Winter is a popular time of year to visit Park City. The town is home to the Park City Ski Resort and the whole town is turned into a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate the season or for a break from the slopes, here are some of the top Park City winter events.
Winter Solstice Electric Parade
To celebrate the shortest day of the year, Park City holds their Electric Parade in downtown. The parade features cars and trucks covered in Christmas lights. The cars start at City Park and make their way up Park Avenue to Main Street. The parade is free to attend but make sure to bring plenty of hot cocoa and blankets to stay warm. This year’s winter solstice is on Friday, December 21. The parade begins at 6 p.m.
IBSF Para World Cup
On December 15 – 16 the best para bobsled athletes in the world will gather at Park City’s Olympic Park for the IBSF Para World Cup. All of the events are free to attend. The weekend will also include a youth skeleton competition and a youth monobob competition.
Sundance Film Festival
Park City is also known as the home of the world-famous Sundance Film Festival. Every winter thousands of people flock to the city for the festival which stretches out over 15 theaters in the area. This year’s festival will be held from January 24 – February 3. Tickets can be purchased on the institute’s website.
Park City Food Tour
Since so many people visit Park City each year, the city has built itself as a world-class food spot. The tour will take you down historic Main Street which is known for its excellent restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. The tour will take you to several restaurants where you will get a taste of the city’s unique cuisine. Tickets are $80, and the tours start at 4 p.m. and usually end around 7 p.m.
Planning Your Stay
If you are looking for accommodation in Park City, consider booking one of our vacation rentals. We offer some of the nicest rentals in the city. Whether you are planning a trip with your significant other or your family we have the perfect home for you. Our rentals range from modern lofts in the heart of downtown to ski in ski out homes. For more information on our vacation homes or to book a rental, please contact one of our rental specialists today.
A really great way to experience the wonderful winter scenery in Park City and surrounding areas is to enjoy Park City winter attractions like a fun horse-drawn sleigh ride. There are several companies that offer this exciting activity.
The Snowed Inn Sleigh Company is located at the Park City Mountain Resort and offers rides with or without dinners. The sleigh rides leave from a location next to the Payday lift.
Sleigh rides without dinner last 25 to 30 minutes and begin at 5 p.m. each day.
The dinner option offers three ride times and seatings every evening. You’ll enjoy a tasty dinner complete with live music.
For more information, visit: http://www.parkcitymountain.com/site/activities-and-events/on-mountain/snowed-inn/index.html
Rocky Mountain Recreation/Adventures at Stillman Ranch
The Rocky Mountain Sleigh Company is considered one of the top 10 sleigh/dinner operators, according to USA Today. During a sleigh ride from this company, you experience a ride that takes you through the woods, past a pristine river and over expansive meadows. Your dinner is served inside a cozy log cabin, warmed by a large wood-burning fireplace. This will be a truly memorable adventure!
For more information, visit: http://www.rockymtnrec.com/sleigh-ride.php
Sleigh Rides from the Canyons
The Canyons Resort offers 30-minute rides through the Willow Draw area. You’ll love this ride — complete with warm blankets — where you can enjoy watching the scenery go by.
For more information, visit: http://www.canyonsresort.com/activities/sleigh-rides.aspx
Boulder Mountain Ranch
What’s a better that creating a holiday memory that includes being pulled by draft horses in a picturesque sleigh through the winter scenery? Boulder Mountain Ranch offers 30-minute rides through the pristine mountains of Deer Valley Resort. The company offers smaller sleighs that can accommodate up to six people that are perfect for marriage proposals, newlyweds, and smaller groups. There is also a larger sleigh for larger parties — up to 10 people.
For more information, visit http://www.bouldermountainranch.com/sleighrides.html
Hatcreek Outfitters, located just a short drive from Park City in Henefer, you can enjoy 15 to 45 minute horse-drawn sleigh rides. During your ride, you’ll be take to an area with a fire ring and picnic tables, where your group can enjoy roasting marshmallows or a meal.
For more information, visit http://hatcreekoutfitters.com/wagon-and-sleigh-rides/
As you can see, there are all sorts of horse-drawn sleigh ride adventures here in the area, so go out and enjoy the scenery!
About Jim Bizily
I am an outdoor enthusiast, parent of two awesome boys, and Property Manager in beautiful Park City, Utah. After years in engineering and entrepreneurial projects, I decided to move to Park City Utah to start a business managing lodging and vacation rentals.