Are you feeling that candy-cane-and-mistletoe holiday season love, but itching for a sparkling twist to your usual winter wonderland? The 12 Days of Copper celebration promises way more family fun than a gaggle of geese, a quirky partridge, and some crazy guys leaping around in tights.
Copper’s Christmas Tree in Burning Stones Plaza is lit up and gleaming, and we’ve heard tell that Santa, Rudolph, the Gingerbread folks and Elkguin, Copper’s own mascot (a mystical blend of, you guessed it, an elk and a penguin) will make an appearance to hear your kids’ wish list and let you capture some rare photo ops on Christmas Eve.
During the fun 12-day celebration, you’ll get the chance to bundle up in your cozy scarf and mittens, hot cocoa in hand, to catch a glimpse of your favorite elite athletes as they qualify for the Olympics and the X Games - right here on the Copper hill.
Free skiers and boarders will be competing in the Sprint Grand Prix Finals to decide who qualifies to head to Sochi for the January Olympics, and you’ll be able to spy racers at the Rocky Mountain Series Rail Jam in Copper’s own terrain park as they shoot the rails to compete for coveted slots at Aspen’s January X Games.
The Copper staff says that some of the celebration’s most magical experiences happen on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This is when you can warm up next to a bonfire, hear carolers sing your favorite tunes, and watch the breathtaking Torchlight Parade glitter and glow as Copper staff and instructors make their way down the shadowy mountainside in a floating stream of twinkling lights. Your little elves can join in on the kids’ Glow Light Parade to help light up Copper’s Town Center.
And where else will you get to see Santa shoot down the mountain via zip line en route to spread good cheer and gifts across the land? The grand finale caps off the celebration with Copper’s one-of-a-kind spectacular fireworks display over the lake. (Yes – it promises to be even better than that Currier and Ives Christmas card in your head! )
New Year’s Eve brings an additional bevy of festivities – two fireworks shows, another awesome Torchlight Parade, amazing fire dancers and free, live music with John Truscelli and Lefty Lucy at Jack’s Bar.
Erin Kennedy, Marketing Manager for the Village at Copper, says that her most memorable 12 Days of Copper happened when she was dressed up as Rudolph one Christmas Eve. “A teeny, tiny little guy came up and gave me the biggest hug and told me, ‘I love you, Rudolph!’ It was my favorite professional moment. I hugged him back, but, of course, I couldn’t say anything since I was Rudolph! I really love this whole celebration – it's a truly special way for kids and families to spend the holidays,” says Kennedy.
Schedule of Events for the 12 Days of Copper
December 20 –December 31, 2013
December 21, 22, 23