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Let's Get The Winter Celebrations Started in Aspen

Let’s Get The Winter Celebrations Started in Aspen

November 14th Events

6-8pm. A Class and a Glass at Marble distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn and Carbondale Clay Center.

Back by popular demand – holiday spirit(s) and ornament making! Join us for A Class & A Glass at the Marble Distillery. Perfect for your holiday gift giving – new handmade, personalized ornaments for your tree or another’s ready before Christmas! $20 gets you 2 ornaments to decorate and a special holiday cocktail.

November 15th Events

5:30pm – 8:30pm. Opening Reception Celebrating Lost Without Your Rhythm (Galleries 2 & 3) + Elmgreen & Dragset’s It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry (Crown Commons) at The Aspen Art Museum.

Delicious snacks from SO Café, free wine and beer, music, and a complimentary art-making activity for all ages on Level 3. At 5:30 p.m., the AAM’s Senior Curator Courtenay Finn and co-curator Lauren Fulton will lead a gallery walkthrough of the new exhibitions.

5-8pm. Skye Gallery Aspen. Pink Highlights: Artist Talk & Closing Reception.

November 16th Events

5:30pm. L’Hostaria Barolo Night Hosted by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

In celebration of L’Hostaria’s 22nd anniversary, grab your friends and celebrate ACES during a fun, off-season dinner. Enjoy amazing Barolo wine and food pairings and L’Hostaria will donate 20% of your bill to ACES’ Environmental Education Programs.

Please call 970.925.9022 for reservations and join us for this special occasion to support L’Hostaria and ACES! Doors open at 5:30PM.

6 to 8p.m. Deck The Walls Artisan Market. Hosted by Carbondale arts.

Join Carbondale Arts for the Opening Reception of its annual Deck The Walls holiday show  at The Launchpad (76 S. 4th St, Carbondale, CO). Deck The Walls runs through December 29 (see weekday & weekend hours below).

Carbondale Arts transforms the R2 Gallery into a shop filled with artisanal goods created by local and regional artists from all over the Roaring Fork Valley and the state of Colorado. Goods include candles, handmade scarves and hats, glass ornaments, cards & prints, jewelry, bird houses & feeders, herbal salves & lotions, maple syrup, felted animals, calendars, ceramic mugs, mittens and hats, soaps, and more!

Deck the Walls will be open for shopping Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and Sundays December 9, 16, 23 from 12pm to 5pm. Deck The Walls runs through the end of December.

Receive a complimentary glass of bubbly during our Champagne Shopping events from 3 to 5pm on Saturdays in December.

For more information visit www.carbondalearts.com.

November 17th Events

9am – 3pm. Aspen Mountain Opening Day!

Aspen Ski Co. Kicks off the 2018 – 2019 season early by opening Aspen Mountain on November 17, 2018. Aspen Mountain received more than 20 inches of snow during recent storm cycles and cold temperatures have allowed for snowmaking.
5-7pm. John Bemis Thanksgiving Community Potluck. Hosted by Snowmass Village Rotary and Town of Snowmass Village. 

Community members new and old gather for a feast at the annual John Bemis Thanksgiving Community Potluck and Food Drive. The Snowmass Rotary Club, Snowmass Chapel, Alpine Bank, and the Town of Snowmass Village will be teaming up to provide the main meal: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Community members should bring a dish that serves 8, determined by your last name as follows:

If your last name starts with…
A – H: Bring a side dish
I – P: Bring a dessert
Q – Z: Bring a salad

The judges will sample and declare the best dish in each category. Each winner will take home $100 from our local Alpine Bank!

Food Drive:
This event is also a food drive for Lift-Up. Please bring your non-perishable food items, which will be collected at the front door by volunteer Rotarians.

Sponsored By:
A huge thank you to all of the great local organizations that make this community event possible!

