Since the 1940’s, nothing sets off the Christmas Season more than the song White Christmas by Bing Crosby. This year in Grand County the 4th verse just may ring true “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. May your days be merry and bright. And may all your Christmases be white”. Meteorologists are indeed predicting a white, Grand County Christmas this Christmas Eve. Aside from the traditional visions of sugar plums dancing in heads, the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade Ski Down at Winter Park Resort is just as iconic to locals as the White Christmas song.

For over 40 years, the Christmas Eve ski down is one of the oldest torchlight parades in Colorado. Children and those who are childlike at heart eagerly await the parade’s star. Santa in full costume and a handful of his helpers merrily follow nearly 100 skiers with brightly lit torches down the dark, snow-packed trail of the Lower Hughes. Riders will also join the procession. Parade participants are mainly resort employees who eagerly volunteer their time to festively glide down the mountain and greet onlookers. The parade concludes with resort snowcats decorated with Christmas lights that form a Christmas, tree-like formation. The event ends with the annual Christmas fireworks display.

Christmas Eve events at the Winter Park Resort start at 2 pm. We’ve outlined some of the events below and have provided a link to the Winter Park Christmas Eve events page courtesy of the Resort Management Group. The Work in Grand Team would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

2:00 pm- Visit Santa Claus in the Gazebo and snap some photos
3:15 pm- Grab a hot chocolate and listen to holiday classics by the carolers
5:00 pm- Find a spot at the base to enjoy the annual Torchlight Parade
6:00 pm- Attend the Christmas Eve non-denominational service in West Portal

Tracy Navarrete