What to do in Breckenridge for the Holidays - Breckenridge, Colorado

What to do in Breckenridge for the Holidays

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.

Christmas Events

Main Street Nightlife in the Winter
Main Street is bustling with nightlife during the Lighting of Breckenridge, Dec. 8

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 falls on the second 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. Events start at 3:45, December, 8.

Santa Comes to Town!

Join us at REMAX and say hi to Santa!

Visit Santa:
Monday December 10th-REMAX on Main St. 4:30pm-6:30 pm

Free Professional Photos with Santa, Hot Chocolate, Cookies, Candy Canes and Beverages Provided:
Saturday December 15th:
-Grand Colorado Peak 8 12:00pm – 3:00pm
-Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties Breckenridge 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Sunday December 16th:
-Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties Breckenridge 9:30am – 12:00pm
-Grand Colorado Peak 8 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Skate with Santa

Santa loves Breckenridge as much as you do, so come say hello while he has a little fun before starting his evening deliveries around the world!
Monday December 24th, 2:00-3:45pm
Fee: Regular public skating fees apply

Handmade Holiday Market

  • Head to Breckenridge for Handmade Holiday, December 8-9! 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 and ornaments. This open house event in downtown Breckenridge coincides with the Lighting of Breckenridge, Holiday Dog Parade and Race of the Santas.

Christmas Shows and Concerts

High Country Holidays

“Ding Dong, Merrily on High” kicks off the annual High Country Holidays Concert and Goodie Sale, presented by the Summit Choral Society, Summit Community Orchestra and Summit Concert Band, joining together with students from Summit High School and Middle School choirs along with the ringers of the Handbell choir from Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church. Enjoy favorite holiday tunes, from sacred and secular to old-world classics and modern riffs. The concert takes place on Sunday, December 9, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5.

A Christmas Story

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case over and over again only to be told, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Presented by the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, showtimes running December 13-30.

The Celtic Gift

Join us at the Riverwalk Center for a holiday show like no other!

Open a magical world this Christmas with Irish Dance Theatre’s holiday production, The Celtic Gift, for the first time in Breckenridge! A family friendly evening of beautiful Christmas and Celtic music with jaw-dropping Irish dance weaving a magical holiday tale. Not to be missed. One night only, December 17, 7:30 pm.

Get Artsy

If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, don’t miss the chance to paint your own Christmas ornaments and pottery at Ready, Paint, Fire! They also offer painting classes and mosaic art. If you’re not into making your own, head over to The Christmas Store to stock up on decor and gifts for everyone on your list.


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.

Christmas Eve Services

Breckenridge Christian Ministries

6:00 pm – Family friendly service (no childcare provided)
No Christmas Day Service.
Location: 103 Sawmill Rd. 

Christ Lutheran Church

11:00 am – Traditional Service
1:00, 3:00 pm – Child and Family friendly service
5:00, 7:00 pm – Contemporary Service
Location: 16072 Colorado Highway 9

Father Dyer United Methodist Church

Sunday Service – December 23rd Christmas Cantana at 9:00 am
Christmas Eve Services:
3:00 pm – Family Service (childcare provided)
4:30, 6:00, 7:30 pm – Choir and Candlelight
9:00 pm – Communion and Candlelight
No Christmas Day Service.
Location: 310 Wellington Rd.

Great Divide Cavalry

9:30 am – Christmas Eve Morning Service
4:00, 6:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
No Christmas Day Service.
Location: Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, 107 Denison Placer Rd.

St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church

4:00 pm – Family Service with Christmas Pageant, Children’s Homily, & Holy Communion
6:00, 8:00, 10:00 pm – Festal Eucharist with Carols & Candlelight
Come early, especially at 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00!
Location: 100 S. French St.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Christmas Eve services:
4:00, 6:00 pm – Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
9:00 pm – St. Mary’s, Breckenridge
Christmas Day:
8:00, 10:00 am – St. Mary’s, Breckenridge
St. Mary’s: 109 S French St.
Riverwalk Center: 150 W. Adams Blvd.

The Church at Agape Outpost

8:30, 10:00 am – December 23rd Sunday Worship Service
5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm – Christmas Eve Service
No Christmas Day Service.
Location: 15404 Colorado Highway 9

Get Outside

Scenic Sleigh Rides

Breck Stables Sleigh Ride
The Breck Stables offers beautiful sleigh rides with incredible views of the Tenmile Range.

If you are looking for an experience you’ll never forget, take a scenic sleigh ride through shimmering snow! Choose a Hot Cocoa sleigh ride for a group experience that includes entertainment, a dinner and sleigh ride combo, or book a “one-horse open sleigh” ride for a more private or romantic mountain experience.

Nordic Snowcat Adventures

Join the Breck Nordic Center’s fun loving staff and its state of the art Prinoth Snowcat designed by Pininfarina in Italy. It features a heated, 8 passenger all glass cabin so you can experience historic Legend forests in heated comfort with a stop for s’mores and hot chocolate at one of our destination huts.


Bring your sled and some hot cocoa to Carter Park sledding hill located at the end of south High St. The hill is free and open to the public, and is the perfect activity for all ages!

Discover more winter activities in Breckenridge.

New Year’s Eve

Breckenridge New Year's Eve fireworks in the sky above downtown Breckenridge
The Breckenridge fireworks display starts at 9:00 pm and can be seen almost anywhere in town.
  • 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.

Find out more reasons to Visit Breckenridge in December!

By Breck Editorial

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