(Last Updated On: December 23, 2015)
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For an updated listing of Christmas events for 2015, go here.

‘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.

Santa Visits

RE/MAX Properties of the Summit invites the community to their 12th Annual Santa Claus event. There will be lots of toys and goodies for all of the good little girls and boys.

WHEN: 4-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18

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

Christmas Trees

Boy Scout Troop 187’s Annual Christmas Tree Lot opened Nov. 28 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 am to 7:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Monday through Thursday 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Friday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

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

City Market in Breckenridge has Christmas trees available during normal business hours.

WHEN: 6:00 am to 11:00 pm every day of the week. They have a variety of trees ranging from elf-size to 8-9 ft.

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

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 “Holiday Painted Tiles for Kids”, “Byzantine Bells for Kids”, “Last Minute Gifts-Sterling Silver Earrings” and “Gingerbread Houses.”

WHEN: Schedule varies.

WHERE: The new Breck Arts District. Between South Ridge Street and Main Street. http://www.breckcreate.org/


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 am to 7:00 pm

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


Holiday Brass concert. Enjoy an evening of music in the spirit of the holiday season with Justin Bartels, principal trumpet of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and his CSO brass colleagues.

WHEN: 7:30-9 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21

HOW MUCH: Tickets $15 adults; $5 children 18 and under.

WHERE: Located at the Riverwalk Center, 150 West Adams.


The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is currently running “Dog Park: The Musical” where you are sure to start tapping your toes, laughing out loud and be won-over by uncontrollable stage dogs.

WHEN: This show runs thru January 3rd, 2015. The Backstage Theatre will also have “Sing-A-Long-A-Sound of Music” one night only on Saturday, December 27th at 7:00 pm.

WHERE: Located at 121 S. Ridge Street. Call (970) 453-0199.

Sleigh Rides

Photo by Amy Kemp

Photo by Amy Kemp

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 views and crisp mountain air. 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.

WHERE: Dress warm and head over to the corner of Washington and Main Street to find the next available carriage ride around historic downtown. For more information and reservations call (970) 453-4438 or email info@breckstables.com.

Christmas Eve & Day Services

Breckenridge Christian Ministries

Sunday, December 21st at 9:15 am Children’s Ministry Christmas Pageant.

Christmas Eve Service at 6:00 pm.

Located at 103 Sawmill Road. Call (970) 453-9393.

Christ Lutheran Church

Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Christmas Day Service at 9:30 am.

Located at 16072 Colorado Highway 9. Call (970) 453-8019.

Father Dyer United Methodist Church

Monday, December 15th at 6:00 pm Longest Night Service. Designed for those who are living with the loss of a loved one, depression, broken relationships, loneliness or just the need to step away from the chaos of the season.

Sunday, December 21st at 9:00 am- Christmas Cantata

Wednesday, December 24th- Christmas Eve Services 3:30 pm Children & Family 5:30 pm Carols & Candlelight 7:30 pm Carols & Candlelight 9:30 pm Carols, Communion & Candlelight

Located at 310 Wellington Road. Call (970) 453-2250.

Great Divide Calvary Chapel

Family Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 pm at Colorado Mountain College.

Located at 107 Denison Placer Rd. Call (970) 470-2877.

St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church

Tuesday, December 16th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm- 4th Annual Christmas Caroling at St. Anthony’s Hospital. They will meet at 10:30 am at the 2nd floor lounge, where the grand piano is located. RSVP to Jeanie Kramer, Music Director at jremark2@hotmail.com or (970) 468-6566.

Christmas Eve Services 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm.

Christmas Day Service 9:00 am.

Located at 100 S. French Street. Call (970) 453-4264.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Christmas Eve Services at 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm (Mass for families with young children), 8:00 pm, 10:00 pm.

Christmas Day Service at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

Located at 109 S. French Street. Call (970) 668-3141.

The Church at Agape Outpost

Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

Located at 15404 Colorado Highway 9. Call (970) 453-1247.


We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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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