Art Programs

Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Making with the Alpine Arts Center

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
@ 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Vail Recreation District Community Programming
Second Floor of Lionshead Welcome Center, $10 fee
Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants on creating your own paper lantern. This lively evening will include complimentary light snacks, holiday music, and wine and beer available for purchase to enjoy while creating your unique lantern.
RSVP: or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party.


Paper Lantern Making Workshop with Helen Hiebert

Friday, December 22, 2017
@ 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Vail Public Library, free.
Create your paper lantern at a free workshop in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library with local paper artist Helen Hiebert. Bring your paper lantern to the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk through Vail Village immediately following the workshop.
RSVP: or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party.

Holiday Lantern Walk in Vail Village to the Gore Creek Promenade

@ 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. - Slifer Square, Vail Village by the Covered Bridge, free.
Walk begins at 5:00 p.m.
Complimentary LED lights for your lantern & other treats distributed before walk.
Falling upon the winter solstice, enjoy this joyful community gathering and celebration of light. The short jolly procession through Vail Village will include illuminated lanterns and live music, as we wind our way to the Gore Creek Promenade for the opening celebration of the Eleventh Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater.
The paper lantern work shops and lantern walk is generously sponsored by Doe Browning.

Grand Opening Celebration of Eleventh Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater

Presented by Vicki and Kent Logan in memory of Lou Meskimen
@ 5:15 – Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village, free.
Join the merriment as the community is invited to celebrate the coolest outdoor ice theater. Art in Public Places with ice sculptor Paul Wertin/Alpine Ice, will bring back the popular free and family friendly cinematic experience in ice again this winter season. Lounge in oversized ice chairs while enjoying the scenic Gore Creek during the day and film projections on a screen created in ice in the evening. The Vail Winterfest Ice Theater will feature favorite holiday cartoon How the Grinch Stole  Christmas (1966) at the opening celebration. Projection begins daily at dusk until 10:00 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts!

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

Information about the Paper Lantern Workshops, Holiday Lantern Walk, and the Eleventh Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater may be found on or contact Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places Coordinator / 970-479-2344.

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