Christmas Celebration at Winter Park Resort
The holidays are here and it is time to decide what are you going to do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Well if you are lucky enough to be up here in Winter Park, Colorado you are sure to have a great Christmas celebration.
To start your Christmas eve off there is the torchlight parade down the ski hill that is pictured to the left. At the bottom the word “Noel” is spelled out in flame. The event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire at the base of Winter Park Resort, next to the Zephyr Lift at 4pm. At 5:30pm, a procession of torch-bearing skiers head down Lower Hughes trail, followed by Santa Claus and the elves. Then a spectacular fireworks display and snowcats adorned with Christmas colors light up the slopes in a Christmas tree formation to conclude the festivities. Immediately following the show at 6:00pm, guests are welcome to attend Christmas Eve interdenominational services located in the lower level of the Balcony House and Catholic Church services located in West Portal Level 4. Services are scheduled to last about an hour.
If you are heading out to the torchlight ski down plan to get there early as the base is jumping with people and holiday spirit. Follow the Christmas service with a bite to eat at the Cheeky Monk, Deno’s or the new Pizza Pedel’r.
What to do after all the Christmas Presents are opened? Ski, of course! There is no better way than spend the Christmas Day than on the slopes of Winter Park and Mary Jane. The skiers are few (especially if you head over to the East side of Mary Jane) and the way the snow has been this year you will probably be skiing some fresh powder. To spend the day outside on Christmas is dreamy. You can even sit by the fire up at Sunspot Lodge and enjoy a hot toddy or, heck it’s Christmas, a beer and a shot.
To spend Christmas in Winter Park, CO is a dream and blessing. Get outside and celebrate.
Sarah December 14th, 2010