Breckenridge in December is like stepping into a real-life snow globe. Sparkling holiday lights and glittering snowflakes are enough to make any Grinch believe again. The entire month is filled with special events, holiday celebrations and plenty of reasons to head outside so be sure to mark your calendars for a December trip to Breckenridge this winter!
December Events in Breckenridge
It’s a truly magical time of the year. Here’s a lineup of the signature events:
The Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas – Dec. 7, 2019
The holiday kickoff event typically falls on the first 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
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 Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers and snowboarders, 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. Join us to rejoice with Ullr himself… he’s ready for a good party.
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.
Get in the Holiday Spirit
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.
Santa Sightings in Breckenridge
Dec. 4th, 4:20 – 6:30 p.m. – ReMax on Main Street, 220 S. Main Street – FREE
Dec. 7th, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Barney Ford Museum, 111 E. Washington Ave. – FREE
We’re still waiting for Santa to send us his full schedule. Please check back for updates!
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.
Dec. 19 – The Lil Smokies
When people see The Lil Smokies setting up their acoustic instruments, they’re often unprepared for the electric energy they generate. The band captures that same dynamic presence on their last studio album, Changing Shades, delivering their exceptional songwriting and bluegrass roots with the punch of a rock band.
Dec. 29 – Yonder Mountain String Band with Trout Steak Revival
For the past 20 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation. YMSB—guitarist Adam Aijala, bassist Ben Kaufmann, banjo player Dave Johnston, Jacob Joliff on mandolin and violinist Allie Kral–has always played music of their own design, in the process attracting a devout following of fans that often resembles a tight-knit family on an epic musical journey as Yonder traverses the country with an ambitious tour schedule. Yonder is a quintessential ensemble honing its craft night after night on the road, and the fans are there to experience it in real time. The result is music that doesn’t stand still, it’s always progressing and breaking unprecedented ground.
Check out more Live Music in Breckenridge.
Breckenridge is an outdoor paradise in the winter making December one of the best times to visit. The ample amounts of snow mean there are tons of great activities to enjoy. From days on the mountain to one of a kind experiences, there is plenty to do. If you are looking to fully embrace the holiday spirit, fill your vacation with classic holiday activities.
- Making a snowman, snow angel and getting in at least one snowball fight
- Skiing / Snowboarding
- Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride
- Ice Skating
- Sampling the best hot chocolate in town
- Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing
- Dog Sledding
- Hot Tubbing
Check out more winter activities here.
Tips For Visiting Breckenridge in December
Weather & Layers
It’s winter in Breckenridge so be prepared to dress in layers and waterproof gear. You’ll also want to bring sunglasses, googles and sunscreen because with 300 days of annual sunshine, you’re bound to catch more than a few rays. Know the forecast and when the next powder day is expected by checking the locals favorite weather forecasts, On the Snow and Open Snow.
During the last two weeks of December, the key to success is to plan ahead. It’s one of the busiest times of the year and some of the most popular activities will sell out. Make reservations as far ahead as possible, especially for any guided tour that has limited space (dog sledding, snowmobiling, guided fly fishing). If you are going skiing or snowboarding, buy your lift tickets at least 7 days in advance for the biggest savings, pick-up rental gear the night before heading out and book any ski lessons online ahead of time. These tips will save you money and tons of time in the morning.
Many of Breckenridge’s nicer restaurants are on OpenTable we suggest booking a month or more in advance during this timeframe. If you are going to a restaurant that doesn’t accept reservations plan to arrive an hour earlier than normal and expect a wait. Most restaurants have buzzers so you can check-in and stroll town until a table opens up. If you are looking for holiday reservations, our Holiday Dining Guide is the best source of who is offering what. Book as far ahead as possible as space is limited. The local grocery stores offer holiday dinners for pick-up if you are looking for a stay-in option with minimum prep.