The Holiday Spirit Thrives in Park City

There’s something magical about being nestled in Park City during the holidays. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, twinkling lights, cheery residents and cozy fires, you might find yourself on the lookout for a certain red-nosed reindeer.

As if the idyllic scenery of two iconic resorts coming together to form the largest resort in the U.S. wasn’t enough, Park City’s many festivities add an extra touch of whimsy and holiday romance to the yuletide. Carolers, illuminated parades and a Main Street straight out of the North Pole will wake even the sleepiest holiday spirit. If you happen to find yourself in this majestic town during the month of December, make sure to check out these town-favorite places and events to get the most out of your holiday.

Shop And Stroll Down Historic Main Street
During the month of December, Old Town’s historic Main Street comes alive with holiday magic – hosting a number of free events, classes and activities to celebrate the festive season. If you still need to do some holiday shopping, be  sure to explore the hundreds of unique shops, boutiques, art galleries and specialty stores. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it on historic Main Street. Start your shopping early: 

The Park City Singers
Nothing ushers in the holidays more poetically than a chorus of carolers. The Park City Singers have become a staple in the community over the last nineteen years, and their Christmas concerts are nothing short of spectacular. Starting December 19th, concerts will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. You’ll find yourself swaying along to a beautiful mix of holiday favorites and interesting arrangements of classical tunes – making it hard not to sing along.

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Kick off your holidays with Park City’s DecemberFest, a new sixteen-day festival including morning and après musical acts, village entertainers, a Resort Lighting Ceremony and more. The festival runs from December 19th to January 3rd and comes packed with on and off mountain activities. No matter how diverse your holiday spirit, you’re sure to find something worth grinning about.

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Santa Comes Down The Town Lift
Forget chimneys, when Santa and his magical sleigh come to Park City, he uses the ski lift. This magical Park City tradition takes place in the Town Lift Plaza and will occur on December 19th. Make sure to get there early – starting at 5 P.M. cookies, hot chocolate and plenty of merriment will be available to prepare for Santa’s arrival. Once he and Rudolph have made their way down the mountain and into the plaza, make sure to get your picture with the big guy – EpixMix will be snapping photos of families during the exciting event.

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53rd Annual Torchlight Parade
Park City's Annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is a tradition as old as the resort itself. It also happens to be the longest-running tradition and a village favorite. Just after sunset on Christmas Eve, make your way to Park City Base and warm up with hot cocoa, holiday music, cookies and cheer. Try and spot Santa skiing as he leads more than one hundred ski and snowboard instructors down the trails before he takes off for his epic journey. Afterward, catch up with St. Nick for photos and any last minute requests. It’s no wonder families continue to travel back for this event.

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade (photo credit- Park City Mountain Resort)

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Santa’s Shredding The Slopes
Did you know that skiing is one of Santa’s favorite extracurricular activities? It makes sense, considering his affinity for arctic culture. And from December 23rd to December 25th, Santa’s getting one last fix before heading to work. He’ll be shredding the slopes at   Greg,  It seems like the Cactus team is just copying and pasting from the Park City Chamber site here FYI. Flight of The Canyons Gondola is called the Red Pine Gondola.

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Ring In The New Year “Park City” Style
When you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Park City it’s sure to be a memorable night. Canyons Village starts the celebration off in the afternoon with free concerts on the Ski Beach. Then head over to The Cabin for a family dinner from 5-7 P.M. Once you’ve got your fill, head back outside to watch the free fireworks show at 7:30 P.M.

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If you’re looking to continue the night’s festivities, put on your best disco gear and get ready to boogie. Starting at 7:30 P.M., the Kokopelli Ballroom turns into a New Year’s disco party and lasts until 1:30 A.M., Stay until the little ones get tired or put them to bed and head back to ring in the New Year, disco style. If disco isn’t your thing, head up to historic Main Street and hit up the hundreds of restaurants and bars for more ways to ring in the New Year.  

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