Picture that winter snow globe you would eagerly shake as a kid. It likely had a skating pond and snowy bridges covering ice cold streams. Towering mountains stood sentry over a quaint town with twinkling lights, and colorful ribbons and decorations hung from the street’s lamp posts while couples stood underneath them kissing in the snow.
Christmas in Aspen is this winter wonderland brought to life; a time of year when the town shines brightest. (It’s also the busiest time of year, so plan accordingly.)
Chair 9’s Opening Party – December 8
Ski into Chair 9, The Nell’s après-ski bar at the base of Aspen Mountain, sporting your most stylish snowflake-themed threads for the official opening party from 4-7 pm. Show off your dance moves and enjoy food + drink specials. Vie for prizes in our Best Dressed Contest, with winnings like gift certificates to wine and dine at The Little Nell plus Chair 9 and Give a Flake swag. Chair 9 is open daily from 3-8 pm.
6th Annual Tree Lighting at The Little Nell – December 9
This festive, family-friendly event welcomes guests and the community to the courtyard on Sunday, Dec. 9, at The Little Nell from 5–6 pm. Count down to the exciting tree lighting as you enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, carolers and photos with Santa Claus. The Aspen Animal Shelter will be on-site once again with “reindeer” pups. New this year – enter a raffle to win our custom gingerbread house display, proceeds benefit the Aspen Animal Shelter.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner at element 47
On December 24 and December 25, celebrate the season’s eatings at element 47. The restaurant features an exquisite four-course prix fixe menu offering holiday favorites with a gourmet twist. 6–10 pm. $247++ per guest, available with a $125 wine pairing option, $47++ per child
Christmas Dinner at Ajax Tavern
Enjoy a relaxed Christmas dinner on December 25 at Ajax Tavern. The restaurant offers a three-course menu with holiday favorites in a casual, family environment. 5–10 pm. $95++ per guest, available with a $50 wine pairing option, $35++ per child.
Stay for Awhile
If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating Christmas in Aspen and staying through New Year’s Eve, catch downtown’s anticipated fireworks shows at 8 p.m. and midnight. The town will be alive with locals and travelers alike, enjoying the final days of the holiday season before heading back to work!