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Breckenridge, Colorado is a popular destination any time of the year. Visiting during the holidays makes it even more special. There are a few fun events that take place during the month of December. Plus, the magical atmosphere with all the beautiful lights make it even more enticing and memorable.
Breckenridge, Colorado during the holidays
The fun all kicks off in early December with the Lighting of Breckenridge and the Race of the Santa’s. The lighting is self explanatory but the Santa race is one of a kind. Hundreds of Santa look-alikes run down Main Street in a race to kick-off the holiday season. Along with the lighting ceremony and Santa race, there is also another longstanding tradition. December all includes the Ullr Fest.
The Ullr Fest is a chance to praise Ullr, the Norse god of snow. Many visitors wear Viking hats during this time as everyone praises Ullr in hopes of getting a lot of snow for skiing. During this festival there is also a huge bonfire which is said to prove one’s dedication to the snow.
GoBreck.com shared more details on Ullr. They said, “Legend has it that Ullr, the Norwegian snow god was so well skilled in the use of the bow and could go so fast on his skis that in these arts no one could best him. Each winter he covered the earth with snow to protect it from harm. It has been said that Ullr enjoyed the cold weather and loved traveling throughout the land, gliding along on his great skis, for pleasure and hunting.”
During this big celebration there is also a chance for someone to break the Breckenridge Distillery Shotski “unofficial” World Record.
Of course, many are hitting the slopes skiing and snowboarding while others are taking advantage of the free smaller slopes for sledding. There are a few different hills that are designated for those wishing to have a less invigorating adventure than skiing. One of these hills is the new Runway Sledding Hill on Fraction Drive. It is free and located near the free parking lot on Airport Road. It’s a lot of fun and if one doesn’t have their own sled there was there to borrow. The Carter Park Hill is another free spot near Main Street for visitors to sled on.
The magical lights
Walking around Breckenridge during the day is wonderful, but walking around Breckenridge at night is magical. With lights everywhere it’s easy to get into the holiday spirit. Seeing the town lit up along with the glistening snow is pure delight. It is said to be one of the most photographed spots in the United States.
With more than 250,000 LED lights, it’s a sight to not be missed. Walking around in the evening can be a bit chilly but there are numerous options for warming up. One location in town has a firepit to warm up visitors as they shop and explore. There is also a Starbucks located on Main Street. Those who crave hot chocolate to warm up are in luck as well. There are numerous locations that offer both kid friendly and adult specialized hot chocolate. Mountain Top Hot Chocolate did not disappoint with their enticing salted caramel hot chocolate.
Shopping and Dining
Along with winter activities such as skiing, there is also plenty of options for shopping and dining. Those looking for unique souvenirs will no doubt find them along Main Street. From Colorado branded clothing and gifts, to Breckenridge hoodies and tees, there is something for everyone. Plus, there are many options for picking up some winter accessories as well should one forget something.
Whether you’re looking for casual or more upscale dining, Breckenridge has many options. Some popular destinations include Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon, Empire Burger, Downstairs at Eric’s and Sancho Tacos. This is just naming a few of the delightful treats one can find in Breck.
While there this time around, our family dined at Kenosha Breck. The setting was casual, the menu had variety and the service was great. Everything ordered was very good. Our family also experienced Downstairs at Eric’s. This is a fun destination for kids and adults. There is an arcade on site so the kiddos can play while the adults chat and watch sports on the huge televisions hanging around the restaurant.
Overall, seeing and experiencing Breckenridge during the holidays is an adventure that won’t be forgotten.