We’ve all seen Santa come to town during the holiday season, but how about 200-plus Santas — and Mrs. Clauses’ and reindeer — running south down Breckenridge’s Main Street in a race to the Christmas tree at Blue River Plaza.
Breckenridge starts the holiday season out with a blast of red and white on Saturday, Dec. 1, with its second annual Race of the Santas. Registration for the fun run starts at $10, but if you want to look legit and wear a Santa suit (which, let’s face it, unless you have your own big, red suit stored in the attic, you probably want to ho, ho, ho in style) it costs $30. Costumes for Mrs. Claus are also available.
This year, an additional fun run “reins” in the kids: The new Reindeer Run allows kids to don a reindeer costume and “fly” down Main Street.
Of course, all things Santa go to good causes: The registration money benefits Adopt an Angel Summit County, which gives toys to local kids in need. (You can also pick up a paper Christmas tree at local retailers and buy a toy for a specific child who’s described on the ornament.)
After the Santa (and Mrs. Claus) and Reindeer Run, residents and visitors meet at the large tree near the Riverwalk Center for the Lighting of Breckenridge. The real Santa leads a procession to the tree, where everyone is welcome to enjoy free hot cocoa and caroling as part of the tree-lighting festivities.
Breckenridge continues to celebrate the holidays early with Breckenridge Arts Weekend Dec. 7-9. This full-blown extension of Breckenridge’s monthly gallery tour, Second Saturdays, features a three-day lineup of art openings, historical tours, workshops and live music.
Then, local carvers prepare for the Breckenridge Snowflake Challenge Dec. 7-14. The event is open to everyone, but I gotta tell you: I thought it might be an easy way to earn prize money, but these “amateurs” are pretty darn good. They toil day and night (especially in the last hours of the competition) to create amazing snow sculptures, which remain on display throughout the holidays. Site maps for viewing the snow art are available from the Welcome Center on Main Street the week of the competition.
Dec. 13-16, the Dew Tours pumps up the town as the world’s top freeski and snowboard athletes compete on Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Resort.