and Cressman will play with Ian Faquini. The music runs from 3-6 p.m.

In the Trey Anastasio Band, which fans have dubbed TAB for short after the Phish frontman’s various side projects that remained nameless for years, Hartswick sings and plays trumpet and Cressman sings and plays trombone. They play alongside TAB mainstays including Russ Lawton on drums and Tony Markellis on bass. To round out the most recent lineup, TAB has added percussionist Cyro Baptista, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and saxophonist and vocalist James Casey.

Today marks the last day of Revely Vail’s celebrations. Revely Vail is a new event this year that brings fun events and holiday cheer to Vail Village the week of Thanksgiving. Also taking place are the Kris Kringle Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Explosion of Lights Walk from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the tree lighting at 6 p.m.

The Kris Kringle Market will be a European-style holiday market in the streets of Vail Village. In true Bavarian fashion, shoppers will be able to drink beer and try gluhwein, a warm mulled wine typically served during Christmastime.

For the Explosion of Lights Walk, guests will start in Lionshead Plaza and stroll through the village, looking at the twinkling lights, hot chocolate in hand. Guests are the invited to walk from Lionshead to Vail, ending at Slifer Square for the tree lighting, an annual tradition in the village. Vail Mayor Dave Chapin and Sheika Gramshammer, a local celebrity who runs Pepi’s in Vail, will light the tree this year.

For more information about Revely Vail, visit reneventproductions.com/event/revelyvail/.

Santa visits, tree lighting ceremonies, Revely Vail and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/29/19

Beaver Creek Tree Lighting ceremony

Beaver Creek kicks off its 39th year with a Tree Lighting ceremony that has been happening for the same amount of time. It’s a tradition that families have grown up with to help welcome the holidays. Head to the Plaza level of Beaver Creek Village and help flip the switch of the seasons.  

New this year is the Holiday Market which will feature a variety of vendors on the Plaza level and beyond from 1-5 p.m. Vendors include:

  • Beaver Creek Sports
  • Craniology
  • Cowboys & Daisies
  • Rimini Gelato
  • Vilar Performing Arts Center
  • Avalon Clothing
  • Base Mountain Sports
  • Paderewski Fine Art
  • Qinti – The Peruvian Shop
  • LA Antler Company
  • Emmy Stained Glass
  • Belden Witch
  • Rocky Mountain Raclette

Santa will travel to Beaver Creek on Friday to visit with guests and stop by the Santa’s Workshop located at Powder 8 Kitchen and Tap from 3 to 5 p.m. Santa will also visit the Fountain Stage from 6:15-7:15 p.m. He will be available for photos at both locations.

At Santa’s Workshop, you can get crafty by decorating ornaments and cookies and making buttons and bows. Face painting will also be available.

The Tree Lighting ceremony will take place from 5-7 p.m. The ice skating show will feature live performances by the Denver Dolls, Helmut Ficker and an appearance from Santa.

Plan to spend the day up at Beaver Creek and ski or snowboard before the festivities begin. Bring some boots to change into after the slopes and wear your layers to stay warm once the sun goes down. For more information, visit www.beavercreek.com.

The Celtic Gift

Right after the tree lighting in Beaver Creek on Friday night, continue getting into the holiday spirit by heading down the escalator to the Vilar Performing Arts Center for the Celtic Gift, presented by Irish Dance Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m.

Open a magical world this Christmas with Irish Dance Theatre’s fourth annual holiday production. Irish Dance Theatre is based out of Denver and they strive to tell stories through Irish dance.  Riverdance and Lord of the Dance alumni Martin Percival and Ciara Sexton direct the Irish Dance Theatre Company for this spirited holiday dance show. 

“Irish Dance Theatre seeks to establish a foothold for professional Irish Dance in North America,” said Percival. “Through its fourth annual seasonal production, the Celtic Gift tells a holiday fairytale with a unique Celtic twist. It’s fun for all the family and is sure to become a new holiday tradition.”

The performance combines the powerful Irish dance form with stunningly beautiful music. Hear many of your holiday favorites while watching these amazing dancers on stage.

Tickets are still available and there is a 10% discount available for groups of 10 or more and for students, veterans, and seniors 65 and older. For more information, go to www.vilarPAC.org.

Revely Vail

New this year is Revely Vail, a weeklong event that kicks off the ski season and winter during Thanksgiving week.

