Ullr Fest in Breckenridge
December 19, 2016 / / by Meckenzie Donnell
In Norse mythology Ullr (pronounced Oool-er) was the winter god. A longtime local tradition heads back to Breckenridge this Jan. 11-14, 2017 to party (I mean honor the snow god). Breckenridge invites snow lovers of all ages to join the party. During Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers and snowboarders throughout the town. Celebrate Ullr Fest throughout the week with these traditional and exciting events. Learn about the traditions that surround this 54-year-old tradition in Breckenridge.
The oldest tradition of Ullr Fest starts with a parade down historic main street filled with men and women dressed up in Viking hats and fur coats. This iconic parade holds its stature today as one of the biggest parades in Breckenridge where local businesses and the community dress up and ride on high-rise floats and chant down main street.
The Ullr Shot Ski
Prior to the parade, the World’s largest shot ski commences. This shot ski is lined up at the Riverwalk center and spans 1,250 feet down main street. Anyone who is 21 years of age or older can participate in this event that benefits the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary. Visit the Riverwalk center at 12p.m. on the day of the event to sign up and join in on another year of a shot ski world record!
The Ullr Bonfire
The Ullr bonfire tradition returns to Breckenridge this year. This large bonfire glows for hours as locals burn their Christmas trees and honor the Ullr god for winter snow. Join the festivities and make sure to bundle up! The bonfire starts at 5 p.m. in the South Gondola parking lot.
Ullr Ice Plunge
Come test your “cold limits” at the Ullr Ice Plunge. Join or spectate as locals dressed in costumes jump through an ice hole at the Maggie pond. This event includes live music, food and drinks. Don’t worry – this event includes a heated changing room and hot tub for anyone brave enough to face the cold!
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Bust out the fur, the horned hats and join locals and friend of Breckenridge as they honor Ullr, the winter god and welcome winter to this snowy mountain town.