Christmas In Aspen – Aspen Nightlife

Christmas in Aspen - Aspen Nightlife

Aspen Nightlife - Aspen, Colorado is a great place to spend your
Christmas vacation. You can spend your days
on the slopes, and your nights taking advantage
of all of the planned Christmas activities, as
well as the usual Aspen nightlife. No matter
what your interests are, there is always
something to do in Aspen.

During the Christmas season,
 “Its A Wonderful Life” is presented at the
Wheeler Opera House. Santa’s Village can be
 found in Snowmass Village and you will hear
carolers there as well. White Elephant Parties
are common Christmas activities, and you can
even enjoy the Aspen Film festival.

The Holiday Torchlight Parade in Snowmass
village is a sight to behold. Make sure that you
don’t miss this! You can even participate in
this parade! There are many Christmas arts
and crafts programs offered around Aspen
that your children will love to participate in as
well. Make plans to attend the Winter
Wonderland Christmas Party at the Aspen
Recreation Center also.

For the ultimate Christmas adventure, make
sure that you get in on the sledding and hot
chocolate festivities and go for a sleigh ride as
well. Christmas in Aspen is a very magical time
of the year, and you should plan to spend at
least one Christmas vacation here. Plan to stay at Snowmass

Aspen Nightlife – The Club Scene

Aspen Nightlife – The Club Scene

Aspen Nightlife  - After a day on the slopes in Aspen, Colorado, you
are probably ready to do some partying. The Aspen
club scene starts hopping shortly before the slopes
close. Many of the clubs have planned events – and
some are just free-for-alls with music and dancing all
night long. No matter what kind of music you are into,
you will find it in Aspen.

Most of the lodges and hotels in Aspen have bars or
clubs. Some have multiple bars, clubs, or lounges –
so start your search for Aspen nighttime
entertainment at your lodge or hotel. You can
usually find a friendly game of pool in almost any bar
before the music and dancing begin.

The easiest way to find the type of music and dancing
that is most enjoyable to you is to pick up a copy of
Aspen Magazine’s Traveler’s Guide. This guide will
provide you with a list of Aspen hotspots, and let you
know what you can expect at each club or bar. If you
will be drinking, make sure that you don’t drive your
car. Walk or take advantage of the public transportation
or taxi services in the Aspen area.

Aspen Nightlife – Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Aspen Nightlife – Aspen Center for  Environmental Studies

Aspen Nightlife isn’t always about music and
dancing. The Aspen Center for Environmental
Studies is a great place to go at night! There
are many planned activities related to
environmental studies, and you shouldn’t miss
the weekly Potbelly Perspective Series.

The Potbelly Perspective Series takes place
one night each week, usually starting about 7pm.
This is a lecture series presented by local
people, as well as visiting guests. Adventures,
pictures and stories are presented that are very
interesting to anyone who has a love of nature
or the environment. This series is not only
interesting; it is also a very inexpensive way to
spend an evening. Admission for adults is only

Naturalist’s nights are also offered once each
week. Here, you will learn facts about the
natural world, and issues concerning the
natural world. With expert speakers, many
topics are covered, and these nights are planned
in advance. This is a wonderful learning
experience, and a great way to spend an evening
in Aspen.

Many daytime programs are also offered
through the Aspen Center for Environmental
Studies, including ski tours and snowshoe tours.
Call ahead to find out what events are planned,
and to make reservations as necessary.

Aspen Nightlife – World Link Café

Aspen Nightlife – World Link Café

Aspen Nightlife  - While on your wonderful vacation in Aspen, you will
enjoy many of the finer things in life – including fresh
open air and natural surroundings. It is wonderful
and peaceful – but since we have become a
technical society, you might start having email
withdrawals. The World Link Café in Aspen has a

This wonderful Internet Café is located in the heart
of downtown Aspen on Hyman Avenue. It is open
until 10pm each day, and serves wonderful
cappuccinos, mochas, and lattes, as well as
pastries, cookies, sausage rolls and meat pies. The
Internet is also served with a bank of computers with
Internet Access – where you can access your email.

Of course, there are fees for using the computers,
and it isn’t cheap. It costs about $10 per hour – but
if you are having Internet or email withdrawals, it may
be well worth it to spend twenty bucks or so for a
couple of hours of computer time. Then, get right back
out there and enjoy more of the fresh air and peace
that Aspen has to offer you.

Aspen Nightlife – Winterskol

Aspen Nightlife – Winterskol

Aspen Nightlife  - Since Aspen is a wintertime playground for so
many people, it is only fitting that everyone in
Aspen during the month of January participates
in Winterskol. This is literally a celebration of
winter, cold, and snow – which is a great deal
of what makes Aspen, well, Aspen! Winterskol
is the ultimate Aspen party.

