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Ullr Fest will celebrate 57 years this December 11-15, 2019, and the Town of Breckenridge invites snow lovers of all ages to join the party. During Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers and snowboarders, the biggest bonfire in town, and more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade with crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Join us to rejoice with Ullr himself… he’s ready for a good party.
- Take part in the Ullr Parade down Main Street
- Break the 2019 Breckenridge Distillery Community Shot “unofficial” World Record
- Prove your dedication to the cold at Ullr Ice Plunge
Wednesday, December 11
Crowning of the Ullr King and Queen
Continuing 58 years of tradition, two local residents are chosen as the Ullr King and Queen for their contributions in the community and their love of snow. Nominate a Ullr King and Queen
Time: Doors Open 6:00pm | Crowning at 6:30pm
Location: Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
Breck’s Got Talent
Join local radio station, Always Mountain Time, for a town-wide talent show at the Riverwalk Center. Arrive early, the first 200 attendees will receive a free beer!
Time: Doors Open 6:00pm | Show at 6:30pm
Location: Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
Thursday, December 12
Unofficial World Record Attempt For World’s Longest ShotSki
Join the Breckenridge Distillery and the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary on December 12, 2019 in their quest to win back the unofficial world record for longest shotski.
We are looking for 1,299 people to help us beat the current world record held by Park City, UT! Grab your friends (age 21+) and sign up today to join Breckenridge during Ullr Fest and be part of the world record Ullr shot!
Location: Main Street Breckenridge
Cost: $10, to participate. All proceeds benefit the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary
Must be 21 years old to participate.
Check-in: You MUST CHECK-IN at the Riverwalk Center to get your ID checked, entry sticker, and shot glass. Check in begins at 1:00pm-3:30pm. Bring your ID! At 3:45pm, please meet on Main Street!
The centerpiece of the week, the Ullr Fest Parade, showcases Breckenridge’s wild winter fun while taking over Main Street. There will be cash prizes for the most creative float! 1st gets $500, 2nd gets $300 and 3rd gets $200.
Location: Breckenridge Main Street
Join us for the town bonfire and celebrate the ultimate homage to Ullr! Entertainment provided by Red Bull.
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: South Gondola Parking Lot
Friday, December 13
Ullr Ice Plunge
Come prove your endurance and dedication to the cold at the Ullr Ice Plunge. Plunge into the frozen depths of the Maggie Pond and fully immerse yourself in winter’s chill. Compete for the Best Plunge Costume to win prizes and glory!
There will be music, food, drinks and laughter. There will be a heated changing room and even a hot tub open to anyone willing to accept the challenge! Best Plunge Costume winner will receive their own decorated Ullr Helmet.
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Main Street Station Plaza
Registration: Day-of registration at The Plunge. Free to register.
Come laugh out loud with professional stand-up comedians Jim Colliton and Geoff Tice at Ullr Fest’s Comedy Night. All proceeds from this event benefit the Carriage House Early Learning Center. Sponsored by Town of Breckenridge, BGV Gives and First Bank. Produced in partnership with Breckenridge Creative Arts and Breckenridge Tourism Office.
Comedians: Jim Colliton & Geoff Tice
Time: 7:00pm Doors Open | Show at 8:00pm
Location: Riverwalk Center
Cost: Advance $25 per ticket | Day of $30 per ticket
Saturday, December 14
Ice Skating Party
Bring the kids for an afternoon of ice skating and free kids Ullr helmet decorating. Hosted by the Breckenridge Ambassadors.
Time: 1:15pm – 3:00pm
Location: Steven C. West Ice Arena
Cost: Free Entry, $4 Skate Rental
Reception at Arts Alive Gallery
Display and sell boards/skis
Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Arts Alive Gallery
Sunday, December 15
Live Performance from The Wood Brothers
Breck Music presents The Wood Brothers. The Wood Brothers are an American folk band consisting of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, as well as multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix.
Time: Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 7:30pm
Location: Riverwalk Center
Cost: $41 advance /$46 day-of-show *STANDING ROOM ONLY*
Time & Location: Staging starts at 3:30pm on Main Street between French Street and Watson Avenue. Please enter from the traffic light at French Street and N Main Street.The parade will begin at 4:30pm immediately following the Breckenridge Distillery “unofficial” record-breaking attempt and will head south to the intersection of S Main Street and Park Avenue.
Ullr was so well skilled in the use of the bow and could go so fast on his skis that in these arts no one could best him. Each winter he covered the earth with snow to protect it from harm. It has been said that Ullr enjoyed the cold weather and loved traveling throughout the land, gliding along on his great skis, for pleasure and hunting.
It is also said that Ullr was such a great skier, he would streak across the sky leaving the brilliant stars as his trails (they obviously had some fine powder days). Though very skilled, Ullr guarded his knowledge closely and refused to show the other gods how to ski. Luckily for us, he let the secret out of the bag, and we will all be soon celebrating his glory. Next time you are trying to bash through some wind crust or plunge head first into fresh waist deep powder, be sure to invoke his name and remember – ULLR RULES!
One of Ullr’s travels found him in Breckenridge, Colorado. Breckenridge seemed a likely place for Ullr to settle down, since he wasn’t looking to return to Norway any time soon. Ullr fit right in and took to the mountains. And every year, Ullr blesses Breckenridge with some of the finest snow in the world.
To repay Ullr for his gift of snow, we here in Breckenridge hold a festival to honor the god of winter. We call this little celebration Ullr Fest. This fantastic party all started back in 1963 when a few of the locals heard that Ullr was in town. Well, they wanted to let him know how much Breck appreciated Ullr’s gift of snow, so they went to the Town Council and lobbied to start…‘Ullr Dag’ (Ullr Day in English). The first few years of the event were hailed with locals honoring Ullr with gold coins, parties, skiing, and oh – don’t forget the parties.
As the years went on, traditions were formed such as the Ullr Ball, the Ullr Bonfire, the Ullr Parade, Snow Sculpting, Ullr King and Queen, the Ullympics and the Ullr Dating Game. Some traditions have stayed, such as snow sculpting, which has become its own event called the International Snow Sculpture Championships. Other traditions have gone by the wayside.
From fake currency to burning old skis in the bonfire, Ullr Fest has always been about fun and partying…and Breckenridge knows how to hold a “killer party, dude.” Just ask any of the locals.
Ullr Fest continues throughout the week with games, parties and more. Learn more about this festival’s history.