Winter Holidays


All Around Breckenridge!

The first weekend in December, the town transforms into a sparkling holiday scene. Participate in the Race of the Santas, where 100’s of Santas race down Main Street to benefit Adopt an Angel and continue the festivities with the Lighting of Breckenridge, where Santa greets holiday revelers from his horse-drawn carriage. Join local businesses for the Breckenridge Arts Expereince, dedicated to the Seven Arts: visual, performing, culinary, publishing, design, film & media and heritage. The following weekend, Winter Dew Tour puts pro snowsports athletes on display with televised halfpipe and slopestyle competitions. When it’s time to ring out the old, live music, bar parties and special restaurant menus punctuate New Year’s Eve celebrations, accompanied by a torchlight parade down the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort. A spectacular fireworks display and concert ring in the new year in style.



Handmade: Holiday Craft Market @ Breckenridge Arts District
Friday, Dec 5 | 5-8pm
Saturday, Dec 6 | 10am-8pm
Sunday, Dec 7 | 12-4pm

Find the perfect gift and come experience the new Breckenridge Arts District as it hosts a holiday craft market and winter open house. Stroll the campus with a warm cup of cider or cocoa, visit the decorated historic structures, and enjoy music and artist demonstrations at the various studios. In addition, visiting artisans will be selling fine crafts including jewelry, ceramics, candles, accessories and more, with no gift item priced more than $50.  Presented by the Breckenridge Creative Arts.



Saturday, Dec 6, 2014: Race of the Santas/Race of the Reindeer

Join us as 100’s of holiday enthusiasts of all ages, dressed in festive costumes, race down historic Main Street, Breckenridge. We encourage those who can withstand the thin mountain air to start at the front of the pack, as the top finishers will be awarded Ullr helmets and prize packages. Not a runner? Walk, jog or skip through the 6-block course. Your children can join you in the Race of the Santas where all kids will be given reindeer antlers. So come out and show your support, all proceeds benefit the local charity, Adopt An Angel. Click HERE for more details.


Dec. 6, 2014: Lighting of Breckenridge

2:00 p.m.
Summit Dancers - Enjoy a holiday dance show in the Blue River Plaza

2:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Summit Choral Society will be singing timeless holiday classics in the Blue River Plaza.  Whether you come to listen or even join in, nothing spreads holiday cheer like caroling! 

3:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Carols by the "Jingle Singers" *In Victorian costumes, singing classics and a fun modern spin on old favorites

4:15 p.m.
Race of the Santas starts on Main St. by the Blue River Plaza. Registration and bib pick-up in the Breckenridge Welcome Center located at 203 S. Main St.

4:30 p.m.
Free hot cocoa and cookies in the Blue River Plaza

5:00 p.m.
Santa makes an early visit to Breckenridge to lead the procession of Bernese Mountain Dog Parade to
the Blue River Plaza for the lighting of the Town Tree

5:15 p.m.
Tree lighting and caroling in the Blue River Plaza

5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
Visits with Santa at the Barney Ford Museum, 111 E. Washington Ave. Let the little ones share their Holiday wishes with Santa and take a photo too! 


Dec. 11 - 14: Winter Dew Tour

The world’s top ski and snowboard athletes compete in superpipe, big air and slopestyle. Stop by the Dew Tour Experience at the base of Peak 8, music in town and a local rail jam. Click here for event happenings.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Celebration

Bring in the New Year with a boom! Watch a spectacular array of fireworks, (launch location TBD). You can find best visibility from downtown Main Street. Weather permitting, catch the Torch Light Parade flowing down the Breckenridge Ski Resort.



Breckenridge offers packages to satisfy the needs of winter travelers. Breckenridge packages can include lodging, air and ground transportation, activities, event passes, lift tickets and trips to the spa. Choose from our many package offerings or custom build your own package.