The 33rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and 11th Annual Gingerbread Competition Kick Start the Holidays in Beaver Creek

26 November 2013
Beaver Creek, Colorado, Nov. 25, 2013 –The 33rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and the 11th Annual Gingerbread Competition at Beaver Creek mark the beginning of the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 29. The event features a full evening of festivities including the traditional lighting of the 38-foot tall tree, musical talent from all over Colorado, a kids’ holiday poetry contest and reading, visit from Santa, fireworks display, and the Gingerbread Competition with silent auction. New this year VIP Preview tickets are available to see the gingerbread creations from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $5 per person and are limited on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 75 people. Embellished gingerbread creations will be on display for the Gingerbread Competition in the Gerald R. Ford Hall at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and 100 percent of the silent auction and Holiday Market proceeds will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a local organization serving children in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties.

The evening also includes the Public Athlete Bib Presentation for the ladies’ Raptor World Cup Super G races taking place on Saturday November 30.

The complete schedule for Beaver Creek’s family holiday celebration on November 29 includes:

3:00- 4:00 p.m.                     VIP Preview of the Gingerbread Competition in Gerald R. Ford Hall at the                                                     Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, $5 per person, limited to the first 75 people.
3:30 p.m.                               Cocoa & Cookies at the SmartWool Store in Beaver Creek Village.

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.                    Free public viewing and silent auction of the 11th Annual Gingerbread                                                       Competition.
5:00 p.m.                               Figure Skating Show on Beaver Creek Village Ice Rink.

6:00 p.m.                               Tree Lighting Ceremony, featuring Alpenhorn Chorus, the Colorado                                                           Children’s Chorale, Nashville recording artist Christie Huff and Opera                                                         Colorado. Kids’ poetry contest winner introduction and reading. Santa will                                                 make his appearance.                                 

6:20 p.m.                               The Ladies’ Public Pick Bib Presentation will take place on Beaver Creek                                                     Village Ice Rink.

6:50 p.m.                               Fireworks show.

8:00 p.m.                               Warren Miller’s new ski film, “Ticket To Ride”, at the
                                              Vilar Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased for $19 online at                                            or by calling (888) 920-2787.

For more information about the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Gingerbread Competition, Raptor Ladies’ World Cup and other winter events at Beaver Creek visit
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is


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