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Please join us to kick off this holiday season in style!  The Aspen Chamber Resort Association is hosting the 5th Annual 12 Days of Aspen, December 20-31.  Aspen will light up the celebration with a variety of free holiday activities, ice skating, visits with Santa, carolers, special treats, and much more.  We will top off the 2013 festivities in our classic Aspen fashion with a fireworks extravaganza over Aspen Mountain.


12 Days of Aspen
December 20-31, 2013

2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

 

All Day

Food For Fines, benefiting Lift Up (Dec. 20th-31st) | Pitkin County Library
For each non-perishable item brought in for Lift-Up, $1 of fines will be erased.

2-4pm

FREE! 12 Days Kick-Off Ice Skating Party with DJ TRIZZ | Silver Circle Ice Rink
Everyone is welcome, CP burger will  provide skates.

11am

USPA World Snow Polo Championships | Wagner Park
World Class Polo players will be competing for the title at the 11th Annual USPA World Snow Polo Championship. 

3-5pm

FREE! Merry Art Making with Mrs. Claus and the Aspen Art Museum | Limelight Hotel
Celebrate the 12 Days of Aspen in this Art-making holiday workshop with AAM educators.

7PM

Theatre Aspen School's The Importance of Being Earnest | Aspen District Theatre
The Winter Teen Conservatory's production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of being Earnest

7pm & 9:15pm

JAS Cafe Downstairs @ the Nell featuring Stacey Kent | The Little Nell Hotel
Intimate shows in the downstairs conference room at the Little Nell featuring jazz vocalist Stacey Kent. Kent along with husband Jim Tomilson on saxophone, perform a beguiling repertoire that ranges from jazz interpretations of the Great American Songbook to Brazilian bossa nova and French Chanson.

 10pm   

Jes Grew Feat. The Broccoli Bros. Horns Biography | Bellyup Aspen
Join local band, Jes Grew, at the Bellyup for a night of music.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

 

9:30am 

FREE! Gift Wrapped Book (first 50 people) | Pitkin County Library
The first 50 people who  visit the Library will receive a FREE gift wrapped book.

2-4pm

FREE! Cookies & Cocoa with Aspen Police Dept. & Pitkin Co. Sherriff's Office | Cooper Ave Mall
Come warm up with  the Aspen Police and Pitkin County Sheriffs, enjoy complimentary cookies and cocoa.

5-7pm

FREE! Santa Day | Aspen Recreational Center (ARC)
Santa will be at the ARC to hear what the boys and girls want for Christmas. There will be a professional photographer as well.

6pm

FREE! Local Vocal's Victorian Carolers | Hotel Jerome | Lobby
Everyone is welcome the Hotel Jerome to come get in the holiday spirit!

7pm

Theater Aspen School's The Importance of Being Earnest | Aspen District Theatre
The Winter Teen Conservatory's production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

7pm & 9:15pm

JAS Cafe Downstairs @the Nell featuring Stacey Kent | The Little Nell Hotel
Intimate shows in the downstairs conference room at the Little Nell featuring jazz vocalist Stacey Kent. Kent along with husband Tim Tomilson on saxophone, perform a beguiling repertoire that ranges from jazz interpretations of the Great American Songbook to Brazilian bossa nova and French chanson.

8pm

American Singer- Songwriter Burt Bacharach | The Wheeler Opera House
Long recognized as one of the greatest and most sophisticated songwriting partners in musical history, Burt Bacharach's career spans more than six decades and has featured writing partners as varied Hal David and Elvis Costello.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22  

 

Noon

FREE! Gingerbread House Making for Teens, RSVP Required | Pitkin County Library
All high school students are invited to make their own gingerbread house, RSVP required please call Genevieve 970-429-1948

2pm

Theatre Aspen School's The Importance of Being Earnest | Aspen District Theatre Aspen
The Winter Teen Conservatory's production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest  

2-3pm

FREE! The Harmony Sisters | Cooper Avenue Fire Pit
Singing together since 2002, each vocalist has her own style and brings decades of experience to the group.

3-5pm

FREE! Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, Aspen's Volunteer Firefighters, & Extreme Sports Camp | Aspen Fire Station
Everyone is welcome to come warm up with Santa with complimentary cocoa and cookies!

