Top Winter Events in Breckenridge

Lauren Parker / September 18, 2023

If it isn’t the snowy mountains, the charming town, the delicious meals, or the many winter weather activities that are drawing you to Breckenridge, it must be one of these fantastic events. Are you on the fence about what dates to visit our town? Here are a few dates to steer you in the right direction.

Breckenridge Ski Resort Estimated Opening Day

November 10, 2023

We might not be the first mountain to open this season, but we are the most fun! Dust off your gear and celebrate the first day on the slopes for the 2023-2024 ski season. Check out our packing guide for a quick refresher on what to bring to the mountain. Grab your favorite costume or retro outfit, as the mountain will be covered in colorful skiers! We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously around here, and opening day is no exception. Still looking for a place to stay? Our top picks are true slopeside resorts like these!

*Date is subject to change.

The Lighting of Breckenridge and Running of the Santas

December 2, 2023

There is nothing quite as magical as watching thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the charming town of Breckenridge. This is the day we’ve all been waiting for-the day that truly begins the holiday season. Snow is falling, the mountain is covered in skiers, the restaurants are full, and people all over come to see Breckenridge transform into a real-life snow globe. Before the lighting, you’ll get to witness hundreds of Santas racing down Main Street.

Ullr Fest

December 7-9, 2023

At the 59th annual four-day Ullr fest, we’ll call on Ullr, the Norse god of snow, to ask for a great winter! Take part in or witness the world’s longest shotski “unofficial” world record-breaking attempt, and enjoy a Main Street Parade Thursday. Come back throughout the weekend for comedy night and community ice skating!

International Snow Sculpture Championships

January 22-31, 2024

Using only hand tools, sixteen teams from around the globe visit our quaint town of Breckenridge to create intricately carved sculptures in just five days. Watch as teams of four transform 10-foot-tall 25-ton blocks of snow into incredible frozen works of art. After 96 long hours of sculpting, the art pieces will be available for public viewing 24/7 until January 31st at 7p.m. (More detailed scheduled coming soon).

Stay With Us!

While there are many lodging options to choose from in Breckenridge, the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 offers an experience that can’t be beat. With a location directly on the mountain, you’ll experience the magic of waking up with the sun and stepping out onto a balcony overlooking the entire ski resort. The luxury amenities like ski-in/ski-out access, onsite spa, indoor/outdoor aquatics, fitness facility, dining options, and more at make the Grand Colorado the perfect home base for your next Breckenridge vacation.

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