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Vail Paper Lantern Project and Winter Solstice Lantern Walk are Dec. 20-21

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Santa and the world’s tallest elf will lead the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk, along with the Dickens Carolers, on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

VAIL — Art in Public Places once again brings the Vail Paper Lantern Project and Winter Solstice Lantern Walk, presented by Doe Browning and the 10th annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater, presented by Vicki and Kent Logan, to Vail this holiday season.

Residents and visitors are invited to build a paper lantern or participate in a workshop in order to join the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk in Vail Village on Wednesday. Santa and the world's tallest elf will lead the procession, along with the Dickens Carolers. Adults must accompany children at all events.

Tuesday

• 4 to 6 p.m. — Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Making, Vail Recreation District Community Programming, second floor of Lionshead Welcome Center, $10 fee: Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants in creating paper lanterns. The evening will include light snacks, holiday music and wine and beer available for purchase. RSVP to Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places coordinator, at 970-479-2344 or meppard@vailgov.com.

Wednesday

• 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Paper Lantern Making Workshop with Helen Hiebert, Vail Public Library, free: Create a paper lantern at a free workshop in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library with local paper artist Helen Hiebert. Bring the paper lantern to the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk through Vail Village immediately following the workshop.

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RSVP to Eppard at 970-479-2344 or meppard@vailgov.com.

• 4:45 to 5 p.m. — Winter Solstice Lantern Walk in Vail Village to the Gore Creek Promenade, Slifer Square, Vail Village by the Covered Bridge, free: Hear music from the Dickens Carolers while complimentary LED lights for lanterns and other treats are distributed before the walk. The short procession through Vail Village will include illuminated lanterns and live music, followed by hot cocoa at the end of the walk.

• 5:15 p.m. — Grand Opening Celebration of 10th annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater, presented by Vicki and Kent Logan, Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village, free: Art in Public Places, with ice sculptor Paul Wertin, of Alpine Ice, brings back the popular free and family-friendly cinematic experience in ice. Sit with Santa for a photo on the ice thrones until 6 p.m. and watch a screening of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Throughout the holiday season, lounge in the oversized ice chairs with views of Gore Creek during the day and experience film projections on the ice screen in the evening. Projection begins daily at dusk until 10 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts.

For more information about the Paper Lantern Workshops, Winter Solstice Lantern Walk and the 10th annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater, visit http://www.artinvail.com.