2022 Holiday Events at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Posted on Dec. 9, 2022

The holiday season is one of the best times of the year in Crested Butte. Elk Avenue is lit up and glowing with decorations, many vacationers are experiencing the magic of the Gunnison Valley for the first time, and ski and ride season is really starting to get underway. To top it all off, the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area comes alive as guests enjoy all the festivities the resort offers. Want to participate in the holiday cheer for the 2022 season? Read on for more information on our events this month.

Fireworks over Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Light Up the Night – Dec. 10: In partnership with the town of Mt. Crested Butte, we invite you to join us at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square from 4:00 to 7:00 pm for the annual lighting of the tree and menorah, followed by bucket rides, live music and pictures with Santa and the Snow Queen! Enjoy hot cocoa, winter wonderland face painting, snowflake cookie decorating, arts and crafts activities and a visit from Santa Paws – all for free! This year we’re partnering with Gunnison Toys for Tots. Please bring new, unused, unopened toys to donate, and help bring joy to local children in need this holiday season.

Rock on Ice – Dec. 17-19: Renowned ice carving artists from the group 'Rock on Ice' return to the base area to ply their skills in celebration of the holiday season. Join us throughout the process for carving demonstrations and to watch the sculpture garden grow. Guests may then enjoy the sculptures in the base area for as long as they last!

Santa's Sleigh – Dec. 23: Santa sneaks in a last-minute visit for après in the base area. Gear up for holiday cheer with a build-your-own hot cocoa bar from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, and get your picture taken with Santa and his “sleigh” (snowcat) from 5:30 to 6:00 pm.

Holiday Costume Day – Dec. 24: Dress as Santa Claus or put on your holiday-themed costume and join us on the Butte 66 deck at 12:30 p.m. for a costume contest. Best costumes win prizes, and everyone gets buffs!

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks – Dec. 31: Crested Butte's finest ski and snowboard instructors wind their way down the mountain bearing torches that light up the night at 5:30 p.m. – followed by a fireworks show to celebrate the new year! DJ Red will be spinning tracks at Butte 66 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

Whether you’re here for a vacation or here for a lifetime, we hope to celebrate the season with you this year. Happy holidays!