Get Festive with Holiday Happenings Around Summit County

By Samantha Blair | Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The holiday season has arrived and with it lots of fresh snow. Get in a festive mood with various events and happenings around the county this week.

Photo: Everything Summit, Town of Frisco

Holiday Happenings

Wassail Days

The 11th annual Wassail Days begin this Friday, November 30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and runs until December 9. Sip on the classic hot spiced cider at stops all along Frisco Main Street. Fill out your 12 Sips of Wassail Card and turn it in at the Information Center for a commemorative mug.

Photo: Everything Summit, Town of Frisco

Holiday Bazaar

Silverthorne Holiday Bazaar showcases local artisans inside the Silverthorne Pavilion. Come shop, see live entertainment and meet Santa on Saturday, December 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Frisco Festivities

Friday, November 30, at 5:30 p.m. is the Frisco Holiday Tree Lighting. There will be 600 luminaries on Main Street, fire pits and hot cider and hot mulled wine for sale to benefit the Family and Intercultural Resource Center.

Santa is coming to the Historic Park & Museum in Frisco from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. On Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m., try soups from local professional and amateur chefs at the Soup Cup Classic. Guests will judge the soup types and vote on their favorite. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids.

Photo: Everything Summit, Town of Frisco

Ski Ball

Team Summit is hosting its 38th annual Ski Ball on Saturday, December 1, at 6 p.m. at the Keystone Conference Center. The event will feature dueling pianos, cocktails and dinner. Ticket proceeds benefit Team Summit. Tickets are still available, but hurry and get yours because they are going fast.

Photo: Everything Summit, Team Summit

Colorado Adventure Guides Workshops and Trips

Colorado Adventure Guides are hosting an AIARE Avalanche Rescue full-day course to help snow lovers brush up on their rescue techniques and practices and learn about the latest gear. Register online. Colorado Adventure Guides are also offering private backcountry skiing trips this winter. Their professionally trained guides can find the best snow and assess avalanche potential and dangerous conditions. 

Photo: Everything Summit, Colorado Adventure Guides

A-Basin's New Terrain

Arapahoe Basin’s newest terrain expansion, The Beavers, opened this week. A new quad chairlift offers access to the 469-acre addition with 34 new runs, including two new intermediate runs, bowls and epic glades. Expert skiers can also ski the Steep Gullies but will have to make a 20 to 30-minute trek back to the bottom of the Pallavicini Lift.

Photo: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Ice Castles

The Ice Castles are back in Dillon this year! Come see a stunning display of twinkling lights in 25 million pounds of ice, sculpted into an acre-large ice castle. As long as the weather cooperates, the castles should be open before Christmas! Keep your eyes open for ticket details and opening times.

Photo: Everything Summit, Ice castles

Coming Soon: Big Beers Festival

The Big Beers Belgian & Barleywines Festival is coming January 10 to 12. The world-class festival features renowned brewmasters and brewery owners from around the world. Craft beer lovers can enjoy a brewmaster dinner, beer and brewing seminars and the commercial tasting event with more than 400 beers from more than 150 breweries. Tickets are available online now.

Photo: Big Beers Festival

We'll see you in Summit!

About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.