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The 39th Annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks The 39th Annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

Why We Loved Christmas this year at Winter Park Resort and the best Christmas Gift of all.

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Christmas time in the Rockies is one of the best ways to spend with Family and Friends (including your furry family members.) Some of us who live in the Fraser Valley could tell you it didn’t feel like the Holidays until just right up to Christmas Eve.

Visitors get into the Christmas Eve spirit while iceskating in The Village at Winter Park Resort. Photo by Tyler Macleod
Visitors get into the Christmas Eve spirit while iceskating in The Village at Winter Park Resort. Photo by Tyler Macleod

Christmas at Winter Park Resort was not only a magical this year but filled with adventures (and not just skiing and snowboarding).

Towards closing time, as you walk through the Village at Winter Park Resort you got a sense of the Christmas spirit-Families exchanging their day’s adventures but the fire circles, children, and adults ice skating on the frozen pond and traditional stories from Santa Claus himself. Christmas carolers also stay warm by the fire while spreading Christmas cheer and Yuletide Greetings!

Families enjoyed a visit from Santa while reading classic Christmas stories. Photo by Tyler Macleod
Families enjoyed a visit from Santa while reading classic Christmas stories. Photo by Tyler Macleod
Christmas Carolers spreading Yuletide Greetings! Photo by Tyler Macleod
Christmas Carolers spreading Yuletide Greetings! Photo by Tyler Macleod

As the evening went on and it began to get dark, the Village at Winter Park Resort lit up with dazzling lights getting everyone excited for what comes next – The Torchlight Parade!

The Village at Winter Park Resort lights up Christmas Eve!Photo by Tyler Macleod
The Village at Winter Park Resort lights up Christmas Eve!Photo by Tyler Macleod

The 39th Annual (39th Annual already!) Torchlight Parade is everyone’s favorite and filled with Christmas spirit.

A succession of torch-bearing skiers and riders got to zig-zag down Lower Hughes illuminating a beautiful red spiral followed by our honorable snowcats that were lit up with multi-color lights creating the effect of a visual Christmas tree pursued by Santa Claus and his merry helpers.

The 39th Annual Torchlight Parade delivered a spectacular show as promised! Photo by Tyler Macleod
The 39th Annual Torchlight Parade delivered a spectacular show as promised! Photo by Tyler Macleod

The spectral firework display also complemented this traditional event as everyone cheered and gazed while Christmas Eve finally arrived.

Locals and Visitors make this event a part of their family traditions. If you have never experienced this event, we highly recommend it for next year!

Besides the Festivities, the best Christmas gift of all?

This year we all got the best Christmas gift of all, lots of Snow! Visitors and locals alike enjoyed the new snow that started the evening of the 23rd.

This best Christmas gift allowed new runs to open like-Balch, Bradley’s Bash, Gambler, and Races & Eights! A number of trails in Mary Jane and Vasquez Territories opened as well. Christmas Day brought us 9″ in 24hrs and 18″ in the last 48hrs. If you were lucky enough to receive┬áthis gift from mother nature, we would love to hear about your experience!

Photo credit: Tyler Macleod

Eric Vandernail

Eric Vandernail

Eric has lived in the Fraser Valley for over 12 years. He is passionate about the people of Winter Park & Grand County, VisitWinterPark.com and his other business O2 Creative. He enjoys blog writing, camping, skateboarding, snowboarding, painting and spending time with his son and husband Philip.

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