We don’t care what Scrooge or the Grinch said. Christmas is an incredible time of year. It’s as if once the Thanksgiving dishes have been cleared, the season’s greetings and excitement start infiltrating the air! All the sudden, pine and evergreen smells so delicious. Traditional sugar cookies begin to appear. Family members start talking about what they want to find under the tree. Moms never have enough Scotch tape. There are office parties and social functions. And, even though we may tire of the abundance of sweet treats and rich foods, we know that Christmas is an extraordinary event. Even swatting away cobwebs while searching the attic for holiday decorations has a certain appeal because soon your home will be transformed into a world of greenery and lights bringing the magic front and center.

Wait – hold everything! There is a new sheriff in town! This year, your family has opted for something different. That’s right folks – you and yours are spending Christmas in Sun Valley, Idaho. And, you are stoked! You have booked your vacation rental property with Alpine Lodging Sun Valley. You have booked your flights. You have secured your rental car. You have reached out to a few local ski shops to discuss ski equipment rental packages. You are set.

But wait, you want Christmas morning to be unique for your family. After all, how will Santa know where you are? And, even though you realize a week in Sun Valley will be amazing, the traditions and wonder of Christmas have always been your favorite part of the holiday.

Here is what we know:

Depending on your arrival date, the magic of Christmas can be just about everywhere. A walk-through town reveals trees with twinkling lights. The storefronts are decked to the nines. Traditional Dickens-style carolers are singing as they walk from business to business. There are festive theatrical productions and Holiday concerts to attend. There is last minute shopping and wrapping. There are tree lighting ceremonies valley-wide. There is an opportunity to visit with our favorite man in red. There is the tradition of being at Sun Valley Lodge on Christmas Eve to witness first hand its Winter Wonderland ice show and the annual torchlight parade coming down Dollar Mountain. Plain and simple, there is magic in the air.

But, how does your family celebrate Christmas with all the trimmings when away from home? The quick answer is visitors during Christmas hire one of the many local companies available to decorate your vacation rental before you arrive. Yes, the tree with its lights shining brightly can welcome greet you as you start your vacation. And, of course, the stockings will be hung with care. Can’t you see the awe in the eyes of your kids? We can!

What about the traditional Christmas feast? Christmas dinner and holiday meals can be handled with the help of a private chef either dropping off breakfast, lunch or dinner or coming to your house to prepare meals. There is even the option of delivery from your favorite restaurant. It is that easy.

Spending Christmas in Sun Valley is an opportunity to create great family memories. Yes, there is skiing, snowboardingice skating, and sleigh rides, as well as the Bubbly Bash and night skiing on New Year’s Eve. But there’s more… are in a fantastic winter wonderland, and your family is a captive audience to the great outdoors. It is quality time at its best. With today’s world moving at warp speed, having quality time with family is one of the best gifts ever. Don’t you think? We sure do.

See you in Sun Valley.