All year long, Sun Valley, Idaho offers travelers a tantalizing retreat destination where they can slow things down and enjoy time far from the demands of daily life. While there’s never a bad time of year to head this way for outdoor recreation and relaxing fun too, there’s something extra special about the holiday when Sun Valley is decked out in its glittering, seasonal best! The holiday spirit isn’t hard to find here thanks to the picturesque winter wonderland setting and holiday festivities and celebrations that abound. Whether you’re heading this way as a couple on a romantic holiday retreat or you’re excited to spend time with the entire family, the following are just a few of the many reasons you’ll want to certainly spend Christmas 2023 in Sun Valley.
You Can Step into a Winter Wonderland of Fun
On Saturday, December 9th, locals and visitors alike will find Sun Valley transformed into a literal winter wonderland of fun for guests of all ages! This beloved annual event is an all-day affair with many top events hosted in The Boiler Room at 1 Sun Valley Drive. Here, you can enjoy a meet and greet with Santa and take holiday photos as well as participate in cookie decorating. Christmas carolers typically swing through this event regularly to set the holiday scene while the Village Retail Shops are also open for holiday shopping. During this time of year, many Sun Valley businesses are proud to donate a portion of their proceeds to local nonprofits which makes holiday shopping something everyone can feel great about!
The Christmas Movie Series & Holiday Concerts
If you’re a holiday film enthusiast, your time in Sun Valley over Christmas 2023 is bound to be inspiring thanks to the arrival of the annual Christmas Movie Series! Hosted at the Sun Valley Opera House between December 15th and 17th, the Christmas Movie Series is a great chance for family and friends to gather after a day out on the slopes and enjoy holiday favorite films in a cozy and welcoming setting.
This is a holiday event that brings visitors back year after year with good reason. If you’re looking to enjoy some musical performances while you’re in town, the Sun Valley Opera House will also be hosting the annual Classic Christmas Concert on December 16th. This is another family-friendly holiday event to add to the lineup that includes dancing, singing, and holiday storytelling too. Tickets can easily be purchased online in advance or at the Guest Center for $25 a person.
Enjoy the Open-Air Holiday Market
Inspired by European-style holiday markets that are brimming over with festive fun, the Sun Valley open-air holiday market is one you won’t want to miss when you’re in town over Christmas. Hosted December 16th, 17th, and 18th, the holiday Christmas market invites guests to bundle up for its 7th season as you browse a variety of unique and local items available for purchase. Whether you’re looking for something wonderful for yourself or doing some last-minute holiday shopping, it’s an experience that’s worth your while. Here, you can find everything from floral arrangements and baked goods to jewelry, pottery, skincare, candles, and more! Of course, there are plenty of savory additions to the experience as well. While you’re browsing, be sure to pick up some roasted walnuts, hot cocoa, and sugar cookies to enjoy. The market often includes carolers and handmade holiday wreaths which add a touch of nostalgic Christmas spirit to the event.
The Illuminating Fun
If you’re in town on December 17th, you’ll be right on time to enjoy the annual Sun Valley tree lighting ceremony that kicks off at Sun Valley Village. This sparkling event that’s designed to inspire typically kicks off at around 5:30 pm. Sun Valley adventurers heading this way over Christmas with little ones in tow will also love the option to sign up for Brunch with Santa on December 23rd and 24th at the Sun Valley Clubhouse.
Brunch is served from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and pictures are more than welcome! On December 24th, Sun Valley celebrates the holidays in slope-side style with the arrival of their Christmas Eve Ice Show and beloved Torchlight Parade. This time-honored area tradition is a great addition to your itinerary and includes amazing ice skaters as well as a light show of skiers with torches heading down Dollar Mountain in illuminating style. The Torchlight Parade is followed by fireworks as well, adding even more to the holiday fun!
Book Your Sun Valley Stay Today
No matter when your travel plans bring you to scenic Sun Valley, the team at Adobe Sun Valley is here to make sure you have amazing accommodations in place to elevate your stay even further. Reach out today to learn more about our luxurious and inviting vacation rental options available across Sun Valley including our holiday retreats that are sure to inspire! We can’t wait to see you here soon.