Get ready for a holiday season chock-full of family friendly festivities and events, and plenty of smiles. The Chamber of Commerce has compiled a wonderful calendar of the 12 Days of Christmas. This jam-packed event calendar covers December 20-31, 2018. There are loads and load of things to do with the little ones including visits with Santa, meeting the reindeer, story hours, dog parties and much more. Below, we have culled all this activity down to a Top 10 List for all that spans the period and encourage you to not miss a single event.
#10 - Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles at the JAS Cafe - 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. - Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29 Two-time Grammy award-winning keyboardist Cory Henry and his band present an evening of jazz, funk, Gospel and soul. Henry has released three albums, two of which have charted on the Billboard charts. He previously performed with the Brooklyn-based ensemble Snarky Puppy.
#9 - St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship, Dec. 17-22 - Aspen Valley Polo Club and Rio Grande Park World-class polo players compete at one of the world's top snow polo tournaments. Enjoy five days of events during the final stop on the World Polo Tour.
#8 - The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute - 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Wheeler Opera House Emmy award-winning Beatles live tribute that covers all the classics - from "Twist and Shout" to "Hey Jude." Join John, Paul, George and Ringo as they cover the entire Beatles era in this loving tribute.
#7 - Ice Skating with Santa's Elves - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20 - St. Regis Residence Club iSanta's elves have come all the way from the North Pole for this unique event. Join the elves at the Silver Circle Ice Rink for ice skating and a unique s'mores menu prepared by Executive Chef Laurent Pillard.
#6 - Aspen Laugh Festival presents Melissa Villasenor - 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23 - Wheeler Opera House Spend the evening laughing with Melissa Villasenor, the first Latina cast member of Saturday Night Live. Melissa got her start as a semi-finalist on America's Got Talent and was recently named as one of Rolling Stone magazine's 50 Funniest People Right Now.
#5 - ACES Apres Ski: Holiday Open House - 3:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Join us at Hallam Lake in the heart of downtown Aspen to enjoy Aspen Center for Environmental Studies during the holidays. The open house will include guided snowshoe tours around the preserve, crafts for kids, hot drinks, wine, snacks and more! Don't miss the early evening "air show" of waterfowl coming to spend the night at Hallam Lake, explore the center, learn about ACES and enjoy the warmth of a small bonfire, the pleasure of good company and the beautiful setting of Hallam Lake.
#4 - FREE! Elk Mountain Rescue Dogs Showcase - 5:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21 - The St. Regis Aspen Resort Come to Santa's Living Room (The Library) for a special visit with the Elk Mountain Rescue Dogs and Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers. Learn how these talented are saving lives through backcountry rescue and mountain safety education.
#3 - Mike Super: Magic and Illusion - 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22 - Wheeler Opera House Voted as America's Favorite Mystifier, Mike Super is the winner of NBC's hit show Phenomenon, and has appeared on America's Got Talent and Penn & Teller's Fool Us. His family friendly show is a hit with all ages.
#2 - The Audi Ajax Cup benefitting Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club - 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 30 - Aspen Mountain The 9th annual Audi Ajax Cup brings teams of six together in downhill competition to battle for the famed Gorsuch Cup on Aspen Mountain.
#1 - Fireworks over Aspen Mountain - 8 p.m. & 12 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31 - Aspen Mountain Get ready to bring in the New Year with firework shows at both 8 p.m. and 12 a.m.