Celebrating a Festive Christmas in Breckenridge, Colorado

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Breckenridge truly comes alive during the holiday season, offering a magical experience unlike any other time of the year. The town is transformed into a picturesque, snow-globe village and the festive spirit is infectious. Breckenridge's warm and welcoming community, combined with its stunning mountain landscape, creates the perfect setting for a memorable Christmas getaway. From unforgettable events and activities to the chance to bask in the joyous ambiance, Breckenridge is the ultimate destination for a festive holiday retreat.

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Where to stay in Breckenridge, Colorado

One Ski Hill Place

Embrace the slopes and mountain charm in Breckenridge, where luxury accommodations, ski-in/ski-out access, and Rocky Mountain vistas create an unforgettable alpine getaway.

The Lodge at Breckenridge

The Lodge at Breckenridge is a charming mountain retreat nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This cozy lodge offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, comfortable accommodations, and easy access to outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, and mountain biking, making it a popular choice for those seeking a rustic yet comfortable mountain getaway.

Main Street Station

Main Street Station is a historic hotel and casino located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. This iconic establishment offers a blend of old-world charm and modern amenities, featuring a casino floor with a wide range of games, comfortable accommodations, and a convenient location near popular attractions like the Fremont Street Experience. It's a popular choice for visitors looking to experience the vibrant nightlife and entertainment of downtown Las Vegas.

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Things to do in Breckenridge, Colorado

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Breckenridge is renowned for its world-class ski resorts. Whether you're a seasoned skier or a beginner, spend your days gliding down powdery slopes, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. The ski resorts offer special Christmas packages and events, making your skiing experience even more joyful.

Explore the Holiday Market

Wander through Breckenridge's Holiday Market, where local artisans and vendors showcase unique handmade crafts, jewelry, and holiday goodies. Find the perfect gift for your loved ones while enjoying the festive atmosphere and live performances.

Spectacular Sleigh Rides

Experience the magic of Christmas with a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Snuggle up under warm blankets as you glide through snowy fields and scenic trails, listening to the sound of jingling sleigh bells. It's a romantic and nostalgic way to embrace the holiday spirit.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Witness the enchantment as Breckenridge illuminates its towering Christmas tree with thousands of sparkling lights. Gather with locals and visitors alike to celebrate this cherished annual tradition. Feel the joy in the air as carolers sing holiday tunes and fireworks light up the night sky.

Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and glide across the ice in one of Breckenridge's outdoor ice skating rinks. Imagine twirling beneath the stars as the crisp mountain air fills your lungs. This joyful activity brings a sense of childlike wonder and makes for some unforgettable memories.

Race of the Santas

Join the fun by participating in Breckenridge's infamous Race of the Santas. Imagine hundreds of Santas dashing through the snow-clad streets, spreading holiday cheer. Dress up as Santa or simply come as an enthusiastic spectator to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Torchlight Parade

On Christmas Eve, witness the awe-inspiring Torchlight Parade down the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Skiers adorned with glowing torches create a mesmerizing spectacle as they ski gracefully down the mountain, forming a dazzling, winding line of light.

Places to eat & drink in Breckenridge, Colorado

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The Hearthstone Restaurant: Enjoy a cozy and elegant setting with a diverse menu of seasonal dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Indulge in fine cuisine while enjoying scenic views of the mountains.

Blue River Bistro: Treat yourself to a delicious meal at this lively and sophisticated restaurant. The menu offers a fusion of flavors with a wide selection of seafood, steak and vegetarian options, accompanied by a comprehensive wine list.

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Christmas in Breckenridge, Colorado, is nothing short of enchanting. With a wide array of festive events, exciting winter activities, exquisite dining options and cozy accommodations, this captivating mountain town is the epitome of a perfect holiday retreat. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit, create lasting memories and experience the magic of Christmas in Breckenridge.

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