Plan Your Trip for the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas 2018

The entire winter is an amazing time to visit Colorado, but you would be hard-pressed to pick a better time to visit than December. The ski resorts are open, and the mountain towns are beginning to look a lot like Christmas. So why not come and visit the town of Breckenridge to take part in Christmas events like the Lighting of Breckenridge, and Race of the Santas on December 8th for a great weekend of holiday fun.

If you’re looking for a day jam packed with all types of Christmas activities, December 8th in Breckenridge has you covered.

Santa Race
Image courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office – Taken by Louie Traub

Get in the Holiday Spirit

December is a great time to visit Colorado. The resorts in the area are open and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. So, why not come and visit the Town of Breckenridge for the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas on December 8th for a great weekend of fun. As a part of MakeShift, the quarterly series promoting creative activities BreckCreate will be hosting a station where anyone can go create their own Christmas ornaments. This craft event is a free event but space is limited!

Dog Parade

For those with good boy and girl, four-legged companions, there will be a Holiday Dog Parade! All pups are welcome and costumes are highly recommended. The parade will march down from Main Street Station to the Blue River Plaza, then everyone from the parade is welcomed to gather in a special section to watch the Race of the Santas.

Reindeer Run

For the little ones under 12 years of age, they have a race of their own! Kids get to participate in the Reindeer Run, and all the participants will receive antlers prior to the run. Immediately after the reindeer have completed their trot, the main race event of the day will begin… The Race of the Santas.

Santa Race

Hundreds of Santas will help you get into the holiday spirit as they race through downtown Breckenridge. The more competitive Santas out there will want to head to the front of the starting line for their best chances to win an Ullr helmet and other prizes. If running is not your thing, no problem, the goal is simply to have fun and get into the holiday spirit. Walk it or even skip it, as long as you have a good time. Bring your own Santa suit or purchase one at the Breckenridge Welcome Center for $7.

Lighting of Breckenridge

Light the Tree and Sing the Carols

After the races are over and the sun has fallen behind the mountain, its time to flip the switch and officially welcome the Christmas season with the lighting of the town tree by non other than old Saint Nick himself. Everyone can gather right in the heart of Main Street to watch as Santa flip the switch and illuminate the Christmas lights. Santa will then head just across the street to the Old Masonic Hall, where BreckCreate will be hosting a holiday themed karaoke party to round out the night.

Whether you choose to take part in all of these festivities are simply spectate, Breckenridge has a whole lot of Christmas cheer and is a perfect way to embrace the Christmas season.