Every year, Breckenridge embraces the spirit of winter with a variety of unique and fun events!

race of santas

The Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas

Early December

Each year on the first Saturday of December, locals and visitors celebrate the start of the holiday season in Breckenridge by lighting up the town. This free, fantastic family event is not to be missed!

Also part of the festivities is the Race of the Santas. A newer tradition where hundreds of runners dressed up as Santa race down Main Street in hopes of winning prizes.

Ullr Shot Ski

Ullr Fest

Late December

Ullr Fest has been going on in Breckenridge for over 50 years and is a favorite festival for locals and visitors alike. This event is a week-long celebration to call on the Norse god of snow in hopes of a good winter.

Come ready to break the unofficial world record for longest shot ski. Wear your finest Viking hat and witness more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts fill the town for the Ullr Parade on Main Street.

Snow Sculpture

International Snow Sculpture Championships


Watch professional artists from around the world hand-carve 20-ton blocks of snow into intricate works of art. Artists can only use hand tools, creativity, and inspiration to bring their ideas to life.

Sculpting for 96 hours across five days results in a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge! Book your stay with us early- we will surely book up quickly for this free and astonishing event.

While Breckenridge is known for its unmatched ski resort, this town has plenty more to offer during the winter months!


Hiking might not be the first thing that comes to mind when dreaming about winter in Breckenridge. However, there are many trails that are still accessible by foot in the winter. Depending on the weather, a stroll through the woods in the middle of winter can be quite the magical experience.

Fat Tire Biking

If you’re looking for an activity off the mountain, fat biking is for you! Access trails in a new way by gliding over the packed snow on 4.8″ width tires. This is a growing trend in Breckenridge, and an eco friendly way to travel around town. Visit the Gold Run Nordic Center for rentals and accessible trails.

Extreme Sledding

If you thought sledding has to stop once you reach a certain age, you thought wrong! Take this age old activity to the next level with extreme sledding at Country Boy Mine in Breckenridge. After taking a snow cat all the way up the mountain, soar down the track and do it all over again.