Jingle Jam events kick off at 4 p.m. with Santa Claus lighting the holiday tree around 5 p.m. After flipping the switch, Santa invites all the little boys and girls to his workshop, a heated tent set up in Heritage Plaza. "Kids can come sit on Santa's lap and talk to him," said Kate Danaher, guest services and special events manager for the Town of Mountain Village. "Different stations will be set up where elves will work with children on crafts things parents love to treasure." Plenty of warm beverages and treats will be available to keep little fingers and toes toasty.
This is the first year for Santa's workshop. "In the past we've done a concert," said Danaher. "It's so cold we decided to have a heated tent to get families to hang out."
Jingle Jam is indeed a family friendly event. "We would love to have families come up," said Danaher.
After visiting Santa, families can stroll around the plaza to enjoy a bit of eye-candy with sugary-sweet Gingerbread houses crafted by local businesses and nonprofit organizations, which will be on display near the holiday tree.
Stores in Mountain Village will be offering special Jingle Jam discounts to help shoppers check off their holiday list. After working up an appetite from all the Jingle Jamming, make a night of it by taking advantage of special deals at Mountain Village restaurants.
Santa will return to the village several more times before Christmas to hear children's wishes. Kids can enjoy the charm of an old-fashioned Christmas and have a free photo taken with Santa and his jolly elves atop his favorite antique sleigh on Dec. 16, 22 and 23, noon-3 p.m. at the Telluride Conference Center. Afterward, guests can personalize their very own holiday cookie at a decorating party. Gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, frosting and a variety of festive sprinkles will be provided at no charge.
On Dec. 23, a special VIP photo session with Santa for Mountain Village homeowners will be held 11 a.m.-noon at the Conference Center.
The Telluride Conference Center will host Warren Miller's 7th annual feature film Off the Grid for one adventure filled evening only, on Thursday, Dec. 28. The film showcases winter sports' top athletes and local heroes on the big screen as they travel to fabled and exotic locations around the globe in search of the perfect ride, deepest powder and sickest lines. Along with adrenaline-filled action and magnificent scenery, Off the Grid delivers a high-energy soundtrack on a state-of-the-art digital sound system. Tickets are $10 and available at the Bootdoctors. The movie screens at 6:30 p.m.
No mountain town holiday would be complete without a torch light parade. Mountain Village will host its on New Year's Eve, along with a spectacular fireworks display starting at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks are best viewed from the village core, as skiers weave their way down the slopes
For more information on Jingle Jam or any other Mountain Village events, call guest services at 728-5424.