In The Boat: Steamboat Holiday Events


Christmas in Steamboat Springs—such a special time in such an unforgettable locale!   The snow is sparkling, the lights are twinkling, and air is nearly quivering with excitement.  On the Mountain and in Downtown, you will find adventures and activities, services and songs, food and fun.

“I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself”—yes, in the Steamboat way, St. Nick is arriving on horseback for a visit.   His eyes are still twinkling, and his nose like a cherry, but instead of sliding down the chimney, Santa Claus will be cantering down the slopes, on horseback.


December 17, 2017

On December 17th, join the festivities at Gondola Square at Steamboat Resort—2305 Mt. Werner Circle.   The annual Holiday Festival will offer up a full afternoon of festivities.

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Visit Santa’s Reindeer

2 PM  Santa Parade.
Relish the holiday being heralded in by Santa making his way from Slopeside to Gondola Square on horseback.

2.30 – 5 PM  Santa’s Workshop 
Santa will settle in at his workshop, ready to meet with children of all ages.

2:30 – 3:30 PM  Dasher, Prancer & Co. Come To Town
Santa’s reindeer won’t be left out of the celebration; they arrive at Santa’s Workshop.

2 – 4 PM   Sugar and spice, makes everything nice
FREE Holiday Cookie Decorating at the cookie tent.

2 – 5 PM   Stocking Scramble! 
Collect your instructions and stocking from the tent in the Square, then visit participating stores around Village Square to enjoy stuff your stocking with free treats.

2 – 4 PM  Cheers to you.
Champagne and Steamboat go hand in hand, so enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and a cupcake at the Korbel® tent.

2.30 – 4 PM   Dance it up! 
Face Vocal Band, the internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band, from Boulder, Colorado, take to the Steamboat Stage to add their harmonies to the festival.

Torchlight Parade Steamboat

Steamboat Holiday Fireworks

4 – 4.30 PM   T’was The Night Before Christmas…
Gather the kids for Story Time on the Steamboat Stage.

5.30 PM    Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
The Christmas Torchlight Parade is scheduled to begin as the sun sets.   Settle in close with a warm beverage and watch as the the hill is becomes illuminated in this magical annual event.  Skiers and boarders bearing glowing torches weave down the mountain, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

8 PM    Night Skiing 
Take the Christie Peak Express to the summit of Christie Peak (8,000 ft.) for a unique experience of schussing well-lit night time trails.  Lift tickets can be purchased online or at the Ticket Office. Call 877-783-2628 for more information.

After the parade, or after skiing under the lights, there are a variety of nearby restaurants with great diversity of cuisine.   Stroll and stop in for a hearty end-of-evening meal.


For those of you looking ahead, the New Year is just a few weeks ahead. Revelry will abound whether you are ringing in the year at the family-friendly festivities at the New Year’s Eve Family Fun Event or toasting the arrival of 2018 at Korbel® New Year’s Eve Party.

New Year’s Eve Family Fun Event
On December 31st, the good times will take place in the Steamboat Grand Ballroom, 2300 Mt Werner Circle, from 5:30 to 9:30p.m.    Join in for a family-style buffet dinner, followed by a variety of entertainment.   There will be magic and juggling and comedy, too.   Get ready to laugh with the We’re Not Clowns Comedy Troupe.   There will be face-painting, party hats, noise makers—all available to make ready for the 2018 countdown at 9 PM.   Prices start at $25, reservations strongly recommended.

Korbel® New Year’s Eve Party 

The adult party will be a bit higher up the mountain, at Thunderhead Lodge.   At 9 PM, you will be whisked to the festivities aboard the Village Gondola.  Once at Thunderhead Lodge, the evening will be filled with delights as you indulge in the dessert bar, the chocolate fountain, and the appetizers.   Then head to the dance floor, and dance the night away, before lifting your glass of Korbel® to welcome 2018.

Tickets are $50 per person and include the gondola ride – Reservations strongly recommended.  Cash bar is available.   Make it a complete evening, the Korbel® Party is included with any on-mountain dining reservation on New Year’s Eve: including Ragnar’s Sleigh Ride, Four Points Lodge Dinner, Hazie’s Dinner, Haymaker Sleigh Ride, and Western BBQ.   All dining guests from these establishments will be freely welcomed to the Korbel® Party.


Night skiing at Steamboat Resort is available Thursdays through Mondays, 5:30 to 8:30 PM beginning December 14, 2017 through March 26, 2018, with additional days offered during holidays and peak times.   Spring hours are 6:00 to 9:00p.m.

steamboat night time ski

This evening escapade starts with a high-speed ride up the Christie Peak Express, dropping you off at the vista of Christie Peak—8,000 feet. From there, you can chose your own descent down 1,100 vertical feet of adventure, including two beginner, two intermediate, and one advance trail: Sitz, See Me, Vogue, Stampede, and Lil’ Rodeo, all are bright under the state-of-the-art lighting.

Purchase your tickets online or at the Ticket Office (phone: 877-783-2628).  If your child has the Colorado Kids Ski Free™ pass, they also qualify for the night Kids Ski Free™.

Should you want to go to night school, there are Private Clinics available for up to two participants per instructor, for skiing or boarding. Nighttime rentals can be made at Gondola Square Ski & Sport—970-871-5341.

Evening refreshments are right at the base too, at The Umbrella Bar at Bear River.  With glowing outdoor gas fireplaces, spacious decks, and great après-ski fare, it is the perfect spot to end a memorable day.

For more events and happenings in Steamboat Springs, check back often.  Winter Solstice officially heralds on Thursday, December 21, at 1:28 PM Rocky Mountain Time.  The season is just gearing up!