The Top 6 Events Happening During the Santa Race and The Lighting of Breckenridge

Seasons: Holidays

Be sure to join The Town of Breckenridge as we celebrate one the most festive events of the year and kick off the Christmas Season in style! On Saturday, December 2nd, the Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas (click here for registration) will be taking place between Main Street Station and Blue River Plaza. Aside from the main events, there will be a great deal of additional events happening around town, and we’ve compiled a list of the Top 6 for you to check out:

1. Holiday Dog Parade

Santa with dogs in costumes during Breckenridge's Race of the Santas and Lighting of Breckenridge.
Dogs and they owner dressed up for the Holiday Dog Parade

A local favorite and a dog lover’s dream, this parade down Main Street features dogs of all shapes and sizes and provides plenty of fun photo opportunities! Anyone is welcome to join with their pet. Free Santa dog costumes are provided along with light refreshments. The registration for this event takes place from 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm, with the parade commencing at 4:00 pm at Main Street Station and ending at 4:25 pm in the Blue River Plaza.

2. CAIC Benefit Bash

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center will be hosting their 10th Annual Benefit Bash to support their continued efforts in avalanche forecasting and education throughout all of Colorado. This event is sure to be a blast as there will be live music (funky reggae by Green Buddha), plenty of local beer vendors, and incredible food provided by Breckenridge’s restaurant community! This event will take place at the Riverwalk Center from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For more information, check out the CAIC event page.

3. Handmade Holiday Market

Taking place at the Old Masonic Hall in the heart of the Breckenridge Arts District from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, this fun and hands-on crafting event is great for the whole family! Participants will have the opportunity to make their own sound rig to use at Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night” performance as part of the Lighting of Breckenridge later in the evening.

4. Caroling

Carollers singing holiday carols in Downtown Breckenridge
“Jingle Singers” stopping to carol for the crowd during the holidays in Downtown Breckenridge

A Christmas event just isn’t complete without caroling! For any singers out there, you will have the opportunity to join the “Jingle Singers” as they stroll down Main Street downing Victorian costumes, singing holiday classics and also putting modern spins on old favorites. This event will be taking place from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm, with congregation taking place in the Blue River Plaza.

5. Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”

This unique sound experience turns the audience into the artist as the crowd moves through the streets of Breckenridge on a planned route (with a surprise stop!) while toting a music player that plays one of four audio tracks, creating a wonderful holiday composition for everyone to hear! In order to participate, all one needs to do is bring their own portable music player, boombox, tape deck, to amplify one of four designated tracks (available for free download on the Unsilent Night app). Cassettes and CDs will be available for pickup at the Old Masonic Hall on both December 1 and 2. This event will immediately follow the lighting of the holiday tree at 5:00 pm in the Blue River Plaza. For more information on this cool experience, feel free to check out the event page.

 6. Meet Santa

Little girl hugging Santa by the tree

A must-do for any child looking to share their Holiday wishes and take a photo with the big guy himself! This fun event will take place inside the beautifully decorated Barney Ford House at the Barney Ford Museum (111 E. Washington Ave.) from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

By Breck Editorial

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