5-6pm

FREE! Tree Lighting Celebration with Santa and his Reindeer | The Little Nell Hotel
Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided, along with carolers singing festive tunes. Don't miss Santa and his live reindeer for their last stop in Colorado before heading back to the North Pole. The event will take place in the hotel's courtyard at the base of Ajax and is open to community as well as hotel guests.

6pm

Ugly Sweater Party | The Little Nell Hotel | Chair 9
Live music and great prizes to the best (i.e. worst) holiday sweater, including a private table at Chair 9- the hotel's new apres ski bar. All those wearing sweaters will receive a complimentary hot cider (with some jolly holiday rum for those over 21).

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

 

10:30am

Teddy Bear Story Hour | Aspen Historical Society
Children are invited to celebrate the holidays in the historic Wheeler/Stallard home during an hour of storytelling and caroling in partnership with Spellbinders, guests will hear traditional tales and new twists, plus participate in sing-alongs. Suggested for children ages 3 to 6. $3/child.

1-3pm

FREE! Make Your Own S'Mores with Santa's Elves! | Cooper Avenue Fire Pit
Everyone is welcome to the Cooper Ave fire pit to warm up make their own s'mores with Santa's Elves!

3pm

  FREE! Winter Crafts for Kids | Pitkin County Library
All ages are welcome to make holiday ornaments. Treats will be served.

3-5pm

FREE! Cookie Decorating and Santa Visits Hotel Jerome | Hotel Jerome
Everybody is invited to come to the Hotel Jerome to decorate cookies and meet Santa!

4 & 6pm

FREE! Local Vocal's Victorian Carolers | Hotel Jerome | Lobby
Everyone is welcome to the Hotel Jerome to come get in the holiday spirit!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24

 

10:30am

Teddy Bear Story Hour | Aspen Historical Society
Children are invited to celebrate the holidays in the historic Wheeler/ Stallard home during an hour of storytelling and caroling. In partnership with Spellbinders, guests will hear traditional tales and new twists, plus participate in sing-alongs. Suggested for ages 3 to 6. $3/child.

3-5pm

Twas the Night Before Christmas Reading by Santa | The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Library
Join us in Santa's Living Room for a special reading of the holiday classes, by Santa Claus himself. After the reading Santa will also be available for holiday photographs. A 12 Days of Christmas complimentary community event.

4 & 6pm

FREE! Local Vocal's Victorian Carolers | Hotel Jerome, Lobby
Everyone is welcome to the Hotel Jerome to come get in the holiday spirit!

 6-10pm   

Festive Holiday Meal | The Little Nell Hotel, Element 47
Element 47, at The Little Nell, is doing a Festive Four Course Holiday Meal. $125/person and kids menu for $30/person. All reservations require a credit card. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy.

6 & 8pm  

Christmas Eve Dinner | Hotel Jerome
Three course dinner $125/person. Kids menu available for children under 10.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25

 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

11am-2pm

Christmas Day a La Carte Brunch | Hotel Jerome
Enjoy the Hotel Jerome's delicious brunch a la carte style.

12-5pm

Christmas Day Brunch with Santa | The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Trecento Quindici Decano
Come dine at Trecento Quindici Decano for brunch with Santa. $105/adults and $49/child (exclusive of tax and gratuity).

2-4pm

FREE! 12 Days of Aspen Ornament | Cooper Avenue, ACRA Visitor Kiosk
Stop by the visitor's kiosk on Cooper Ave for a free ornament!

4-8pm

Christmas Day Buffet | Hotel Jerome
Traditional Christmas Day buffet $150/person and $50 for kids under 10. 

5:30pm & 8:30pm

The Crystal Palace Revue | Wheeler Opera House
These masters of cabaret performance will rock your holiday with outrageous songs and silliness, and we'll top it off with a champagne toast during intermission.

 6-10pm

Festive Holiday Meal | The Little Nell Hotel | Element 47
Element 47, at The Little Nell is doing a Festive Four Course Holiday Meal. $125/person and kids menu for $30/person.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26

 NATIONAL CANDY CANE DAY!

