Winter Holidays

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  • Bernese Mtn. Dog Parade

Handmade Holiday @ Breckenridge Arts District

Friday, Dec 2 | 4-8pm
Saturday, Dec 3 | 12pm-6pm
Sunday, Dec 4| 12pm-4pm 

A winter open house where guests can stroll the Breckenridge Arts District campus to meet local artisans, tour open studios, and create one-of-kind, hand crafted holiday gifts.  Presented in conjunction with the Lighting of Breckenridge.

Saturday, Dec 3, 2016: Race of the Santas

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. Children dressed in holiday costumes are welcome to join their parents in the Santa Race. So come out and show your support, all proceeds benefit the local charity, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, also known as the BOEC. Click HERE for more details.

Dec. 3, 2016: Lighting of Breckenridge

12:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. - Check out the Handmade Holiday Craft Market in the Breckenridge Arts District where you can pick up some unique gifts including jewelry, ceramics, candles and more in the Arts District located on Washington Ave just off Main St. The best part: everything is $50 or less!

2:00 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 join in, nothing spreads holiday cheer like caroling!

2:30 p.m. -- The second annual Fat Bike Open starts from an all-new location on Main Street, near the intersection of Ski Hill Road. Watch as racers begin their fat bike journey to the French Gulch area on a combination of road and singletrack. These specialty winter rides--with huge, low-pressure tires--are designed for riding in snow.

3:00 p.m. — 3:45 p.m. – Gather in Main Street Station Plaza with the dogs before the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade. All dogs are welcome. There will be light refreshments, free Santa dog costumes for people who would like to join in the parade (because even the X-Large is way too small to fit a Berner) and lots of fun photo opportunities!

3:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. - Holiday Carols by the "Jingle Singers" will be strolling Main St. in Victorian costumes, singing
classics and a fun modern spin on old favorites

3:45 p.m. — 4:10 p.m. – The Bernese Mountain Dog Parade will march up Main Street from Main St. Station Plaza to the Blue River Plaza. Anyone is welcome to join with their dog and be an honorary Berner for the day.

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. starting at 2:00pm

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

5:15 p.m. -  Santa makes an early visit to Breckenridge to light the Town Tree. Don’t miss the moment when Breckenridge turns on the lights and turns up the holiday spirit as Santa flips the switch in the Blue River Plaza just outside the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main Street.

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 in the beautifully decorated Barney Ford House!

6:00 p.m. - Bernese Mountain Dog Parade after party at Carter Park. This will be a potluck. It is $15 per person if you do not bring food to the potluck. Childen 12 and under are $10.

 Winter Dew Tour- December 8-11, 2016

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.
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. Find the perfect gift and come experience the new Breckenridge Arts District as it hosts Handmade Holiday 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. 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.

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. 

Click here to shop our lodging options



Register for the Race of the Santas

The race will be held starting at 4:15pm on Main St. in Breckenridge. Online Registration will end at 5:00pm on Friday, December 2nd. After that you can register day of. Day of registration and bib pick-up will take place at the Welcome Center from 2:00-3:30pm located at 203 S. Main St.

SANTA SUITS ARE NOW SOLD OUT FOR THE 2016 RACE OF THE SANTAS! Participants are still welcome to race! Wear your most festive gear and register at the Welcome Center to join! 

The first 400 people registered will get a Breckenridge Santa Race mug.

Register online at 


Click Here for Registration Form

Bernese Mountain Dog Parade Information

(Any Dog is welcome in the Parade as an honarary Berner for the day)

Are you interested in participating in the Parade? If so, here’s some helpful information so you and your pup can be part of the fun: 

December 3rd, 2016:

3:00 p.m. — 3:45 p.m. – Gather in Main Street Station with the dogs before the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade. There will be light refreshments, free Santa dog costumes for people who would like to join in the parade (because even the X-Large is way too small to fit a Berner) and lots of fun photo opportunities! 

3:45 p.m. — 4:10 p.m. – The Bernese Mountain Dog Parade will march down Main St. from Main St. Station to the Blue River Plaza. Anyone is welcome to join with their dog and be an honorary Berner for the day. 

4:10 p.m.  Everyone from the parade will gather at the bottom of Washington St. in a special sectioned off area to watch the Race of the Santas come down Main St. and gather together in the center of the fun. Many people will surely want to take pictures with the dogs (and you too!) so everyone is welcome to stay until the lighting of the town tree at 5:15 p.m. 

6:00 p.m. — The After Party will take place at Carter Park in Breckenridge. This will be a potluck. There is a $15 fee if you do not want to bring food. There will be plenty of food for everyone. Children 12 years and under will be $10.

Check out the The Colorado Bernese Mountain Dog Meetup Group on Facebook for updates and additional information 

Lodging Information:

For discounted lodging, check out the Doubletree Hilton in Breckenridge.   The group code is BE2.   To make reservations people may call 888-525-1787, or make reservations on-line at   The pet fee will be waived for the length of stay!
> 2 queen beds   $159/night
> 1 king bed   $149/night