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10 Fun Holiday Activities at Angel Fire Resort

December 15, 2023

The holidays at Angel Fire Resort are here! Are you ready to experience a true white Christmas? A lot is happening this winter, but here are ten “must-do” holiday activities for you and your family.

1. Ski with Santa

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Santa will be out on the mountain on Christmas Day. Find him for a few festive, snowy photos. And make sure to let him know how good you have been this year.

2. Go Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great way to get out into the beautiful wilderness and see some amazing views. If you are lucky, maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of some wildlife. Snowshoeing is an easy activity for the whole family to participate in.

The Nordic Center rents snowshoes, and snowshoeing is allowed on the Nordic Center Trails. Snowshoeing is also allowed on all the Greenbelt Trails.

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A favorite trail to hike is Oeste Viste. The trailhead is located across the highway from the turnoff to the Country Club. It is a two-mile loop with an option for a shorter loop. The hike is a bit more difficult but allows you to see beautiful views of the valley.

Leave about 2 hours to complete the loop. There are picnic tables and benches along the way, where you and the family can stop for a snack and pictures.

Most of the Greenbelt Trails have picnic tables and restrooms along the way.

Remember to dress for the weather.

3. Watch the Fireworks & Torchlight Parade

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Angel Fire Resort has two torchlight parades—one on Christmas Eve and one on New Year’s Eve. The torchlight parades are one of the most unique things to experience at Angel Fire Resort. A torchlight parade is a parade of skiers and snowboarders, all holding torches or lights, that ski in line down the mountain after dark. This creates a beautiful show of moving lights down the mountain.

Snuggle up with the family and watch a one-of-a-kind experience. It is a great way to celebrate the holidays with the family. After the parade, you will be treated to a fun and festive fireworks display. The parade begins at dark.

4. Take a Nordic Lesson

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Nordic skiing is another fun activity that is easy for the entire family to participate in. If you downhill ski or if you have ever skated, you can pick up the sport easily.

Taking a lesson with the whole family is a great way to try out a new sport and enjoy the snow. The Nordic Center offers lessons by appointment. They also rent all the equipment you need to get started. To reserve a lesson call (575) 377-3055.

5. Jingle All the Way on a Sleigh Ride

Make “Jingle Bells” a reality! Bundle up the kids and take them on a ride through the village that they’ll never forget. Join Nancy Burch’s Roadrunner Tours for a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh. On this ride, you’ll travel along the foothills of the Carson National Forest and through Angel Fire Resort. Bring your camera to capture photos of wildlife and the children playing in the snow. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner can be arranged by request. Before or after the excursion, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the Camp Fire Café.

6. Take a Ride on the Polar Coaster

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Invite the family out and take some runs on the Polar Coaster. Tubing is the perfect compliment to a morning of skiing on the mountain.

Tubing is sold in1.5-hour blocks and is open from 1-5:30 p.m. Afterwards enjoy some hot chocolate at the Village Haus.

7. Have Dinner at Elements

Elements has an array of delicious menu items this holiday season. Try one or try them all. The food at Elements is always delicious. Pair this with a Nordic Lesson in the Morning for a day full of fun and amazing food. Call (575) 377-3055 to reserve a table for your family.

8. Try Night Skiing

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If you haven’t skied under the lights, it is definitely a must try! You can even take a ride on the Polar Coaster under the lights! On clear nights you can see the beautiful New Mexico night skies and stars. On Saturdays, you can watch the Locals Rail Jam. Watch talented skiers and snowboarders test their skills on features that are LED lit. Night skiing is open from 4-8 p.m. and tickets are $12. After a few runs head into the Village Haus for some hot cocoa and live music!

9. Live Music

It’s always nice to have dinner, listen to some live music and do some dancing! Throughout the holiday season, Angel Fire Resort will have live music in various venues. Check the events calendar to find band names and times. Live music is also a great way to unwind after a busy day of skiing, snowboarding or even tubing! Get your Aprés on this holiday season.

10. Family Time

A perfect Christmas gift this year would be a new board game or card game along with a Christmas movie. You can end the days during your holiday ski vacation with a game or a movie and cherish the best gift of all . . . family!


Which of these holiday activities is on your list this winter? We can’t wait to see you soon!

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