5 Things to Do This Weekend: November 29–December 1, 2019

The season gets into swing with a park contest, Santa sightings, and holiday lights.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff November 26, 2019

Thanksjibbing at Snowmass gets the park crowd amped for the season on Friday.

Friday, November 29

2–3 p.m., Fanny Hill, Snowmass

The season’s first rail jam highlights top local jibbers (on skis and snowboards) competing for cash prizes on a course of urban-inspired features. Free to spectate,

30th Annual Lighting Ceremony
3–8:30 p.m., Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs

Launch the holiday season at the historic hotel, as half a million lights are turned on simultaneously, followed by fireworks. Beforehand, admire the recently renovated public spaces throughout the first floor while enjoying an ice carving demo, live music, singing and dance performances, and a visit from Santa. Free,

Holiday lights and fireworks will enliven the sky in Glenwood Springs Friday night.

Dinner Through the Decades
6–9 p.m., Element 47

To help celebrate The Little Nell’s 30th anniversary, don’t miss this flashback meal for the ages. The hotel’s founding executive chef, George Mahaffey, will join current executive chef Matt Zubrod in presenting a five-course, prix-fixe menu of American-alpine cuisine. Also making a special guest appearance: former Little Nell wine director Bobby Stuckey, who will choose pairings along with current wine director Chris Dunaway. $150 with wine pairing, $89 dinner only,

Music Night for Jake featuring Shakedown Street
10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen

Aspen’s favorite Grateful Dead tribute band comes back to jam at this sixth annual evening honoring the too-short life of beloved local Jake Foerster. The event helps benefit the Jake Foerster Music and Arts Fund for high school seniors in the valley. No charge before 10:30 p.m.; after that, tickets $10 ($15 for under 21),

Saturday, November 30

Visit Santa at Glenwood Caverns
4–7 p.m., Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

It’s time for the annual accounting—were your kids naughty or nice? Have them tell Santa in person (and get a pic while they’re at it), plus take in the brilliant light display and the large musical Christmas tree. Cap off your visit by roasting s’mores around the firepit. Gondola tickets $19 (adults), $14 (kids 3–12), free (kids 2 and under),

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