As the snow blankets the mountains of Aspen, the town comes alive with events and activities, each offering a unique slice of this winter paradise. From the adrenaline of the slopes to the warmth of community gatherings, Aspen's 2023/2024 winter season is a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered. The Gary Feldman Group at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty is excited to guide you through the best of what Aspen has to offer during these winter months.
Secure your dining plans to ensure that you experience all the holly and jolly in style at the Little Nells Ajax Tavern and Element 47, both of which make for excellent Christmas Eve and Day options. Both restaurants are offering multi-course, prix fixe dinners featuring traditional fare with optional wine pairings. Space is limited - be sure to reserve your table today.
Looking for some last-minute gifts to “wrap up” your holiday shopping list, this clever gifting company based in Aspen pulls together presents in a pinch. They have customized bundles, as well as à la carte items that can be found in their store or online. Stop by their brand-new storefront titled The Gift Box by Bundles at their shop at 465 N. Mill St., Ste. 18-right by Velo Bikes down by the post office.
World Snow Polo Championship:
Held against the stunning backdrop of snow-covered landscapes don't miss the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship, happening December 16-17. Watch the exciting polo matches Saturday and Sunday at The Rio Grande Park. Spectators are sure to enjoy the competitive spirit combined with the breathtaking beauty of Aspen, making this a standout highlight in the winter calendar.
12 Days of Aspen:
From December 20 to 31, downtown Aspen transforms into a vibrant hub of holiday activity during the 12 Days of Aspen. Enjoy free ice skating, festive treats, caroling, and Santa's appearances, all leading up to a spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display over Aspen Mountain. This festive event encapsulates the spirit of the season, bringing people together to enjoy the magic of Aspen during this most enchanting time of the year.
Aspen’s New Year’s Eve Celebration:
Looking for a stunning affair that lights up the night sky? Celebrate New Year's Eve at Aspen Mountain on December 31. Join the festivities, including a bonfire and DJ at Wagner Park from 6 pm to 9 pm, followed by a dazzling firework show over Aspen Mountain at 8 pm. This celebration is an incredibly memorable way to bid farewell to the old and ring in the new in the heart of Aspen.
Experience Aspen’s unique Nordic culture from January 11-14 during Wintersköl™, the annual winter festival. Highlights include a rail jam, snow sculpture contest, live music, a bonfire, and fireworks over Aspen Mountain. Locals and visitors alike can come together to celebrate the joys of the winter season, nurturing that sense of community spirit, and shining a light on Aspen’s unique charm only on display during this time of the year.
Winter Words 2024
Passes are now available for the 27th season lineup which includes New York Times’ bestselling authors Abraham Verghese, Ann Patchett in conversation with Elizabeth McCracken, poet and memoirist Safiya Sinclair, and gold medal-winning rock climber Sasha DiGiulian. Events will take place from Jan. 11-March 14 at both Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen and TACAW in Basalt.
Aspen Gay Ski Week:
From January 14-21, join the nation's oldest annual gay ski week a vibrant and inclusive celebration that adds a diverse and welcoming flair to Aspen’s winter season. Aspen Gay Ski Week features four mountains with diverse ski and snowboard terrain, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking trails. This cherished tradition has created a festive and supportive environment amid the stunning Aspen snowscape.
Winter X Games Aspen:
Transforming Aspen into an adrenaline-fueled playground the X Games Aspen 2024 returns to Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen Snowmass from January 26-28. This premier winter sports event, free to the public, showcases nearly 100 top athletes. Catch the live action on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, January 11-15 in Aspen is a lively time to experience the town’s unique blend of beauty, culture, and outdoor activities. Experience the MLK Day Parade through the heart of Aspen, complete with marching bands, floats and community members celebrating the legacy of Dr. King. Aspen Snowmass also offers free skiing on MLK day in honor of commitment and accessibility and inclusion as spoken by Dr. King. There are also a multitude of opportunities to enjoy live music throughout the weekend.
The New Year kicks off with the return of MOMIX, the internationally renowned dance company bringing its distinct blend of illusion, acrobatics, magic and whimsey to Aspen. Whether you’re a seasoned dance buff or simply looking for an experience that is sure to impress, don’t miss your chance to see MOMIX Ballet in Aspen, on January 31, 2024.
Presidents’ Day weekend, February 15-19 in Aspen typically features a festive atmosphere with a variety of events including, skiing and snowboarding competitions, live music, and special holiday-themed activities. Visitors can enjoy the picturesque scenery, hit the slopes, enjoy the charming town, and immerse themselves in all that the holiday weekend has to offer. Moreover, the world-class dining and shopping options add to the overall appeal of this most perfect getaway.
The Aspen Laugh Festival held February 21-24, promises to bring a warmth of humor to the otherwise snowy mountains. Showcasing a lineup of talented comedians who will be featuring flairs from stand-up to improv even comedy competitions there is sure is sure to be something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a fun and unforgettable music experience, be sure to check out the Palm Tree Music festival, taking place February 23-24 in Aspen. This two-day outdoor event brings the tropical vibes of a palm-fringed beach to the mountains. A lineup of topnotch EDM artists, stunning mountain views, friendly and welcoming crowd and a laid-back atmosphere are the perfect recipe for an extraordinary festival.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup is an annual skiing competition that is one of the most prestigious races in the world. Taking place March 1-3 this event draws thousands of spectators from around the world, as well as some of the world's best alpine skiers. If you’re a ski enthusiast or just looking for something fun to do, be sure to check this out.
A sign of the official transition from Winter to Spring the Bud Light Spring Jam takes place from March 22-24 and brings with it a new energy to the town of Aspen. Music sets the tone with a diverse lineup of musical performances. There are also competitions and not just skiing or snowboarding but culinary as well. However, what this event is most known for is its lively parties to help celebrate the end of ski season. Don’t miss this amazing spring break experience.
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Winter presents a fantastic opportunity to explore everything Aspen provides. For those interested in purchasing or selling a home in this winter wonderland, reach out to Gary Feldman. You can contact him at 970.948.3737, send an email to [email protected], or visit our website for more information.