Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas

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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 and continue the festivities with the Lighting of Breckenridge, where Santa greets the holiday congregation from his horse-drawn carriage. 

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 in the Barney Ford House Museum to make sure you're still on the Nice List. 

And don't forget to stop by the Handmade Holiday Market in the Breckenridge Arts District. This is BreckCreate's winter open house where guests can stroll through the Arts District campus to meet local artisans, tour studios, and create one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted holiday gifts. 

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

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.
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. - 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 Holiday 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. - 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. — 4:25 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.

4:30 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

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!

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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Race of the Santas

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 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 Welcome Center from 2:00-3:30pm located at 203 S Main Street.

If you do not have a holiday costume on hand, Santa Suits will be available for sale in the Welcome Center starting November 1st: $5 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

3:15 p.m. — 4:00 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! 

4:00 p.m. — 4:25 p.m. – The Holday 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 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. 

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