Sit back and enjoy the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade - one of the most beloved [R507R, Winter Park] traditions - after your Christmas Eve dinner at The Lodge at Sunspot. The event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire at the base of Winter Park Resort, next to the Zephyr Lift. A procession of torch-bearing skiers begins their way down Lower Hughes trail, followed by Santa Claus and his helpers at 5:30p.m.

A spectacular fireworks display and snowcats adorned with Christmas colors light up the slopes in a Christmas tree formation to conclude the festivities.

Visitors are welcome to attend Christmas Eve interdenominational services located in the lower level of the Balcony House an Catholic Church services located in West Portal Level 4, immediately following the show at 6:30 p.m. Services are scheduled to last about an hour. Call (970) 726-1564 for more information on this Christmas Eve ski down; or (970) 726-1446 for information or reservations on the Christmas Eve dinner at the Lodge at Sunspot.

Board the Zephyr Express Gondola for a Sunspot Holiday Experience Dec. 24, 25 and 31. Cozy wool blankets are provided for the gentle ride up to the restaurant at 10,700 foot elevation. Exit the gondola at the summit and take just a few steps to the entrance of this scenic Lodge, complete with a wood-burning stone fireplace. Two dining options are available: the elegant four-course dinner in Sunspot's Dining Room, or the Sunspot's Alpine Buffet for a family experience.

Each dining option has a pre-set price which includes your Zephyr Gondola ride to and from The Lodge at Sunspot, non-alcoholic beverages (except specialty beverages from the Coffee Shop), and meal. Alcohol, specialty coffee beverages, gratuity, and sales tax are additional. Dinners at The Lodge at Sunspot are sell-out events, and reservations are required by calling (970) 726-1446.

Visit's 2008 Holiday Guide for a library of news stories and features about special holiday events from visits by Santa (even his reindeer) to where the best parties are planned for New Year's Eve at the world's mountain resorts.