12th Night bonfire lights up Eagle skies Jan. 6 | VailDaily.com

12th Night bonfire lights up Eagle skies Jan. 6

Christmas Tree Bonfire
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Local residents will again mark the official conclusion of the holiday season next Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Eagle’s traditional 12th Night Christmas tree bonfire.

The community celebration dates back 63 years. “The ancient custom of burning the yule tree on the twelfth night following Christmas was observed in Eagle Tuesdy night when around 100 adults and children gathered at the skating pond in southwest town to witness the burning of a huge pile of Christmas trees and enjoy skating on the town’s pond,” reported the Jan. 8, 1953 edition of the Eagle Valley Enterprise.

The Eagle Lions Club will supply hot chocolate and the Greater Eagle Fire Department will torch the pile. Skating is free and festivities begin at 6 p.m. and conclude when the fire has consumed the entire tree pile.

Trees can be brought to the site the night of the bonfire or left at the pile, which has already begun to build, at town park.