Photo courtesy Vilar Performing Arts Center
Merry event options for a very Vail Christmas
December 23, 2008 —
While many towns ease into silent tranquility on Christmas, shops close, and normal life shuts down, Vail tends to take things up a notch. There are a lively number of events surrounding Dec. 25 in Vail and Beaver Creek: from Charles Dickens to Chinese acrobats, apres ski to ice skating, Christmastime in our town can be as tranquil – or as entertaining – depending on what you're after.
Getting into the spirit, for me, always means watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” on TV and, of course, delving into the genius of the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s accompanying music. “A Christmas Story,” marathon is also a standard ingredient to a good Christmas, as is “A Christmas Carol.”
But television makes a poor proxy for the real thing. A live performance of “A Christmas Carol,” will play a matinee performance and an evening performance at the Vilar Performing Arts Center Dec. 23 … seems like a good way to get into the Christmas spirit to me. Tickets are available online or by calling the Vilar Center box office at 888.920.ARTS(2787).
When it comes to Christmas Day I highly recommend skiing with the family. The mountain is generally less crowded than it is on Dec. 26 through New Years, and as I look back through my many years here I’m hard pressed to remember a Christmas Day which lacked good snow. The air is always crisp and clean – a welcome atmosphere after loading up on eggnog and a turkey dinner on Christmas Eve.
When the ski day is done, my top recommendation the Chinese Acrobats performance at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Christmas Day. A runaway hit several years running in New York City and Beaver Creek, the Golden Dragon Acrobats perform feats which are physically daring, yet gracefully executed. What I like about this event is that it beats the Christmas movie every time – it’s the kind of performance you’ll remember for a lifetime … or, at least, I will always remember the time I saw the Chinese acrobats perform their jaw-dropping mix of contortionism, acrobatics, grace and showmanship. Tickets are $32c/$42a, and are available online or by calling the Vilar Center box office at 888.920.ARTS (2787).
Another top recommendation is to go skating at the outdoor ice rink at Beaver Creek. Adult Ice Skating classes are offered at 4 p.m. there Dec. 26.
And, of course, apres ski doesn’t take a break on Christmas. Keep a lookout for Shannon Tanner at McCoys, Kevin Danzig at the Arrabelle, Tony Gulizia and Allan Finney at Cascade resort, and Roy Bloomfield at the Marriot.
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