Many schools across the nation have the entire week of Thanksgiving off and families have picked the Vail Valley as their holiday destination. Revely Vail offers family-friendly activities throughout Vail. Learn more at www.revelyvail.com. Welcome to the Brilliance of Winter with these events:

Friday

Kris Kringle Market 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Come to this European-style market to find your special something for the holiday season
  • Shop local and enjoy gluhwein and beer in Vail during the market

Explosion of Lights Walk 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Walk begins at Lionshead Plaza and ends at Slifer Square
  • View the brilliant lights businesses have on display
  • Grab a hot chocolate at the Hot Chocolate and More tent

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series 5 – 7 p.m.

  • Fun with Grilled Cheese and Mac Attack Mac N Cheese
  • Join executive chef David Sanchez Grill on the Gore at the Vail Clubhouse
  • Kids will be hands-on in the kitchen making their favorite cheese-filled meals
  • Adults welcome

Ice Skating Celebration – Solaris 3:30 – 4 p.m.

  • Enjoy skating exhibitions from the Vail Ice Skating Club at the Solaris outdoor skating rink.

10th Mountain Division Parade 6 p.m. at Gondola One

  • Torchlight Ski Down with skiers dressed in traditional 10th Mountain Division Ski Trooper uniforms
  •  Parade of military veterans, also in traditional uniform, marching from Gondola One down Bridge Street to the 10th Mountain Division soldier statue

Vail Astronomy Nights – 6 – 8 p.m.

  • A professional astronomer will lead guests through a fun exploration of the night sky using museum-grade, state-of-the-art telescopes for observing the universe.
  • International Bridge in Vail Village

Saturday

Kris Kringle Market 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Come to this European-style market to find your special something for the holiday season
  • Shop local and enjoy gluhwein and beer in Vail during the market

Musical Duets at Express Lift at Gondola One 3 to 6 p.m.

  • Enjoy the music of Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) and Nick Cassarino and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) and Ian Faquini

Explosion of Lights Walk 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Walk begins at Lionshead Plaza and ends at Slifer Square
  • View the brilliant lights businesses have on display
  • Grab a hot chocolate at the Hot Chocolate and More tent

Revely Vail Tree Lighting 6- 7 p.m.

  • Join longtime local Sheika Gramshammer, who will light the tree accompanied by the Town of Vail mayor
  • Music by The Turn Table Revue and other performers

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

Santa will be busy this weekend. Not only will he be at Beaver Creek on Friday, but rumor has it he will be starting a tour of Mountain Rec facilities starting Saturday in Gypsum.

Mountain Rec will host a free pancake breakfast with Santa Claus along with Neighborhood Navigators and the Gypsum Fire Protection District. Santa will be joined by Ralph, The World’s Tallest Elf. Bring your camera for some great photo opportunities.

Along with the pancakes, there will be holiday crafts for the entire family, including card decorating to pay tribute to the local first responders by making a card just for them. After the pancakes, settle in and get comfortable by bringing blankets, lawn chairs and pillows to use during the movie.

Schedule

810 a.m. – “Polar Express” movie on a giant inflatable screen (Spanish)
8 a.m.-12 p.m.– Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m.-12 p.m.– Santa & Ralph “the World’s Tallest Elf” appearance
10 a.m.-12 p.m. – “Polar Express” movie on a giant inflatable screen (English)

If you miss this holiday event, Mountain Rec will host an Open House with Santa on Dec. 8 in Edwards and a Winter Extravaganza on Dec. 15 at its Eagle location. For more information, visit www.mountainrec.org.

15 Days of Minturn

While Vail Mountain celebrates its 57th season this year and Beaver Creek its 39th, Minturn turns 115 years. To help celebrate, the town is kicking off the 15 Days of Minturn on Sunday.

Well before Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas were even a thought, Minturn was a bustling railroad town in the late 1800s. Early settlers farmed the land surrounding the town, mined silver in the mountains above the town or worked in the railroad industry in the heart of town. Minturn became incorporated on Nov. 15, 1904.

Today, Minturn still retains that character from its early days with architecture old and new reminiscent of the past. It’s such a gem in the Rockies and it’s appropriate that we recognize its history with a 15-day celebration.

On Sunday, ring in the holidays with the town of Minturn and Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company and the Vail Jazz Foundation, two businesses whose headquarters are in Minturn. The Kathy Morrow Trio will play while Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company provides the treats. Local art by the Vail Valley Art Guild will be on display, also.

That’s just the beginning. The town will host an array of activities like exploring Meadow Mountain and Maloit Park, caroling, holiday tree lighting, a community dinner and the signature Winter Holiday Market throughout the first 15 days of December.

For a full schedule and to learn a bit more about this town that is well over 100 years old, visit www.minturn.org.

WATCH: Gingerbread House competition at Revely Vail

Tricia Swenson was live at the Gingerbread House competition at Revely Vail, learning about some of the other activities going on this holiday week!

