Winter Wonderland

Experience the magic of the holidays

Sun Valley is at its best at holiday time, dressed up in tinsel and twinkling lights. Carolers sing traditional favorites, shops with festive window displays sell holiday specialties, and Santa is on hand to hear who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. The tree is alight, the hot cocoa is flowing and the restaurants have created dazzling holiday menus. From sleigh rides to cookie decorating, there are activities to delight everyone in the family. Join us this December and feel the magic of a mountain holiday.

 

Winter Wonderland | “Sparkle” | Sun Valley Resort

Village Light Display | December 1 – Early January
Winter Wonderland “Sparkle” Window Stroll & Scavenger Hunt | December 7 – 31

Scavenger hunt with ornament prizes – be a part of the fun! Collect all ten scavenger hunt cards at the Sun Valley Village locations – participating stores will have “Sunny – The Bear” doing an activity, along with a number indicated in each retail location. Match Sunny’s activity with the scavenger hunt card, then once the card is complete, take it to the Sun Valley Guest Center for your prize (may be collected at the concierge desk in the Sun Valley Lodge after hours).

 

Saturday, December 7

Winter Wonderland / Locals Party in the Village | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Our kick-off celebration for the holiday season, featuring Santa, kids’ village train, wagon rides, holiday music, seasonal food offerings, kids’ gingerbread/cookie decorating ($7/child), and face painting in the Boiler Room. Performances by Colla Voce. Scavenger hunt kicks-off as well!

Saturday, December 14

Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Village | Starting @ 5:30 pm
Featuring Santa, live holiday music by Faculty Lounge, ice carving demo, free cookies & hot cocoa, and no-host outdoor bar. Festivities begin around 5:30 pm with Tree Lighting to follow. 

Open-Air Holiday Market | Sun Valley Village-Inn Lawn | 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
Now in its fourth year, the European-style market will have everything from traditional wreaths to roasted nuts. Stroll the booths, while enjoying some spiced cider and Linzer cookies! Free gift wrapping with donations going to the “I Have a Dream” Foundation.

Sunday, December 15

Open-Air Holiday Market | Sun Valley Village-Inn Lawn | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Now in its fourth year, the European-style market will have everything from traditional wreaths to roasted nuts. Stroll the booths, while enjoying some spiced cider and Linzer cookies! Free gift wrapping with donations going to the “I Have a Dream” Foundation.

Friday, December 20

Sun Valley Carolers begin their daily performances (through December 28)
Our traditional Carolers will perform throughout the Village and at various Sun Valley restaurants.

Sunday, December 22

12th Annual Classic Christmas Concert | Sun Valley Opera House | A Sun Valley Tradition!
Directed by Melodie Taylor-Maudlin with music direction by R.L. Rousey
Doors Open @ 6:30 pm – Concert starts @ 7:00 pm
There will be singing, playing and storytelling, along with unexpected visits from special guests.
Admission | $25/Regular | Children 2 years old and younger/no charge
Group Rate | $20/per person (10+ tickets purchased)
Tickets are on sale at the Sun Valley Guest Information Center or sunvalleyresort.eventbrite.com

Monday, December 23

Brunch with Santa | Sun Valley Club | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
A special buffet with kid-friendly dishes and traditional favorites. Live and festive holiday music.
$59/adults | $29/children | 2 years old & under/FREE
Reservations Required | 208.622.2270

Tuesday, December 24

Brunch with Santa | Sun Valley Club | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
A special buffet with kid-friendly dishes and traditional favorites. Live and festive holiday music.
$59/adults | $29/children | 2 years old & under/FREE
Reservations Required | 208.622.2270

Christmas Eve Celebration | Skating in a Winter Wonderland Ice Show, Dollar Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
Gates open @ 3:00 pm, Show starts at 5:30 pm
The ice show will highlight modern renditions of classic holiday music. “Skating in a Winter Wonderland” will feature performances by Frank Sweiding and Anita Hartshorn, Ashley Clark, and other professional skaters. Group numbers will be performed by the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club and visiting holiday guests. The traditional appearances by the Sun Valley Carolers and Santa Claus are on the schedule, followed by the Dollar torchlight parade and fireworks.

Ice show seating available in the bleachers (some will be reserved for hotel guests and visitors who are less mobile) and on the Lodge Terrace. Stick around for the Dollar Torchlight Parade that will immediately follow the Ice Show.
Free hot cocoa & cookies will be served.

5:30 pm | Carolers and “Skating in a Winter Wonderland” ice show, followed by the torchlight parade down Dollar Mountain, fireworks, and a visit by Santa!

Tuesday, December 31

Family Night-skiing, Party & Fireworks on Dollar Mountain | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$40/adults, $30/kids, 12 & under | Food available for purchase
Hit the slopes to and enjoy some night turns, music under the stars and fireworks.  Admission includes skiing and riding on Quarter Dollar, face painting, New Year’s Eve party hat decorating, photo booth, bouncy twister and so much more! Ring in the new year with family fun and festivities. Fireworks at 9:00 pm sharp!

2019 New Year’s Eve Bubbly Bash: Benefit for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts
River Run Lodge | 9:00 pm
$150/per person (must be 21 years old) | www.sunvalleycenter.org | 208.726.9491

Daytime Sleigh Rides

Daytime Sleigh Rides | Dec. 21, 2019 – Jan. 4, 2020 | 11 am / 11:30 am / Noon / 12:30 pm / 1 pm / 1:30 pm / 2 pm
Adults / $35 | Children (3-12 years old) / $25 | Children (2 & under) / free
No reservations | Questions? Please call / 208.622.2250
Enjoy the serenity and sunny skies as you take a magical sleigh ride throughout the Sun Valley trails. The 30-minute sleigh ride passes by historic sites, such as the Hemingway Memorial. All sleigh rides start and end at the Sun Valley Nordic Center.

For more information check the calendar of events

 

 

 

 

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