Holiday Prelude Returns to Mountain Village

Holiday Prelude

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Mountain Village is being transformed into the North Pole for this year’s Holiday Prelude celebration the weekend of December 11-13, 2015.  Holiday Prelude is a collaborative effort between Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Town of Mountain Village, Town of Telluride and local merchants to transform Mountain Village and Telluride into the regional destination for holiday cheer with a full two weeks of holiday activities commencing on December 2, 2015.

The Mountain Village Holiday Prelude magic starts at the Oak Street gondola station where the free gondola is transformed into a Trip to the North Pole on Friday, 12/11 and Saturday, 12/12 from 3-6 pm. Children of all ages will delight in the decorations and lights galore as our elves send you on your way to visit Santa in his workshop in Heritage Plaza.  Children can tell Santa what they want for Christmas, make an ornament with one of his elves, and enjoy free hot chocolate.

While at the North Pole, catch a ride on the North Pole Express!  Children and adults will be dazzled on the free train ride throughout Mountain Village’s festival of lights, with more decorations throughout the village than ever before.

The culmination of this year’s event will happen on the Mountain Village Ice Rink outside of the Madeline Hotel and Residences.  The North Pole on Ice professional skating performance will feature International and National ice skating medalists.  You don’t want to miss this show filled with triple jumps, dizzying spins, creative pair lifts, death spirals, and more.  The shows are scheduled on both Friday, 12/11 and Saturday, 12/12 at 6:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee show on Saturday.

For those who need to get some last minute Christmas shopping done, Mountain Village merchants are bringing back Jingle Jam.  Similar to Telluride’s Noel Night held the week prior, Jingle Jam is when Mountain Village Center businesses extend discounts and specials to customers. This year’s Jingle Jam is scheduled for Friday, 12/11, with stores staying open until 9pm.  Shoppers will receive some of the best discounts of the year, along with raffles, give aways, food and drink specials, and more.  And, in the true spirit of giving, Franz Klammer Lodge will provide an Angel baskets charity drive for donations and will offer free drinks in their warm and inviting lodge both Friday and Saturday from 4-7pm.

The fun continues on Saturday with free skating, or say hello to Frosty or the Grinch from 3-5pm at the Madeline Hotel and Residences.  It’s a roller rink flashback on the Mountain Village Ice Rink on Saturday night from 7-9pm where families can get their holiday groove on at the Madeline Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party.  Enjoy a free Skate with DJ Soul Atomic, and flaunt your stuff on the ice while enjoying drink specials throughout the evening from Madeline’s M Club outdoor bar and fire tables.  Parents can take advantage of the free Kid’s Night Out drop off from 7-9:30 pm at the Telluride Conference Center with holiday movie classics, games and snacks for ages 5 and up.

There is no better way to end your weekend of holiday fun than a pajama breakfast with Santa.  The Palmyra Restaurant at the Peaks is creating a special holiday breakfast menu on Sunday from 9-11am giving children one last opportunity to get a picture with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas!

The Town of Mountain Village will be providing free day parking in the Gondola Parking Garage all weekend, and lodging and ski packages are available for those who want to extend the holiday fun.  For more information, visit visittelluride.com/event/holiday-prelude. Events and times subject to change so please check back often!