Snowmass Chapel
Snowmass Village Rotary Club
Town of Snowmass Village
Alpine Bank

9th Annual Friendsgiving at Snowmass Chapel.

Snowmass Chapel said “Hell yeah, bring it on” You know the drill, POTLUCK, bring your mom’s favorite dish. Try not to be that last minute person who buys the $6.99 pumpkin pie from the market. We call that, slackin on ya pimpin. Come hang with your family away from home. 4:30pm – 10:30pm. 9th


Farm to Table Community Meal at The Hotel Jerome. Hosted by Farm Collaborative Aspen. 5-8pm.

You must attend this annual Farm-to-Table FREE Community Meal 2 days before Thanksgiving. Farm Collaborative believes that by sharing a meal together, we nourish our community, and when we join together at the ‘communal table’ and enjoy healthy locally grown food, we strengthen that which bonds us here in Aspen. Over the past 10 years our Community Meal has grown, truly becoming an Aspen tradition.
This year they have set a goal of purchasing 75% of the ingredients from beginning farmers in the Roaring Fork Valley (from within 35 miles of the venue) and the remaining 25% from local farmers beyond. The meal will have 3 seatings starting at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Pre-registration is necessary to secure a seat. Over 1,200 guests and an estimated 250 volunteers are expected to be there. The event is free for EVERYONE and brings together all segments of our community. Please also consider volunteering* or sponsoring this year’s event. *All volunteers are invited to enjoy a Meal at 4pm, prior to the start of our public event!


Thanksgiving Dinner at Ajax Tavern.

Ajax Tavern is serving up its regular menu in addition to a special Thanksgiving plat du jour for $34++ per person from 6 – 9 pm.

NOVEMBER 23rd Events

11am -9pm. Party at New Belgium Ranger Station in Snowmass to celebrate the beginning of the ski season.

** Vote for New Belgium Ranger Station as Best Après-Ski Bar with USA today. After a day on the Snowmass slopes, tired legs can rest over a cold Colorado beer at the New Belgium Ranger Station inside the Westin Snowmass. There’s a full menu of warming food that includes an option for making your own s’mores at the firepit outside. Vote everyday and help them to win!

11am-4pm. Carbondale Clay Center Black Friday.

Snacks, festive libations and 15% off everything in our Gallery and Gallery Shop!! Give the gift of art this holiday season, or get yourself something special!!

5-8pm. Christmas in the Rockies Craft Show (Friday and Saturday) and Lighting Ceremony (5pm, Nov. 23)

The Denver Dolls will back again this year and so will Santa Claus! We’ll have a fireworks show and plenty of holiday cheer! The Christmas in the Rockies craft show will be all day Friday and Saturday. Festivities kick off around 5pm on Friday. And Boy Scouts will be selling cookies and hot chocolate as usual as well!

5-8pm Big Picture, Baby: Opening Reception at Sky Gallery Aspen

The next BIG ART show in Aspen! Skye Gallery worked with Danielle Krysa aka The Jealous Curator to bring BIG PICTURE, BABY to you. Showing art by:

Ashley Longshore
Daisy Patton
Janna Watson
Meghan Hildebrand
Danielle Krysa

At first glance, it may seem like the artists in this show don’t have much in common (well, other than ‘going big or going home’ that is), but when you look a little closer there are actually quite a few similarities that connect them. From vivid color palettes and dizzying patterns, to bizarre narratives and intricate details… and, of course the fact all of five of these artists step up to the canvas with a fearless approach to art making. “Big Picture, Baby” will be bringing larger than life portraits, bold paint strokes, and even a few big laughs to Skye Gallery this winter.

6-9pm. Echo Monday Unplugged – Tryptophantastic Friday. Hosted by Home Team BBQ.

Shake yourself out of your turkey coma by joining Echo Monday like you’ve never seen them before at Home Team BBQ – Aspen for a night of rock/alternative tunes unplugged and fully acoustic.

