Holiday season starts in Vail Friday
VAIL – The annual Holidays in Vail celebration gets underway Friday, a little earlier than usual. New this year is the addition of two weekends of a Holiday Fair, with gifts from artisans and craft vendors. On Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. the fair will take place on Meadow Drive in the Village Inn Plaza. The second market is scheduled for Dec. 18 and 19 in Arrabelle Square in Lionshead from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Vail’s traditional tree lightings in Vail Village and Lionshead will take place on Saturday and will include a children’s parade along Meadow Drive. The event begins in Vail Village at 5:30 p.m. with the parade beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m., winding along Meadow Drive into Lionshead with the tree lighting at 7 p.m.The Vail Chamber presents “Savor the Season,” a holiday dining event that runs from Saturday through Dec. 18 throughout Vail. There are 28 restaurants participating.Children can visit with Santa & Friends each Wednesday in December from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in a different part of town. Santa’s dates are as follows:• Dec. 2: Lodge at Vail, gift wrapping at The Colorado Ski Museum• Dec. 9: Vail Plaza Hotel, gift wrapping at Kidsport• Dec. 16: Blue Moose, gift wrapping at General Store• Dec. 23: Holiday Inn, gift wrapping at Millennium BankVail Snowdaze is scheduled for Dec. 7 through 13. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.vailsnowdaze.com.The Vail Skating Show presented by the Skating Club of Vail will take place at the Dobson Ice Arena Dec. 28 and 29. For more information, call Dobson Arena at 970-479-2271.The New Year’s Eve Torchlight Ski Down and Fireworks show will take place at Golden Peak beginning at 6:15 p.m.,. Dec. 31. The event is free and open to the public. From 7:30 to 10 p.m., the Arrabelle at Vail Square will host Vail First Night Family Event with ice skating, children’s activities and entertainment. Come watch the “Ball Drop” in Times Square on the big screen.For an updated schedule and additional information, visit http://www.vailgov.com or call the Holidays in Vail office at 970-477-3699.