Fireworks and torchlight parades light up many resorts for holiday evenings. But Mammoth Mountain has been putting on a light show for nearly two decades that makes others pale.

Mammoth kicks off the Christmas holidays with its Night of Lights Dec. 18. The entertainment at Canyon Lodge starts up at 5 p.m. Live music on the outdoor stage, indoor dining, and on-snow food vendors add to the festivities.

The light show launches with a parade of grooming machines and snowmobiles moving in sync with flashing lights. Flares and flames light up the night with skiers descending in choreographed formation to music. Thousands of fireworks cap the show, and then the dancing heats up with an outdoor DJ.

The event is one big outdoor party. There is no admission charge. Cash bars and music get the dancing going. The Canyon parking lot fills up early, but revelers can catch the Village Gondola or shuttle to get to Canyon from other areas in Mammoth Lakes. The gondola runs until 10 p.m. while the shuttle continues until midnight.

Two other viewing options are also available. Each has limited space, so reservations are recommended.

The Rooftop Viewing Area at Canyon Lodge allows for watching the festivities from five stories above the crowd. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $20 for children.

The Cloverleaf Room on the third floor of Canyon Lodge also hosts an indoor special viewing party with light appetizers and music 5-7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $50 for adults and $35 for children.

DJ Slipmatt appears starting around 8 p.m. in the Cloverleaf Room to play music for the After Hours Club Room party.

More information. Or call 800-MAMMOTH.