1-3pm

FREE! Hot Chocolate, Cookies, & Candy Canes (Commemorate mug $5) | Cooper Ave Fire Pit
Everyone is welcome to the Cooper Ave. fire pit to warm up, enjoy hot chocolate and treats!

3:30-6:30pm

FREE! ACES Apres Ski : Holiday Open House | Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Hallam Lake
Join us at Hallam Lake in the heart of downtown Aspen to enjoy Aspen Center for Environmental Studies during the holidays! ACES' Boxing Day open house will include guided snowshoe tours around the preserve, crafts for kids, hot drinks, wine, snacks and more! Don't miss the early evening "air show" of waterfowl coming to spend the night at Hallam Lake, explore the center, learn about ACES and enjoy the warmth of a small bonfire, the pleasure of good company and the beautiful setting of Hallam Lake!

4pm

FREE! Family Film | Pitkin County Library
A feature length holiday film will be shown. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

9pm

Weezer | Bellyup Aspen
Weezer is coming to the Bellyup Aspen for two shows. The opening act is to be determined.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27

 

3:30am-4:30pm

FREE! Author Jill Sheeley's Fraser Story Telling | Hotel Jerome, Library
Join author Jill Sheeley for story time with cocoa and cookies!   

4pm

FREE! Winter Crafts for Grownups | Pitkin County Library
Join in the holiday fun and make something special!

5:30-7:30pm

FREE! Meet the Elk Mountain Rescue Dogs & Friends | The St. Regis Aspen Resort | Library
Come to Santa's Living Room (The Library) for a special visit with the Elk Mountain Rescue Dogs and Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers. Learn how these talented are saving lives through back-country rescue and mountain safety education!

 9pm

Weezer |  Bellyup Aspen
The last of the two shows Weezer will be playing at the Bellup Aspen. The opener is to be determined.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28

 

12-2pm

FREE! Family Fun with Clowns- Face Painting, Balloon Animals & More! | Cooper Ave Fire Pit 
Join us at the Cooper Ave fire pit to get your face painted and have fun with clowns!     

4pm 

FREE! Apres Ski with Hot Cider and Cookies | Pitkin County Library
Stop by for hot cider and cookies then check out a movie for a dark winter's night!     

4:30-7:30pm 

Aspen Art Museum Freestyle Winter Benefit | The St. Regis Aspen Resort
This no-holds-barred, fashion-forward event benefiting the AAM features champagne, caviar, amazing one-of-a-kind auction items, a fashion show and it sells out every-time . For tickets or further information, contact Aspen Art Museum at 970-925-8050.    

7pm & 9:15pm

JAS Cafe Downstairs @ the Nell Featuring Gypsy Allstars Return to Rajasthan | The Little Nell Hotel
Intimate shows in the downstairs conference room at The Little Nell featuring the Gypsy Allstars. Born on the outskirts of Montpelier in the south of France, which spawned the Gypsy Kings, this fiery new ensemble blends gypsy rumba with Indian rhythms and vocals creating a new sound igniting audiences on multiple continents.  

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29

 

12-2pm 

FREE! Family Fun with Clowns- Face Painting, Balloon Animals & More! | Cooper Ave Fire Pit
Join us at the Cooper Ave fire pit to get your face painted and have fun with clowns!
  

4pm 

FREE! Seasonal Sing-a-long led by Cantor Rollin Simmons | Pitkin County Library
Come by for an old time sing-along!

7pm & 9:15pm

JAS Cafe Downstairs @ the Nell featuring Gypsy All stars Return to Rajasthan | The Little Nell Hotel 
Intimate shows in the downstairs conference room at The Little Nell featuring the Gypsy Allstars. Born on the outskirts of Montpelier in the South of France, which spawned the Gypsy Kings, this fiery new ensemble blends gypsy rumba with Indian Rhythms and vocals creating a new sound igniting audiences on multiple continents.  

8pm

Rufus Wainwright (Solo) |  Bellyup Aspen
Come watch Rufus Wainwright perform. GA advanced $50, seated tickets $95.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30

 

9:30am

The Audi Ajax Cup benefiting Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club | Aspen Mountain
Antonio Banderas will be hosting this year's Audi Ajax Cup where teams compete head to head in a dual slalom race on the Little Nell run on Ajax. 

