Breckenridge Holiday Traditions: Team Edition

December 9, 2022 / in Holidays in Breckenridge / by Laurel Coffman

If you’re visiting Breckenridge for the holidays, you may have holiday traditions that you bring with you, or you may be looking to start new traditions with your family. The Best of Breck team has shared their favorite ways to celebrate the holidays in Breckenridge so you can feel right at home!  


La Française French Bakery has been a favorite spot of mine since I moved to Breckenridge five years ago. Not only do they make delectable and beautiful pastries and desserts, but they also provide warm and friendly service. Each year I so look forward to ordering their pastries for Christmas. Their pain au chocolats, cinnamon beignets and fruit tarts transport me straight to the streets of France and bring me so much joy. Be sure to stop in for a treat and order a delectable hot chocolate to go along with it! Joyeux Noel! 


Since I moved to Breckenridge last February, I haven’t had the chance to spend an entire holiday season in this charming town. However, I’m beyond excited to start new traditions this year with my husband and our dog, Hank! There are so many things to do here, but I’m most excited about getting up on Christmas morning, skiing with friends and family, and hopping over to Sevens for an après Christmas lunch. If it’s sunny, we’ll try to snag a spot on the patio and look at the gorgeous mountains while we enjoy our flatbreads and bloody marys. Since we like to spoil our pup, I imagine we’ll spend the rest of the afternoon at the dog park letting Hank get all his energy out. Cheers to new traditions and many years to carry them on! 


My favorite holiday tradition comes at the beginning of the holiday season. With thermoses full of spiked hot chocolate, a saw, and lots of Christmas cheer—we strap on our snowshoes and venture out to cut down our Christmas tree. Be sure to obtain a permit before cutting down a tree and do your research on where tree cutting is allowed. With a tree in tow, it’s officially the holiday season in my house, and what a magical way for it to begin. 


Save the presents for later. I love waking up early and taking a few runs with friends who live in Summit County first thing in the morning. A lot of locals often stay in town for the holidays so it is great to get together with friends who have become family. The resorts are not very crowded on Christmas morning and it’s a great way to get outside before opening presents and having a Christmas feast. 


My holiday tradition happens after the holidays are over and everyone is dealing with the January doldrums. We used to host this in December but found competing with company parties, travel and nutty schedules made it difficult for many. Now we host a fondue party in mid-January or early February to help make the dark days of winter more fun. The party includes an alcoholic white elephant gift exchange complete with the stealing of gifts and other shenanigans. People get pretty creative with the gifts. One of my favorite gifts was a case of Busch Light, a bag of Cheetos and a really bad 80s movie. 

I use the recipe from a famous, local, mountain-top fondue restaurant with a few small adjustments. We dip cheese, veggies, apples and more and finish the night with chocolate fondue with Grand Marnier. It’s always a great time!