On Saturday night, following a countdown of 5-4-3-2-1, it was officially Christmas in Sun Valley! Hundreds of people in the holiday spirit flocked to the Village to enjoy the lighting of the Christmas tree and all the surrounding activities.
Merrymakers were greeted by millions of white lights that festooned trees up and down the walkways, creating a magical glow amid light snow. Hot chocolate stations kept everyone warm and happy as they enjoyed all the night offered.
Among the highlights? Ice carving demonstrations that showed just how much work and skill – and how many power tools – it takes to create one of the many oversize ice sculptures that will now remain throughout Sun Valley for the rest of the cold weather season. The noisy sounds of chainsaws mixed with the shouts of delighted children as blocks of ice transformed into Christmas trees, thrones and, of course, a big Sun Valley Sun. Many, curious about the properties of such huge ice blocks, hopped onto the seats wondering if they would stick. They didn’t, but it surely was a bit chilly!
Sun Valley’s famous and charming carolers also gathered at the event, serenading the crowd with many Christmas favorites. The group of young men and women, clad in old fashioned and traditional winter outfits (complete with hand muffs for the girls), put a smile on everyone’s face as they sang the evening away in multi-part harmony.
Santa made an appearance and invited dozens and dozens of children to whisper last-minute wishes in his ear.
The highlight of the event, though, was probably the lighting of Sun Valley’s beautiful, living Christmas tree, located just outside the doors to the Sun Valley Inn. Sun Valley General Manager Tim Silva welcomed the group, abuzz with anticipation, and then counted down until the switch was thrown and the tree came alive with color. You could almost hear the collective intake of breath before the applause began.
The merriment continued well into the night with the Duchin Lounge at the Lodge hosting a Christmas sweater party and Village restaurants preparing festive and delicious meals to suit every taste and every budget. Santa Claus greeted families at a special breakfast in the Lodge Dining Room Saturday and Sunday morning and excitement was in the air.
Be sure not to miss Sunday night’s sixth Annual Classical Christmas Concert at The Sun Valley Opera House Tickets are available at the Sun Valley Recreation Center for $20, or for purchase at the door. For more information please call 208.622.2135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 6:30 and the music begins at 7 p.m.
The mountains skied really well this weekend, too, inviting snow sports enthusiasts to enjoy the run up to Christmas Day under bright blue Idaho skies, surrounded by some of the most jaw dropping vistas in the Lower 48. Reports from up top were generally comprised of “woo hoo!”
It’s truly beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we are all glad that you are here to share the holidays in true Sun Valley style!