10:30am

FREE! Snowy Stories with Susan | Pitkin County Library
Join us at the library for story time, all ages.

2pm    

 Aspen Skating Club Performance | Silver Circle Ice Rink
 Aspen Skating club will be putting on a free performance, come check it out!

3:30pm

Après Ski Party following The Audi Ajax Cup | The St. Regis Aspen Resort
Invitation only. Time to celebrate in the heart of Aspen at the St. Regis Resort. Racers and guests will enjoy gourmet food stations, libations, and music.

7pm&9:15pm

JAS Cafe Downstairs @ the Nell featuring Gypsy Allstars Return to Rajasthan | The Little Nell Hotel
Intimate shows in the downstairs conference room at The Little Nell featuring the Gypsy Allstars. Born on the outskirts of Montpelier in the south of France, which spawned the Gypsy Kings, this fiery new ensemble blends gypsy rumba with Indian Rhythms and vocals creating a new sound igniting audiences on multiple continents.

 9pm   

The Flaming Lips | Bellyup Aspen
COme to the Bellyup Aspen to see The Flaming Lips perform with Midlake.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

 

10:30am

FREE! Baby Story Time with Anne | Pitkin County Library
Come here Anne tell stores at the Aspen library!

5-11pm 

New Year's Eve Family Buffet | The St. Regis Resort Aspen | Trecento Quindici Decano
Enjoy a family buffet at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. $95/person and $39/child (exclusive of tax and gratuity).

 6-10pm

Exclusive Four Course Dinner | The Little Nell Hotel | Element 47
Element 47 is offering an exclusive Four Course Menu for $395/ person (kids menus are not available). All reservations require a credit card. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy.

7&9pm

New Year's Eve Dinner | Hotel Jerome
Three course dinner (choice of 3 items per course). The first seating is at 7pm and is $150/person. The second seating is at 9pm and is $250/person.

8pm-12am

FREE! DJ & Bonfire | Wagner Park
Come get toasty with us at Wagner Park, enjoy the free music and roaring bonfire!  

8pm & 12am

Fireworks over Aspen Mountain | Aspen Mountain
Get ready to bring in the New Year with firework shows at both 8pm and 12am.

8pm & 10pm

New Years Eve Sky Masquerade, 8pm VIP & 10pm GA | Sky Hotel
Doors open for VIP at 8pm and for general admission at 10pm. All tickets include a full open bar, fireworks viewing, DJ spinning, casino table, live entertainment, NYE party favors, a photo booth and more! Dress to impress and bring your mask!

8:30pm

New Years Eve Party with Delta Saints | Wheeler Opera House
One ticket gets you not only a brilliant boogie-provoking show from one of the nation's hottest new rock bands, but also your party favors, noise maker, champagne toast and -perhaps most important- open bar for this end-of-the-year celebration.

9pm-2am

Speakeasy New Year's Eve Themed Gala | The St. Regis Aspen Resort | Ballroom
Celebrate New Year's Eve in true St. Regis style at this 1920's themed gala in the ballroom (21+ age restriction applies). 1920's attire is strongly encouraged. General admission tickets are $249/person. VIP admission is available for $499/person. Live music featuring Nikki Hill and Curtis Salgado (2013 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year), midnight champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres and more!
*Additional applicable fees will be applied at purchase. For more information call 970-429-7373.

9pm-2am

New Year's Eve Celebration | The St. Regis Aspen Resort | Shadow Mountain Lounge
Featuring live music by Derek Brown's six piece band, featuring festive party favors, dancing and a Trecento Quidici Decano champagne toast at midnight (21+ age restriction applies).

 9pm-1:30am

Chair 9 New Year's Eve Celebration | The Little Nell Hotel | Chair 9
The Little Nell's new bar, Chair 9, will be offering a party with bottomless Veuve Cliclout and DJ Dylan for $195/person.

