Fantasy Gingerbread Competition and 29th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Kick Off Holiday Season in Beaver Creek

01 November 2009
Beaver Creek, Colo.—Nov. 1, 2009—Kick off the holiday season at Beaver Creek with the seventh annual Fantasy Gingerbread Competition and the 29th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and fireworks display on Friday, Nov. 27.  Elaborate gingerbread creations will be on display for the Gingerbread Competition at the Park Hyatt and 100 percent of silent auction proceeds will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a local organization serving abused and neglected children in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear counties.
There also will be a special “Kids’ Holiday Wish for a Better World Poetry Contest” and the contest winner will read his or her poem at the Tree lighting Ceremony and will have the honor of lighting Beaver Creeks holiday tree. Local judges will select poems that best reflect the spirit of the holiday season.
Beaver Creek’s family holiday celebration on Nov. 27 includes the following. Special programming will be provided by Blue Creek Productions.
3-8:30 p.m.           Free public viewing and silent auction of gingerbread creations in the Gerald R. Ford Hall at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa.
5:30-6:30 p.m.      Tree Lighting Ceremony on Beaver Creek Plaza with musical performances, fireworks and a visit from Santa Claus.
6:30-7 p.m.           Hot chocolate and cookies served in the lobby of the Vilar Performing Arts Center.
7 p.m.                    Free family movie viewing of Fred Claus at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.  Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis, with tickets available beginning at 5 p.m. at the Vilar Center box office.
7-9 p.m.                 Complimentary ice skating after the event on the Black Family Ice Rink.  There will be no skating from 4:30-7 p.m. in order to accommodate the ceremony.
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About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and the consumer website is


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