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The historic Sardy House on Main Street in Aspen gets its famous holiday lights on Sunday. 

The Silver Queen gondola is spinning, so we can finally say, “winter is here!” Here in Aspen, the 11th Annual Summit for Life takes over town with kick-off parties tonight and yoga tomorrow morning. The main event on Saturday night has racers trek to the top of Aspen Mountain … in the dark … for a cause Aspen Sojourner is proud to support. The rest of the weekend? Get into the spirit with tree-lighting ceremonies in Carbondale and Aspen, see an encore from Library Cinema, rock out with Crystal Bowersox, and more. Cheers to a happy holiday season ahead!

Friday, December 2

Light Up Carbondale
3–8 p.m., Main Street
Celebrate the holiday illumination (more than 30,000 lights) in the town of Carbondale with a parade, Christmas tunes from a marching band, a visit to Santa, toasting marshmallows by the bonfire, and more. 
Free
Info: carbondalerec.com

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On Saturday night, hundreds of racers will trek 3,267 vertical feet uphill on Aspen Mountain. 

11th Annual Summit for Life
6 p.m.12 a.m., Aspen Cooking School
The weekend of events to benefit the Chris Klug Foundation’s mission of raising awareness for organ and tissue donation kicks off with Wine and Dine for Life (6–9 p.m.), a fundraising dinner hosted by Chris Klug and friends. Then, at 9:15 p.m., it's on to Party for Life, a culinary battle between Chefs Barclay Dodge and Bryan Nelson, with specials on cocktails and beats by DJ Dylan.
$275 for Wine and Dine for Life tickets; Party for Life is free, with a suggested donation
Info: chrisklugfoundation.org

Carbondale Clay Center Annual Cup Auction
6–9 p.m., 689 Main St (formerly Restaurant Six89) 
More than 300 cups from all over the world are up for auction during the Clay Center's biggest fundraiser of the year;  a portion of proceeds also goes toward the Carbondale Homeless Association.
Free
Info: carbondaleclay.org

Library Cinema
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
The Wheeler Film Society’s Jon Busch has extended his avant-garde film series into December in partnership with the Pitkin County Library. His next pick is A Man Called Ove–stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel and directed by Hannes Holm.
$8 (available at the door or in advance at the Wheeler Opera House box office)
Info: pitcolib.org

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Saturday, December 3

11th Annual Summit for Life
Race day kicks off with Yoga for Life at Lululemon (9:30 a.m.; $5 suggested donation). Later, it's straight to the top of Aspen Mountain as quickly as possible (5 p.m. recreational start, 6 p.m. competitive start). Once you trek the 2.5 miles uphill to the Sundeck, feast on a post-race lasagna dinner with live music and the awards ceremony. Silver Queen Gondola access—a.k.a. Ride for Life—is available for those who didn’t race but want to celebrate.
Registration: $75, plus minimum $100 raised; Ride for Life tickets $60 adult, $30 children 
Info: chrisklugfoundation.org

Library Cinema
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
The Wheeler Film Society’s Jon Busch has extended his avant-garde film series into December in partnership with the Pitkin County Library. His next pick is A Man Called Ove–stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel and directed by Hannes Holm.
$8 (available at the door or or in advance at the Wheeler Opera House box office)
Info: pitcolib.org

Crystal Bowersox
7:30pm, Wheeler Opera House

She of American Idol fame brings her powerful pipes—and a repertoire of rock, folk, blues, and country—to the Wheeler’s historic stage. Bowersox will be joined by friend and fellow musician Seth Glier.
$25, $75 (VIP with meet & greet)
Tickets: aspenshowtix.com

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Sunday, December 4

Disney's Frozen Sing-Along
4 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
For kids who love Frozen, don't miss this sing-along version with lyrics on screen and pre-screening fun in the lobby. Frozen-inspired costumes encouraged! 
$15 (adults), $10 (kids)
Tickets: aspenshowtix.com

Holiday Salon
5 p.m., Justice Snows
Renowned composer Andrea Clearfield and performance artist Alya Howe will bring together talents in music, photography, virtual reality, dance, art, and film for a festive evening of artistic exploration. Bites by Chef Jonathan Leichliter and a complimentary glass of wine or beer is included in the ticket price. Also on the JS Sunday schedule is free live music for brunch (11:30 a.m.) and late night (9 p.m.–12 a.m.).
$25
Info: justicesnows.com

32nd Annual Sardy House Christmas Tree Lighting
6 p.m., Sardy House
Join in one of Aspen’s most revered holiday traditions, as the towering spruce outside this historic residence comes even more alive with 10,000 programmable LED lights. Free hot chocolate and cookies are served, and Santa is expected to pop in from the North Pole.
Free
Info: aspenchamber.org

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The Boston Herald said of A Man Called Ove: “It's a Wonderful Life to the tenth power."

Library Cinema
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
The Wheeler Film Society’s Jon Busch has extended his avant-garde film series into December in partnership with the Pitkin County Library. His next pick is A Man Called Ove–stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel and directed by Hannes Holm.
$8 (available at the door or in advance at the Wheeler Opera House box office)
Info: pitcolib.org

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