The Jolly Holiday Season Begins

Santa listened earnestly to many children's wishes during the Winter Wonderland Festival

Santa listened earnestly to many children's wishes during the Winter Wonderland Festival

Things were jolly, indeed, this weekend in Sun Valley. Families flocked to the Village to enjoy the second annual Winter Wonderland Festival. Children raced around with scavenger hunt cards looking for clues, boarded a colorful train for a ride, carefully (or not) decorated gingerbread cookies with gobs of frosting and whispered in Santa’s ear.

Train rides around the Sun Valley Village were popular among the younger set

Train rides around the Sun Valley Village were popular among the younger set

Members of the Wood River High School choir serenaded the group gathered outside the Boiler Room and Sun Valley provided delicious food and warm drinks to keep the merriment going. By all accounts, it was a lovely, festive way to spend the afternoon.

Peter and Chloe enjoyed gingerbread man decorating in the Boiler Room

Peter and Chloe enjoyed gingerbread man decorating in the Boiler Room

Then, on Sunday, the elegant Lodge Dining Room opened for its bountiful champagne brunch. Newly configured this year, the Brunch offered its signature abundance of fresh, delicious food to suit everyone’s palate at numerous stations. From bowls of crab legs and shrimp, to made-to-order omelets and crepes; from Eggs Benedict to salads and fruit, it was hard to maintain discipline at this all-you-can-eat occasion! And that doesn’t even begin to cover the dessert table and the flowing champagne! Live guitar music offered a soothing soundtrack beneath lively conversations. This special meal will be offered on Sundays all season long and is something everyone who visits Sun Valley should experience.

Dessert, glorious dessert!

At champagne brunch, it's dessert, glorious dessert!

A crepe station is always popular at brunch

The crepe station is always a popular option

On the mountains, Baldy and Dollar hosted happy skiers and boarders all weekend long. Dollar is now open daily for the season, providing top-to-bottom runs as well as many fun and challenging terrain features. On Baldy, runs on Seattle Ridge also opened on Saturday. Skiing and boarding are now available on all over the vast mountain, offering great possibilities for a full day on the snow. Roundhouse Restaurant, Seattle Ridge Lodge, Warm Springs Lodge, River Run Lodge and Lookout are all providing tasty treats of all varieties to keep your energy high for just one more run.

Baldy's Seattle Ridge is open for the season!

Baldy's Seattle Ridge is open for the season!

But the fun is only beginning. A special breakfast with Santa takes place on December 21 and 22 at the Lodge Dining Room. Also on the 21st, be sure to come to the Sun Valley Village at 5 p.m. for the Tree Lighting Ceremony outside the Inn. Carolers, Santa and ice carving demonstrations will ring in the season.

There is nothing like Christmas Eve in Sun Valley with the Nutcracker on Ice, Torchlight Parade and fireworks

There is nothing like Christmas Eve in Sun Valley with the Nutcracker on Ice, Torchlight Parade and fireworks

On December 22, be sure not to miss the sixth annual Classic Christmas Concert at the Sun Valley Opera House. The tradition is enriched this year with several popular local acts including the Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus and special guest Joe Fos. Carolers and dancers from the Footlight Dance Centre will also perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 at the Sun Valley Recreation Center or online.

Everything leads up to Christmas Eve festivities, including the popular Nutcracker on Ice at the outdoor rink, followed by Sun Valley’s traditional torchlight parade and fireworks.

Please join us to celebrate the happiest of holidays!

–RES

Sun Valley Wellness Festival

Come join us for the 17th annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival at the Sun Valley Inn from May 22nd-26th. The Festival will include presentations and workshops addressing various modalities of body, mind, and spirit wellness.  Leading off the long list of impressive, nationally-renowned speakers is Diana Nyad, who will talk about the power of the human spirit.  Kris Carr, the author of the bestseller Crazy Sexy Cancer, will address how diet and self-care can help you thrive.   Among the many speakers who will share their knowledge during the weekend are Panache Desai, Arielle Ford, Eric Saperston, yoga expert Tommy Rosen, parenting guru Kim John Payne, and over 20 other speakers addressing body, mind, and spiritual wellness.  In addition, the festival will offer a variety of yoga and fitness classes.  The Wellness Expo features vendors selling wonderful products from beautiful clothing to jewelry and health products.  In the Hands-On-Hall, visitors can get a massage, reflexology, have a reading, or try a henna tattoo.

For information please visit www.sunvalleywellness.org or call (208) 726-2777.

Sun Valley Film Festival

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    Sun Valley Film Festival

    Sun Valley, Idaho has been welcoming the film industry since Averell Harriman opened America’s first ski resort in 1936. To celebrate the area’s old school Hollywood heritage and bring it into the 21st century, the inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival was launched in March 2012 and was an immediate success. In 2013, the Sun Valley Film Festival will build on that success with more cutting-edge independent films, premieres, exciting children’s programming and previews of new television premiers from National Geographic and others, a closing ceremony with special musical guest and much more. The festival also features a variety of unique awards, such as the One in a Million Award for best film produced for under a million dollar budget and the Zions Bank Gem State Award, given to an Idaho filmmaker whose film best reflects the beauty and diversity of The Gem State. This spring, filmmakers from around the world bring their vision to the Sun Valley Film Festival and you’re invited to watch it come into focus.

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Sun Valley Opera presents Cody Austin

Come Join New York Tenor Cody Austin as he performs Bocelli and Groban’s greatest hits, Saturday, December 28th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 dollars and the show takes place at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Ketchum. For information please call 208-726-0991.