Winter Events in Park City: Top 5 Reasons to Spend Your Winter Holiday in Park City, Utah

Still looking for a place to spend your winter holiday? If you’re into skiing and snow fun and you live close to the Southwest or the West Coast, why not choose Park City in Utah? Park City is one exciting place to be in wintertime, with all the outdoor thrills in the snow that you can get. Better yet, check out these annual winter events in Park City – they’re sure to be fun for everyone.


winter events in park city: snowfest
Park City Mountain Resort | Ken Lund/Wikimedia Commons

When: December 17, 2016 to January 1, 2017
Where: Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Village

Park City Mountain Resort, the largest ski resort in the US, regales its guests with après music from various local acts in its 16-day Snowfest, from December 17, 2016 to January 1, 2017. Be treated in the afternoons to live performances of jazz, piano, rave, and acoustic favorites from local musicians such as the Lumberjack Fabulous, Carlos Emjay, and Park City Mountain Resort’s very own DJ Velvet. The annual Santa Comes to Town event is definitely a highlight of the Snowfest, as people engage in merrymaking while waiting for Santa Claus to come down the mountain on a ski lift.

Torchlight Parade

winter events in park city: torchlight parade
Deer Valley Mountain Resort | D Ramey Logan/Wikimedia Commons

When: December 24 at Park City Mountain Resort
When: December 30, 2016 at Deer Valley Resort

The Torchlight Parade is one of the oldest holiday traditions of Park City. Running for 54 years straight, Park City locals and out-of-towners get to see a ski run in either Park City Mountain Resort or Deer Valley Resort light up as a procession of skiing and snowboarding staff come down the mountain with bright and festive torches in their hands. Before the evening parade begins, live music performances entertain the gathering crowd as they partake of the complimentary hot drinks, cookies, and merriment. The Torchlight Parade will be held at the Park City Base Area in Park City Mountain Resort on December 24, and at the Big Stick ski run in Deer Valley Resort on December 30.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

winter events in park city: new year's eve celebrations

When: December 31, 2016
Where: Canyons Village

What’s New Year’s Eve without fireworks? In Park City, you can watch the mountains light up to spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks at Canyons Village. At Canyons Village, the New Year’s Eve partying begins at 5:30 PM with live sets by DJ Velvet and the Metro Music Club. The fireworks display starts at 7:30 PM. Make sure to come early so you can claim a fire pit as well as your share of complimentary hot cocoa as you listen to the beats and watch the fireworks light up the sky to kick off the new year.

Sundance Film Festival

winter events in park city: sundance film festival
Egyptian Theater | Travis Wise/Wikimedia Commons

When: January 19 to 29, 2017
Where: Various locations

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the US. It’s also one of the most awaited winter events in Park City and neighboring Salt Lake City. The festival returns for its 33rd year on January 19 to 29, 2017. This time, the festival will showcase 113 feature-length films, short films, and documentaries, all tackling globally relevant topics and featuring edgy, intimate storytelling. If you’re a cineaste, you must not miss the Sundance Film Festival on your winter holiday to Park City.

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup 2017

winter events in park city: fis freestyle ski world cup

When: February 1 to 4, 2017
Where: Deer Valley Resort

The FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup returns to Deer Valley Resort on February 1 to 4, 2017. With the event free for public viewing, you can watch freestyle skiing champions race their way through the challenging twists and turns of Deer Valley’s Olympic-level ski runs, the same ones used when the Winter Olympics was held in Park City in 2002. If you’re crazy for powder, then this World Cup event is one you shouldn’t miss.

There are so many reasons why you should spend your winter holiday at Park City in Utah. These winter events in Park City are just some of them. So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Park City today.

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