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 at these locations:

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

Saturday December 15th
-Grand Colorado Peak 8 12:00pm – 3:00pm
-Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties Breckenridge 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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

Saturday December 22nd
-Grand Colorado Peak 8 12:00pm – 3:00pm
-Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties Breckenridge 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Sunday December 23rd
-Grand Colorado Peak 8 9:30am – 12:00pm
-Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties Breckenridge 12:30pm – 3:00pm

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.

Church services

Attend a Christmas Eve service at one of Breckenridge’s beautiful historic churches. Father Dyer Methodist Church offers a family service at 3:00 and four candlelight services throughout the evening. St. John’s Episcopal Church offers a children’s pageant and sermon at 4:00, and three other services throughout the evening. On Christmas day they offer a 10:00 am service with guitar-led carols, which tends to be less crowded than their Christmas eve services.  The Catholic church hosts masses at 4:00 and 6:00pm at the Riverwalk Center, and St. Mary’s will host a mass at 9:00pm at the church.

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.

Reggae on the Blue: New Year’s Eve with Anthony B

World Music Development presents Reggae on the Blue featuring Anthony B with special guests Split Window and The Hollywood Farmers. Join us on New Year’s Eve for an unforgettable evening of live music and giving back to the community.

Find out more reasons to Visit Breckenridge in December!

By Breck Editorial

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