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Your Guide to the Holidays in Sun Valley, Idaho

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Greg Randolph

Imagine yourself enjoying a savory cup of hot cocoa under the stars after an evening of night skiing on Dollar. Or strolling the snow covered streets of Ketchum & Sun Valley admiring the festive Christmas lights as carolers serenade off in the distance. These are just a few amazing memories that await you over the holidays in Sun Valley. Don't know where to start? We've compiled your 2017 guide of must-see events and happenings from Christmas festivities to rock-the-house New Year's shenanigans!

Hailey Holiday Tree Lighting - December 1
Join with family, friends and neighbors to flip the switch and start the holiday season. Gather at the Old County Courthouse at the corner of Croy and 1st Street in Hailey on Friday, December 1 at 5:30pm. There will be carolers, hot chocolate and coffee and, of course, a yule-tide glow for all.

Smokey Bear Christmas - December 2
Come and meet the US Forest Service’s Smokey Bear and pick up a Christmas tree permit for the season at the Welcome Center in Hailey from 9:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday, December 2. Christmas tree permits are $10 each.

Full Moon Dinner at Galena Lodge - December 2
A night of food, fun and maybe skiing or snowshoeing if you can muster the energy. Galena has a fantastic wine list, beers on tap and a full liquor bar. Dinner is a set 4-course menu with your choice of entrees. Reservations are recommended for this dinner.

Papoose Club Christmas Bazaar - December 2 & 3
A fundraiser for the Papoose Club--come out and shop the wares of local artists and craftspeople for unique presents for that person who has everything.

Ketchum Christmas Lighting Ceremony - December 6th 
Join in the start of the Christmas season at Town Square in Ketchum with the ligthing of the Town Square, Santa arriving on his traditional fire truck sleigh, and hot cocoa and cider with cookies for everyone! The festivities kick off at 5pm. 

Hailey Holiday Hoopla - December 8
The lights on Main Street set the stage as many of Hailey’s shops stay open late and offer holiday cheer and great shopping from 4:00 – 9:00pm. Carolers, fire pits and Santa will all add a bit of festive to the evening as shoppers stroll Hailey’s historic downtown in all its holiday splendor.

Holiday Market at Wood River Sustainability Center - December 9
The Holiday Market at the Wood River Sustainability Center brings the focus of valley holiday shopping to Hailey for a wide variety of innovative and delightful arts and crafts for your holiday list. Offerings at The Holiday Market will include jewelry, gingerbread houses, jams, handmade soaps, confections, chocolates, edible jewelry, ornaments, body products and much more.

The Nutcracker Ballet - December 14
The Eugene Ballet Company will perform the classic Christmas ballet at the Community Campus in Hailey

Sun Valley Christmas Tree Lighting - December 16
With the grounds of Sun Valley Resort dressed in resplendent holiday color and lights, the magic of the Christmas season comes to life with the lighting of their tree.  Santa will be there as well as the Sun Valley Carolers providing world class caroling for all to enjoy.

A Christmas Carol | The Musical - December 19-24
Holiday fun for the whole family! Come join the tradition.

Sun Valley Nutcracker on Ice Show and Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade - December 24th
The Sun Valley ice shows are a sight to behold any time of the year, but the Nutcracker on Ice is one spectacle that brings a smile and a warm heart to everyone who attends.  This is truly a time honored family tradition that lets us all know the Christmas is here, while free admission celebrates the giving of the holiday season.
Fireworks and a light show of skiers wielding torches down Dollar Mountain is the last thing children for generations have seen before crawling into bed to wait for Santa to arrive in the night.  Free to all!

Gallery Walk - December 29
Each year, the Sun Valley Gallery Association hosts seven gallery walks (exhibition openings for all SVGA galleries), which are eagerly anticipated and free to the public. Locals and visitors alike take in thought-provoking exhibitions of newly installed art, enjoy wine, mingle with friends, and often meet the artists.

Night-Skiing on Dollar - December 31
Come ski & ride under the lights at Dollar Mountain! This is a once-a-season opportunity that you won't want to miss. There will be music, s'mores, food and of course, epic terrain under the stars. 5–9 pm.

Bubbly Bash - December 31 (SOLD OUT!)
Welcome in 2018 with fellow supporters of the arts at the New Year’s Eve Bubbly Bash "Winter White-Out*", which promises once again to be the valley’s most festive holiday celebration. The annual sold-out event benefits the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and is co-hosted by Sun Valley Resort and The Center’s Junior Patrons Circle. *Guests encouraged to wear white! Tickets on sale November 1.



For the Musically Inclined, there's a great series of shows happening over the holidays!

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