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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!
Breckenridge in December: Events
It’s a truly magical time of the year. Here’s a lineup of the signature events:
- 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.
- The annual winter Dew Tour ski and snowboard competition and festival will return to Breckenridge, Colo. December 13-16, 2018. The four-day event includes the world’s best male and female skiers and snowboarders competing in individual Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions, Dew Tour’s signature Team Challenge and Streetstyle competitions and a calendar of fan-based activities. Watch the world’s top athletes compete and catch live performances that include The Motet and Gramatik.
Don’t miss out on seeing the Super Pipe snowboarders catching air!
Handmade for the Holidays
- Meet local artists, tour the Breckenridge Arts District, shop for hand crafted holiday gifts or sign up for a class and make your own handmade items. This open house event in downtown Breckenridge typically coincides with the Lighting of Breckenridge (which is the first weekend of December), but check dates and details.
New Year’s Eve
- Ring in the New Year with a bang and a boom. Breckenridge hosts an on-mountain Torchlight Parade followed by a dazzling fireworks display. (weather permitting) Continue the celebration at one of Breckenridge’s 80+ bars and restaurants.
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.
- Making a snowman, snow angel and getting in at least one snowball fight
- Skiing / Snowboarding
- Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride
- Ice Skating
- Sampling the best hot chocolate in town
- Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing
- Dog Sledding
- Hot Tubbing
Tips For Visiting 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.
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 make any ski lessons online ahead of time. These tips will save you money and tons of time in the morning.
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.