LUDLOW, Vermont — It’s the holiday season and Okemo is welcoming families with a full slate of on-snow fun and apres ski events and activities.
Dec. 23: Last Chance Santa. At 4 p.m., Santa Claus makes a Jackson Gore grand entrance in a convoy of snowcats for a pre-Christmas visit with children before the jolly old elf makes his way to the North Pole for final holiday preparations.
Dec. 26: OkeMovie Night. Families will enjoy a full-length feature movie at The Jackson Gore Inn. Fresh popcorn and ice-cold Pepsi is part of the movie experience in Jackson Gore’s state-of-the-art Cornerstone Room starting at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 25: Ski and Ride with Santa and Friends. When his deliveries are done, Santa heads to Okemo for a few runs before making his way home to the North Pole. Santa and his merry crew will be cruising the slopes on Christmas Day.
Dec. 26: EPIC Snowcat Dining Adventure. Okemo offers Snowcat Dinners Saturday evenings between Dec. 26 and March 13. Departure from the Jackson Gore Inn lobby is scheduled at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. A prix fixe of $125 per person does not include tax or gratuity. Call (802) 228-1435 for more information or to make a reservation.
Dec. 27: Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display. A spectacular pyrotechnics show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Okemo Clock Tower base area, following an amazing torchlight parade of skiers and riders arcing their way down the mountain with lighted torches. Spectators can enjoy a winter warmer in the Sitting Bull prior to the start of the show.
Dec. 28: The Nature Museum at Grafton presents “Animals in Winter,” a complimentary one-hour program exploring how animals survive the long New England winters. Families will explore winter habitat through interactive exercises, engaging slides and observations of items from the museum’s natural history collection. The program is free and open to the public starting at 7 p.m. in the Jackson Gore Roundhouse.
Dec. 31: Okemo’s Family New Year’s Eve. Friends and family will enjoy a host of ongoing events and activities planned for the afternoon and evening of Dec. 31. After ice skating, tubing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating, bingo, a trivia tournament and more, a dance party with a DJ., balloons, noisemakers and dinner, completes the New Year celebration in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore. There’s even a fireworks show planned. Festivities are scheduled from 5-10 p.m. Revelers can purchase an activities-only wristband for $20, or include the dance party for $35. Visit Okemo’s Family New Year’s Eve webpage for more information.
More information about Okemo Mountain Resort may be obtained by calling (802) 228-1600 or by visiting okemo.com.