When the skiing is great and the skies are blue, it’s easy to get caught in the routine of ski, eat, sleep, repeat — but to really get a feel for the Park City community, we suggest you explore some of the city’s winter events. Some are hosted by renowned local nonprofits, while others are put on purely for the enjoyment and awe of visitors. Either way, they’ll add a little substance to your ski trip.

Park City Holiday Spectacular and Sing-a-Long!

December 15-18

This long-running event is also one of the city’s most anticipated. You’ll be treated to a variety show of skits, song, and dance from an all-local cast of characters. Just be ready to join in — and keep an eye out for an appearance by Santa Claus himself.

FIL Luge World Cup

December 16 and 17

Cheer on Team USA as the world’s top luge athletes gather at the Utah Olympic Park for this world-class competition. When you need a warm up, head to the lower loop for food truck fare and hot chocolate, or visit the beer garden.

Santa Visits Deer Valley

Typically Christmas Eve

No Christmas holiday is complete without a visit from the big guy — especially when he travels all the way to Park City to make an appearance. Santa tends to swing by Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge the morning of Christmas Eve before making an appearance at Silver Lake Lodge later that afternoon.

Silver Sky Nights at Canyons Village

Various nights in December, January, and February

There is truly nothing so spectacular as watching reworks light up the inky black sky on a cold, clear night in the mountains. Add live music to the mix, and you’ve got a night to remember. Each year, Canyons Village hosts Silver Sky Nights, a bi-monthly event that typically runs from December to February and treats guests to live music, activities, and a truly epic firework display.

Gallery Stroll

The last Friday of every month

Park City is a true art town, with plenty of galleries that showcase a wide variety of local and inter- national art. One of the best ways to experience what art in Park City is all about is to join in on the monthly Gallery Stroll put on by the Park City Gallery Association. Along the route you’ll pop in and out of 15 of the city’s best galleries, many of which are located right on historic Main Street.

Sundance Film Festival

January 19-29

It wouldn’t be winter in Park City without this iconic festival, which is now the largest independent film festival in the United States. If the film festival dates don’t line up with your stay, or you have trouble snagging tickets in time, keep in mind that you can also stream the festival online from January 24 to 29.

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup

February 2-4

Freestyle skiing is one of the most fun ski events to watch. Competitors take on a steep line of moguls before launching into the air and twisting into seemingly impossible aerials. The spectacle goes down at the Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International, a World Cup ski event at Deer Valley Resort.

Kimball Art Center Art Soirée

April 1

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as peeling off your ski gear and changing into your nest attire for a night of dancing, drinking, and dining — especially when it’s for a good cause. The Kimball Art Center’s annual Art Soirée never fails to be a good time. You’ll enjoy live music, prize drawings, and of course, plenty of dancing all while supporting the art center’s year-round programming.