‘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.

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.

IMG_7314Santa Visits

RE/MAX Properties of the Summit invites the community to their 13th Annual Santa Claus event. There will be lots of toys and goodies for all of the good little girls and boys.

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17

WHERE: Call (970) 453-7000. Located at 220 S. Main Street.

Christmas Trees

Boy Scout Troop 187’s Annual Christmas Tree Lot will be open November 23 through December 23 at the Riverwalk Center / Tiger Dredge Parking Lot in Breckenridge.

Fresh cut trees and wreaths are available while supplies last.

WHEN: Hours of operation: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Monday through Friday 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Located at the corner of Park Avenue and Washington Avenue.

City Market in Breckenridge 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 Dining

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


Breck Create– the new Breck Arts District- offers a great assortment of art workshops and classes, such as “Salt Dough Decorations”, “Ornaments for the Season”, “Impressionist Winterscapes” and “Winter Tee Shirts”. 24-hour pre-registration is required for workshops.

WHEN: Schedule varies.

WHERE: The new Breck Arts District. Between South Ridge Street and Main Street.

Ready Paint Fire has lots of opportunities for holiday painting fun. Make a memory to treasure by decorating the perfect ornament, Santa plate, whimsical Christmas tree, snowmen and penguins.

WHEN: Open daily 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Call (970) 453-5765. Located at 323 N. Main Street.


Breckenridge Backstage Theatre will run “A Christmas Story” based upon the beloved film. Relive the childhood winter shenanigans that Ralphie experiences and make new family traditions with this fun and cheerful stage adaptation.

WHEN: December 22 through 30.

WHERE: The Riverwalk Center located at 150 West Adams Avenue. Call (970) 453-0199.

Sleigh Rides

How about a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride through beautiful Breckenridge? Breckenridge Stables offers an unforgettable experience that will let you soak in the amazing view and crisp mountain air.

WHERE: Dress warm and head over to the corner of Washington and Main Street to find the next available carriage ride around historic downtown. The sleigh ride is drawn by a team of Belgian or Percheron draft horses. For more information and reservations call (970) 453-4438 or email info@breckstables.com.

Holiday Activities

Christmas CarolsSummit Choral Society will be performing Christmas Carols in Downtown Breckenridge:

December 19 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Blue River Plaza and up and down Main Street

December 22 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Alpine Bank patio, 110 N. Main Street

December 23 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Blue River Plaza and up and down Main Street

English Christmas Tea TourOn December 19, join 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– Starts at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, Saturday, December 26 at 1:30 p.m. 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.

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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