5 Ways to Spend the Holidays in Sun Valley

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Happy Holidays from Sun Valley Associates!

Living in a Winter Wonderland 

The festive season is upon us and it’s arguably the most magical time of the year in Sun Valley.
There is no shortage of opportunities for creating memories with friends and family during the holiday season in Sun Valley! From bell to bell days on Baldy to cheering for the youngest family members as they make their first “turns” on Dollar; Nordic skiing or snowshoeing through the scenic north valley or sitting fireside at Galena with a steamy hot chocolate; or hitting the town for the always festive gallery walk or heading over to a nostalgic holiday performance, there’s something for everyone.
Wherever you find yourself during this joyous season, we hope you have the opportunity to enjoy time with friends and family. Wishing you and yours a happy holiday and a prosperous new year! When you’re lucky enough to call Sun Valley your home, you’re lucky enough.

Top Five Places to Spend the Holidays in Sun Valley

1) Après (All Day?). After a day of skiing (or we’d count one lap), take your boots off (or keep them on, no judgment here) and treat yourself to a cocktail and free live music at River Run Lodge. Or, if you prefer the Warm Springs side, Apples is a locals’ favorite.

2) Walk Around a Winter Wonderland. Don’t miss the Sun Valley Village, where you’ll be able to find carolers, ice skaters, Christmas tree lit walkways, snow, and everything else you need to get into the holiday spirit.

3) Take a sleigh ride. Put on your warmest clothes and enjoy an evening cuddled under a blanket, with a hot toddy in hand while you let the Sun Valley horses take you on a tour of our beautiful valley. Want to make it a full night event? Do the Trail Creek Cabin sleigh ride and dinner – this is a once in a lifetime experience that the entire family will enjoy!

4) Ice Skating. Head to Sun Valley to catch a world-renowned ice-skating show, or give it a try by yourself or with your family & friends. A fun activity for everyone to enjoy!

5) Spend the day up north. Start the day off at Galena Lodge where you can go snowshoeing and cross country skiing on their pristinely groomed trails. Not much of a skier or snowshoer? Sitting in the lodge, enjoying the delicious food and taking in the amazing views are worth the drive.


What’s Happening in the Wood River Valley

Sun Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 15.

Enjoy the magic of Sun Valley Village during the holidays with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities begin at 5:30pm and feature a visit from Santa, an ice carving demo, outdoor bar, live music and free hot chocolate with cookies. There really is something for everyone.

Go to a Sun Valley Suns Hockey Game
Head to Hailey Ice to enjoy our local team, the Sun Valley Suns, duke it out against the Futures (December 22) and Jackson (December 28/29). Games begin at 7pm. $10 adults, $5 children, Free for kids 10 and under accompanied by a paying adult.
The Argyros Christmas Celebration
Saturday, December 22

Head to Ketchum’s new performing arts center, the Argyros. Enjoy an evening of celebration presented by the Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus gospel choir, Footlight Dance and other special guests. Visit the website for the full calendar.

Season Pass Holders Discount
Valid until December 20
Have a season pass to ANY ski resort? If so, Sun Valley is giving the deal of a lifetime. If you bring your current season pass from another resort, you can receive 20% off lodging and 40% off lift tickets. For lift tickets, show your winter 2018-2019 season pass from your home resort and photo ID at the ticketing window.
Family Night Skiing, Party & 
Fireworks on Dollar Mountain
Monday, December 31

Join in on this incredible Sun Valley tradition! Ski and ride under the lights at Dollar Mountain and end the night with fireworks. This event is family friendly and features music, face painting, a photo booth and much more. From 4-9pm.

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