Just last week, a Saturday night dinner at the Ram Restaurant in Sun Valley Village seemed like a great idea. One member of our party was anxious to try the nightly $25 special of Hungarian Goulash, and an evening spent at the beautiful eatery, accompanied by live piano music, and noshing on delicious food sounded perfect. Our decision proved even more prescient when the server announced that the Ram was running a spring special: fondue for two (free!) with the purchase of any two entrees. It was a bubbling, gold prize at the end of the proverbial rainbow!
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The most wonderful time of the year is about to get even more wonderful as an all-new Christmas Eve Ice Show debuts the evening of December 24. Everyone is invited! Bundle up and join the festivities beside the iconic outdoor rink for a dazzling production sure to warm the heart and get Christmas Eve started in exactly the right way.
Don’t miss this year’s free Christmas Eve Ice Show, “Skating in a Winter Wonderland”. It is fun for the entire family
“Skating in a Winter Wonderland” features both the best professionals in the world of figure skating and the dedicated members of the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club. The choreographer for the show is Sun Valley’s one and only Gia Guddat and highlights include modern renditions of favorite classic holiday music. “The rink is a natural winter wonderland,” Gia explained. “A Hollywood production agency would have a hard time creating what we have here. The snow-covered trees, skiing, caroling, skating… the twinkling lights. It’s a magical setting. This show can only happen on this rink and that makes it really special.”
The production features the dazzling ice dance team of Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre – favorites at Sun Valley on Ice summer shows and around the world. Known for their artistry and showmanship, the talented and beautiful team will perform to some of their holiday favorites. Some familiar faces from the summer ice shows will also make an appearance and Gia said there will be “lots of surprises!”
Ice dancers Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre headline this year’s “Skating in a Winter Wonderland” show. Their artistry will dazzle.
Members of the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club, from the littlest athletes to those who have grown up training in the program, as well as visiting guests, will perform group numbers sure to be crowd pleasers. Production numbers include winter classics and beloved characters. “It’s incredibly family friendly,” Gia said. “And it’s relatively short, too, so everyone can enjoy the show and then enjoy the rest of their evening.”
Directly following the final curtain call, Sun Valley’s eye-popping Torchlight Parade will kick off on Dollar Mountain – and if you’re at the ice show, you will have a perfect view. Every year, the talented professionals from the Sun Valley SnowSports School carry torches in lieu of ski poles and serpentine down Dollar Face, creating a glow of red light down the snowy run. As soon as the final skier or boarder reaches Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge, prepare for a huge fireworks display over the mountain with all its beautiful colors lighting up the nighttime sky. Magical!
The Torchlight Parade and fireworks display directly following the Ice Show welcome the holiday with light and merriment.
If that isn’t enough, the world famous Sun Valley Carolers will be on hand to open the show, decked in their beautiful Victorian costumes to match their beautiful arrangements of Christmas favorites. Santa himself will also stop by the rink before heading off to deliver toys around the world.
Sun Valley’s Christmas Eve Ice Show is dazzling, yet down-home, with cocoa and cookies and carolers
Sun Valley is a true winter wonderland, so be sure to dress warmly and in layers to enjoy the ice show Christmas Eve
The “511” is as follows:
Gates open at 3 p.m., with the show starting at 5:30 p.m. Free (delicious) hot cocoa and cookies will be served before the show begins. Please don’t place blankets on the bleachers before 3 p.m. The Torchlight Parade and fireworks display are expected to begin at approximately 6:20 p.m. Be sure to dress warmly and, if you plan to sit on the bleachers, bring a wool blanket or other cushion to keep you comfortable. Please note that the outdoor rink will be closed to the public at 1 p.m. on the 24th to allow the elves to create the backdrop for this production. There will also be no skating session after the performance.
For my family, the Christmas Eve Ice Show is a huge part of our holiday tradition. From rehearsals to costume fittings to the big show, it is a wonderful way to spend the night before Christmas.
A free Christmas Eve Ice Show is a long-standing, favorite tradition in Sun Valley. For many visitors and locals alike, Christmas simply isn’t Christmas without warm layers, good friends, a hot chocolate, and fantastic skating. The show has been a part of my family tradition for a decade. All my children have performed and we always look forward to spending part of the night before Christmas with our Sun Valley family.
Happy snowy, beautiful, winter wonderland holidays!
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