Sun Valley Resort’s Winter Wonderland

Sun Valley Resort

This year the torchlight Parade on Christmas Eve will take place on Bald Mountain. The Fireworks will still go off from Dollar. Christmas Eve Ice Show at Lodge Terrace starting at 5:30pm. Torchlight Parade & fireworks will follow.  Throughout December, the holiday spirit settles over Sun Valley Resort, transforming our Village into a picturesque Winter Wonderland. You can hear it in the melodies sung by the Sun Valley Carolers as they stroll through our European-style Holiday Market stalls, and you can see it sparkle in the ceremoniously lit Christmas Tree. The holiday spirit glows in the torchlights that parade down Dollar Mountain on Christmas Eve and ring out in the fireworks that signal the coming of Christmas Day. From photo-ops with Santa Claus to festive movie nights at the Opera House, experience the timeless magic of the holidays at Sun Valley Resort. Saturday, December 9th: Winter Wonderland Kick Off at Sun Valley Village (12:00pm-4:00pm) "Santa Shop & Stroll" and Cookie Decorating (12:00pm-4:00pm) Comedy Show at the Opera House  (Doors at 7:00pm)  Shop for a Cause in the Sun Valley Village (All Day) Sunday, December 10th: Shop for a Cause in the Sun Valley Village (All Day) Friday, December 15th: Holiday ...

Deck the Walls: Group Exhibition

Gilman Contemporary

Each December/January Gilman Contemporary celebrates the diversity of the artists they bring to Sun Valley with their group exhibition, Deck the Walls. This dynamic group show teases upcoming feature exhibitions with works by Joanne Freeman, John Westmark, Matt Duffin and Paul Béliveau, as well as introducing new artists to the gallery Tony Hernandez and Jason Wheatley. We will also feature one of Jill Lear’s newest large scale works alongside Michael Massaia, Kelly Ording, Ellie Davies, Rodney Smith, Thai Mainhard and Frances McCormack.



Hemmings Gallery

Opening December 12th, “Tiny Fruits” is a solo exhibition of oil paintings by artist Sarah Bird at Hemmings Gallery in Ketchum. Bird is an Idaho- and Oregon-based realist oil painter. She draws on nineteenth-century techniques and seventeenth-century imaginative Flemish perspectives to weave still life and landscape into intimate tabletop worlds that sometimes tip into the surreal. In her arrangements, both individually and taken together, one can also see the passing of the seasons and a loose calendar of a year, of a life, emerges. These pieces are the “tiny fruits” of seasonal pleasures and of painting. Bird paints only with a very small, size zero round brush which makes the process similar to egg tempura painting or needlework: the whole surface is carefully, heavily touched. Come meet the artist at the Opening Reception on December 29th from 5:00-7:30 pm, same night as the local gallery walk.


Cider, Wine and Bubbles!

Naifeh Fine Jewelry Sun Valley

Celebrate the season with us, beginning December 15th, and experience the festive spirit! Visit us at Naifeh Fine Jewelry or Helios for a cozy cup of cider, a glass of wine, or even some bubbly champagne while strolling through The Village as you experience all that Sun Valley Resort has to offer. Discover the perfect gifts for your loved ones, whether it's exquisite fine jewelry or a stunning mineral to adorn their home or office. Join us daily as we celebrate the holiday season!


Introduction to Avalanches Field Day

Sawtooth NRA Headquarters

Join the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center instructors for a field day covering avalanche rescue basics, snowpack layering, avalanche terrain identification, and basic backcountry travel. Please note- you need to have attended a Friends’ Introduction to Avalanches presentation prior to participating in the field day. There is a $50 suggested donation to the Friends of SAC to cover instructor costs. Donations can be made on (click the donate button) or via Venmo @sawtooth-avalanche. Thank you! We use a pre-registration system for courses due to high demand. Please sign up for a field day using this Field Day Sign Up Form: HERE We will send out more information about the course in the week leading up to it. We will meet at the SNRA and then spend the day near the SNRA or on Galena Pass. You will need a way to travel over snow (snowshoes, touring skis, splitboard…) Please reach out to Annie at with any questions.

Event Series NaNoEdMo Come Write In!

NaNoEdMo Come Write In!

