Breckenridge mountain biker with mountains in the background in greyscale
Santa Claus with Christmas Tree during Breckenridge's Lighting of the Trees.

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.

Holiday Events in Breckenridge

Lighting of Breckenridge holiday lights
Join us on Dec. 7 for the annual lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas.

The Lighting of Breckenridge and the Race of the Santas – Dec. 7, 2019

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.


Ullr Fest – Dec. 11-15, 2019

Sledding down Main Street at Ullr Fest in Breckenridge
Praise the Norse god of snow at Breckenridge Ullr Fest.

Ullr Fest will celebrate 57 years this December 11-15, 2019, and the Town of Breckenridge invites snow lovers of all ages to join the party. During Ullr Fest in Historic Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers and snowboarders. Join us for the biggest bonfire in town and more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade with crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Pray for snow with us and Ullr himself… he’s ready for a good party.


Santa Comes to Town!

Girl Hugging Santa during the Holidays in Breckenridge
Meet Santa as he makes stops throughout Breckenridge this season!

Dec. 4th, 4:20 – 6:30 p.m. – ReMax on Main Street, 220 S. Main Street – FREE

Dec. 7th, 5:30 – 7 p.m. after the Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas – Barney Ford Museum, 111 E. Washington Ave. – FREE

Dec. 24th, 1:30-4:00 p.m. – 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! Regular public skating fees apply.


Family Christmas Movie Marathon, Dec. 14, 2019

Families, get in the holiday spirit by joining us for an all-day Christmas movie marathon and gift wrapping space at the Breckenridge South Branch Library. They’ll provide everything you need to wrap your gifts, while showing all your holiday family favorites! Event will take place in the Discovery/Hopeful Room downstairs.

When: Dec. 14, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: South Branch Library, 103 S. Harris St.


A Christmas Carol, Presented by the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre

A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. Adapted for the stage, Charles Dickens’ classic comes to life as never before!

When: Dec. 5th – 29th, 2019
Where: Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St.


Handmade Holiday, Dec. 7, 2019

Find the perfect gift and come experience the Breckenridge Arts District as it hosts a holiday open house. Breckenridge Arts District instructors will be showcasing their artwork including jewelry, ceramics, candles, prints and more. Come enjoy hot chocolate, holiday music, cash bar and local artist displays during the Lighting of Breckenridge festivities. A free snowman building event open to all will be taking place on the Arts District’s lawn on Ridge Street.



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.


Church Services

Father Dyer United Methodist Church, 310 Wellington Rd.

9:00 am, December 22nd – Annual Christmas Cantata with music by Joseph M. Martin and Narration by Pamela Martin. The Father Dyer Chancel Choir will be joined by a chamber orchestra.


Christmas Eve Services:

Breckenridge Christian Ministries, 103 Sawmill Rd.

6:00 pm – Intimate celebration and poetry, followed by by Christmas caroling around the neighborhood and hot chocolate


Christ Lutheran Church, 16072 Colorado Highway 9

3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve Worship


Great Divide Cavalry, Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Rd.

5:00 pm & 6:30 pm – Candlelight Christmas Eve service with carols


St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church, 100 S. French St.

4:00 pm – Family Service with Christmas Pageant
6:00, 8:00, 10:00 pm – Festal Eucharist with Carols, Candlelight & Holy Communion (4:00 & 6:00 are most crowded)


St. Mary’s Catholic Church

4:00, 6:00 pm – Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Blvd.
9:00 pm – St. Mary’s, 109 S. French St.


The Church at Agape Outpost, 15404 Colorado HWY 9

5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm – Christmas Eve Service


Christmas Day Services:

St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 100 S. French St. 

10:00 am – “Acoustic Christmas” carols accompanied by guitar & Holy Communion


St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 109 S. French St. 

8:00 & 10:00 am Services

Get Outside

Scenic Sleigh Rides

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

If you’re 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 their 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

Torchlight parade Breckenridge
Watch as the torches head down the mountain on New Year’s Eve.

Ring in the New Year with parties and live music around town and watch the Torchlight Parade light up the runs of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Continue the celebration at The Maggie Restaurant for Breckenridge’s premier NYE party featuring DJ Rockstar Aaron and an open bar.

In January 2019, The Town of Breckenridge Town Council passed an indefinite ban on public and private fireworks, regardless of the current weather trends, to align with safe environmental practices. Summit County officials and residents take wildfires very seriously; fireworks of any kind are prohibited within town limits.


Find out more reasons to Visit Breckenridge in December!

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