Vail’s Art in Public places announces tree lighting, Winterfest, art walks |

Vail’s Art in Public places announces tree lighting, Winterfest, art walks

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The coolest outdoor ice theater returns to Vail this winter for the ninth-annual Vail Winterfest, presented with Triumph Partners. Visit for more information.
Gregory Costanzo | Special to the Daily |

VAIL — Vail’s Art in Public Places recently announced its signature winter events, including the Vail Paper Lantern Project, the ninth annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater presented with Triumph Partners and Wednesday Art Walks.

Lanterns, tree lighting

For a third year, the Vail Paper Lantern Project, sponsored by Doe Browning, will be celebrated at the Vail Holidaze tree lighting on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. Hot chocolate, music, entertainment, illuminated paper lanterns and the tree lighting will all take place in Slifer Square by the Covered Bridge in Vail Village.

Santa will lead a community lantern walk in Vail Village immediately following the tree lighting, and new this year, prizes will be awarded to various age groups for most creative and unique paper lanterns at the tree lighting.

Browning, Vail resident and former Art in Public Places board chairperson, will also be sponsoring complimentary LED battery lights for lanterns, which will be distributed at the tree lighting. Vail’s Paper Lantern Project invites residents and visitors to build their own paper lanterns or participate in a workshop to join the illumination festivities:

• 4 to 6 p.m. Friday — Libations and Lantern Making with the Alpine Arts Center, Vail Recreation District Community Programming, second floor of Lionshead Welcome Center: Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants in painting their own paper lanterns. The event includes complimentary light snacks, holiday music and wine and beer available for purchase, and a $10 fee covers instructions and materials. Space is limited, and an adult must accompany children. RSVP to Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places coordinator, at or 970-479-2344.

• 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 — Free paper lantern workshops in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library with local paper artist Helen Hiebert. The workshops are free and family friendly, and an adult must accompany children. RSVP to Eppard at or 970-479-2344, and indicate the number in your party.

Winterfest Ice Theater

The ninth annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater, presented with Triumph Partners, returns to Vail on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Conceived and introduced by Art in Public Places during the 2012-13 winter season to celebrate Vail’s 50th anniversary, the Ice Theater will feature film projection on ice on the Gore Creek Promenade.

Inspired by summertime outdoor cinemas, Art in Public Places will once again create a free and family-friendly cinematic experience in ice. Lounge in oversized ice chairs, with views of Gore Creek during the day and film projections on a screen created in ice in the evening. The Ice Theater will include favorite holiday cartoons, footage from Warren Miller athlete Chris Anthony and videography of Vail Mountain by Vail Resorts. Projection begins daily at dusk until 10 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts.

Wednesday Art Walks

At 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 6 through March 30, Art in Public Places will host free hour-long walking tours of Vail Village and the town’s public art collection, starting with an introduction to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame.

The tour then winds its way through Vail Village, with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail Mountain, the master planning of Vail Village and the importance of site-specific art. The town’s public art collection includes 40 works ranging from paintings and sculptures to murals, playground components and site-integrated art.

Information about the Vail Paper Lantern Project, lantern walk and the installation of the ninth-annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater may be found at, or contact Eppard at or 970-479-2344.

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