Vail tree lighting ceremony set for Saturday |

Vail tree lighting ceremony set for Saturday

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Preston Utley | Daily file photo

VAIL, Colorado – Holidays in Vail, an annual celebration presented by the town of Vail, takes place Saturday with the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremonies in Vail Village and Lionshead. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the 50-foot-tall spruce tree at Slifer Square in Vail Village. At approximately 6:15 p.m., a Children’s Light Parade will make its way along Meadow Drive into the Lionshead Mall. Members of the public are invited to take part in the approximately one-mile parade route. In Lionshead, the tree lighting begins at 6:15 p.m. near Billy’s Island Grill restaurant. Mayor Dick Cleveland will light both holiday trees. In addition, the Arrabelle at Vail Square will offer free cider and cookies at the Lionshead location prior to the tree lighting. Also, ice skating and skate rentals will be offered nearby from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A free outdoor movie will be presented by Quiksilver in the Arrabelle Square beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event also includes an appearance by Santa Claus, plus carolers and other entertainment. “We’re excited to be part of this year’s holiday season,” said Laurie Asmussen of Eagle Valley Events, organizer of Holidays in Vail. “It has been a great collaborative effort on behalf of many entities including the town of Vail, Vail Resorts, Highline Sports & Entertainment and the Vail Recreation District.” The collaboration has created more events between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve than ever before, including the new Vail Holidaze events, she said. “Our merchant community and the town worked hard over the past few years to be sure we had our holiday decorations up, trees lit and activities happening for celebrations leading up to the Hanukah, Christmas and New Year’s holidays,” said Asumssen. “The fantastic opening of Vail Mountain has definitely contributed to a festive spirit in anticipation of a great holiday season.”

Please join B’nai Vail and the Jewish Community for a Menorah Lighting each day at 4:30 p.m. during Chanukah, Dec. 1-8, on the north side of the covered bridge in Vail Village. Call the B’nai Vail office at 970-477-2992 for more information. The Grand Menorah lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Lionshead Mall.Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and friends, presented by the Vail Recreation District, during four outings with crafts and decorations during the visit. The dates and locations are as follows:Dec. 2 – Santa’s Workshop at the West Vail Holiday Inn, 3 to 6 p.m.Dec. 9 — Santa’s Workshop at La Tour Restaurant, 3 to 6 p.m.Dec. 16 – Santa’s Workshop at Arrabelle at Vail Square, 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 23 – Santa’s Workshop at Vail Marriott, 1 to 4 p.m.Vail Snowdaze takes place Dec. 6-12 with an entire line-up of exciting activities and free events. For a complete schedule, visit Holidaze, a new event this holiday season offers a variety of family-oriented events Dec. 18-24. For a complete schedule, visit the latest schedule and additional information, visit or call the Holidays in Vail office at 970-477-3699.

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