11 Events Still Happening (So Far) in Mountain Towns This Season

Make the most of your winter with these pandemic-friendly holiday displays, concerts, and art walks taking place in Colorado mountain towns.

Despite the presence of COVID-19, there are still plenty of actual, in-person events happening throughout the winter in Colorado mountain towns. To help you make the most of what’s likely to be a strange season, we put together a list of a few (mostly outdoor) options, including holiday displays and art walks. Of course, cancellations remain a possibility given the circumstances, so be sure to check local public health guidelines for updated restrictions before you go. And don’t forget a mask!

Aspen/Snowmass

The ScholARTship Event
Stop by Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass to peruse an array of original local artwork for sale. Prices for the handiwork start at $25, and proceeds go toward scholarships for Anderson Ranch students and residents.
When: Through January 22 (except for December 24–25 and January 1)
Cost: Free

Snowmass Luminescence
At this hypnotizing, interactive light display, guests can walk through LED-illuminated tunnels, archways, and walkways around Snowmass. The experience also features a variety of artist installations.
When: December 18 through February 28
Cost: Free

Music on the Mall
Live music lives! A rotation of local Roaring Fork artists provide a soundtrack for après ski on the Tower Stage in Snowmass every Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. through February, and 3 to 5 p.m. during March and April.
When: Every Thursday through April 15
Cost: Free

Beaver Creek

Members of Elephant Revival perform at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center this summer. The Vilar is scheduled to host a series of live concerts for a limited indoor crowd this winter. Photo by Shauna Farnell

Indoor Concerts
Yes, you read that correctly. You can go to actual, live concerts at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center, which is limiting events to less than 10 percent capacity throughout the winter. The lineup includes many big-name artists, such as singer-songwriter Keller Williams and the Oteil Burbridge Trio.
When: Scheduled dates through March
Cost: Varies

Keystone

The Lighting of River Run
While Santa won’t be on hand for this annual event, kids can drop off letters to him in River Run Village. After Christmas, visitors will still be able to enjoy the festive lights throughout the village, which transform the area’s buildings and walkways into a rainbow of twinkles starting at 4 p.m.
When: Through January 1
Cost: Free

Magic of Lights
This ticketed experience involves a stroll through a winter wonderland illuminated by a half-million LED lights. The display route winds for a half-mile in and around Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Ford Park.
When: Through January 24
Cost: Tickets start at $5 for children; $15 for adults

Vail

Magic of Lights
This ticketed experience involves a stroll through a winter wonderland illuminated by a half-million LED lights. The display route winds for a half-mile in and around Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Ford Park.
When: Through January 24
Cost: Tickets start at $5 for children; $15 for adults

Leadville

Ski joring in Leadville in March 2020 (pre-pandemic). Photo by Shauna Farnell

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