Vail Winterfest kicks off Sunday with art installation unveiling, Lantern Walk |

Vail Winterfest kicks off Sunday with art installation unveiling, Lantern Walk

The 13th annual Vail Winterfest opens today, celebrating the celestial wonders this season through the integration of ice, snow and light.

Art in Public Places’ collaboration with Alt Ethos of Denver, new this year, fuses art with technology. The goal is to create an immersive art experience. The installation will include programmed LED lighting on the adjacent trees and pedestrian bridge illuminating the entire Gore Creek Promenade.

“Alt Ethos is thrilled to be collaborating with Art in Public Places to bring immersive illumination to Vail’s Winterfest,” said producer Erin O’Brien. “The Gore Creek Promenade has such a gorgeous palette to work with, and we are looking forward to making it even more radiant.”

Ice sculptor Paul Wertin’s illuminated ice installation will be reminiscent of stargazing around a campfire. The interactive ice sculptures will allow for seating and enjoying the views both day and night. The combination of illuminated ice sculptures, snow, light, and the reflections upon the Gore Creek will create a radiant experience.

Winterfest programs also include paper lantern workshops and the popular Holiday Lantern Walk. Build your own paper lantern at home, or participate in a workshop to join the Holiday Lantern Walk on December 22 celebrating the grand opening of the 13th annual Vail Winterfest.

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Here’s a schedule of events for today:

Lantern Making Workshop with Alpine Arts Center (free and family-friendly)

Noon to 3:30 p.m., Vail Public Library Community Room

Create your lantern at a free workshop with Alpine Arts Center in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library. Plan to spend 30 minutes at this drop-in workshop to create your lantern. Last entry is at 3 p.m. Following the workshop, join in the Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village. This is a new-style lantern-making workshop appropriate for all ages and abilities.

RSVP: or 970-479-2344, and indicate number in your party.

Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village, Free

4–5:15 p.m. today, Slifer Square by the Covered Bridge

In its seventh year, the Holiday Lantern Walk is a joyful celebration of light for all ages and a favorite family tradition. Enjoy festive Alpine entertainment and hot chocolate in Slifer Square before the walk. A short, jolly procession with Santa and Ralph, the world’s tallest elf, lead the journey through Vail Village, winding its way to the Gore Creek Promenade for the grand opening of the Vail Winterfest Ice Theater.

Grand Opening Celebration, 13th annual Vail Winterfest Ice & Light Installation, Free

5:15 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 20, Gore Creek Promenade, Vail

Village: Art in Public Places celebrates celestial wonders through the integration of ice, snow, and light at this season’s Vail Wintferfest. Working with ice sculptor Paul Wertin, Alt Ethos the innovative creatives who fuse art with technology, will shape an immersive experience along the Gore Creek Promenade. Doe Browning helps sponsor the Vail Winterfest.

For additional information about the 13th annual Vail Winterfest events, visit or contact Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places coordinator, at or 970-479-2344. For a complete calendar of events, visit

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