Sun Valley Carolers begin strolling around the resort on Dec. 17, the same night as the Tree Lighting, 5 p.m. The Classical Christmas Concert is on Dec. 23, $35, at the Sun Valley Opera House, and on Christmas Eve, gather at the ice rink and enjoy Nutcracker on Ice, featuring world class skaters, a visit from Santa, and a torchlight parade under an umbrella of fireworks over Dollar Mountain, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Also, look for a special event on Dec. 21. celebrating the resort's 75th birthday.
Festival of Trees on display at the Senior Connection in Hailey, Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1. Details: 208.788.3468
Hailey Hometown Holidays Parade, Dec. 1. Details: haileyidaho.com
Holiday Tap & Ballet, Footlight Dance Company, Dec. 9, at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Connection and 1:10 p.m. at Blaine Manor, Hailey.
Beauty & the Beast by Sun Valley Ballet, Dec. 9-11, nexStage Theatre, Ketchum.
Light up Bellevue and join the little gateway town's hometown holiday celebration, Dec. 10.
It's a Wonderful Life live radio play, Dec. 13-18 at Sun Valley Opera House and Dec. 20-24 & 27-30 at Liberty Theatre, Hailey.
Wood River Community Orchestra Holiday Concert, free performances by this all-ages choir, Dec. 17 & 18, 4 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Ketchum.
Christmas Classic & Skate Races, Dec. 17 & 18, Galena Lodge. Details: galenalodge.com
Hallelujah Choir Christmas Concerts, Dec. 19 & 20 at nexStage Theatre, Ketchum.
Holiday Gallery Walk, Dec. 30, 5-8 p.m. Sun Valley Gallery Association celebrates with evening receptions, artist chats and special exhibits. Details: svgalleries.org
Reckless Kelly's New Year's Eve, at Whiskey Jacques', Ketchum, $70.
Sun Valley Gallery Association Art Walks, downtown Ketchum, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 30, Feb. 17, March 9. Details: svgalleries.org
Sun Valley Center for the Arts: Exhibition, Thin Ice: Journeys in Polar Regions, Dec. 9 – Feb. 4. Music & Dance series, Ben Sollee, cellist, vocalist, Dec. 9. H'Sao, African music, Jan. 21; Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, fierce Spanish dance and music, Feb. 25; Dervish, Celtic song and dance, March 15. Lecture series, Gretel Ehrlich, In the Empire of Ice: Encounters in a Changing Landscape, Jan. 5; James Balog's photo journey in polar regions, Jan. 19; Reza Aslan No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam, Feb. 23; Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion and NPR's Lake Wobegon commentator, March 5. Details: sunvalleycenter.org
The Community Library: Author talks and film screenings: Kimberly Cutter, The Maid, Dec. 15; Lee Pollack with film Walking with Destiny Dec. 28; DeSiree' Fawn, film The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley, Jan. 3; Cherie Burns on Searching for Beauty, the Life of Millicent Rogers, Feb. 22. Our Movable Feast, March 11. Details: thecommunitylibrary.org
Ski Races & Expos
Powder magazine celebrates 40 years. Powder Prom, Dec. 9. Hot dog contest, movie screening and official Powder party, Dec. 10.
Sun Valley Nordic Festival, nine days of activities, races, clinics and fun events, discounts on demos/rentals, lodging and dining to showcase Sun Valley's rep as Nordic Town USA, Sun Valley Resort, Jan. 28-Feb. 5. Special guest David Wood, former head coach of the Canadian National Cross Country Team, speaks at The Community Library, Feb. 1. Winter Block Party, ski race and music, Feb. 2.
Boulder Mountain Classic Ski Tour, one of America's longest running and respected cross country ski races. All are welcome. Expo, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., 37th Boulder Mountain Tour, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., Harriman Trail. Tour Demo, Feb. 5, Sun Valley Nordic. Details: 208.726.3497/bouldermountaintour.com
Galena Lodge races: Winterstart, Dec. 3; Nordic Demo Days, Dec. 10; Billy Goat Loppett, Jan. 21; Ride, Stride & Glide, triathalon at Galena Lodge, April 7. Details: galenalodge.com
Blaine County Rec Nordic: Ski Free Day on all trails, Jan. 8; Ski Quigley Nordic Free and take a clinic, Jan. 15; Ski the Rails & Celebrate the Trails, ski the Wood River Trail from Ketchum to Hailey to lunch at Sun Valley Brewery, Jan. 28. Details: bcrd.org
Prairie Creek Snow Maker Classic, Jan. 2 Details: 208.726.3497
Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Ketchum Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum, Feb. 1. Details: sunvalley.com
Snow Box Derby at Rotarun Ski Area, February. Details: 578-2273 /rotarunski.com
The Paw 'n' Pole is a chance to ski and snowshoe with your fur pal and raise money for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, March 4. Details: animalshelterwrv.org
Winter Wonder at Sawtooth Botanical Garden, fundraiser Dec. 2, 5-8 p.m. $75. Open to the public Dec. 3-23. Details: sbgarden.org
Papoose Club's Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 3 & 4, Hemingway Elementary School, Ketchum.
