The 18 Best Utah Ski Resort Holiday Events


18 Utah Ski Resort Holiday Events

Deck the halls on the ski slopes with our comprehensive guide to Utah ski resort holiday events like free Santa skiing, torchlight parades, Saint Nick visits, and New Year’s celebrations.


New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade

Ring in 2018 at Alta’s annual torchlight parade. To participate you must wear goggles and be an intermediate skier or above. An adult must accompany children, and they’ll need to bring their own lights. Lifts load at 5:15 p.m. Parade and fireworks begin at approximately 5:45–6:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Entry fee is $10 for skiers; proceeds go to the Utah Food Bank.


Beaver Mountain is closed Christmas Day; open on New Year’s Day.


New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade

Celebrate the end of 2017 in Southern Utah with night skiing, a torchlight parade on the slopes at 7:00 p.m., fireworks, and after-party in the Last Chair Saloon. 


Milosport Consumer Demo Day

Try the latest ski and snowboard gear from your favorite brands before you buy it at a free demo day on Wednesday, December 6.

Quad Wednesdays

Ski or ride for $25 on December 6, 13, and 20 with your donations to local charities. Bring a new unwrapped toy for Utah Foster Care Foundation (Dec. 6), new winter clothing (hats, socks, gloves) for the Road Home (Dec. 13), and a bag of non-perishable canned food for the Utah Food Bank (Dec. 20) to get your lift ticket.


Santa Claus Visits Deer Valley

Ski on Christmas Eve and visit Santa! He’ll be in the Snow Park Lodge area from 9:00–11:00 a.m. or noon–1:30 p.m. in the Silver Lake Lodge area. Bring your camera/smartphone to take pictures with Saint Nick.

Torchlight Parade
Begins at dusk (around 6:00 p.m.December 30 on Bald Eagle Mountain’s Big Stick ski run. Complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served on the Snow Park Plaza. Snow Park Restaurant will also be open for dinner. For more information, call 435-649-1000.


The resort opens for the season on December 21 and remains open daily until January 7, 2018 before switching to a FridayMonday schedule.


Ski with Santa

Santa has made it a tradition to Ski Nordic Valley before his big night out! Come ski with Santa take pictures on December 23, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Make skiing with Santa your family tradition!

Family Fun New Year’s Eve Celebration

Ski your way into the New Year with a family ski day followed by a torchlight parade at 6:00 p.m. and fireworks display.


Santa Comes Down Town Lift

Welcome Santa to Park City on Saturday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Lift Plaza. The evening features complimentary hot chocolate, while supplies last, as you wait for Santa to ride in on the Town Lift with his lit-up sleigh. Photos with Santa courtesy of EpicMix Photo.


Visit Park City from December 16–December 31, 2017, for a 16-day winter festival featuring morning and après musical acts, village entertainers, Santa sightings, fireworks, and more winter fun.

55th Annual Torchlight Parade and Christmas Eve Celebration

Get in the holiday spirit on Christmas Eve with festive music paired with hot cocoa and cookies at the Park City Base Area beginning at 5:30 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., the ski and snowboard school will ski down the PayDay trail in a traditional torchlight parade. Free admission and refreshments, while supplies last.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Participate in family-friendly activities on New Year’s Eve at Canyons Village. A Concert by Metro Music Club begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by fireworks display at 7:30 p.m. (Early enough for the kiddos to celebrate without staying up all night.)


Christmas Eve Celebration

Ski with Santa during the day, followed by a traditional Christmas dinner at Earl’s Lodge from 4:30–8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 24. No reservations are accepted so come early to get your spot. Hot cocoa and other refreshments will also be available at the lodge. Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m. for photographs with the kids. Torchlight parade, fireworks, and viewing festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and are FREE to attend.


Hanukkah Candle Lighting

Hanukkah candles will be lit in a traditional ceremony every evening at sundown from December 12–19 at the Cliff Lodge. Guests are welcome to bring their menorahs.

Santa Skis Free

Join other Santa’s for a Christmas Eve ski day at the Bird. The first 50 people dressed in a complete Santa Claus or Elf suit ski/ride free at Snowbird. Register at the Activity Center from 9:00–10:00 a.m. and meet outside the Activity Center at 10:00 a.m. to be escorted to a special Santa Express Tram. Arrive early!

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks 

On Christmas Eve, stay after skiing for bonfires on the Plaza Deck followed by the Torchlight Parade, fireworks, and Santa rappelling from the Tram at approximately 6:00 p.m.Candelight Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 the Snowbird Center. Catch Santa and Mrs. Claus on the slopes from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on Christmas Day.

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks 

Kick off your New Year’s Eve celebration with fire pits, hot cocoa, and waffles from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the Plaza Deck. Torchlight Parade begins at approximately 6:00 p.m. followed by fireworks display at 6:30 p.m. Stay after for a DJ and New Year’s Eve party in the Wildflower Lounge.


Santa on the Slopes

Santa will be visiting on Christmas Eve for pictures at the Solitude Village fire pit and can be spotted on the slopes on Christmas Day riding and handing out candy.

Glow Parade

On Saturday, December 30, children 12 and under are invited to create Utah’s best glow parade. Meet at Last Chance Lodge at 4:45 p.m. to enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and treats. At dusk, the children will gear up with their skis or snowboards and glow sticks. They will ride Moonbeam Express chairlift with Solitude ski instructors, then wind down Main Street run.

New Year’s Eve Magic Show & Torchlight Parade

On Sunday, December 31, join us at 5:00 p.m. at Last Chance Lodge for an hour-long children’s magic show. Then at 6:00 p.m. watch the light show as Solitude staff members snake down the mountain with orange glowing torches. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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