Nothing rings in the holiday season quite like seeing the big jolly man himself flipping the switch on Colorado’s historic ski town’s Christmas light display. What’s even better is watching a horde of Santa Clauses running down Main Street and a massive pack of dogs dressed in their best Christmas outfits parading through town. Saturday, Dec. 3, marked the start of the holiday season in Breckenridge with a number of festivities to help usher in the happiest time of year.
Santa Claus is Running to Town
The 5th Annual Race of the Santa’s is a visitor and local favorite with over 500 Santa impersonators participating in this year’s event. The goal of the event? Get as many men, women, children, and their furry friends to run a 7 block loop of Downtown Breckenridge. The Santa’s start at one end of downtown and run (or walk) 3.5 blocks before making the turn, where hot cocoa and cookies are served, and returning to the start line, jingling all the way of course. Spectators pack themselves along the sidewalk of the entire route of the race, forming a gauntlet of holiday cheer, and joyfully accepting candy canes while encouraging the Santa’s to make their best time. While there can only be one Santa to cross the finish line first, there are no losers in this race of jolly red-nosed runners.
Preceding the Race of the Santa’s is the Annual Bernese Mountain Dog Parade with hundreds of man’s best friends taking over the streets of Downtown Breckenridge to show off their best Christmas costumes. Nearly every breed of festive fido was represented at this year’s event with labradors in ugly sweaters, Berners wearing antlers and shiny red noses, mutts wrapped in wreathes, and St. Bernard's carrying collars of egg nog filled casks. These dogs dancing through the snow nearly stole the show from the Big Man himself who appeared with a few elves just after dark to flip the switch on Breckenridge’s Christmas tree.
Hit the Lights
Children filled the front of the Plaza to catch a glimpse of the legendary Chris Kringle in hopes of inching their way up the Good List. With a “Ho-Ho-Ho” and a “Merry Christmas” Main Street lit up with thousands of twinkling lights and the large crowd erupted in cheers as the season officially began in Breckenridge.
If you missed these joyous events, there are plenty more opportunities to come experience Colorado’s Historic Ski Town during the holiday season, just visit GoBreck.com for the most up to date calendar of events.
Looking for a way to give back in Summit County? Stop by the Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties office at 137 S. Main St. in Breckenridge (located on the corner of the Breckenridge Plaza) and choose an ornament off of our “Adopt an Angel” tree. The ornament will have an age and gender of a child in need of a Christmas gift this holiday season. Bring the gift back to our office and make a child’s Christmas spectacular!
By Reid Tulley
Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties