Wassail Days

November 25-December 3

Wassail Days in our neighboring town of Frisco is the perfect kickoff to the winter and holiday season! Take your commemorative Wassail Days mug to local restaurants and businesses and enjoy a warm, spiced cider. Bring your family or friends for story time with Santa, the lighting of Frisco, and other community festivities that take place over the course of this Wassail week. Enjoy the festivities and happy wassail-ing!

  • When: November 25-December 3, 2023
  • Where: Frisco
  • Cost: Free commemorative mugs (while supplies last), free to attend
  • Event Schedule:
    • Wassail Sampling Daily
    • November 25
      • Small Business Saturday
      • Carolers on Main Street
      • Tree Lighting & Fireworks
      • Santa Visit
    • November 26
      • Santa Visit
    • November 28
      • Free Nordic skiing at Frisco Nordic Center
    • December 2
      • Breakfast with Santa
      • Carolers on Main Street
      • Story Time and Santa Visit at Historic Park
    • December 3
      • Santa Visit

First Friday: Holiday Lighting & Art Market

December 1

The Town of Silverthorne hosts a First Fridays celebration, the first Friday of the month, throughout the year. For the December First Fridays, visitors can ring in winter and the holidays with annual tree lighting, holiday carolers and music, and holiday crafts! Shop for everyone on your list and support local artists with the holiday art market. Enjoy the festivities!

  • When: December 1, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Silverthorne Pavillion, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO
  • Cost: Free to attend!

CAIC Benefit Bash

December 2

The Friends of CAIC Benefit Bash returns for its 16th year, the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Our mountainous landscape provides endless opportunities for winter backcountry exploration, but with that comes avalanche hazard. CAIC works hard to keep us safe with its community outreach,  education programs, avalanche forecasting, and more. Enjoy live music, auctions, and giveaways while giving back to an outstanding organization!

  • When: December 2, 6-10 p.m.
  • Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave.
  • Cost: $55

Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas

December 2

The Lighting of Breckenridge festivities is a joyful kickoff to winter, illuminating downtown with the iconic winter lights. Bring your Santa suit and join hundreds of Santa lookalikes for a race down Main Street. This event offers something for the whole family- even your pups. Dress your pooch in their best holiday costume for the holiday dog parade! Don’t miss the official start to the winter season in your favorite ski town.

  • When: December 2, 12-8 p.m.
  • Where: Main Street, Breckenridge
  • Cost: Free to attend, Race of Santas $30 (adult), $10 (child). Santa suits available for purchase.
  • Event Schedule:
    • 12-8 p.m.: Handmade Holiday Market
    • 3-6 p.m.: Toy Drive
    • 3:30 p.m.: Holiday Dog Parade
    • 4:00: Moose March
    • 4:20: Race of the Santas
    • 5:00: Lighting of Breckenridge

Ullr Fest

December 7-9

The event that needs no introduction! Ullr Fest is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year here in Breckenridge- and for good reason. Don your biking helmet and join locals in a celebration of Ullr, the Norse god of snow, and wishing for a powder-filled ski season! Decorate your helmets, break a world record with the world’s longest Shotski, and head to the Ullr bonfire for a legendary party. This is one weekend-long event you don’t want to miss!

  • When: December 7-9
  • Where: Breckenridge
  • Cost: Free to attend!
  • Event Schedule: 
    • December 7
      • 12-3 p.m.: Ullr helmet decorating at Ready, Paint, Fire! ($35)
      • 3:30 p.m.: Crowning of Ullr King and Queen
      • 4:00 p.m.: Worlds’ Longest Shotski Record Attempt
      • 4:30 p.m.: Ullr Parade
      • 5:30 p.m.: Ullr Bonfire
    • December 8
      • 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Race for EveryBODY
      • 8:00 p.m.: Ullr Comedy Night ($35)
    • December 9
      • 12:30-2:00 p.m.: Ullr Ice Skating Party
      • 6-9:00 p.m.: Winter Ice Skating Show
      • 6:00 p.m.: High Country Holidays Concert

Holiday Ice Show

December 9

As part of the Ullr Fest celebrations, the Stephen C. West Ice Arena will be hosting a holiday-themed winter skate show! Watch local youth and adult figure skaters show off their skills and routines. This family-friendly performance is the perfect way to embrace the spirit of the season!

