Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas

Kick-off the holiday season with Breckenridge's annual Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas festivities on
Saturday, December 2nd

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  • Dog Parade
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The first weekend in December begins Breckenridge's annual transformation into a sparkling holiday scene. Participate in the Race of the Santas, where hundreds of jolly look-alikes race down Main Street to benefit Breckenridge's Boy Scout Troop 187. To continue the festivities, bring your pet to lead Santa down Main Street on his journey to the Blue River Plaza, where he will greet holiday revelers for the Lighting of Breckenridge. Watch as Santa flips his magical switch to light up the town for the season. Then visit with Santa himself at the Barney Ford House Museum to make sure you're still on the Nice List.

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 - Race of the Santas & The Lighting of Breckenridge

Race of the Santas

4:30 p.m. - Main St. by the Blue River Plaza
Join us as hundreds 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 Breckenridge Boy Scout Troop 187.

Lighting of Breckenridge

5:00 p.m. at Blue River Plaza just outside the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S Main Street.
Following the annual Race of the Santas, gather with locals and visitors alike and join us as Santa flips his switch to light up Breckenridge for the holiday season! Sing along to your favorite holiday tunes with carolers, bring your pooch to join Santa's procession down Main Street, and get ready for the holiday season. 


Event Schedule

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Caroling
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. —Fat Bike Open
 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. — Bernese Mountain Dog Parade Meet-Up
Gather in Main Street Station Plaza with the dogs before the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade. All dogs are welcome! Have your pet take part in Santa's procession down Main Street! 

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

4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.Bernese Mountain Dog Parade
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.

4:30 p.m. Race of the Santas
 Race of the Santas starts on Main St. by the Blue River Plaza. Registration and bib pick-up in the Old Masonic Hall located at 136 S Main St, starting at 2:00pm

5:00 p.m. — Lighting of Breckenridge
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.

5:00 p.m. Unsilent Night
Immediately following the lighting, visitors can join in Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night" procession of Christmas music through the town leading to the Santa. (Local's Tip: visit the Handmade Market earlier in the day to build your speakers or get a boombox for the procession!)

5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m. — Meet Santa
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!

2016 Breckenridge Race of the Santas Mannequin Challenge

Register for the Race of the Santas

The race will be held starting at 4:30pm on Main Street in Breckenridge on Saturday, December 2nd. Online Registration and On-site registration held at Vertical Runner and the Welcome Center will end at 5:00pm on Friday, December 1st. After that you can register day-of. Day-of registration and bib pick-up will take place at the Old Masonic Hall upstairs studio from 2:00-3:30pm located at 136 S Main Street.

If you do not have a holiday costume on hand, Santa Suits will be available for sale at Vertical Runner on Main Steet and the Welcome Center starting November 1st: $10 for Race Santa Suits (single use) or $35 for Deluxe Santa Suits. 

Register for the 2017 Race of the Santas

Holiday Dog Parade Information

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 2nd, 2017

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.  4:00 p.m. - Judging of the "Best in Dress" costumer competition will be complete and winners announced before the parade begins. All the furry four-legged elves, santas, and holiday helpers have a chance to win prizes from our sponsors! 

4:00 p.m. — 4:20 p.m. – The Bernese Mountain Dog Parade will march down Main Street from Main St. Station to the Blue River Plaza. Anyone is welcome to join with their pet, as long as all dogs are in the holiday spirit and friendly with others. No Scrooges, please! 

4:30 p.m.  Everyone from the parade will gather near the bottom of Washington Avenue in a special sectioned-off area to watch the Race of the Santas come down Main Street and gather together in the Blue River Plaza for more 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 5:00 p.m. 


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


Become part of a holiday sound sculpture that moves through the streets of Breckenridge in this free event that transforms 
audience into artist. Tote a portable music player, including boombox, tape deck, Bluetooth speaker or smartphone, to amplify one of four tracks while strolling through a designated route downtown with a surprise stop and possible Santa sightings.

Gather in the Blue River Plaza between 4:30–5:00 pm for instructions. Immediately following the lighting of the holiday tree at 5:00 pm, the audience will push play in unison and walk the route together. Don’t have an old portable music device? A limited number of vintage boomboxes and phone speakers will be available on Saturday, December 2 from 3:00–5:00 pm in the Blue River Plaza on a first-come, first-served basis. To receive one of the four tracks, download the Unsilent Night app on your smartphone, download one of the sound files HERE, or visit Old Masonic Hall on December 1 and 2 to pick up a cassette or CD.

Learn More

Download the Unsilent Night App
Apple iOS | Android

Download The Sound Files


Race of the Santas

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. 

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