WATCH: Cooking classes at Revely Vail

Tricia Swenson was live at Revely Vail’s Cooking Classes with David Sanchez, executive chef at Grill on the Gore at the Vail Golf and Nordic Club. Watch her and David make braised short ribs and winter vegetables!

Beaver Creek opens early, Revely Vail kicks off the holidays, disco returns to the ice rink and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/22/19

Beaver Creek opens early

Beaver Creek Resort announced early Tuesday morning that they would open four days ahead of schedule. Get your skis and boards and head up for Opening Day on Saturday. This is the second year in a row that Beaver Creek Resort will open early for the season, thanks to the dedication and hard work of its snowmaking and mountain operations teams.

Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy shushing down the hill with more than 70 acres of beginner and intermediate terrain accessible via Centennial Express Lift (No. 6) and Haymeadow Express Gondola (No. 1). The resort will offer beginner terrain on Haymeadow and intermediate terrain on Gold Dust. Opening day festivities will include a special Cookie Time in the morning, so get there early before the cookies are gone.

What about the annual Beaver Creek Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition that typically happens on Opening Day? It will be held on the resort’s original Opening Day, Nov. 27. At 2 p.m., guests are invited to taste and vote for which cookie they like best. Five finalists will bake 1,000 cookies each in hopes of earning the winning vote. After all the votes have been counted, the winner will be announced at 3 p.m.

But back to Opening Day this Saturday, if cookies don’t fill you up Spruce Saddle and the Ice Cream Parlour will be open as well. Beaver Creek’s Ski and Snowboard School is open for lessons also.

Paid parking starts on Opening Day in the parking structures in the village and in the Bear and Elk Lots in Avon. Parking is $10 per day in the lots and is complimentary after 1 p.m. From the parking lots you can hop on the free shuttle to Beaver Creek Village. Rates for covered parking at the parking garages in Beaver Creek Village can be found as you drive into the parking garages or at www.beavercreekvillageexperience.com/parking.

For more information about Beaver Creek’s Opening Day, visit www.beavercreek.com.

Revely Vail

New this year is Revely Vail, a weeklong event that kicks off the ski season and winter during Thanksgiving week.

Many schools across the nation have the entire week of Thanksgiving off and families are flocking to the Vail Valley for the holiday. Revely Vail will offer family-friendly activities throughout Vail.

Welcome to the Brilliance of Winter with these events this weekend:

Saturday

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Create ceviche with executive chef Rosa Provoste of Harvest Restaurant & Bar in Edwards
  • Grand View Community Room – top level of Lionshead Parking Structure

Ice Skating Celebration – Solaris 3:30 – 4 p.m.

  • Enjoy skating exhibitions from the Vail Ice Skating Club at the Solaris outdoor skating rink.

Sunday

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Create gnocchi and pumpkin soup with executive chef Rosa Provoste of Harvest Restaurant & Bar in Edwards
  • Grand View Community Room – top level of Lionshead Parking Structure

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 5 – 7 p.m.

  • Create buffalo chili with executive chef David Sanchez of Grill on the Gore at the Vail Clubhouse
  • Vail Golf Club

Vail Astronomy Nights – 6 – 8 p.m.

  • A professional astronomer will lead guests through a fun exploration of the night sky using museum-grade, state-of-the-art telescopes for observing the universe.
  • Betty Ford Alpine Gardens 

The activities will continue through next Saturday, so look for the Explosion of Lights walk, which includes Gluwhein and beer, a gingerbread contest, tree lighting, music in Vail and the Kris Kringle Market. Learn more at www.reneventproductions.com.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Holiday Event

Winter is being celebrated all over the High Country and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is getting into the spirit of things this Saturday by lighting up the Alpine Coaster and most of the mountainside for that matter – over 750,000 holiday lights will illuminate the adventure park, which stands high above the city of Glenwood Springs at 7,100 feet above sea level.

Now in its fifth season, Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park brings families up the gondola to festivities that include trips to the caves, (which remain at a comfortable temperature of 54 degrees year-round) s’mores by the fire pit, visits with Santa, and a giant musical tree.

The musical Christmas tree plays holiday tunes to a synchronized light show. The tree itself has 80,000 lights. Renewable energy will power the three-quarters of a million holiday lights after Glenwood Springs became the seventh city in the U.S. to rely entirely on renewable energy earlier this year.

The adventure park is known for popular attractions such as the haunted mine drop, which plunges riders 110 feet inside Iron Mountain and the alpine coaster that takes riders down 3,400 feet of track. The park’s 4D motion theater and laser tag will also be available this winter. The Friday Afternoon Club features live music and food and drink specials from 5-8:30 p.m. in the adventure park’s Lookout Grille.

