A visit to Park City is always a wonderful experience, but there ARE certain times of the year that may be even more exciting than others—times when the Park City festivals and events we sponsor mesh with your likes and obsessions. We’ve provided this guide of the special and events that will add a little extra sparkle to your Park City getaway. Don’t worry if you can’t get to all of them in one trip; after one visit to our favorite mountain village, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to return many more times!
The holidays are just around the corner, and the Electric Parade and Festivities are destined to bring the joy of the season to the Grinch-iest of souls! Held November 24th starting at 4 PM, the streets of Park City will feature carolers, a parade, and the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, for the enjoyment of children of all ages. The lighting of the Christmas tree always brings out the oohs and ahs of spectators, and the sight of trolley cars as they parade through the streets dressed in their holiday finest will warm your heart.
Warm from the Inside Out
Once the last float has passed and the excitement begins to die down, you may begin to realize that it is really cold outside and the best way to warm yourself is with a cup of sweet and delicious hot chocolate! You are in Park City now, however, and we aren’t talking about an ordinary cut of powdered hot cocoa you mix up for yourself at home; the hot chocolate we believe in, the hot chocolate we crave, comes from Ritual Chocolate located at 1105 Iron Horse Drive. Made from a variety of blends and served hot, frothy, and topped with whipped cream, this cup is the best addition to your holiday celebrations! Take a bag of your favorite blend back to your Park City Vacation Rentals winter escape and continue the celebration of taste whenever the need strikes. You can even order it online to enjoy in the comfort of your own home!
Putting on the Ritz in January
Skiing isn’t the only thing to do in town in January. The Sundance Film Festival is on the menu, January 24th through February 3rd. The eyes of the world are turned to Park City during this sophisticated event, and you can be a part of the festivities if you plan your vacation during these 10 days!
Dressed to Be Seen
If you are planning to be a part of the Sundance Film Festival events, you will definitely want to dress to impress, and the opportunities for haute couture shopping are plentiful in our mountain town. Pick up something fashionable and elegant at Grace Clothiers on Main Street and make everyone wish they were you. Offering modern designs that look as if they were made just for you, this special shop has everything needed to make you shine!
February Park City Festivals for Ski Fans
February 1-10 brings the best and brightest skiers to Utah with the FIS World Championships! Watch your favorite skiers and snowboards shine on the slopes at three separate ski resorts and celebrate with thousands of other happy revelers on Main Street in downtown Park City at the closing ceremonies; a fun time is promised to be had by all.
Fashionable and Warm
Winter weather in Park City is known to be cold, but you won’t feel the chill when you visit the Sitka Fur Gallery at 537 Main Street; the fur coats found here are warm, beautiful, and ultra-chic! Looking for a special gift for your mother back home? A fur coat might be overkill, but their chinchilla knit scarves come in a variety of colors and offer a beautiful way to tell your mom how much you appreciate everything she has done for you over the years!
Summer Dining Al Fresco
June travelers have the opportunity to attend the state’s largest outdoor dinner party. Savor the Summit, held June 22, shuts down the streets of Park City as diners taste the town with the best of the best. Chefs from our favorite restaurants create special meals to entice, and while you don’t need to purchase a ticket to the event, you will need to make reservations with the restaurant of your choice to ensure there will be a seat saved for you at this tasty outdoor event.
After a big meal, you may find yourself craving something sweet, even if dessert was included during the Savor the Summit event (It will be!). You are on vacation, and if your diet needs more sugar, a visit to the Windy Ridge Bakery at 1750 Iron Horse Drive offers just the treats you are craving. Enjoy a taste of chocolate, savor the sweet flavors of a fruit-filled tart, or devour a cupcake topped with creamy frosting—every bite will make your taste buds sing!
Soothe the Savage Beast
Every summer from June through August, the Utah Symphony Orchestra hosts an 8-week concert series known as the Deer Valley Music Festival. Featuring a magical collection of musical artists from many genres, past performers have included the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Randy Travis, and Smokey Robinson. This year’s performers will be announced in the spring.
The Best Event of All?
Although you enjoyed all the Park City festivals and events during your trip, your family vacation spent in one of our luxurious homes is guaranteed to be the event of the year! Long days that begin by awaking in our cloud soft beds, evenings spent enjoying the sunset from the deck, and all those promising hours in between; your vacation is destined to be the envy of all your friends and family when you stay with Park City Vacation Rentals. Reserve your stay today! We offer a vast selection of properties, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even Easter vacation rentals.