The Best December Activities and Events in Aspen for Kids!

CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CHAROL

Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas with an adaption of the popular Dickens’ classic.

21st December 6:30pm

Location: The Wheeler Opera House

Admission price: $38 – $58

HOLIDAY GIFTMAKING

Children (no parents allowed!) will be able to create a special gift for their parents, ranging from hand-made accessories to a luxurious bath scrub.

19th December 3pm – 5:30pm

Location: St Regis

Reservations are recommended http://stregisaspen.com/festive

ICE SKATING WITH SANTA’S ELVES

Spend a day ice-skating and eating smore’s with Santa’s elves. Executive Chef Laurent Pillard’s will test his new sweet or savory s’more menu.

Location: Silver Park Ice Rink (Departs from the St Regis Lobby)

13th December 4:30PM-5:30PM

Admission price: $28

Book online in advance: https://www.stregisaspen.com/festive/

THE NUTCRACKER BALLET

Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the magic of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker. The iconic production has become a seasonal tradition in Aspen and should not be missed.  

December 8th: 2PM & 7:30PM, December 9th: 1PM & 5PM

Location: Aspen District Theater

Admission Price: $36-$94

http://www.aspensantafeballet.com/performances/season-performance-pages/Nutcracker-Aspen.html

ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING AT THE LITTLE NELL

A festive, family-friendly event held in the courtyard of The Little Nell. There will be a countdown to the beautiful tree lighting, carolers and photo ops with Santa Claus. Enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. The Aspen Animal Shelter will be around with “reindeer” pups.

9TH DECEMEBER 5PM TO 6PM

Location: Little Nell Courtyard

Admission price: None, open to guests and the community

GINGERBREAD HOUSE UNVEILING AT THE ST. REGIS

The St. Regis reveals their 7 feet tall confectionary Marvel. Children will be able to walk inside the sugary structure and have their photo taken with Santa in front of the ginger bread house. Hot cocoa and treats will be served. 

10th December 4PM – 5PM

Location: St. Regis Lobby

Admission Price: Complimentary, no RSVP required.

ASTRONOMY NIGHT WITH ACES

ACES invites you to Hallam Lake to view and learn about the night sky. There will be a 15 minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts (meteor showers, life-cycles of stars etc) followed by star-gazing. Expect loads of shooting stars on a clear night!

10th December 7PM

Please RSVP to aces@aspennature.org (limit 50 people)

Admission Price: free members | $5 non members

OLAF THE ELF VISITS HALLAM LAKE

Listen to a story about Olaf the winter elf, enjoy hot chocolate, arts and crafts, and adventure into the winter wonderland of Hallam Lake to feed the birds with Olaf.

13th December 4pm-5:30pm

Location: ACES at Hallam Lake

Admission price: free and open to the public 

OTHER FUN THINGS TO DO IN ASPEN

Ice skating and lunch or dinner at CP Burger. The outdoor ice rink is in front of the child (and adult) friendly restaurant. Burgers, salads and milkshakes.

The Aspen Recreation Centre has a climbing wall, indoor ice rink, indoor swimming pool, water slide, hot tub, lazy river and much more. Admission price: $19. There is also a sledding hill just behind the center. Free admission, or $5 for a sled.

Aspen Red Brick Recreation Centre has a super playhouse with inflatables ideal for 5 year old’s and under. Admission price: $5

Art workshops at the Aspen Art Museum, are a great creative outlet and fun afternoon.

The Pitkin Country Library holds Storytime on Tuesdays and Thursdays for varying ages. There is also a children’s readings section, and Lego club on some afternoon.

Visit the Aspen Animal Shelter and play with the puppies, cats and dogs. You are allowed to take one of the dogs on a walk for free!

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