12 Days of Aspen: Our Favorite Holiday Events

Your Guide to the 12 Days of Aspen

Between a bustling downtown, world-class skiing and snowboard right outside your doorstep, and an abundance of things to do and events happening over the holidays, it’s tough to beat Aspen as a top destination to spend your Christmas and New Years.

While officially the 12 days of Aspen occurs December 20 to December 31, we’re adding in an extra day for December 19 happenings. Here are our favorite holiday events in Aspen!


Tuesday, December 19th

The 26th Annual Aspen Film Academy Screenings begin December 19th, and will end on December 30th. All the movies will be the ‘talk of the town’ during the Holiday’s, and it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with your loved one. For more information, please visit www.aspenfilm.org

Wednesday, December 20th

Holiday Gift Making will be held at the St. Regis from 3:30 – 4:30pm. Children gather together and create a very special gift for their parents and other loved ones. For more information, please visit www.stregisaspen.com

Thursday, December 21st

Enjoy a ride on Santa’s sleigh with Santa on Thursday, December 21st through the streets of Winter Wonderland in Downtown Aspen, from 3 – 5:30pm. If you are not able to make it on December 21st, you may sign up for a ride with Mrs. Claus on Friday, December 22nd from 3 – 5:30pm. For more information, please visit www.stregisaspen.com

Friday, December 22nd

This is a fun-filled day for all the children in the Aspen/Snowmass area! Start off decorating cookies and visiting Santa Claus from 1 – 3:30pm at the Hotel Jerome, followed by decorating your own Holiday Stocking at the St. Regis at 3:30pm and 4:30pm. Please visit www.hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com and www.stregisaspen.com

Saturday, December 23rd

Grab the kids and get your tickets for A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE on Stage! This is a perfect event to come together during the holidays, as a family. There are two performances at the Wheeler Opera House at 3:30pm and 5:30pm. Please visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com for more information.

Sunday, December 24th

It is now time to celebrate Christmas Eve, and there are plenty of Christmas Services at the Aspen Chapel to accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. Please visit www.aspenchapel.org
And if you are stuck on what you would like to do for Christmas Eve Dinner, please visit www.hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com for more information on their famous Christmas Eve Buffet at the Prospect which is held from 5 – 9pm.

Aspen Holiday Lights

Monday, December 25th

Undecided on what you would like to do for Christmas breakfast, lunch or dinner? Please visit www.eataspen.com for every restaurant’s prix fix meals in town, and what restaurants will be hosting a buffet.

Tuesday, December 26th

When the lifts are about to close, stop by Hallam Lake for ACES Apres right in the middle of downtown. There will be lots of fun activities, including snowshoe tours, crafts for kids, hot drinks, wine, snacks, and much more! It is FREE to attend if you would like more information, please visit www.aspennature.org.

Wednesday, December 27th

Aspen Shakti is shaking things up and has invited DJ Bhakti Styler to join the class, from 5-6:15pm. Please make sure to visit www.aspenshakti.com for more information.

Thursday, December 28th

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas will be playing at the Wheeler Opera House at 7:30pm. Every album ever released was on the top billboard charts and has multiple #1 hits, during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Tickets will be selling fast!  Visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com for tickets and more information.

Friday, December 29th

Reserve your dinner reservations at the Cooking School of Aspen for a 3-course prix fix meal, watch a performance by one of the Grammy and Tony Award-winning artist, Dee Dee Bridgewater. For more information please visit www.jazzaspensnowmass.org

Saturday, December 30th

The Audi AJAX Cup will be held right at the base of Aspen Mountain on Little Nell’s run, from 9am-6pm. Teams of 6 will be competing against one and another, and will be awarded the Gorsuch Cup. Hurry and reserve a seat as soon as possible because it will fill up fast!

Aspen New Years

Sunday, December 31st

New Year’s Eve is by far one of the biggest nights in Aspen all-year round! There are multiple, top-notch parties to attend, and everywhere has a price! From the St. Regis to the Little Nell, you will not be disappointed. Visit www.stregisaspen.com or www.thelittlenell.com for more information.