Santa Paws Photo Op, in aid of the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. Dirty Beagle in Hailey, Dec. 3 & 4. Details: 208.788.6755
Festival of Trees, Champagne Luncheon and Panache Fashion Show, Dec. 2. Senior Connection, Hailey. Festival of Trees Martini Gala Auction, raise money for Blaine County Seniors. $75. Senior Connection, Hailey, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Details: 208.788.3468
Empty Bowls for the Hunger Coalition, Dec. 10, play with clay and leave your creation behind to raise money for the local food bank. Boulder Mountain Clayworks, Ketchum. Bowls will be sold Jan. 15, 12-2 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood.
Jazz for Peace, benefits Special Olympics Idaho. Dec. 16, with Rick DellaRatta, singer, pianist. Limelight Room, Sun Valley Inn. $75. Details: jazzforpeace.org
Monkey Bizz and Open Arms, shop the unique craft and bead work of a consortium of South African women artists. Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum. Dec. 15.
Details: gilmancontemporary.com /208.726.7585
Galena Winter Benefit & Dinner, Music by All Night Diner, dinner, dancing at the Limelight Room, Sun Valley, Jan. 28, $95.
Share Your Heart Ball, Feb. 19, Limelight Room, Sun Valley, raising money for Camp Rainbow Gold. Details: shareyourheartball.org
Casino Royale fundraiser for Company of Fools, March 3. Liberty Theatre, Hailey.
Misha and Cipa Dichter, piano concert, March 10, proceeds go to support National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Wood River Valley Crisis Hotline and The Speedy Foundation.
Bill Janss Pro Am Classic party and fundraiser for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. April 5-7. Details: svsef.org
Sun Valley Artist Series: Amadea Piano Trio, Dec. 20; Mattias Jacobsson, guitar, Jan. 12; Peter Henderson & Susan Spelius Dunning, piano concert, Feb. 4; The Music of Benjamin Britten, April 8. Details: svartistseries.org
Love is in the Air, soprano Michelle Johnson and baritone Brian Majors, Sun Valley Opera House, Feb. 10. Details: sunvalleyopera.com
Whiskey Jacques' Ketchum Main Street, live music most nights. Details: whiskeyjacques.com
The Second City Chicago's legendary comedy troupe, Jan. 12 & 13, Liberty Theatre, Hailey. Details: companyoffools.org
Comedy at The Boiler Room, Sun Valley Resort, starts Jan. 13. Details: sunvalley.com/622-2135
God of Carnage, winner of the 2009 Tony Award by Yasmina Reza. Feb. 15-19, 21-25 & Feb. 28 - March 2. Liberty Theatre, Hailey. Details: companyoffools.org
Family of Woman Film Festival highlighting the status of women in developing countries, March 2-4. Details: 208.622.1544
Ski to Live, a powerful weekend for skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers led by former world class professional skier Kristen Ulmer, March 8-10. Details kristenulmer.com
Sun Valley Wellness Festival, May 25-28. Details: sunvalleywellness.org
Other Winter Activities
Explore the valley's history at the Ketchum Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum, off Main Street in the Forest Service Park. Take the gondola up Baldy for spectacular views and breakfast, lunch or dinner at the historic Roundhouse Lodge. Enjoy dinner under the Full Moon at Galena Lodge. Snowshoe through the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Take a sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin. Go night skiing at Rotarun. Take the family sledding at Quigley Nordic. Try out tubing on Dollar Mountain. Go ice skating at Sun Valley, Atkinson Park (Ketchum) and Roberta McKercher Park (Hailey). Catch a hockey game at Sun Valley Resort. Enjoy the snow!