Lit up trees during the Lighting of Breckenridge

Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas

December 2, 2023

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

Kick-off the holiday season

2022 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.

Race of the Santas


2:30pm Holiday Dog Parade

4:00pm Moose March

4:20pm Race of the Santas

5:00pm Lighting of Breckenridge

Give Like A Local

2022 Toy Drive

2:30pm – 6:30pm  Adopt an Angel Toy Drive

As an extension of its award-winning B Like Breckenridge™ campaign, the Breckenridge Tourism Office has partnered with Summit Rotary Club to host an Adopt an Angel toy collection for local families. Donate new, unwrapped toys, sporting goods, books or games at the Blue River Plaza from 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. New items only please, we are not able to accept gently used items. Visit Summit Rotary’s Adopt an Angel page for donation detail

2022 More Ways To Celebrate

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

Find the perfect gift and come experience the Breckenridge Arts District as it hosts a holiday gift market. Local artisans will be showcasing their artwork made on the Arts District campus including books, candles, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, prints and more. Come enjoy free creative activities and holiday music with a cash bar and local artist displays during the Lighting of Breckenridge festivities.

Location: Old Masonic Hall

Explore more Art District offerings


A Christmas Story

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre performs A Christmas Story Dec. 7-30, 2022. Based on the hit movie from the 1980’s, this hilarious and heartwarming holiday story follows 9 year old Ralphie Parker on his quest to get his favorite Christmas Present.

Race Registration + Dog Parade Sign-up

2022 Registration

Santas during the Lighting of Breckenridge

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

Race of the Santas + Moose March Registration

Start the winter festivities in Breckenridge by lacing up your running shoes for the Race of the Santas! The Race of the Santas is a .5 mile fun run on Main Street Breckenridge.  There are some very competitive Santas, but most are just out for the fun on Main Street. The first 700 registrants receive a commemorative long-sleeve t-shirt with registration.  The first 150 youth registrants for the Moose March receive a moose beanie with registration. Races are not age-restricted — please select Race of the Santas (running) or Moose March (walking/kids) when registering.

$30 Adults 18+
$10 Kids 6-17 (Moose March or Race of the Santas)


Santa Suits & Costumes
Santa suits ($30) or Santa hats ($10) can be purchased with registration — or bring your own!

Bib Pick Up
Bib pick up is Saturday, December 3, 12:00pm – 3:00pm at Napper Tandy’s, 110 Lincoln Avenue, Breckenridge. |
Registration closes Saturday, December 3 at 8:00am

Custom Ullr helmets are given to top three male and female racers.


Holiday Dog Parade

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.

Fee: Free to participate

Holiday Dog Parade Registration is Sold Out.

Santa Needs Some Helpers

2022 Volunteer

Santa needs a few key volunteers to help with all the fun we’ve planned.  Get involved to guarantee your spot on the nice list!

Frequently Asked Questions

2022 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 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 .5 mile 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 Rec Center.


Will there be any road or parking closures?

Yes.  On Saturday, December 3rd  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
  • 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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