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Holidays in Vail Features Torchlight Ski Down & Fireworks Show, Plus First Night Family Festival on New Year’s Eve

Holidays in Vail Features Torchlight Ski Down & Fireworks Show, Plus First Night Family Festival on New Year's Eve


Contact:  Laurie Asmussen, 970-376-3756                  
Event Coordinator                   

December 28, 2010 (Vail)–Holidays in Vail, the annual celebration presented by the Town of Vail, concludes on New Years Eve with a fireworks show and other family-friendly activities. The fun begins at approximately 6:15 p.m. with Vails traditional New Years Eve Torchlight Ski Down and fireworks show at Golden Peak. The event is free and open to the public. The best place to view the event is from the Golden Peak base area; however, the event can be viewed from many locations throughout Vail Village.

The Vail Snowsports School presents quite a spectacular show each New Years Eve, stated Laurie Asmussen of Eagle Valley Events, Inc., organizer of Holidays in Vail. The Town of Vail and Vail Resorts team up to present a beautiful torchlight display and the fireworks show is an annual tradition. Its the perfect way to start out your New Years Eve celebration, whether youre headed out to one of Vails restaurants or clubs for the evening or planning an evening at your hotel, condominium or home, she said.

Following the fireworks, the New Years Eve celebration continues with the First Night Family Festival which takes place in the Arrabelle at Vail Square in LionsHead Mall. The event runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and is free and open to families of all ages. Were thrilled to welcome the First Night event back to Arrabelle at Vail Square again this year, said Asmussen. The event was created to offer a family-friendly atmosphere for our guests looking to spend time celebrating New Years Eve with children of all ages. The Arrabelle at Vail Square offers us a perfect location to host our guests for a few hours of outdoor fun  from disco ice skating and music to childrens arts and crafts, plus entertainment, we hope families will plan on stopping by for part or the entire event. The First Night Family Festival will feature the Yale Alley Cats, a choral group that will perform several times throughout the evening.  The event concludes with a countdown and live showing of the Ball Drop from Times Square in New York City at 10 p.m. For the latest schedule and additional information, visit or call the Holidays in Vail office at 970-477-3699. 

In addition, Adventure Ridge at Eagles Nest on Vail Mountain will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve with snowmobiling (kids only), tubing, ski biking, bungee trampoline and snowshoeing. Call 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8245) for more information.

Also, most restaurants and bars are taking bookings for New Years Eve celebrations. Call 970-476-4790 for details.

Safety Measures for New Years Eve
A townwide curfew and a Special Event District boundary for Vail Village will again be in place from 10:30 p.m. on New Years Eve until 5 a.m. the next day. The public safety measures were first implemented for the July 4th holiday in 2001 to help reduce crowding and underage drinking in Vail Village. Since then, the twice-a-year measures have helped to build upon Vails reputation as not only a fun place to be, but also a safe place to be on those holidays.

New Years Eve Events at a Glance
Adventure Ridge, 2 to 9 p.m., Eagles Nest on Vail Mountain
All ages, family fun at Vail Mountains Adventure Ridge. Call 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8245) for more information.

Annual Torchlight Ski Down & Fireworks, 6:15 p.m., Golden Peak
Watch as skiers and snowboarders ride down the slopes of Vail Mountain carrying torches followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Call (970) 476-9090 for details.

Family First Night Festival, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Arrabelle at Vail Square in LionsHead
Includes ice skating (special holiday price), childrens arts & crafts, free entertainment featuring the Yale Alley Cats, games and prizes with a special showing of the Ball Drop from Times Square in New York City at 10 p.m. on the big screen.  A free family-friendly atmosphere.

Celebrate the New Year at one of Vails Bars or Restaurants
Most locations require reservations and a cover charge. Call (970) 476-4790 or check the local newspapers for details.

For complete schedule updates and event information, please call the Holidays in Vail office at (970) 477-3699.


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