Vail Public Library hosts three family-friendly events to usher in holiday season |

Vail Public Library hosts three family-friendly events to usher in holiday season

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Santa and Ralph, the World’s Tallest Elf, look forward to their annual visit to the Vail Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 17.
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Bring a donation

You can make all of these festivities a little more special by including your children in the holiday spirit of giving. To this end, the Vail Public Library will be collecting canned food donations for the Vail Valley Salvation Army or dog and cat items for Eagle County Animal Services throughout the festivities. For more information, contact Molly Eppard at

VAIL — The Vail Public Library is hosting three days of family holiday fun on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, Dec. 20. There will be carolers, a cookie exchange with hot chocolate, a fireside holiday party with a visit from Santa and a paper lantern workshop.

Carolers and cookies

On Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Vail Public Library will welcome the Dickens Carolers, plus a cookie exchange and hot chocolate bar sponsored by Rimini Gelato and Chocolate.

Starting at 5:30 pm, the library invites you to grab a cup of hot chocolate from the hot chocolate bar and cozy up while you enjoy the music of the Dickens Carolers starting at 6 p.m. The Dickens Carolers have been singing in the streets of Vail for more than 35 years. Dressed in Charles Dickens-era fashions, they help spread holiday cheer throughout the valley. The volunteer group is directed by Randy Simmonds.

Visit with new and old friends after the caroling and participate in the library’s first ever holiday cookie exchange. Here’s how it works:

Bake: Choose a recipe and bake two dozen of your favorite holiday cookies.

Bring: Be sure to bring your cookies packaged in two separate packages so that can go home with two other attendees.

Print: Bring copies of your recipe to share. Blank recipe cards are available at the library.

Swap: Leave with two dozen cookies and new recipes. Everyone who brings two dozen cookies may choose a dozen from two other people.

Fireside Holiday Party

On Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., join Santa Claus for a festive evening of friendship, fun and entertainment. The party takes over the library and community room. Santa and Ralph, the World’s Tallest Elf, look forward to their annual visit to the Vail Public Library.

“It is one of our favorite stops,” Santa said. “We will fly in at about 5:30, so be on the lookout for my reindeer and sleigh.”

Attendees will enjoy a holiday-inspired sing-a-long, make holiday crafts and socialize with friends and neighbors while children wait their turn to visit with Santa. It is a photo opportunity not to be missed, so bring a camera and wear your party clothes. This special event is family friendly and free of charge.

Paper Lantern Workshop

On Sunday, Dec. 20, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Art in Public Places will offer its third year of the Vail Paper Lantern Project, sponsored by Doe Browning in conjunction with the Vail Holidaze Tree Lighting Ceremony which takes place at 5 p.m.

This Paper Lantern Workshop with local artist Helen Hiebert is part of Art in Public Place’s third annual Paper Lantern Project. The workshop is free and family friendly. An adult must accompany children. RSVP to Molly Eppard at or call 970-479-2344 and indicate the number in your party.


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