Steamboat is easily one of the most magical places to celebrate the winter holidays. Because of our beautiful mountains, champagne powder, cheerful locals, and vibrant pine trees, the Yampa Valley offers the most picturesque holiday experiences imaginable.
During the holiday season, the entire town adorns itself with Christmas lights. Because of this, if you have the pleasure of night skiing on Howelsen or Mount Werner you will be able to see the twinkle of each house in Steamboat sparkling like the star on the top of the Christmas tree.
On Oak Street a beautiful menorah is lit up every year to add to this sparkle. Har Mishpacha, the Jewish Community of Steamboat Springs, commissions a different artist each year to create a menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. Downtown, pine trees are decorated around the old Courthouse, and when it snows the trees naturally seem to glow with all the pretty lights. From this view alone it seems like the holidays in Steamboat are truly magical.
Another reason why the holiday season is the best in Steamboat is because of all of the activities. The town seems to light up with fun things to do, from skiing to shopping to visiting Santa’s workshop in front of Bank of the West. Each event is special to the town, and is a holiday tradition. The Strings Music Pavilion hosts “Finding Christmas,” a favorite Steamboat event that features a great orchestra and local artists singing Christmas music. Steamboat Resort also holds lots of events at its base- you might even spot Santa skiing down the slopes closer to Christmas, as even he cannot resist the champagne powder! And every year, the town gets competitive with the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s annual yule log hunt.
But the best part about the holidays in Steamboat are the people. Everyone is excited by the holiday cheer- and the joy the holidays brings to the town. Each Steamboat family has a favorite holiday tradition they love to celebrate.
For example, my family has gone skiing every Christmas morning for as long as I can remember. I love to do it, because we always see the same families on the slopes in the morning, and each one of us is so happy to be there. Other traditions include skinning up the mountain to see the sunrise, snowshoeing to the top of Emerald Mountain, or getting your Christmas tree from Rabbit Ears Pass (make sure you get a permit). But no matter the tradition, and no matter the family, everyone in Steamboat agrees that there is just a magic in a Steamboat holiday that you cannot resist.