(Last Updated On: December 15, 2017)

‘Tis the season for celebrating the holidays in Breckenridge and making memories to treasure in the years to come. The Christmas spirit can be felt everywhere around Breckenridge and this is truly what makes our town magical at this time of year, as well as all year long.  If you’re visiting Breckenridge during “the most wonderful of the year” use this guide to increase the jolly factor and decrease holiday stress.

Looking for tips on Breckenridge holiday gifts? Here you go. Or, for dining options, we’ve served up our favorites.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of Christmas activities, programs, Santa visits, Christmas tree lots and church services all in Breck right here. Make sure you share your favorite Christmas moment on social with the #BreckBecause hashtag.

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RE/MAX Properties of the Summit invites the community to their Annual Santa Claus event. There will be lots of toys and goodies for all of the good little girls and boys.

When: Dec. 21  from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at the Re/MAX Christmas Party 

Where: Located at 220 S. Main Street at RE/MAX Call (970) 453-7000.


Peak-A-Boo Toys

Come in for a Santa sighting at Peak-A-Boo Toys where you can see Santa and tackle your shopping list.

When: Thursday, December 21 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: 17 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Get Your Christmas Tree

If you are looking for a Christmas Tree during your stay there are a couple local options.

Boy Scout Troop 187’s Annual Christmas Tree Lot

Our local boy scouts are selling trees from the  Riverwalk Center / Tiger Dredge Parking Lot in Breckenridge. Fresh cut trees and wreaths are available while supplies last.

Hour of Operation: M-F 4:30pm -6:30pm   |  Sat – Sun 10:00am – 7:00pm

City Market in Breckenridge
Buy your tree while you are buying Christmas Dinner!  City Market has Christmas trees, garland wreaths and tree stands available during normal business hours.

WHEN: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day of the week. They have a variety of 6-9 ft. trees including grand firs and noble firs ranging in price from $39.95 up to $69.95.   

WHERE: Call (970) 453-0818. Located at 400 North Parkway.

Rather chop down your own? A $10 permit is required to cut down a tree on Summit County’s National Forest lands. Contact the Dillon Ranger District at (970) 468-5400 for details and regulations.

WHERE: Located at 680 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne.


Holiday Activities


Breckenridge Backstage Theatre will run “A Rocky Mountain Christmas” An original musical that offers a heartwarming and uniquely Breckenridge holiday experience for the whole family.  A surprise snow storm brings together the members of a mountain community for a makeshift Christmas Eve celebration in 1880s Breckenridge, attended by the “snow shoe preacher” himself, Father John Lewis Dyer.  

WHEN: December 14 through 29.

WHERE: At the Breckenridge Theater
121 South Ridge Street   Call (970) 453-0199.

English Christmas Tea TourJoin Mrs. Engle or Madam May Nicholson as they take you on a living history tour through historical, downtown Breckenridge. Hear the stories and catch up on the gossip of those Victorian ladies and gentlemen. Finish with English tea, home-made shortbread, mince pies and cranberry muffins in a historic tea house.  For reservations, call Gail at (970) 343-9169 or Jamie at (970)485-2894.

Living Nativity Scene Agape Outpost will be doing a Living Nativity in the Blue River Plaza December 22 and 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Holiday Victorian Tour & Tea-Learn about Katie Briggle, an original resident of Breckenridge, take a historic walking tour, and finish with tea and treats in her Victorian home!  For more information and reservations, call the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance at 970-453-9767 x2.

 Sleigh Rides
There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than dashing through the snow on a horse-drawn sleigh ride.  Take a scenic tour or enjoy a sleigh ride and dinner.

Holiday Dining

Several of Breckenridge’s restaurants are open on Christmas Day. Check out our holiday dining post for ideas.


Holiday Activities

All of your favorite winter activities are available during Christmas!  From family time on the ski slopes to explore shops and restaurants in town.  The majority of dining and activity options will be available.  We highly recommend dining and activity reservations whenever possible.

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Christmas Eve & Day Services

Breckenridge Christian Ministries

Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 p.m.
Located at 103 Sawmill Road. Call (970) 453-9393.

Christ Lutheran Church

Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Service at 9:30 a.m.
Located at 16072 Highway 9. Call (970) 453-8019.

Father Dyer United Methodist Church

Christmas Eve Services at  3:30 p.m. Family Carol Service / 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Traditional Services / 9:30 p.m. Carol and Communion.
Located at 310 Wellington Road. Call (970) 453-2250.

Great Divide Calvary Chapel

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College.
Located at 107 Denison Placer Rd. Call (970) 470-2877.

St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church

Christmas Eve Family Services at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Service at 10:30 a.m.
Located at 100 S. French Street. Call (970) 453-4264.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Christmas Eve Services at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Riverwalk Center, 150 W Adams Avenue. 9:00 p.m. at St. Mary, 109 S. French Street.
Christmas Day Services 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary, 109 S. French Street.The Church at Agape Outpost Christmas Eve Services at  5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. Located at 15404 Colorado Highway 9. Call (970) 453-1247.




About The Author

Erin Opsahl is a busy wife & mother of two growing kiddos. Growing up in the California Bay Area, she is a true lover of the ocean, sunshine & flip flops! Marriage brought her out to Colorado twelve years ago and she has called Summit County home for the past nine. She often tells people she didn’t own a real coat or shoes until moving here! Being a new mom, in a mountain area that felt isolated, Erin realized her need for connection to other moms and the community. Out of this need, Erin found her passion! Combining her Psychology degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, with her love of connecting people and resources (& finding a bargain), she focuses on promoting networking, friendships, fun ideas and local resources to both strengthen and build personal relationships and families. Erin spends as much time as she can being Mommy and participating in fun family events around Summit County – on a budget. Erin believes an informed mom is a better mom!

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