When the snow flies, Breckenridge locals come out to play, and it’s not just on the slopes. A winter-long calendar of events keeps the lively atmosphere rolling through spring. Check out the top winter festivals to start planning your winter escape around.
Nov. 10 – Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day
We’re counting down to Opening Day! Breckenridge Ski Resorts opens November 10 for the 2017/18 season and it’s sure to be a great one. Get ready for huge powder days and a winter season full of events. No one kicks off the season like Breckenridge! Grab your gear and get ready to kick0ff this season in style!
Local tip: Test out your skiing legs and get your turns on the hill early. Don’t forget, après needs just as much training as skiing. Make time to get reacquainted with our favorite happy hour watering holes in Breckenridge.
More info: www.breckenridge.com
Dec. 2 – Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas
Grab your Santa hat and kick-off the holiday season in Breckenridge as we celebrate with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas on December 2nd. Participate in the Race of the Santas, where hundreds of jolly look-alikes race down Main Street to benefit Breckenridge’s Boy Scout Troop 187 and continue the festivities with the Lighting of Breckenridge, where Santa greets the holiday congregation from his horse-drawn carriage. Holiday cheer continues all month with the Dew Tour, Santa visits, New Year’s Eve parties and more.
Local tip: Travel early in December — during the Lighting — for a taste of the holidays without all the hustle and bustle. Since so many travelers stick to the peak Christmas and New Year’s weeks, early December is a great time to experience some holiday charm.
More info: http://www.gobreck.com/lighting-of-breckenridge-race-of-the-santas
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration
Bring in the New Year with a boom! Watch a spectacular array of fireworks, with the best visibility from downtown. Weather permitting, catch the Torch Light Parade down the Breckenridge Ski Resort. And of course, ring in the New Year with parties across town.
Jan. 11-13: Ullr Fest
For over 50 years, the Breckenridge community has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide snow dance which includes the iconic Main Street parade, Ullr Ice Plunge, Ullr talent show, Family Day and more.
Family tip: Plan for the Saturday family party, which offers free skating, sledding, and indoor Ullr activities.
More info: UllrFest.com
Jan. 22-29: 28th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships
Snow carving in Breckenridge began as a local pastime; today, decorated snow artists from across the globe transform 20-ton blocks of snow into an outdoor art gallery. Be sure to catch the Fire Arts Festival for a fiery contrast of burning sculptures, pyrotechnical effects and other spark-filled attractions throughout the Breckenridge Arts District.
Insider tip: Stop by Friday night (Jan. 27), when sculptors work through the night. It’s a great time to hang by the fire pits and watch the snow carving community at work. Saturday, head back for the unveiling of the lights, when colored LEDs illuminate the completed sculptures.
More info: SculptSnow.com
Feb. 13: Mardi Gras Celebration
Revel in the snow with fellow carnival goers this season as Breckenridge celebrates Mardi Gras. After a day on the slopes, head to Main Street for a parade with New Orleans-themed floats, music and drinks.
More info: http://www.gobreck.com/events/mardi-gras
Thirty days of play at Breckenridge Spring Fever:
Breckenridge’s elevation – 9600 feet in town – makes the snow last longer and the bluebird spring days even sweeter. To celebrate, Spring Fever brings a month-long lineup of activities for families, beer drinkers (don’t miss Beer Fest), mountaineers and more.
All ages: Teens and older kids can drop by the free concerts at the base of Peak 8, while Easter activities tend to be better for younger kids.