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Exciting November Events in Vail, Colorado: A Guide to Early Winter Adventures

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

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Nestled amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains, Vail, Colorado, stands as a quintessential destination for seekers of natural beauty and adventure. Renowned for its awe-inspiring mountain vistas and a calendar brimming with lively events, Vail exudes a magnetic charm, particularly in the enchanting embrace of early winter. As the first snowflakes dust the landscape and the crisp mountain air beckons, Vail reveals its true splendor, offering a perfect blend of outdoor escapades and cultural delights. In this guide, we will unveil the tapestry of events that make November in Vail an unforgettable experience. Embrace the season and let Vail's early winter allure captivate your senses.

Here is a list of our favorite events in Vail for the month of November


November 10, 2023

Vail Mountain Opening Day is more than just an event; it's a rite of passage into the heart of winter. It is a convergence of seasoned veterans and eager first-timers, united by the promise of adventure and the thrill of the unknown. Whether you are carving your hundredth turn or feeling the crunch of snow under your boots for the first time, this weekend lays the foundation for a season of unforgettable moments. Join us in this exhilarating tradition and let the magic of Vail's early winter captivate your spirit.

On Friday, November 10th Vail Mountain throws open its gates to a new season of alpine adventures. For the early birds at Gondola One (#1), there is a delightful spread of warm strudel, coffee, and cocoa. Plus, some lucky ones might even snag early-bird prizes! The lifts start running at 9 AM, but the party starts early at 8 AM, with music, pastries, and hot drinks in the crisp mountain air.

DJs will be spinning tunes at both Lionshead and Vail Village base areas, setting the perfect vibe for a day of excitement. After your first exhilarating runs, join the continuous celebration at Express Lift for the inaugural après of the season, featuring delightful samplings of 10th Mountain Whiskey starting at 1 PM, and enjoy more tunes courtesy of DJ Pippen. Indulge in your favorite 10th Mountain Spirit, savor a warm pretzel, and toast to the start of an unforgettable winter season.

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November 10 – December 6, 2023

Adding to the excitement of Vail's early winter kick-off is the much-anticipated Vail Revely festival, spanning from November 10 to December 6. Revely invites you to usher in winter in style. After a thrilling day on the slopes, the festivities continue in town with an array of delightful activities. From silent discos to immersive art workshops, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

One of the highlights of Revely Vail is the enchanting tree lighting ceremony (Nov. 25), where the town square transforms into a sparkling wonderland, igniting the holiday spirit. This year, an exciting addition to the festivities is the Kringle Crossing mini holiday village, located at the International Bridge, a whimsical escape that promises to enchant visitors of all ages. And for the little ones, there's "Smiles with Santa" (Nov. 26), a heartwarming opportunity for kids to meet the jolly man himself, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. A full list of the art workshops, concerts, ice skating shows and more can be found here.


November 24- 26, 2023

Gather your loved ones and embark on a journey to the mountains, where cherished memories await. Surrounded by the majestic Rockies, Vail sets the stage for a Thanksgiving weekend filled with laughter, adventure, and shared moments that will be treasured for years to come. Whether it is carving up the slopes, indulging in gourmet holiday feasts, or simply basking in the warm glow of a crackling fire, Vail offers the perfect backdrop for creating enduring connections.

From Friday, November 24, to Sunday, November 26, Vail comes alive with gratitude with a series of live concerts at the International Bridge. Join the local celebration with tasty food, good music and a festive atmosphere that is hard to resist. Here is a sneak peek of the schedule:

Friday (Nov. 24):

  • 3:30 - 6:30 PM: "The Turntable Revue"

Saturday (Nov. 25):

  • 3:30 - 7:30 PM: House Music and Local DJ's

  • 7:30 - 9:30 PM: "DJ Jadore"

Sunday (Nov. 26):

  • 3:30 - 6:30 PM: "The Woods" from Nashville, TN

  • 6:45 - 8:00 PM: Ski Movie (To Be Determined)

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November 27, 2023

Mark your calendars for a night of celebration! On Monday, November 27th, Vail welcomes all locals, employees, and friends to kick off another extraordinary winter season in style. The event promises a vibrant atmosphere with the live music of “Dueling Pianos” from 3:30 to 6:30 PM, delectable food and beverages, and exciting raffles and prizes.

Do not miss this fantastic opportunity to come together with the Vail community, embrace the spirit of winter, and make unforgettable memories.

As November unfolds in Vail, Colorado, a tapestry of exhilarating events and captivating experiences awaits. From the grandeur of Vail Mountain's opening to the enchanting festivities of Vail Revely and the warmth of Thanksgiving celebrations, this month promises moments that will linger in your heart.

Now is the time to plan your visit, to revel in the thrill of the season's first snowflakes, and to create memories that will be cherished for years to come. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or seeking the perfect holiday escape, Vail welcomes you with open arms. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of something truly extraordinary. Your unforgettable Vail experience awaits. See you there!

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