Breckenridge comes alive during the holiday season. From Main Street to the mountain Breckenridge embraces the spirit of winter. As we get closer to the holiday break the excitement of winter increases. From the colorful lights that adorn businesses and homes throughout town to the expanding terrain and ski conditions on the mountain there is a current that builds and attitude that says, let’s get into it and have a great season. We can feel the vitality that is the holiday and ski season filling us with energy and excitement.
In many ways the holiday season signals a return of winter and skiing as it is the first major break in the winter and snow conditions are generally greatly improved from Thanksgiving. December events frame the holiday starting with events such as the Snowflake Challenge, Dew Tour and Holiday Window Competition culminating with Ullr Fest at the End of January.
When visiting this December take time to stroll up and down Main Street and look for the holiday window displays. The 3rd Annual Merchant’s Window Display Competition takes place in the first half of December and is open to voting through December 14th. Visit all of the wonderful holiday displays that have been set up by participating merchants all along Breckenridge’s Historic Main Street. This Year 16 shops are participating. The way the Window Competition works is each participating shop organizes a team, decides on a theme and builds a beautiful window display. A panel of Judges will vote on the winner and visitors are encouraged to vote for “People’s Choice” at each participating shop.
The Winter Dew Tour comes to Breckenridge for its only winter stop December 13th. The Dew Tour showcases the world’s top skiing and snowboarding talent as they meet to compete in various extreme sports including half pipe and slope style. The events are free to all and take place at the ski area as well as in town. The events includes on mountain competitions, a cool village area, free concerts and more!
Ending the holiday season Breckenridge Ullr Fest marks an end and a beginning. Ullr Fest is Breckenridge’s annual week long homage to the Norse god of snow and ushers in the height if the winter ski season. Ullr Fest starts a week of events January 6th and culminates on Thursday with the Ullr Parade. The true character of Breckenridge comes is on full display during the Ullr Parade. Thousands of people turn out to enjoy the unique and zany floats and characters that make Breckenridge the unique and eclectic mountain town that it is.
If you are coming to Breckenridge in December or early January you are in for a treat. Breckenridge embraces the holiday spirit in the true tradition or the Rocky Mountains.
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