Snowy nights by the fire with the sounds of carolers outside the window is something many dream of experiencing. Colorado resorts can offer a cozy holiday vacation in a true winter wonderland. It is the busiest time of the season for the town of Aspen, which boasts four ski mountains in and around it.

Aspen has this busy season planned out and ready, with the 12 Days Of Aspen Calendar of Events for 2011. Maureen Poschman with the Aspen Chamber says it is truly a festive time.

“Someone once said, ‘Aspen is to skiing what Christmas is for children.’ In other words, every day is like Christmas in Aspen," Poschman said. "But the last two weeks of the season are especially festive with Christmas lights adorning the shops and streets, special activities from reindeer petting to Christmas Caroling to hot cider rinkside at the Silver Circle Ice Skating Rink.”

Reindeer in Aspen

Reindeer take a break in Aspen during the holidays. Photo by Carol Miller. Courtesy of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

The fun starts Dec. 20 and lasts through New Year’s Day. Skate with Santa, or visit him with his reindeer at Wagner Park. He’ll also cruise around town on a fire truck. And it’s his busiest time of the year. But everyone has time for Aspen, even Santa. Poschman says the highlight of the holiday season has to be the bonfire and music with fireworks at 8 p.m. and midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Consider booking soon, too, Poschman said. “We recommend that people book as soon as possible in order to get the best prices on airline tickets and to ensure that they get the accommodations that they want. Bookings have been much stronger for the 2011 holiday season than previous years.”

More Information can be found here: 12 Days of Aspen  

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