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A Guide to Park City for the Holidays



The holidays are a truly magical time of year. Who doesn’t love fresh snowfall, twinkling lights, familiar carols, hot cocoa and hunting for thoughtful gifts for loved ones? There is something about December in particular that feels both nostalgic and timeless. We can take a break from the grind, gather with friends and family, and bask in the glow of the season.

If you’ll be in Park City, Utah, this December, then you’re bound to experience some holiday magic by the sleigh-full!

The city is nestled into the rugged Wasatch Mountain Range, which means that summits and stunning views abound.

When you’re not on the slopes but still craving an adventure, opt for tubing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, snow biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating or even riding the Comet Bobsled at Utah Olympic Park. Thrill-seekers, rejoice!

For those looking for a little rest and relaxation, take a soak in the hot tub or visit one of the town’s many spas before strolling the holiday light-laden streets of Historic Park City. Peruse last-minute gift ideas in the shops and galleries and grab a bite to eat at one of the area’s many award-winning restaurants.

On top of its world-class skiing and snowboarding at Deer Valley and Park City Mountain resorts, the city is packed with even more whimsical activities this month. Take a look at this list of December events around town and pencil a few into your schedule for maximum holiday fun.

DECEMBER 16 – 31, 2017: SNOWFEST

This 16-day winter festival is Park City’s premier holiday event, featuring musical acts, village entertainers and more. Here’s a look at the Snowfest schedule so far:

Santa Comes Down Town Lift
Saturday, December 16, 2017
5:30 pm Santa arrives at 6:15 pm
Town Lift Plaza

Enjoy the merriment while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus!

55th Annual Torchlight Parade 
Sunday, December 24, 2017
5:30 pm
Park City Base Area

Grab your spot on Christmas Eve for the 55th annual Park City tradition!

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks
Sunday, December 31, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Canyons Village

Head on down to the Canyons Village Stage to dance to today’s current hits and yesterday’s favorites, courtesy of Metro Music Club, a seven-piece Utah cover band! Fireworks will commence at 7:30 pm to ring in the New Year.

Additional Snowfest events are yet to be scheduled, so keep an eye out for more updates coming your way. 

DECEMBER 24 AND 30, 2017: DEER VALLEY RESORT

Deer Valley Resort will also be celebrating the season. Their events include:

Santa Claus Visits Deer Valley
Sunday, December 24, 2017
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Deer Valley Resort

Guests and their children are invited to bring a camera and take their picture with Santa, who will be visiting guests in the Snow Park Lodge area from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. From noon to 1:30 pm, Santa will meet guests in the Silver Lake Lodge area.

Annual Torchlight Parade
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Parade begins at dusk, around 6:00 pm
Deer Valley Resort, Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain, behind Snow Park Lodge

Complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served on the Snow Park Plaza.

You can learn more about Deer Valley’s holiday schedule at deervalley.com.

DECEMBER 19 – 31, 2017: VARIOUS FUN

If you’re staying at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa and want to escape from the cold, check out these indoor family-friendly activities:

Holiday Dark & Sparkling Night
Tuesday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 26, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Westgate Lobby

Enjoy live music, complimentary champagne and chocolate. For ages 21 and older.

Holiday Dark & Sparkling Night
Tuesday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 26, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Westgate Kid’s Club

A kids-only gathering with games, Xbox, Wii, complimentary sparkling cider and chocolate.

Holiday Wine & Cheese Celebration
Thursday, December 21 and Thursday, December 28, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Westgate Lobby

Live music, complimentary wine and cheese.

Holiday Juice & Cheese Celebration
Thursday, December 21 and Thursday, December 28, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Westgate Kid’s Club

A kids-only gathering with games, Xbox, Wii, complimentary juice and grilled cheese.

Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 23 and Saturday December 30, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Westgate Lobby

Live music, hors d’oeuvres and wine.

Christmas Eve Celebration
Sunday, December 24, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Westgate Lobby

Live music, hors d’oeuvres, hot chocolate and sparkling cider.

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Sunday, December 31, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Westgate Lobby

Live music, hors d’oeuvres, hot chocolate and sparkling cider.

Kid’s Club New Year’s Eve Party
Sunday, December 31, 2017
6:00 pm – 1:00 am
Westgate Kid’s Club

Please call for reservations.

‘Tis the season for fun and celebration in this winter wonderland!

Rich Weidman is Senior Copywriter at Westgate Resorts, the perfect place for an outdoor adventure any time of year.

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