Breckenridge becomes a Winter Wonderland during the holiday season.

5 Things Not to Miss in Breck Over the Holidays

With snow coating the landscape and an abundance of holiday lights decorating the Victorian style historic district on Main Street, Breckenridge becomes the epitome of a Winter Wonderland.

Carolers add to the picture-perfect holiday scene in Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo by Nathan Bilow

Carolers add to the picture-perfect holiday scene in Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo by Nathan Bilow

This is the season that brings out the beauty, charm and unique character that the town has to offer. (Not to mention the season for Dew Tour competitions and events throughout town.) You can take a walk down Main Street, ride in a horse drawn carriage, or see a holiday show at the Backstage Theatre.

Stop for a minute to enjoy the lights and get a crepe at the outdoor crepe stand. If you are visiting Breck during the holiday season, here is a countdown of the top five things that you won’t want to miss this year:

#5:  Strolling Down Main Street

This is one time of year when you'll want to peer into windows. The holiday-themed window display contest lights up shops around  Breckenridge.

This is one time of year when you’ll want to peer into windows. The holiday-themed window display contest lights up shops around Breckenridge.

After spending the day skiing on the mountain, head into town and take a walk back in time down Main Street. There are a variety of shops and restaurants, each with their own unique character. As you stroll by Modis or the Gold Pan, take a good look at the buildings, which date back to Breckenridge’s mining days.

This is one time of year when you’ll want to peer into windows — retailers throughout town throw down for a window decorating competition. Nighttime turns the entire area into a holiday village, complete with lights, carolers, hot chocolate and a horse-drawn carriage. This is one reason you escaped from the big city to spend the holidays here!

Ho, ho, ho!  It's Santa and Mrs. Claus in Breck for the holidays!

Ho, ho, ho! It’s Santa and Mrs. Claus in Breckenridge for the holidays. Photo by Carl Scofield

#4: Spotting Santa and his entourage throughout town

The holidays bring out the inner child in many, and you just never know who – or what – you’ll see skiing or riding.

Sure, Santa and Mrs. Claus have been known to make a visit to the base of Peak 8, but in town, you’ll catch hundreds of Santas (and reindeer runners) sprinting down Main Street in Support of Adopt an Angel Summit County. Race of the Santas takes place Saturday, December 7, followed by the Lighting of Breckenridge, which includes caroling, a Main Street procession and visits with the real Santa Claus.

#3: Sledding at Carter Park

Just a couple of blocks off of Main Street, you and the family can take turns sledding down Carter Park.  Get out your favorite flexible flyer or saucer, as this is just good family fun and everyone can join in, watch, or take pictures. And the best part?  Its FREE!

The mountain is illuminated by skiers and riders from Breckenridge Ski Resort during the annual Torch Light Parade.

The mountain is illuminated by skiers and riders from Breckenridge Ski Resort during the annual Torch Light Parade.

#2: Torch Light Parade

My personal favorite is the annual Torch Light Parade, which takes place on New Year’s Eve. Skiers and boarders from Breckenridge Ski Resort begin a procession from the top of Peak 9 down to the base area, while carrying luminaries. Find a spot where you can see Peak 9 and watch the glowing lighted procession wind its way down the mountain. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before!

And..the #1 Thing Not to Miss: New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Celebrate the New Year and watch the fireworks as they are displayed over Peak 9. On New Year’s Eve, the skies will come alive with brilliant displays. Seriously, what better way is there to mark the New Year?!

So that’s it: five things not to miss this holiday season. And if you want to book a last minute trip, no worries. Simply visit http://www.gobreck.com/ for last minute lodging specials and information.

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