 10pm-1:30am

Winter Wonderland New Year's Eve Celebration | The Little Nell Hotel | Element 47
New for the New Year, The Little Nell is offering a Winter Wonderland New Year's Eve Celebration at Element 47. This special event on the patio will feature an enclosed, heated space, lounge seating, a fire pit and four piece jazz band. The party is limited to 50 people and includes bottomless Cristal, well cocktails, and wine for $347/person.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
For more information, visit www.aspenchamber.org/12days or call 970.925.1940

OTHER DATES

 

Nov.27-Dec.5, 4:45pm

FREE! Hanukkah, Menorah Lighting | The St. Regis Aspen Resort | Lobby
Daily, Rabbi Mendel Mintz will kindle the lights of the menorah in the lobby and recite the traditional Jewish blessings over the candles.

Nov. 28, 12-5pm

Thanksgiving Day Buffet | The St. Regis Aspen Resort | Trecento Quindici Decano
Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving food at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Reservations are highly recommended 970-429-7373, $95/adult and $39/child. 

Nov. 30, 5-7pm

FREE! 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Ritual | The St. Regis Aspen Resort | Fountain Courtyard
Featuring carolers from the Aspen School District, a visit from Santa Claus, holiday photographs, cookies, festive beverages and more!

 

Dec. 1, 6-7pm

The Sardy House Christmas Tree Lighting| Sardy House, Main Street
The 29th Annual Sardy House Christmas Tree Lighting will feature free homemade cookies and hot chocolate, Mr. and Mrs. Claus on their sleigh, music provided by The Local Vocals, The Aspen High School A Capella Group, The Basalt High School Choir. Come see 10,000 LED lights at this amazing community event, fun for the whole family! Free and open to the public.

 Dec. 3, 8-11am

Birding with ACES | Hallam Lake
Join naturalist Rebecca Weiss for Morning Birding at Hallam Lake. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours, grab your guidebook and dress warmly.

Dec. 5, 5:30-8:30pm

AVSC's Winter Kick Off Party | T Lazy 7 Ranch
Join AVSC in celebrating the start of the season for an evening of music, auction and the induction of 3 new members into AVSC's Hall of Fame! Sponsored by Alpine Bank and catered by Hickory House. Tickets are $50-$60 at door.

Dec. 6-7, 7pm
Dec. 8, 2pm

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer | Aspen High School |  Black Box Theatre
SoL Theatre invited you to kick off the Holidays right this year with their production of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Dec. 8-16, 6pm 

Menorah Lighting Ceremony | Hotel Jerome
Come watch the Menorah Lighting Ceremony every night through December 16th.

Dec. 10, 4-7pm

Holiday Cookie Exchange and Book Signing| Hotel Jerome | Living Room
This annual affair offers a chance to meet and support local authors in an intimate setting, while snacking on homemade cookies.

Dec. 10, 5:30-7pm

RBR's Kitchen: Holiday Desserts | Rock Bottom Ranch
Join Rock Bottom Ranch Director and former Little Nell chef, Jason Smith, for an exciting series of home-style cooking demonstrations.

Dec. 14 & 15, various 

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's The Nutcracker 6-7pm | Aspen District Theatre
Make sure you buy your tickets to the holiday classic The Nutcracker at the Theatre Aspen.

Dec. 15, 8am-4pm

Christmas Bird Count | Aspen Area
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies invites you to help count birds in the Aspen area during the Audubom Chirstmas Bird Count, the longest running citizen science survey in the world.

Dec. 23-Jan.2, various 

Aspen Film's Academy Screenings | Wheeler Opera House
35th annual Aspen Film-fest showcased an eclectic mix of fall previews, critically acclaimed documentaries and new narrative features that captured the  imaginations of an enthusiastic festival audience. Film fans of all ages and inclinations repeatedly filled Aspen's Isis Theater and Paepcke Auditorium to catch an array of independent and international productions and hear filmmakers share the stories behind their work.

Jan.1, 7am-2pm

New Year's Day Breakfast Buffet| The St. Regis Aspen Resort  | Trecento Quindici Decano
Enjoy an extended breakfast buffet for $45/adult and $19/child.

 Jan.1, 11am-2pm

New Year's Day A La Carte Brunch | Hotel Jerome
Enjoy brunch a la carte style at the Hotel Jerome.

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