If you can’t make it this weekend, you have plenty of time to check it out. Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park runs from now until Feb. 29, 2020. For more information, visit www.glenwoodcaverns.com.

Disco Ice Skate Nights

What happens when “Saturday Night Fever” collides with ice skating? Disco Ice Skate Nights at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink, of course!

This is a family-friendly event for all ages and feel free to dress the part by donning 70s disco-era-inspired clothing, wigs, sunglasses and flashy jewelry. The DJ will spin funky tunes from the past as ice skaters groove around the ice rink under the disco and laser lights from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

This is a drop-in event with no advance registration required. The price is $5 for kids and $10 for adults. For more information, go to www.mountainrec.org.

“Frozen II” storytime and movie

No need to “Let It Go,” because “Frozen II” is hitting the big screen to continue the story of Elsa and Anna with the sequel to the original animated Disney movie. To celebrate the return of Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister Anna who embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle, the Bookworm is hosting a storytime on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.

“We’re so excited to have partnered up with the Riverwalk Theater for the release of “Frozen II” and have scheduled our storytime early enough so fans can get to the Riverwalk Theater for the 12:50 p.m. matinee,” said Makena Burner, events manager for the Bookworm of Edwards.

All storytime attendees will receive a coupon for popcorn at the Riverwalk Theater. There will also be a costume contest with the winner receiving a prize from the Bookworm and a ticket to the matinee at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday at the Riverwalk Theater. It will be just like Halloween, but everyone will be dressed as characters from the movie like Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven.

This event is for kids and kids at heart and is free and open to the public. Visit the Bookworm of Edwards’ website to find out more details at www.bookwormofedwards.com.

Vail aims to boost early-season visits; invents new word for town-wide apres

VAIL — Unless there’s heavy, sustained snow, there’s a week or so after Thanksgiving when the resort can be pretty quiet. To goose visitation, Vail this year will roll out “Thanksgiving Reimagined.”

Plans for the week or so between Nov. 22 and Nov. 30 include ice skating events in both Vail Village and Lionshead, as well as music and a sculpture lighting at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. The featured performers haven’t been named yet, but Yann Benjamin, director of marketing for Vail and Beaver Creek, said the group is a well-known bluegrass quartet.

Events will also include lighting up sculptures, trees and businesses in the days before the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony. The parade begun last season to honor the 10th Mountain Division will continue this season, and other events include cooking classes, a gingerbread house competition among local lodges and a European-style market.

A committee made up of representatives from the town, Vail Resorts and the Vail Chamber & Business Association has also been working on a season-long effort to put a spark into the town.

The biggest element in the early season activities is new and upgraded snowmaking on Vail Mountain. That work began this year. When complete, there will be snowmaking on much of the front side of Vail Mountain.

Benjamin noted that the new snowmaking system will move the resort’s early-season focus from Born Free at Lionshead to Mid-Vail. By Thanksgiving, there will be skiable conditions on all the portals to the mountain, Benjamin said.  

Vail Resorts will also support marketing efforts for something called “Revely Vail: Vail’s welcome to the brilliance of winter.”

“Revely” is a made-up word. Benjamin said the word was taken from a French word for “commencement” or “start,” adding that the real word might be a little hard to pronounce. Hence, the need to create a sort-of similar word. In this case, Revely refers to a new effort to get the town, its guests and some workers into après ski mode at 3 p.m. every day.

To do that, bells will ring at the Austria Haus, the Vail Interfaith Chapel and Arrabelle at Vail Square. Bells will ring at numerous other locations across the mountain and the town — more than 60 so far.

Organizers hope to get others involved, and there are brass bells for sale, ranging from hand-held to big table-mounted models. All have the Vail logo, of course.

Councilwoman Jenn Bruno asked if there would be one large bell to signal the start of the town-wide après ski celebrations. Benjamin said that won’t happen this year, but there have been discussions about bringing in a big bell in 2020. There could be a mobile brass bell, or one mounted on a pedestal or arch. And, he added, that bell would be automated and shielded so random guests won’t just ring the thing — something sleeping guests might not appreciate in the wee hours of the morning.

Mayor Dave Chapin said the idea for a town-wide après ski celebration brings “a lot of opportunity.” Chapin, an owner of Vendetta’s restaurant in Vail Village, noted that many of his employees work shifts that end at 3 p.m. Those people, and other employees around town, might appreciate a drink or food specials, he said.

“Let’s have some fun with this,” Chapin said, adding that the idea of a town-wide bell-ringing reminds him of being at European ski resorts.

“I love the idea,” he said.

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at smiller@vaildaily.com or 970-748-2930.