Festivals & Events:
Mountain Village Holiday Prelude
Mountain Village is being transformed once again into the North Pole for this year’s Holiday Prelude celebration on Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th. This year promises a whole day of Holiday Movies, Train Rides, Santa and his workshop, Live Reindeer, Ice Skating and children’s holiday surprises around every corner.
Throughout the weekend, children of all ages will delight in the decorations and lights galore as Santa’s elves send them up the Gondola to visit Santa’s Workshop at the Telluride Conference Center from 1- 5 p.m. Children can share their Christmas List with Santa, make holiday crafts with the elves, and enjoy Holiday Movies with free hot chocolate and popcorn. This year’s holiday films include A Charlie Brown Christmas, Polar Express, and Elf. The Parents’ Lounge and cash bar will be available for parents who want to put their feet up. In addition, a Curling Demo will be held to demonstrate how the sport is played and help folks learn to curl from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Sat only), Ice Skating will be available from noon to 4 p.m., and Sledding (Sat only) will be held from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Children and adults can expect many surprises on the Train Ride throughout the twinkling Mountain Village. This year the train will be making some very special stops through town to visit the Live Reindeer Petting Area (Sat only) and participating shops will be giving gifts and treats to all children.
On Saturday, the culmination of this year’s event will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa and carolers in Heritage Plaza at 6 p.m. Following the lighting, head back to the ice skating rink because the Telluride Figure Skating Club will be presenting North Pole on Ice. Mountain Village is proud to feature local ice skaters who are excited to show off their skills on the ice. The show is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. After our local pros leave the ice, stick around for the “coolest” Ice Skating Party ever – all set to your favorite tunes.
For those who need to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done, Mountain Village merchants are extending discounts and specials to customers until 9 p.m. Shoppers will receive some of the best discounts of the year, along with raffles, giveaways, food and drink specials, and more. And, in the true spirit of giving, Franz Klammer Lodge will host an Angel Baskets Charity Drive for donations and will be offering complimentary treats and beverages in their lodge on Saturday from 1-5 p.m.
Lodging and ski packages are available for those who want to extend the holiday fun. For more information, visit http://www.visittelluride.com/holiday-prelude . Activities are all free of charge; events and times are subject to change so please check back often!