The most wonderful time of the year is even more magical in Aspen. With a snow globe backdrop and daily festivities, there is no better way to experience the holidays than in the mountains. Our dedicated concierge can create a sense of winter wonderland in your own vacation rental home. We’ll arrange Christmas florals and themed dinners, and help create a custom itinerary. Our team is here to help you celebrate the holidays in Aspen Snowmass!
Why Spend the Holidays in Aspen Snowmass?
There’s a Reason Aspen is the Busiest During the Holidays!
Aspen Snowmass was recently named #3 in the West for best ski resorts because of our “gold standard in American skiing” and terrain variety. The holidays are an especially popular time in Aspen, and last December set a new occupancy record.
Why, you ask?
Because Aspen is known for being a luxurious resort, and during the holidays the town comes alive with festive events, special dining, decorations, and of course a great amount of snow. The snow globe of Aspen is the most wonderful place to feel the holiday spirit!
Things to Do in Aspen this Winter Holiday
Aspen Holiday Schedule and Activities for the Whole Family
1. Walk Through Downtown Aspen’s Christmas Lights
There is no better feeling than walking through the snow among strings of colorful lights and hearing Christmas music play as you wander through Downtown. Stop by a local cafe or hotel for hot chocolate by the fireplace afterward.
2. Attend Ullr Nights in Snowmass
For entertainment including tubing, an alpine rollercoaster, snowbiking, live music, and s’mores by the bonfire; book tickets to an Ullr Night in Snowmass. The event is from 5:30-7:30pm at Elk Camp on select dates between December 28th and March 24th. Reservations are required and likely to sell out!
3. Watch the Annual Tree Lightings at The Little Nell or the St Regis Aspen
To kick-start the festive season, attend community tree lighting events at The Little Nell or St Regis Hotel. Both hotel tree lighting events start at 5pm. The St Regis Aspen event is on December 10th and the event at The Little Nell is on December 11th. Open to guests and non-guests of the hotels.
4. Take a Sleigh Ride to Pine Creek Cookhouse
For an unbeatable holiday experience, reserve a sleigh ride for lunch or dinner at the Pine Creek Cookhouse. This once-in-a-lifetime treat features stunning views and alpine cuisine in a chalet-style restaurant. If you would prefer an active experience, there are snowshoe and cross-country ski options to the restaurant too.
5. Watch the Holiday Cabaret Series
Enjoy some entertainment with Theatre Aspen for a chef’s dinner and 60-minute cabaret performance at the Hotel Jerome. The event runs nightly from December 19th-23rd. Bringing Broadway to the mountains, and is always a special holiday event!
6. Enjoy a Menorah Lighting at the Aspen Meadows
From December 18-26th at 5pm, enjoy a Menorah lighting in the lounge of the Aspen Meadows with complimentary snacks. Open to hotel guests and non-guests of the Aspen Meadows too.
7. Enter the Snowmass Luminescence
Snowmass’s interactive light display returns this year to Snowmass Base Village and Mall from December 18-February 26th. Walk through a variety of vibrant art installations featuring tunnels of LED displays. Snowmass Luminescence is free of charge and open from sunset to 9pm daily.
8. View the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Downtown Aspen
Every year, locals and visitors gather to watch the fireworks off Aspen Mountain on New Year’s Eve. Starting at 8pm, celebrate in style and watch from anywhere in Downtown Aspen.
Where to Stay for Christmas in Aspen Snowmass
The Best Vacation Homes for Your Aspen Holiday
This downtown vacation home has 3 bedrooms and a media room that can sleep a total of 8 people. The location makes this property perfect for all your holiday activities! It is within a 5-minute walk to the Aspen Mountain Gondola and the downtown restaurants and shops.
This modern townhome is also in a superb downtown location for the holidays. With 3 bedrooms and an additional sleeper sofa in the office, this townhome sleeps 8 guests. With a gorgeous fireplace and living area, this home is cozy and warm for your Aspen Christmas.
This home’s location in Snowmass Village is unbeatable! Ski in/out to the Two Creeks lift and access all of Snowmass Mountain from your doorstep. This 6-bedroom luxury home has ample living and dining space for large groups. Imagine this home covered in Christmas florals! It’s one of our favorites for the holiday season.
Our luxurious Durant condo has a ski-in/out location on Aspen Mountain, so you can step out your back door onto some of the world’s best skiing! Newly renovated, with brand new furnishings, this modern condo is ideal for entertaining up to 6 people for your family holiday vacation.
This gorgeous single-family home optimizes privacy and space for your Aspen holiday vacation. With a spacious backyard, hot tub, and large primary bedroom This home is excellent for family holiday meals and entertaining!
Luxury Holiday Experiences (More Reasons to Spend the Holidays in Aspen Snowmass)
Holiday Concierge Services for your Vacation Home
Aspen Holiday Florals and Décor
Our dedicated concierge has relationships with vendors throughout Aspen and Snowmass. One of our most popular holiday add-ons is to decorate your vacation home with holiday florals! Whether it be a 10 ft tree covered in lights, or Christmas-themed table florals throughout the home, we have the vendors to make your vacation property feel like home. Waking on Christmas Day in a house that feels like home is a feeling we love to create.
Holiday Themed Private Chef Meals
Whether it be Hannukah, Christmas, or any reason you celebrate, our chefs can create a custom- meal for your vacation. From family-style holiday dinners to 4-course fine dining options, we can arrange an Aspen holiday meal for you to remember. Forget the hassle of having to cook or clean! Christmas Eve dinner in the mountains, anyone?
Aspen Holiday Art Sessions
For family fun in Aspen over the holidays, our concierge can arrange for holiday-themed art sessions in your vacation home. This includes creating tree decorations, wreaths, homemade candles, paintings, and baking activities. We have some great artist vendors to entertain and bring joy to your family these holidays.
Complete Aspen Holiday Schedule
Your holiday adventure awaits you this year in Aspen Snowmass! To see an up-to-date event guide this festive season, see Aspen Chamber’s calendar. For any rental requests, contact us to get started on booking your trip to Aspen.