December – it’s a time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, and it also marks the true beginning of ski season. While it’s always fun to hit the slopes, especially around Christmas, there are other ways to enjoy the month of December in Park City. With an abundance of off-slope activities to choose from, you’ll end your Park City vacation with enough memories to last a lifetime. Here are a few ideas for you to explore while trying to decide what to do in Park City this December
ENJOY BRUNCH AT A PARK CITY AREA RESTAURANT
Sometimes a delicious breakfast or brunch is the best way to kick off your day. Over the last couple of years, Park City’s culinary scene has really boomed. Choose from a traditional breakfast spot, Australian inspired cuisine (think flat whites), or biscuit sandwiches accompanied by stunning countryside scenery. Explore more options here.
GO FLY FISHING
Fly fishing is more frequently thought of a summer or fall activity, but spending time on the river during the winter months can be a magical experience. Picture snow is falling around you as you listen to the river flow – it doesn’t get much more serene. Choose from these Park City area fly fishing outfitters and guides.
SNOWSHOE IN THE UINTAS
The Uintas, a mountain range just east of Park City, is a subrange of the Rocky Mountains and are unique as they are the highest range in the continental US that runs east to west. Because of these mountain elevations, they often receive more snow – allowing for snow sports like snowshoeing. Choose from one of our winter outfitters or guides, grab some snowshoes, or a fat tire bike and explore.
SHOP ALONG HISTORIC MAIN STREET AND CHECK OUT THE PARK CITY MUSEUM
Duck into Park City’s one-of-a-kind boutiques, window shop, or pick up souvenirs to cherish once you return home from your winter vacation. Then explore the Park City Museum, where you can learn about the town’s mining and ski history.
Utilize a different set of muscles while riding a fat-tire bike throughout Park City’s trail system. These bike’s over-sized tires allow you to glide atop the snow-covered trails with ease and give riders access to terrain not otherwise accessible by bike during winter months. Many of the area’s outdoor outfitters offer bike rentals.
DISCOVER UTAH OLYMPIC PARK AND THE ALF ENGEN SKI MUSEUM
Watch as athletes train at the Utah Olympic Park, or explore the park’s (free) Alf Engen Ski Museum. You can learn about Park City’s ski history as you delve into the area’s Olympic legacy.
LEARN AND EXPLORE AT PARK CITY LIBRARY
The Park City Library offers a variety of programs geared toward kids and adults alike. Options include Storytime for preschool-aged children, Music, and Movement for toddlers, Crafternoons (for all ages), Lego Club, and a Computer Club, which teaches technology basics to help keep up with the fast-moving digital world. View the library’s full calendar.
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS – PARK CITY STYLE
From Santa making his way down the Town Lift to Deer Valley Resort’s Torchlight Parade, there are so many ways to celebrate the holidays in Park City with family and friends.
INDULGE IN A SPA TREATMENT
Is a day, or even a couple of hours, at the spa, not the ultimate way to relax and rejuvenate? Treat yourself to a unique treatment from one of Park City’s spas that will leave you feeling rested and ready to conquer the mountains and the holidays. Park City is known for the experience of its physical therapists – it is truly the spa capital of Utah. Also, for an alternative spa treatment, give floating a try.
TRY STAND UP PADDLEBOARD YOGA WITH PARK CITY YOGA ADVENTURES
Park City Yoga Adventures offers stand up paddleboard classes at the Homestead Crater, located just outside of Park City, in Midway. The crater is a geothermal hot spring within a beehive-shaped rock. Its mineral water remains a constant temperature of 90-96 degrees Fahrenheit, making for a unique and relaxing yoga experience. Visitors can also enjoy a therapeutic soak and go swimming.
LAST FRIDAY GALLERY STROLL
Offered on the last Friday of each month, the Last Friday Gallery Stroll gives art lovers a sneak peek at the area’s art galleries. The free community event highlights various artists and special exhibits at a total of 19 different galleries, some of which offer light refreshments during the stroll, as well. This month's gallery stroll is Friday, December 30th.
TAKE A CLASS AT KIMBALL ART CENTER
Kimball Art center hosts a variety of art classes (one-time or weekend workshops), talks, and events geared to suit many levels and interests. December classes include Sculptural Rope Vessels, Cookie Decorating, Gingerbread House Sculpting, and Ceramic Snowman Sculptures, among others. View their full list of offerings.