4:30pm – 10pm. Redstone’s Grand Illumination

Listen to carolers walking up and down Redstone Boulevard and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the Church at Redstone.

Santa will arrive at 5 pm at the General Store to light the Christmas tree. Then follow him down to the Redstone Inn for a giant bonfire with carolers and the chance to visit with Santa inside the Inn! This is an evening you will never forget!

Music Night for Jake: 5th Anniversary ft. Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds. Hosted by Jake Foerster Music Arts Fund & Belly Up Aspen.

Music Night for Jake: 5th Anniversary ft. Tomorrows Bad Seeds
with Opening Act TBA

Doors: 8:00 pm
Start: 8:30 pm
Age: All ages
Price: $25 GA / $50 Reserved

Set times are on a show by show basis and are subject to change. If you have questions about set times call our box office at (970) 544-9800 on the day of the performance. Box office opens at 2pm daily.

Black Friday with Jes Grew. At the Arts Campus at Willits.

Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
$13 in advance | $18 day of

Jes Grew is an eclectic rock n roll band out of Aspen, Colorado which derives it’s name from the 1972 novel, Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed. In the novel, Jes Grew is a mysterious “plague,” a “disease” that forces its “victims” to dance and let their inhibitions go, and that’s exactly what this group will have you doing. Symptoms of jes’ grew include: mediocrity intolerance, chronic questioning of authority, and uncontrollable shaking of the hips and ass. Get TICKETS.


Aspen Outfitting Company’s Fly Shop’s Holiday Bazaar

Enjoy a festive shopping experience featuring affordable gifts from local
artists and artisans as well as delicious refreshments & hors d’oeuvres!

Special Guests & Events Include:

  • Colby June trunk show featuring the newest designs.
  • Meet & greet w/ Hangai Mountain Textiles—Cashmere & Yak Down blankets.
  • Reading & signing by local author Jill Sheeley, creator of beloved Fraiser the Yel-
    low Dog series
  • Susan Carrolan Millinery felt & straw hats – Aspen
  • TOPO Designs Bags & Apparel – Denver
  • Winter Session Bags – Denver
  • Kelly Peters Oil Paintings – Aspen
  • Judy Milne Watercolors – Carbondale

Located In “Downtown” Woody Creek (Next door to the Tavern)


Hearts of Remembrance at The Little Nell. Hosted by HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley. Please join us for our annual Hearts of Remembrance event this holiday season in Aspen at the iconic Little Nell. The event is free to attend, with hor d’ourves, drinks, and live music with a performance this year by Tim Fox and Jeanne Walla. Join us for a beautiful celebration of life to honor your loved one(s) and a blessing of the ornaments.

For over 30 years, our communities have joined together to celebrate and remember the lives of friends and family in this unique way. This year, we will host four ceremonies in various locations throughout the Roaring Fork, Eagle and Colorado River Valleys.
If you wish to make a donation in remembrance of someone you love, you will receive a wonderful handcrafted ornament as a keepsake. The names of those you wish to honor will also be read at the location you designate.

Visit www.hchotv.org or call 970.930.6008 for more information, or to order a heart for yourself or someone else.

November 29th Events

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Palladium Promises Luncheon at Chair 9.

The annual Palladium Promises Luncheon occurs at Chair 9 in The Little Nell.
675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO With a devotion to supporting the non-profits of our community, this luncheon cleverly gathers together influential business professionals in the Roaring Fork Valley to discuss their most beloved organizations and pledge their support.

For More Information Contact: Caroline Sims | Email: caroline@palladiumaspen.com| C 210 818 7818 | T 970 925 8088

Aspen: Volkswagen presents Warren Miller’s “Face of Winter” Get Tix.

November 30th Event

AEF Flamingo (sold out). Click here for live auction. If you are interested in any of these packages but won’t be at Flamingo (sold out) on November 30th, contact: cchase@aspenk12.net. Stay tuned for silent auction.

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