Santa made a grand entrance by skydiving into [R113R, Copper Mountain]'s Burning Stones Plaza to help light the tree and kick off the season's festivities in November. The fun continues at Copper throughout December with the High Alpine Holidays and New Year's Eve celebrations, including a special En Fuego street party and a disco-themed dinner party in the Copper Conference Center.

Santa uses the mornings to ski his favorite runs at Copper and to have his picture taken with guests at the decorated tree in Burning Stones Plaza from noon to 1 p.m. Santa also will be walking throughout Center Village with his reindeer most afternoons until Christmas Eve.

West Lake is now frozen over and fun awaits guests at Copper with ice skating, broomball, and curling. Ice skating is free to those with their own skates. Ice skate rentals are available at Chubs for $8.

En Fuego, Copper's ongoing fire-themed street party, is Dec. 23. Onlookers stay warm with bonfires throughout Center Village as they watch Sven the Fire Juggler, Copper Ski and Ride School's Torchlight Parade, Handsome Little Devils Vaudeville-style comedy act, and fireworks over the mountain.

Santa and his reindeer visit West Lake on Christmas Eve day from 9-11 a.m. to make last minute additions to the wish list and give rides on his sleigh. Burning Stones Plaza is the place to be at 7:15 p.m. to catch the long standing tradition that is the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade at Copper. A huge procession of torch-bearing skiers and riders weave their way down the mountain in celebration of Christmas. Santa and his reindeer visit West Lake again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Day after making his rounds delivering presents. Children can thank Santa for their favorite gifts and catch a ride on his sleigh.

Come back to Copper for their New Year's Eve when Copper is on fire during the En Fuego street party and countdown to ‘09. There's a free show in Burning Stones Plaza in addition to festivities in and around the Village at Copper including fire jugglers, bonfires, the Ski & Ride School torchlight parade, a nighttime big air and superpipe show with the Copper Freeride Team, and brilliant fireworks displays.

The Bighorn Ballroom in the Copper Conference Center comes alive for a dinner and dance party New Year's Eve. The dinner buffet begins at 7:15 p.m. with a cash bar available until just after the New Year countdown. The Conference Center is the perfect place to party, dance to live music, view the mountain fireworks, and ring in the New Year. Cost is $45 per person (ages 12 and older), $32 per child (ages 4-11), and free for children 3-and-under. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Copper Conference Services at (866) 236-4683 x45930.

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