The Community Library

Did you write or start a novel this year during November's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? If so, join local author and NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison AJ Super to learn and practice editing techniques on Saturday, Dec. 16th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, and Wednesday, Dec 20th from 5:00-7:00 pm in The Community Library's Idaho Room. All ages, genres, experiences welcome. A Zoom link is available for participants to join virtually.

Event Series Holiday Market

Open Air Holiday Market

Sun Valley Village

The 7th-annual European-style market features locally-made artisan goods, holiday gifts, wreaths, roasted nuts and more plus Colla Voce will be strolling throughout the village. Date & Time: December 16, 11am-7pm Date & Time: December 17, 11am-4pm Vendors Lisa Horton Jewelry Jewelry rooted in nature Kinshop Leather Goods Intentionally designed and carefully crafted goods that are meant to be used, bruised, and loved for years to come, each developing its own patina and personality reflective of its owner's lifestyle. The Chocolate Moose Creates unique and delicious, savory and sweet products Koehn Trout Farms Fresh & Smoked Idaho Trout, Raised By Hand, No Antibiotics Hells Canyon Bolos Custom bolos, jewelry and western wear, all handmade Dolce Cabana Self-care products with the original ingredients, staying clear of using dyes, chemicals or toxic additives that are regularly added to them today. Mountain Mutts Dog Treats- All treats are gluten-free with no wheat flour, pea protein or tapioca flour. Paw Balm, Dog Shampoo Bars and more. Kern Works  Hand-sewn creations including baby blankets, napkins, windsocks, neck gaiters and more! Glassy Globes Hand blown Feng Shui glass globes Hot Eric Honey An enticing electuary—raw honey mixed with spices—enjoyed daily to support a healthy immune system, experience superfood ...

Event Series Hammond Castle

Hammond Castle

Big Wood Cinemas

HAMMOND CASTLE December 16 & 17 Performed live at Big Wood Cinema in Hailey Written by Naomi McDougall Jones Directed by Veronica Moonhill A soon-to-be-filmed motion picture script, written by TLTC's Naomi McDougall Jones, Hammond Castle will be presented as a 2-day Live Staged Radio Play! Featuring an on-stage foley artist creating sound effects alongside a full cast, this fairytale for grown-ups is the story of a 7-month pregnant failed actress who becomes entangled with the power-hungry ghost of a long forgotten inventor hell-bent on fame. He draws her into a glamorous, ghost-filled fantasy and together they hatch a dangerous plan to secure both their legacies... at a terrible cost. Shows Dec 16th @2pm & 7pm, and Dec 17th @7pm. $30 General Admission / $15 Student. Tickets at

$15 – $30
Event Series Valley Traditional Music Jams

Valley Traditional Music Jams

The Community Library

An open gathering of acoustic musicians of many levels coming together to play traditional tunes of the Celtic, Canadian, Western and many other genres. This is a free community event hosted by a volunteer. Everyone is encouraged to suggest a tune and to play along as they wish. Listeners are welcome, too! We welcome and seek to include all interested people regardless of age, background, economic resources, or ability. Meeting every other Saturday in the The Community Library Lecture Hall from 3:00-5:00 p.m.


Sun Valley Opera and Broadway presents Family Festivities and Christmas Concert

The Argyros

Please join us for a family-friendly holiday celebration! Festivities include a visit with Santa, Carolers, Christmas cookies, hors d'oeuvres, hot cider, hot chocolate and wine, underwritten by The Village Market . Then enjoy a concert of Christmas classics, favorites and sing-a-long songs by the Valley's own Heidi Hogan. Kids 12 & under free. Tickets can be purchased at or call 208-726-0991.  

Free – $60

Wood River Museum and Gold Mine Consign Holiday Open House

Wood River Museum of History & Culture

Festive shopping to support a good cause! Join us at the Wood River Museum of History and Culture for a special gathering of local authors and artisans, with special gift packages, and refreshments. Head next door to the Gold Mine Consign to enjoy an artist reception with Bex Wilkinson, holiday refreshments, and special sales on holiday fashion and more!


Warfield’s Annual Whiskey Tasting

Warfield Distillery & Brewery

Warfield has a brand new whiskey, the Copper Scotsman. Try it exclusively at our annual whiskey tasting event. We're offering individual tastings of our newest whiskey release, 3-whiskey flight tastings, or a full tasting package that includes a Warfield Glencairn glass set! Book your tasting now: Walk-ins welcome.

$20 – $60

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