2023 Holiday Happenings

Holiday Happenings in Basalt

    • Small Business Saturday – Saturday, November 25
    • Giving Tuesday – Tuesday, November 28
    • Basalty Tree Pageant – December 1 – January 5
    • Tree Lightings in Basalt
      • Holiday Tree Lighting – Friday, December 1 in Willits
      • Music in the Bandshell – Friday, December 8 in Historic Downtown
    • Colorado Gives Day – Tuesday, December 5
    • Chanukah Menorah Lighting – Thursday, December 7
    • Santa in the Neighborhood – RFFR’s Fire Truck Ride with Santa
      • Friday, December 15 – Historic Downtown and Southside
      • Saturday, December 16 – El Jebel and Willits
      • Sunday, December 17 – Snowmass Village

Small Business Saturday – November 25, 2023

Small is beautiful. November 25 is Small Business Saturday®. Help us celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our community. The day is an opportunity to encourage others to #ShopSmall at all the local businesses we love. With the holiday season fast approaching, this is a great chance to support our neighbors, while keeping money in Basalt, instead of shopping at big box stores and online.

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Giving Tuesday and Colorado Gives Day

There are two days focused on giving back this holiday season – GivingTuesday and Colorado Gives Day. Both offer opportunities to contribute to our community, whether by giving of your time, or making a financial contribution to a local non-profit.

Giving Tuesday – November 28, 2023

Giving Tuesday logo

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.
GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.
In an era of global crisis and disconnection, we need new rituals to connect us. As the world’s largest giving movement, we believe we can go further, faster when we unleash generosity together. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity around the globe. We believe that generosity leads to greater civic participation and other pro-social behaviors.

Basalty Tree Pageant

Presented by the Town of Basalt; please contact the Town with any questions at 970-927-4701.

Basalty Tree Pageant Details

Holiday Tree Lightings in Basalt

Presented by the Town of Basalt; please contact the Town with any questions at 970-927-4701.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town!

Holiday Tree Lighting in Willits – December 1

Friday, December 1, 2023 • 4-6 p.m. | Triangle Park
It is highly recommended that you park farther away and walk to the park, as traffic and parking may be challenging.
      • Tree Lighting
      • Santa In Person – Deliver your wish list to Santa in person
      • Live Entertainment 
      • Food, Beverages, and Delectable Treats
      • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Music in the Bandshell in Historic Downtown – December 8 

Friday, December 8, 2023 • 4-6 p.m. | Basalt River Park

      • Tree Lighting
      • Santa In Person – Deliver your wish list to Santa in person
      • Live Entertainment
      • Food, Beverages, and Delectable Treats
      • Petting Zoo

Tree lightings in Basalt

Colorado Gives Day – December 5, 2023

Colorado Gives 2023Local nonprofits 2023

Join one of the largest one-day giving movements in the country.

Each December Coloradans come together with the common goal to strengthen the community by helping to power nonprofits. Community First Foundation and FirstBank partner to make this day rewarding for givers, nonprofits, and the community as a whole.

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 6, and features a $1 million Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, increasing the impact and the value of every dollar donated. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado’s largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $257 million since it began in 2010. 

Visit the Colorado Gives Day website.


Community Menorah Lighting – December 7, 2023

Join the Aspen Jewish Congregation to celebrate the first night of Chanukah, the evening will include holiday songs and the Menorah lighting. The Festival of Lights begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7, and ends at sundown on Friday, December 15, 2023. The Aspen Jewish Congregation hosts Chanukah festivities throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

On Thursday, December 7, 2023, the Menorah will be lit by the Aspen Jewish Congregation at 5 p.m. at Triangle Park in Willits. Please visit the AJC website or contact the AJC Executive Director for additional details.

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Santa in the Neighborhood

Presented by Roaring Fork Fire & Rescue (RFFR); please contact RFFR with any questions at 970-704-0675.
Santa’s annual fire truck ride around town!

Friday, December 15 – Historic Downtown

Santa will be leaving the Fire Station at 5:30 p.m., following this neighborhood route:

  • Elk Run (Elk Run Dr, Hearthstone, Lauren Ln, Elk Cir, Park Cir, Mountain Ct, Riverside Dr) 
  • Historic Downtown Basalt (Midland Ave, Homestead Dr) 
  • Southside (Meadowview Dr, Allison Ln, Alexander Ln) 

Saturday, December 16 – Willits/El Jebel

Santa will be leaving the Fire Station at 5:30 p.m., following this neighborhood route:

  • Blue Lake (Coyote Circle, Rabbit Rd, Badger Rd, Buckskin, W. Goose Lane, Black Bear Trl, Deer Run)
  • El Jebel (James Cir, Clark Dr, Floyd Rd, Sage Dr)
  • Sopris Village
  • Willits (Meadow Dr, Sopris Cir, Evans Rd, Jody Rd, E. Valley Rd, Lake Cr, Meadow Ct, Juniper Ct, Valley Ct. E Valley Rd, Harris St, Willits Ln, Frontage Rd, City Market)
  • Summit Loop and Summit Drive (Valley Rd, Summit Loop, Valley Rd, Parkside Ln, Summit Dr.)

Sunday, December 17 – Snowmass Village

Santa will leave the Fire Station at 5:15 p.m., following this neighborhood route:

  • Mountain View 
  • Palisades/Creekside
  • Base Village
  • Daly Townhomes
  • Timbers Club
  • Woodbridge/Seasons 44 – Drive-thru
  • Fairway III 
  • Sinclair Meadows
  • Snowmass Club – Drive-thru
  • Rodeo Place
  • Club Commons – Drive-thru