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Aspen's Main Holiday Event: 12 Days of Aspen

December 01, 2019
Christmas ornament hanging on a tree

Nothing quite evokes the feeling of the holidays like the Colorado high country, and the beautiful mountain town of Aspen embodies the very best of the holiday spirit in Colorado. Snow covered mountains, trees trimmed with lights, families gathered together, and endless winter recreation abounds. Add to that Aspen’s many holiday themed activities available during the 12 Days of Aspen, and the City of Aspen comes to life with winter magic.

The last 12 days of December host a wide variety of activities the whole family can enjoy. The celebration kicks off on December 20th at Pitkin County Library with free salt ornament decorating, followed by a visit from Santa and his Reindeer on the Cooper Avenue Mall starting at 2:30pm. Afterwards, head to the Wheeler Opera House for a free screening of The Polar Express at 5:30pm.

On December 21st, enjoy free cookie decorating events at both Pitkin County Library and the Hotel Jerome. Stay after to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Jerome from 1-3:30pm. Afterwards, enjoy a performance of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's The Nutcracker at The Aspen District Theater or attend the Menorah Lighting at the Limelight.

The week following Christmas, attend the Aspen Laugh Festival events at the Wheeler Opera House featuring SNL favorite Alex Moffat. Be sure to head over to Belly Up Aspen on December 28th to see Third Eye Blind, entertaining audiences for over two decades! Or attend AVSC's 10th Annual Ajax Cup, in which 16 teams, each paired with a professional ski racer, duke it out in a dual GS Ski Race. Free to watch!

Top off your 12th Day with an amazing series of events to ring in the New Year in Aspen. Many local restaurants offer dazzling special menus for New Year’s Eve, and several also offer early, easy Family-Friendly dinners. From 8pm-midnight bring the kids to Wagner Park for a free bonfire and good tunes. From here you will have a perfect vantage point for the fabulous Fireworks over Aspen Mountain at 8pm and midnight.

For a complete schedule of the 12 Days of Aspen, visit www.aspenchamber.org.

For information about Aspen and the best deals on hotel rooms, look no further than the Molly Gibson Lodge.

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