Breckenridge town buildings in park in greyscale

The first weekend in December begins Breckenridge’s annual transformation into a sparkling holiday scene. Participate in the Race of the Santas, where hundreds of jolly look-alikes race down Main Street, watch as Santa uses his magic to light up the town for the winter season, and dress up the pups for the Holiday Dog Parade.

  • Race of the Santas down Main Street
  • Moose March kid’s race
  • Holiday Dog Parade
  • Lighting of Breckenridge
  • Meet Santa

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2019 Event Schedule

Lit up trees during the Lighting of Breckenridge

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Snowman Building Competition

Who wants to build a snowman? Come showcase your sculpting skills and create characters out of snow. The competition will be judged by BreckCreate Staff. All ages welcome. Walk-ins also welcome, first-come, first-served.

Location: Arts District Lawn (middle of Ridge St.)

Registration: All ages welcome. Walk-ins also welcome, first-come, first-served.

Cost: Free

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3:45 p.m. - Holiday Dog Parade

Dogs who’ve made Santa’s nice list are welcomed to parade down Main Street in Breckenridge’s Holiday Dog Parade!

Location: Main Street Breckenridge

Registration: 3:00pm – 3:30pm at Main Street Station | Parade Start Time: 3:45pm

Cost: Free

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Parade Registration
Gather in Main Street Station with the dogs before the Holiday Dog Parade.  Costumes for two and four-legged participants are always encouraged!  Anyone is welcome to join with their pet, as long as all dogs are in the holiday spirit and friendly with others. No Scrooges, please.

3:45 p.m. — Holiday Dog Parade
The Holiday Dog Parade will march down Main Street from Main St. Station to the Blue River Plaza.

4:30 p.m.   Dog Viewing Party of The Lighting of Breckenridge
Everyone from the parade will gather near the bottom of Washington Avenue in a special sectioned-off area to watch the Race of the Santas come down Main Street and gather together in the Blue River Plaza for more fun. Everyone is welcome to stay until the lighting of the town tree at 5:00 p.m.


4:20 p.m. - Moose March

All kids 12 and under are welcome to participate in this year’s Reindeer Run! All kids participating in the race must register and will receive free reindeer antlers before they run down Main Street to the cheers of hundreds of people. Ages 12 and under.

Location: Main Street Breckenridge

Registration:Register Online

Day of Registration & Bib/Antler Pick-up: Dec. 7 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub | Race Start Time: 4:20  p.m.

Cost: $10 (includes race entry and antlers) – All proceeds benefit the Timberline Learning Center.

4:30 p.m. - Race of the Santas

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than joining hundreds of Santas in a .75 mile race through Breckenridge.  If you are the type of Santa that is more fit than Jolly, head to the front of the race. Top finishers will be awarded Ullr helmets and prize packages. Not a runner? Walk, jog or skip through the 6-block course. This race is for anyone who’s ready to get in the holiday spirit! Ages 13 and up. 

Location: Main Street Breckenridge

Registration:Register Online  Deadline: Friday, Dec 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. MST

Bib Pick-up: Dec 7 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub | Race Start Time: 4:30 p.m.

Race Entry Cost: $15 – All proceeds benefit Timberline Learning Center.

Santa Suits: Beginning November 1, we will have Santa Suits for sale at the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 South Main Street). You’re welcome to come in your own Santa Suit from past years or make a costume. All Santas are welcome!


5:00 p.m. - Lighting of Breckenridge

Santa makes an early visit to Breckenridge to light the Town Tree. Don’t miss the moment when Breckenridge turns on the lights and turns up the holiday spirit as Santa flips the switch in the Blue River Plaza just outside the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S Main Street.

Location: Blue River Plaza on Main Street Breckenridge

Cost: Free


5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Meet Santa

Visit with Santa and let the little ones share their Holiday wishes with Santa and take a photo in the beautifully decorated Barney Ford House!

Location: Barney Ford Museum, 111 E. Washington Ave.

Cost: Free

6:00 p.m. - Free Holiday Concert featuring Hazel Miller

Always led by Hazel and her powerful voice, this audience favorite has appeared in countless festivals, concerts and fundraisers to the delight of her loyal fans. Hazel is always backed by some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the world.  The band performs original, Jazz, Blues, R&B and Top 40 music.

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm

Location:Riverwalk Center

Cost: Free

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Ensure your placement on Santa’s nice list by volunteering at Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas.


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If you’re coming to the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas (or any of Breckenridge’s Festivals or Events) make sure you take advantage of these great lodging deals!

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