Visiting Breckenridge over the holiday season? We have provided helpful information to make sure your winter stay is magical.
First things first, SAFETY!
You'll be visiting during some beautiful snowy days. This is GREAT for skiing and other outdoor activities. However, don't get too excited yet. Make sure your rental car is ready to go and equipped with the necessary safety features prior to your arrival.
We HIGHLY recommend 4-wheel drive and/or at the very least, AWD (All Wheel Drive) when visiting the Rocky Mountains in winter. In fact, some homes require this over 2-wheel options. Each home will specify 4-wheel drive requirements under its Amenities list on the website. If you are visiting during a powder day storm, make sure you follow all TRACTION LAWS set in place by the Colorado Department of Transportation prior to heading up I-70.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
More than likely, your primary reason for visiting Breckenridge is to hit the slopes, and rightfully so! Why not attend an event or two if it takes place during your stay. Stay tuned for more options as we near November and December... Also, visit our WINTER ADVENTURES page for recommended Nordic skiing, dog sledding options, ski rentals, and more.
A Christmas Story - Enjoy a Christmas classic with the Breckenridge Backstage Theater running from 12/13 through 12/30. Located at 121 S. Ridge Street in Breckenridge, (970) 453.0199
Sledding - Carter Park is located just four blocks east of Main Street and it boasts a walk-up, slide-down sledding hill that has just the right amount of steepness. The hill is wide, but it can get busy as the day goes on, so plan ahead and get there early. The park offers lovely mountain views of the Tenmile Range, bathroom facilities, and picnic tables
Ice Skating - Breckenridge Ice Rink / 0189 Boreas Pass Road / (970) 547-9974
Dog Sledding - Imagine mushing through a forest of beautiful spruce trees while being pulled by Siberian Huskies. Breckenridge offers some of the best dog sledding in Colorado, which is a great way to get out into the backcountry surrounding Breckenridge and enjoy the serene nature of a winter forest. Breckenridge dog sledding combines history and adventure to make this activity a truly unique family experience.
Nordic Skiing - Nordic Skiing and snowshoeing dates back as early as 600 BC. More than five millennia ago, Scandinavians strapped on skinny skis as their main form of transportation during the winter. This type of skiing wasn’t designed for the rush of the downhill, but a practical way to travel across the country over snow. To experience the tradition firsthand, visit one of Breckenridge’s two Nordic centers. Each Breckenridge Nordic Skiing center showcases breathtaking terrain and provides lessons and rentals for those who want to try a little touring.
Breckenridge boasts more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) of perfectly manicured cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails between the town’s two Nordic Centers. If exploring some historic mining ruins on your own is more your style, the Breckenridge trail system offers hundreds of miles of ungroomed trails to explore.
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides - Sleigh and dinner theater; sleigh and dinner; sleigh and hot cocoa (and complementary schnapps for adults); or a private ride? These are the main decisions.
Breckenridge Sleigh Rides is booking its sleigh rides through Two Below Zero, which departs from the Frisco Nordic Center. It whisks people on a 20-minute ride — with mountain peaks lining the horizon — to a wooden structure, covered by a tent, just like in the old days. Inside, comfy, padded chairs circle tables that seat 10-14.
Dinner sleigh rides start with complementary schnapps for adults and hot cocoa for anyone who wants to warm up. Then sleigh drivers serve chicken cheese enchilada soup, followed by BOTH a top sirloin steak and chicken, complemented with potato and veggies. Save room for dessert — you won’t want to miss the warm apple pie topped with whipped cream.
Skate with Santa - December 24th from 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm at the Breckenridge Ice Rink
Church Services -
BRECKENRIDGE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES - 6:00 pm – Family friendly service (no childcare provided), No Christmas Day Service, Location: 103 Sawmill Rd.
CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH - 11:00 am – Traditional Service, 1:00, 3:00 pm – Child and Family friendly service, 5:00, 7:00 pm – Contemporary Service, Location: 16072 Colorado Highway 9
FATHER DYER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Sunday Service – December 23rd Christmas Cantana at 9:00 am, Christmas Eve Services: 3:00 pm – Family Service (childcare provided), 4:30, 6:00, 7:30 pm – Choir and Candlelight, 9:00 pm – Communion and Candlelight, No Christmas Day Service, Location: 310 Wellington Rd.
GREAT DIVIDE CAVALRY - 9:30 am – Christmas Eve Morning Service, 4:00, 6:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, No Christmas Day Service, Location: Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, 107 Denison Placer Rd.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 4:00 pm – Family Service with Christmas Pageant, Children’s Homily, & Holy Communion, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 pm – Festal Eucharist with Carols & Candlelight, Come early, especially at 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00, Location: 100 S. French St.
ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH - Christmas Eve services: 4:00, 6:00 pm – Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge, 9:00 pm – St. Mary’s, Breckenridge, Christmas Day: 8:00, 10:00 am – St. Mary’s, Breckenridge, Locations: St. Mary’s: 109 S French St., Riverwalk Center: 150 W. Adams Blvd.
Dining - Many restaurants will be offering specialties for holiday meal options. Here are a few to get you started:
Ember - 160 E Adams / (970) 547-9595 / Christmas Day and New Year's Eve
Briar Rose - 109 Lincoln Ave. / (970) 453.9948 / Christmas Day and New Year's Eve
Relish - 137 S Main Street / (970) 453-0989 / New Year's Eve, Closed Christmas Day
Breckenridge Distillery - 1925 Airport Road / (970) 547-9759 ext. 3 / Free Shuttle with pick-up/drop-off within Breck town limits / Christmas Eve, Day and New Year's Eve
Hearthstone - 130 S. Ridge Street / (970) 453-1148 / Christmas 3 Course Special
Blue River Bistro - 305 N Main Street / (970) 453.6974 / Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve Jazz music night with no cover
Aurum - 209 S. Ridge Street / (970) 771.3943 / Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve Celebration
Bring in the new year right with a top celebration at 10,000 feet! From a torchlight parade, fireworks, late night parties and more, you're surely going to ring in the new year with a smile! (Don't Drink and Drive! Breck has UBER and other perfect transportation options!)
Riverwalk Concerts - Raggae on the Blue beginning at 8:30 pm on December 31st. Advance tickets are $35, door tickets are $45.
New Year's Day
Ski / Snowboard - Even though the night prior may be a late one, take advantage of early morning ski hours! You'll be sure to have a ski run or two all to yourself.
HOLIDAY DECORATING & MORE
No holiday is complete without sparkles, trees, and garland! Let our highly recommended tree setup experts take the work out of your trip. From tree setup, to house decorating, and even delivery of holiday groceries to your vacation rental's kitchen, Summit Home Services is your go-to vacation pros!