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What to Look Forward to This December in Aspen

The town of Aspen beams with holiday cheer in December with Christmas lights and holiday decorations throughout downtown, various events and more, just a few of the reasons why Aspen was recently named America’s best town for the holidays by Travel + Leisure. Discover this month’s event highlights below and find a complete winter calendar of events here.

December 6

The annual Sardy House Christmas Tree Lighting marks the official kick off for the holidays in Aspen. The free event takes place December 6 from 6-7 p.m. Guests can enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, music from the Aspen Middle School Band, and a guest appearance from Santa.

December 12

Aspen Highlands, also known as the locals’ mountain, and Buttermilk’s opening day is set for Saturday, December 12, allowing visitors and locals to experience the Power Of Four for the rest of the winter season.Christmastree.TLN.jpeg

December 22- January 2

The annual Aspen Film Academy Screenings runs December 22- January 2 this year celebrating forthcoming award season contenders. Check out the full program for the 24th Academy Screenings here.

December 20-31

During the 12 Days of Aspen, charming downtown Aspen becomes a winter wonderland of holiday cheer. Free ice skating, visits with Santa – and Santa's reindeer, s'more-making parties, art, ornament-making, and stocking-decorating workshops for kids, 12 Days of Après, and much more for kids and adults. Check out the entire list of activities here.

December 31

New Year’s Eve marks the pinnacle of the winter celebrations in Aspen. As always there will be two firework showings in Aspen at 8 p.m. and midnight. For a list of various dinners and parties happening in Aspen this New Year's Eve click here