Vail Art Programs

Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Painting with the Alpine Arts Center

Friday, December 21, 2018
@ 4:30–6:30 p.m. Vail Recreation District Community Programming
Second Floor of Lionshead Welcome Center, $10 fee
Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants how to paint paper lanterns. This lively evening will include holiday music, complimentary light snacks, and wine and beer available for purchase. Join us for this special evening to create your unique lantern to bring to the Holiday Lantern Walk on Sunday, December 23.

Register: or 970-926-2732. Please indicate number in your party – space is limited.


Lantern Making Workshop with Alpine Arts Center – Free and family friendly

Sunday, December 23, 2018
@ 1:00–4:00 p.m. Vail Public Library Community Room, free.
Create your lantern at a free workshop with Alpine Arts Center in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library. Allow yourself 30 minutes at this drop-in workshop to create your lantern. Immediately following the workshop, join us for the Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village. Please note this is a new lantern making workshop and appropriate for all ages and abilities!

RSVP: or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party.



Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village, Free, Slifer Square by the Covered Bridge

Sunday, December 23, 2018
@ 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Music by “Grown Men in Lederhosen,” Authentic Family Friendly Entertainment.

5:00 p.m. Santa and Ralph the World’s Tallest Elf arrive to mingle with guests.
5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village.
Complimentary LED lights for your lantern & other treats distributed before walk.
In its sixth year, the Holiday Lantern Walk is a joyful celebration of light and a favorite family tradition. Enjoy festive alpine entertainment and hot chocolate, as we gather in Slifer Square before the walk. This holiday tradition is a short jolly procession led by Santa and Ralph the world’s tallest elf through Vail Village. Winding its way to the Gore Creek Promenade the walk culminates at the grand opening of the 12th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater.



Grand Opening Celebration, 12th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater, Free

Sunday, December 23, 2018
@ 5:45 p.m. – Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village, free.
Help us celebrate the coolest outdoor ice theater. Art in Public Places, along with ice sculptor Paul Wertin/Alpine Ice brings back the popular free and family friendly cinematic experience in ice this winter season. Lounge in oversized ice thrones 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 and runs until 10:00 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts!


Please Note...

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

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The Vail Winterfest is generously sponsored by Doe Browning.

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