In the USA there has long been a tradition of heading into the mountains for the holidays. It's easy to see the attraction, the traditional fairytale style Christmas setting on snow, log cabins with burning open fires and narrow mountain streets lit up with the bright Christmas lights provide a lovely setting. If there's the chance to fit in some skiing too then so much the better, which helps explain the enduring NYE popularity of Vail, perched high up in the Colorado mountains.
I'm a huge fan of the traditional snowy winter landscape to the idea of spending the holiday period up in the Colorado mountains really appeals, although I have to confess I'm not much of a skier so it would be more the log cabins and roaring open fires I would be heading there for!
There are several events taking place in Vail this year to help the process of welcoming in the New Year 2016. Main public events are the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Golden Peak, which gets the evening underway at 6.15pm and features Skiers and riders from Vail Ski and Snowboard School will come down Golden Peak illuminated with glow sticks, which has the dramatic effect of producing a trail of light down the mountainside that can be viewed for miles around.
This is followed by the Family New Year's Celebration at Adventure Ridge, from approximately 7 until 9pm. The evening then peaks with the Vail New Year's Eve 2016 at the Dobson Arena, which commences at 8pm and is scheduled to run right through until 1.30am the next morning.
This year also sees the return of the Vail Snow Daze event at Ford Park.
Obe big event that is relatively new but looks set to become a new year fixture in Vail is Decimo, a live music and club style party at Mid-Vail on Vail Mountain offering dancing, live entertainment, VIP tables and plenty of champagne, The headline act at this year's event are The EC Twins - get your tickets here
There will also be another popular dedicated NYE event at the Dobson Ice Arena, with a midnight balloon drop, confetti blizzard and champagne toast at midnight. Live entertainment at this event is always provided by top names and it will be popular so get your tickets quickly to avoid missing out - they're available online here.
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Vail has a wide range of accommodation, from ski lodges to top end hotels. Check out availability and make your online reservations for local hotels here.
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