Light up the Night

This Saturday evening, December 19, there is only one place to be: the Sun Valley Village for the annual Tree Lighting celebration. With a countdown of 5-4-3-2-1, the twinkling lights on the tree will come to life and it will officially be the holidays in Sun Valley!

This party is one of the most festive nights of the year, helping to get hundreds of people in the holiday spirit.  The entire Village is festooned with sparkling of lights on every tree branch, creating a magical glow. Smiling children keep warm, sipping hot chocolate and munching on cookies while a no-host bar is available for the grown ups who might enjoy their own hot chocolate with a little added warmth.

The Sun Valley Village is the most festive and fun place to be this Saturday evening. Stop by the annual Tree Lighting ceremony for some holiday cheer

Among the highlights of the night? Ice carving demonstrations that show just how much work and skill – and how many power tools  -- it takes to create one of the many oversized ice sculptures that will remain throughout Sun Valley for the rest of the cold weather season. The sounds of chainsaws mix with the shouts of delighted children as blocks of ice transform into Christmas trees, thrones and, of course, a big Sun Valley Sun. Many, curious about the properties of such huge ice blocks, hop onto the seats wondering if they will stick. They don’t, but sitting on an ice throne does prove a bit chilly.

Adding to the merriment is the season debut of Sun Valley’s famous and talented carolers. The group of young men and women, clad in old fashioned and traditional winter outfits (complete with hand muffs for the girls), put a smile on everyone’s face as they sing the evening away in multi-part harmony. The carolers will provide a soundtrack for the holidays from now through December 29 and a are a Sun Valley tradition you shouldn’t miss.

The famous Sun Valley carolers will delight the crowd in the Village Saturday night and throughout the holiday season

Still need a reason to stop by? How about a visit from Santa who will entertain last-minute wishes from the children. It’s also a terrific night to do some holiday shopping as Sun Valley’s beautiful boutiques will be open late and stocked with all sorts of inspiring gift ideas. From a pair of Sun Valley pajama bottoms or an ornament at the Signatures Store, to a brand new ski outfit at the Brass Ranch or Pete Lane’s, there is something for everyone on your list. There will be “elves” on hand to beautifully gift wrap your purchase at the Signatures Store “Wrap-n-Run” event to benefit the local chapter of Girls on the Run.

Children young and old will love the ice carving demonstrations … and the results!

The highlight of this evening, though, is probably the lighting of Sun Valley’s beautiful, living Christmas tree, located just outside the doors to the Sun Valley Inn. It is something both guests
and locals look forward to each winter.

This year, the weather is cooperating to set a holiday mood and make this the best Christmas ever. Numerous early season snowstorms have blanketed the valley and the mountains in snow measured in feet, not inches. This gift from Mother Nature promises up to an additional foot of snow through Friday and snow predicted to continue throughout the weekend and into next week.  There are 89 glorious trails to enjoy right now, as well as relaxing meals at our mountain lodges, après ski entertainment, and Sun Valley’s special 12 Days of Christmas events.

The living Sun Valley tree is the centerpiece of Saturday night’s celebration

On Saturday, the fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with the tree lighting at approximately 6 p.m.

It’s truly beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we are all glad that you are here to share the holidays in authentic Sun Valley style! Be sure to stop by Saturday’s party and catch the Christmas spirit.

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