Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santa - Breckenridge, Colorado

Lighting of Breckenridge
& Race of the Santas

December 7, 2019


The first weekend in December begins Breckenridge’s annual transformation into a sparkling holiday scene. Participate in the Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas, where hundreds of jolly look-alikes race and watch as Santa uses his magic to light up the town for the season.

  • Race of the Santas down Main Street
  • Holiday Dog Parade
  • Lighting of Breckenridge
  • Meet Santa

Join us December 7, 2019 for next year’s Race of the Santas & Lighting of Breckenridge.

2018 Event Schedule

3:00pm - 6:00pm Make Your Own Christmas Ornament


Celebrate the Holidays by visiting BreckCreate’s make-and-take ornament station on the Arts District campus and create a special one-of-a-kind gift for family or friends.

MakeShift is a quarterly makers’ event featuring creative projects with guest makers and other DIY-inspired activities.

Cost: Free

Where: Quandary Antiques Cabin, 131 S. Ridge Street.  Located in the Arts District campus.

Registration:  Register Online
Limited Space Available.  Please register in advance.

3:45pm - Holiday Dog Parade

Dogs who’ve made Santa’s nice list are welcomed to parade down Main Street in Breckenridge’s Holiday Dog Parade!

Registration 3:00pm – 3:30pm  | Parade Starts at 3:45pm
Register at Main Street Station
Cost: Free

Full Schedule:

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Parade Registration
Gather in Main Street Station with the dogs before the Holiday Dog Parade.  Costumes for two and four-legged participants are always encouraged!  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.

3:45pm. — Holiday Dog Parade
The Holiday Dog Parade will march down Main Street from Main St. Station to the Blue River Plaza.

4:30 p.m.   Dog Viewing Party of The Lighting of Breckenridge
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. Everyone is welcome to stay until the lighting of the town tree at 5:00 p.m.


Dog parade sponsored by Animal Lovers Pet Supply.

4:20pm - Reindeer Run

All kids 12 and under are welcome to participate in this year’s Reindeer Run! All kids participating in the race must register and will receive free reindeer antlers before they run down Main Street to the cheers of hundreds of people.

Ages: 12 and under

Cost: $10 (includes race entry and antlers)
All proceeds benefit the Breckenridge Boy Scout Troop 187.

Registration: Register Online
Online Registration Deadline: Friday, Dec 7, 2018 at 3:00pm
Day of Registration:  In Person at at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub from 2:00pm -3:30pm on Saturday, December 8th.

Bib pick-up: Saturday, December 8 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30pm at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub, 110 Lincoln Ave.  Be sure to come and pick up your bib and antlers.

Race Start Time: 4:20pm

4:30pm - Race of the Santas

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than joining hundreds of Santas in a race through Breckenridge.  If you are the type of Santa that is more fit than Jolly, head to the front of the race. Top finishers will be awarded Ullr helmets and prize packages. Not a runner? Walk, jog or skip through the 6-block course.  This race is for anyone who’s ready to get in the holiday spirit!

Ages: 13 and up

Course Description:  .75 miles down Main Street Breckenridge

Race Entry Cost: $15
All proceeds benefit the Breckenridge Boy Scout Troop 187.

Online Registration is closed.  To register go to Napper Tandy’s @ 110 Lincoln Ave. between 2:00pm-3:30 pm on Saturday, Dec. 8th. Santa suits are sold out.  Come in your own Santa suit or holiday attire.

Bib pick-up: Saturday, December 8 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30pm at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub, 110 Lincoln Ave.  Be sure to come and pick up your bib!

5:00pm - 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.

Stick around for some cookies and cheer, courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office.

5:30pm - 7:00pm Meet Santa

Visit 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!

7:00pm - 9:00pm Caroling Karaoke

You are invited to BreckCreate for a holiday edition featuring Caroling Karaoke, a holiday-themed song party immediately following the tree illumination ceremony at the Lighting of Breckenridge.

Cost: Free
Cash bar available.

Location: Old Masonic Hall, 136 S. Main St.

Registration: Please email [email protected] to add your name to the karaoke line-up.


Lodging Offers

If you’re coming to the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas (or any other Breckenridge Festival and Event) make sure you take advantage of these great lodging deals!

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Special Offer for Holiday Dog Parade participants

Breckenridge DoubleTree
Room Rate: $169 + taxes with dog fee waived.
Book by 11/15/18

Call in Reservations:  To reserve a room at the Holiday Dog Parade 2018 group rate call Group Reservations at (888) 525-1787 and select option 1; provide agent with Group Code B4W

On-line Reservations: online reservations available at  Click on the blue link for add special rate codes on the left side of homepage.  Please reference Group Code B4W in the group code field


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