Breckenridge in December: Winter Vacation Guide - Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge in December: Winter Vacation Guide

Seasons: Holidays

Breckenridge in December is like stepping into a real-life snow globe. Sparkling holiday lights and glittering snowflakes are enough to make any Grinch believe again. The entire month is filled with special events, holiday celebrations and plenty of reasons to head outside so be sure to mark your calendars for a December trip to Breckenridge this winter!

 

December Events in Breckenridge

Breckenridge Lighting of the Trees Christmas holiday tradition.
The entire town converges onto the Blue River Plaza to witness the Lighting of Breckenridge.

It’s a truly magical time of the year. Here’s a lineup of the signature events:

The Lighting of Breckenridge and the Race of the Santas

The holiday kickoff event typically falls on the first weekend in December and features hundreds of Santas racing down Main Street with milk and cookie “aid” stations followed by caroling, the official lighting up of the holiday lights in Blue River Plaza and throughout town and visits with Santa. This event is perfect for the whole family and includes a Holiday Dog Parade for your furry friends and a Reindeer Run for kids 12 and under.   Everyone will enjoy seeing Santa’s early visit to Breckenridge to light the town tree and the holiday spirit.
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New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year with a bang and a boom. Breckenridge hosts an on-mountain Torchlight Parade,  Continue the celebration at one of Breckenridge’s 100+ bars and restaurants.

New Years Eve fireworks in the sky above downtown Breckenridge
Breckenridge is one of the most energetic mountain towns in the United States.

Get in the Holiday Spirit

There’s nothing better than a white Christmas filled with lights and holiday cheer. With snow-covered peaks, frosty trees and scenic views, Breckenridge is the perfect destination to get you in the holiday spirit. Join us in our winter wonderland and find out what to do in Breckenridge this holiday season.

 

Santa Sightings in Breckenridge

Join us at REMAX and say hi to Santa!

We’re still waiting for Santa to give us his 2019 visitation schedule.  Check back for updates.

Dining

Views from inside Hearthstone Restaurant in Breckenridge
The views of Breckenridge from inside Hearthstone Restaurant are some of the best in the county.

Forego the stress of cooking a big meal for the whole family and eat out at one of many restaurants in Breckenridge providing holiday dining. Most restaurants are open for Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Eve, but may have a separate fee for holiday dinners. Be sure to make reservations or start early because tables may fill up. The local grocery stores also offer holiday dinners for pick-up if you’re looking for a tasty stay-in option with minimum prep. On New Year’s Eve, check out Aurum restaurant for a romantic dinner celebration to start your night on the town.

December Activities

Breckenridge is an outdoor paradise in the winter making December one of the best times to visit.  The ample amounts of snow mean there are tons of great activities to enjoy.  From days on the mountain to one of a kind experiences, there is plenty to do.  If you are looking to fully embrace the holiday spirit, fill your vacation with classic holiday activities.

Check out more winter activities here.

 

Tips For Visiting Breckenridge in December

Weather & Layers

It’s winter in Breckenridge so be prepared to dress in layers and waterproof gear.   You’ll also want to bring sunglasses, googles and sunscreen because with 300 days of annual sunshine, you’re bound to catch more than a few rays.  Know the forecast and when the next powder day is expected by checking the locals favorite weather forecasts, On the Snow and Open Snow.

Plan Ahead

During the last two weeks of December, the key to success is to plan ahead.  It’s one of the busiest times of the year and some of the most popular activities will sell out.  Make reservations as far ahead as possible, especially for any guided tour that has limited space (dog sledding, snowmobiling, guided fly fishing).  If you are going skiing or snowboarding, buy your lift tickets at least 7 days in advance for the biggest savings, pick-up rental gear the night before heading out and book any ski lessons online ahead of time.  These tips will save you money and tons of time in the morning.

Dinner Reservations
Many of Breckenridge’s nicer restaurants are on OpenTable we suggest booking a month or more in advance during this timeframe.  If you are going to a restaurant that doesn’t accept reservations plan to arrive an hour earlier than normal and expect a wait. Most restaurants have buzzers so you can check-in and stroll town until a table opens up.  If you are looking for holiday reservations, our Holiday Dining Guide is the best source of who is offering what.  Book as far ahead as possible as space is limited.  The local grocery stores offer holiday dinners for pick-up if you are looking for a stay-in option with minimum prep.

By Breck Editorial

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