Christmas Tree Lighting
It’s one of Aspen’s longest-running traditions, and a cherished seasonal celebration: It’s the 29th Annual Sardy House Christmas Tree Lighting.
This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. It includes a jolly and bright evening of holiday cheer, culminating in the big flip of the switch, illuminating the beloved 90-foot-tall spruce in front of the Sardy House on Main Street with 10,000 LED lights.
The hour-long festivities surrounding the official beginning of Christmas season in Aspen include live music, free hot chocolate and cookies, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and guest tree lighter Erik Klanderud, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association executive.
The music lineup includes performances by Dan Sheridan, the Local Vocals, The Aspen Police Band, Aspen School District Band, Aspen High School A Capella Club and the Basalt High School Chamber Choir Repertoire.
The Sardy House, built in 1892, is at 128 W. Main Street.
at the Baldwin
New York-based painter Alexis Rockman returns to Aspen for his sixth career show at the Baldwin Gallery, with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.
Rockman creates rich landscapes, often depicting the interplay of man and nature. His new show, titled “Chemical Trespass,” is comprised of watercolors that continue his years-long inquiry into the natural world and human interference. The new paintings were inspired by Rockman’s work with director Ang Lee on the Oscar-winning film, “Life of Pi.” At Lee’s request, Rockman painted works to inspire the movie’s fantastical visual style.
The public is invited to meet Rockman at Friday’s reception. The show will be up in the Galena Street gallery through Dec. 20.
Learn more at www.baldwingallery.com  or by calling the gallery at 970-920-9797.