  • When: December 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Stephen C. West Ice Arena
  • Cost: Adults $10, children free

Breckenridge Backstage Theater: The Gift of the Magi

December 6-30

Our local theater organization, Breckenridge Backstage Theater, presents this holiday musical rendition of The Gift of the Magi. From the BTT website, The Gift of the Magi is described as, “Based on the beloved 1905 short story by O. Henry, this holiday chamber musical follows Jim and Della, a young husband and wife with full hearts and empty pockets, seeking the perfect Christmas gifts for each other. This uplifting musical features a spirited 80 minutes of live music, singing, and dancing. Celebrate the joy of love and hope with Breckenridge Backstage Theatre this holiday season! Perfect for all ages!”

  • When: December 6-30 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Breckenridge Backstage Theater
  • Cost: $25-$40
  • Performance Dates:
    • December 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30

Visit Santa: The Grand Colorado on Peak 8

December 18 and 25

Join us for a delightful experience at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8, where Santa awaits for joyful photos and festive moments. Bring the whole family, including your furry friends, as dogs are warmly welcomed to share in the holiday cheer against the stunning backdrop of the mountains. Enjoy hot chocolate and decorate cookies while supplies last.

  • When: 
    • Monday, December 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Monday, December 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Grand Colorado on Peak 8
  • Cost: Free

Friends of Dillon Ranger District Events

One of our most treasured local non-profit organizations, Friends of Dillon Ranger District (FDRD), offers a variety of programs to keep us learning and exploring all winter long! Friends of Dillon Ranger District is an active, locally-based stewardship organization that, with help of volunteers and collaboration with the US Forest Service, works for sustainable management of our local forest. Explore the programs offered by FDRD this season!

Season’s Snowfall and Water Prediction Hike

  • December 1, 2023
  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Free!
  • North Oro Grande/Tenderfoot Mountain Trailhead

Interpretive Tour: Backcountry Ski with a Ranger

  • December 18, 2023
  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Free!
  • Freemont Pass
  • Backcountry touring equipment required

Breck Create Classes & Workshops

Breckenridge Creative Arts, known as BreckCreate, is a local organization devoted to promoting arts, culture, and creative experiences. Since 2014, BreckCreate has nurtured creativity and community through its program activities. Support this local organization by signing up for one of its many classes and workshops!

BreckCreate offers a wide range of classes and workshops suitable for every age and ability! Here are the courses offered this month:

  • Muddy Buddies
  • Ceramics Open Studio
  • Glass Fused Jewelry
  • Precious Plastics: Injection 101
  • All Ages Pick-A-Project: Handmade Holiday
  • Paint a Mini Snowman Scene
  • Cardboard Tube Candles
  • Eco and Ethical Holiday Giving
  • Upcycled Ornaments
  • Craft Stick Ornament
  • Holiday Beeswax Candles
  • Simple Ceramic Ornaments
  • Glass Ornaments
  • Adult Oil Painting
  • Toddler Art
  • Afterschool Art
  • Beginner Wheel Throwing
  • Metalsmithing Projects
  • Young Writer’s Club
  • Beginner Drawing: Drop-In
  • Clay Sculpture for Adults
  • Beginner Glassblowing
  • Beginner Mosaics and Grouting
  • Guided Wheel Throwing
  • Clay Handbuilding
  • Wire-wrapped Jewelry
  • Glassblown Beads and Jewelry
  • All Ages Pick-A-Project
  • Watercolor Splash
  • Ceramics Glazing Techniques