Winterskol is held during the month of January
each year, and it is the wildest winter
celebration you will ever experience. The
highlight of Winterskol is the Canine Fashion
Show, where pets are dressed up in crazy
clothing, such as miniature bridal gowns.
Winterskol has been an Aspen tradition for
more than fifty years – and it will continue for
at least another fifty! The first Winterskol
celebration was held in 1951.

During Winterskol, more than 40 events are
scheduled in the downtown area, Aspen
Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk
Mountain, and Snowmass Mountain. The
entire area gets involved in the activities.
Winterskol is a celebration of Aspen’s Nordic
ancestry, as well as a celebration of winter.
While most events are scheduled in advance,
Winterskol also brings several surprises as
well. You just never know what you will find at
the Winterskol celebration – until you are there.

Favorite traditional activities include the Canine
Fashion Show, Winter sculpt, the Buttermilk
Uphill Race, and Snowmass Splash. Don’t
miss the torchlight descent and the fireworks
display over Aspen Mountain. Don’t miss the
unique competitions happening all over town.
There is constant live entertainment all around
town as well. If you are planning a ski vacation,
and you want to have the time of your life –
your destination should be Aspen, and your
arrival date should coincide with the start of

Winterskol is an ongoing week long party with
something for everyone. Amusement,
entertainment, parties, and celebration are top
priorities during the week of Winterskol. You
have to experience Winterskol at least once in
your lifetime – and after you have been once,
you will be back. Winterskol is a celebration
that is comparable with Mardi Gras in New
Orleans – but a lot safer, and in many
opinions, more enjoyable.

As they do for Mardi Gras, people come from
all over the world for Winterskol. Event
packages are available, but all of the lodges,
hotels, motels, condos, cabins, and
campgrounds sell out early. Make sure that you
book lodging for Winterskol well in advance,
and take advantage of the packages that the
various lodges offer. Packages typically
include lodging, airfare, rental cars, and
other things that you may require as well.

Aspen Nightlife – US Comedy Arts Festival

Aspen Nightlife – US Comedy Arts Festival

Aspen Nightlife  -  If you can visit Aspen in March, make sure that you
catch the US Comedy Arts Festival that is held in
various venues throughout Aspen. This is one of the
major events for comedians all over the country –
and it is some of the best entertainment you will
ever experience.

The US Comedy Arts Festival features every type of
comedy you can imagine, including Stand-up
comedy, film shorts, alternative comedy, and sketch
comedy. Tribute is given to some of the greatest
comedians from the past, such as Rodney
Dangerfield, Monty Python, and George Carlin. You
will also have the opportunity to enjoy many of
today’s famous comedians, and hear some unknown
or up and coming comedians as well.

Make sure that you don’t miss this festival – and
make sure that you make your plans and reservations
very early. The lodges and hotels will fill up fast for
this festival, and according to locals, this is the
hardest time of the year to find lodging in Aspen –
which is a good indication of how good the
entertainment is!

Aspen Nightlife – The Wheeler Opera House

Aspen Nightlife – The Wheeler Opera House

Aspen Nightlife  -  The Wheeler Opera House has been an
integral part of Aspen nightlife, history, and
culture since 1889 when Mr. J.B Wheeler and
the Conried Company presented The King’s
Fool. While the building started out as an
Opera House, it was only used for town
meetings and such by 1893, when the silver
mines had played out.

The Wheeler Opera House remained open until
1912 when it was gutted by not one, but two
fires in one week! The Opera House did not
open again until June of 1946 when it was
leased by the Aspen Company. The total
restoration went on until 1960. Between the
years of 1912 and 1946 the Wheeler Opera
House remained empty, and it was used as
a playground by the local children.

During the 1960’s and 1970’s, The Wheeler
Opera House was mainly used as a movie
theater. However, in 1979, the city decided to
restore the Opera House to its original
grandeur, and this restoration was completed
in 1984. The cost was 4.5 million dollars.
Today, the Wheeler Opera House is on the
National Registrar of Historical Places.

Many events, such as lectures, concerts, plays,
 films, and musicals are held at The Wheeler
Opera House today. You can see Broadway
shows, jazz concerts, country and rock
concerts, and even children’s theater here.
Any type of cultural event you can imagine
is held here – and shows are scheduled
throughout the year. Locals consider the
Wheeler Opera House the ‘crown jewel of Aspen.
’ Nationwide, it is considered a world class theater
– and with the detailed woodwork it is certainly a
sight to behold!

The Opera House is still in its original location
on Hyman Avenue, in the heart of downtown
Aspen. You can call to find out what events are
planned, and to purchase tickets. Remember
that this is a popular place, and shows do sell
out quickly – so purchase your tickets as early
as possible. You should also be aware that
children under the age of three years old are
not permitted for live performances, unless the
performance is for children specifically.
Cameras and recording devices are not
permitted for performances.

The Wheeler Opera House can also be rented
for a variety of special occasions and events,
such as parties, receptions, weddings,
conferences, and seminars. Events such as
these are usually held on the second floor,
where guests will enjoy a breathtaking view of
Aspen Mountain, as well as the city.