Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas

December 4, 2021

Breckenridge ups the ante on small town holiday charm with the return of Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas. The first weekend of December kicks off a festive holiday scene in the streets of Breckenridge.  Hundreds of Santa look-alikes will run down Main Street in a race to kick-off the holiday season.  Hang out post-race to watch the town transform into a real life holiday card thanks to more than 13,000 feet and 250,000 LED holiday lights. The iconic holiday lights in downtown Breckenridge are one of the most photographed sights during the snowy months and continue to shine and spread hope all winter long.

 Event Highlights

  • Holiday Dog Parade
  • Race of the Santas
  • Children’s Moose March
  • Countdown to tree lighting with Santa Claus
  • Holiday carolers & revelry
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Kick-off the holiday season

2021 Schedule

Lit up trees during the Lighting of Breckenridge

Watch town transform into a real life holiday card thanks to more than 13,000 feet and 250,000 LED holiday lights.

12:00pm - 8:00pm - Handmade Holiday Market in the Arts District

3:45pm - 4:05pm - Holiday Dog Parade

4:20pm - Moose March

4:30pm - Race of the Santas

5:00pm - Lighting of Breckenridge

Race Registration + Dog Parade Sign-up

Registration

Santas during the Lighting of Breckenridge

Come in costume to join hundreds of other Santas running down Main Street.

Race of the Santas Registration

The Race of the Santas is a fun run on Main Street Breckenridge.  The course is .5 miles long.  There are some very competitive Santas but most are just out for a stroll on Main Street.  Santa Suits not included.

Start Time:  4:30pm
Distance: .5 miles
Fee:  $15
Online & Day of Registration Deadline: December 4, 2021 at 2:00pm
Day Of Registration: Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub, 110 Lincoln Ave.
Bib Pick-up:  12:00pm – 3:00pm at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub, 110 Lincoln Ave.

Register Here

 

Moose March Registration

A fun run for children 12 and under. The course is the same as the adult course. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume and come on out and have fun!

Start Time:  4:20pm
Distance: .5 miles
Fee:  $10
Online & Day of Registration Deadline: December 4, 2021 at 2:00pm
Day Of Registration: Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub, 110 Lincoln Ave.
Bib Pick-up:  12:00pm – 3:00pm at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub, 110 Lincoln Ave.

Register Here

 

Holiday Dog Parade Registration

Dogs who’ve made Santa’s nice list are welcome to parade Santa down Main Street in Breckenridge’s Holiday Dog Parade!  This parade is open to all dog breeds.

Procession Start Time:  3:45pm
Distance: .5 miles
Fee:  Free to participate

Registration:  Meet between 3:00pm and 3:30pm in the courtyard of Main St Station located at South Park and Main St.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQS

Christmas lights around Breckenridge

Hang out post-race to watch the town transform into a real life holiday card thanks to more than 13,000 feet and 250,000 LED holiday lights.

How many lights are in The Lighting of Breckenridge?

During the lighting of the town tree, the real Santa will emerge and illuminate nearly 250,000 LEDs throughout Breckenridge’s Blue River Plaza. That’s more than 50 lights for each Town of Breckenridge resident.  If strung end to end, the lights could reach from downtown Breckenridge to tippy top of the highest chairlift in North America, the Imperial Express, almost four times. By using some of the most energy-efficient lights available, the town of Breckenridge saves approx. 155,663 kWh of electricity. That’s enough to power a Tesla around the earth’s circumference approx.17 times.

 

Where is the best place to park?

The most convenient free parking will be at the Airport Road lot, which will be serviced by Breck FreeRide Red Route. The Tiger Dredge, Wellington, and East Sawmill lots are FREE after 3 p.m. Visit BreckPark.com for in-town parking options and rates. Breckenridge residents are encouraged to carpool, bus, bike and walk into town to avoid additional congestion.

 

Are pets allowed at Lighting of Breckenridge?

YES! Dogs who have made Santa’s nice list are welcome to parade down Main Street in Breckenridge’s Holiday Dog Parade. Registration info coming soon.

 

What is the route of the Race of the Santas?

The fun run is .5 miles down Breckenridge’s historic Main Street. Santas will cross the finish line in Blue River Plaza, where the Lighting of Breckenridge will commence at 5:00pm.

 

Do I have to run in the Race of the Santas?

No! Anyone is welcome to walk, jog or skip through the 6-block course. This race is for anyone who is ready to get in the holiday spirit! Ages 13 and up.

 

How do I participate in the Race of the Santas?

Races are not age-restricted — please select Race of the Santas (running) or Moose March (walking/kids) when registering.

 

Does my Race of the Santa registration include a Santa Suit?

No. Registration saves you a spot in the fun run. Santa Suits are not included. Santa Suits are available for purchase on the race registration webpage or in person at the Breckenridge Welcome Center.

 

Where will Santa be after the Lighting of Breckenridge?

TBA.

 

Will there be any road or parking closures?

Yes.  On Saturday, December 4th Main Street will be closed for parts of the day.

Closure Details

  • 12:00pm – No parking on Main Street starts at Noon
  • 2:00 pm – Main Street closes from Ski Hill to S. Park, leaving 100 block of N. Main Street open
  • 2:00pm – No parking on Main St. (100 South to 400 South)
  • 4:50pm – Reopen Main Street from Adams to South Park. Main Street remains closed from Washington Ave. to Ski Hill
  • 6:00pm – Main Street clear and ready to reopen from Ski Hill to Adams

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