I press my hands against the cold glass, then my nose, as I stare up at the starry night sky. It is Christmas Eve. Large groups of people collect around the bonfire at the base of the ski hill. Hearty laughs over cider, jovial handshakes, a common conversation about the snow conditions.
But I am lost in my own world. Listening hard for the jingle of bells, a sure sign that Santa will indeed be on the way this evening. The magic of the moment is tangible.
30 years later, I now have three kids of my own. But I can slip back into those childhood moments as easily as slipping into my favorite pair of shoes. See my childhood holidays were spent racing down my favorite runs at the ski resort, sipping hot chocolate after a full day outside, and an evening of fireworks on Christmas Eve. And now that I have my own kids, I want to give them moments that will last, that they will remember 30 years from now.
Making the Most of the Holidays At Snowbasin
After years of moving and searching, we’ve settled on Snowbasin for our Christmas Eve celebrations. Here are our tips for making the most of your family time this holiday Season:
Hit the Slopes with the Whole Family
Snowbasin has something to offer everyone, of every age and skill level. Beginner, intermediate, and expert terrain will keep everyone happy.
Have non-skiers in the family? Plan a lunch at Needles or John Paul Lodges. You can purchase single ride tickets for those who do not want to ski or snowboard.
Do some people enjoy hiking? Take advantage of the many snowshoe and cross-country ski trails around the Snowbasin area and then meet for lunch or dinner at Earl’s Lodge.
Christmas Eve Dinner at Earl’s Lodge
Christmas Eve Dinner at Earl’s Lodge is a fantastic way to enjoy all that Snowbasin has to offer. Enjoy amazing food before the evening festivities.
Gingerbread Cookie Decorating in the Learning Center 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Christmas Eve Dinner will be available in Earl’s Lodge from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The servery will also be open for hot cocoa and refreshments and the Cinnabar will also be open for those that need a little more of a pick-me-up.
This is a very popular event, if you have a large group, plan on arriving early and embrace the “family atmosphere” with all who are there to celebrate.
Santa’s Visit and Fireworks
Don’t miss the crowning jewel of the evening: Santa’s arrival in his “sleigh” - an old fashioned snowcat decked out in lights. Get your family photo with Santa and enjoy the torchlight parade followed by fireworks out on the plaza.
Schedule of events:
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of How the Grinch Stole Christmas participate with Costume Contest in your best Whoville outfit on the Plaza 5:15pm
S'mores on the plaza 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Santa will arrive on Earl’s Plaza by sleigh at 5:30pm
Photos with Santa in the Grizzly Center 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Yule Log Burning 5:45pm (pin your wishes on before 5:30pm)
Famous torchlight parade at 6:30pm on City Hill
Fireworks at 6:45pm
There is nothing like home for the holidays. Join us!
Alyssa Erickson I am a wife, mom, rock climber, skier, coffee lover and all around adventure lover with a passion for writing. I have my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado and am the founder of KidProject.org. I live and play near the Wasatch Range, partnering with my husband and teaching my kids to make the most of life and the One who gave it to us.