SUN VALLEY • Snows on Baldy and Dollar mountains turn Sun Valley into a winter playground every year. This weekend, Sun Valley Village also will transform into a winter wonderland.
The resort will kick off its second annual Winter Wonderland Festival on Saturday with a Christmas window stroll and other events.
Workers will put the finishing touches on shop window displays in Sun Valley Village on Monday. This year’s display is different from last year’s, capitalizing on vintage photos.
Viewers who participate in a windows scavenger hunt will receive a sugar cookie at the Rec Office in the village as a prize.
“The windows were fun to look at last year, so it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with this year,” said Lindsay Crawford of Ketchum.
Santa will pose for photos on the Boiler Room deck, weather permitting, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. A gingerbread man decorating workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Boiler Room.
Craft demos will be scheduled throughout the week in the Boiler Room, with cider, cocoa, beignets and other holiday treats available at Sun Valley’s food carts.
“We had a lot of people milling around the village last year. The displays drew people into the village and into the restaurants,” said Jack Sibbach, Sun Valley’s marketing director.
The popular Sunday Champagne Brunch returns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the lodge dining room in conjunction with the festival and will continue through March 30. It will be a little different from the old champagne brunch, which featured salmon, a variety of meats, freshly prepared crepes and omelets and pastries, but the food will be excellent, Sibbach promised.
Glassybaby, which makes votives and candle holders of hand-blown colored glass, will offer a Glassybaby Trunk Show at the Lodge Gift Shop next Thursday with proceeds going to Expedition Inspiration Breast Cancer Research.
Also Thursday, the Sun Valley Carolers will make their first appearance of the season, breaking out in spontaneous a cappella carols at various locations throughout the village through Dec. 30.
Santa will reign over breakfast in the Lodge Dining Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 21-22. Admission is $29 per adult, $22 for children 12 and under and free for children 3 and younger. Call 208-622-2800 for reservations.
The traditional tree-lighting ceremony begins with free cookies and cocoa at 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Sun Valley Inn. The Sun Valley Carolers will perform, sculptors will carve ice renderings and Santa will arrive behind a miniature pony after the tree lighting at 6 p.m.
“We always go — it’s tradition,” said Sharon Wellsandt of Ketchum.
That event will be followed by a Vintage Xmas Sweater and Holiday Punch Party in the Duchin Room from 6 to 7 p.m. with prizes for first, second and third places.
“I guess the bartenders just want to have fun. They must have been watching that TV commercial about ugly sweaters,” said Sibbach.
The Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus and Sun Valley Carolers will be part of the fifth annual Classical Christmas Concert at Sun Valley Opera House at 7 p.m. Dec. 22. Admission is $20.
And Sun Valley Resort will present its annual Nutcracker on Ice followed by a Torchlight Parade on Dollar Mountain, beginning with complementary cocoa, cider and mini-cookies at 4 p.m. Dec. 24. The Sun Valley Carolers will perform at 5:30 p.m., the show will begin at 5:40 p.m. and fireworks will complete the celebration.
Capping the entire Winter Wonderland festivities this year: A free eggnog party at the Konditorei from 9 to 11 p.m. Christmas Eve after dining ends.