Santas to race through Breckenridge to kick off holidays

By Jen Mulson Updated: November 30, 2017 at 12:20 pm • Published: November 30, 2017 0
photo - Breckenridge will celebrate the season with holiday lighting and the Race of the Santas on Saturday. Courtesy.
Breckenridge will celebrate the season with holiday lighting and the Race of the Santas on Saturday. Courtesy.

Nothings says the holidays quite like 500 Santas running down Main Street.

Breckenridge kicks off the season Saturday with a full schedule of festivities that includes the annual tree lighting, Race of the Santas and a Bernese mountain dog parade. About 2,000 people attend the celebration.

The colorful Race of the Santas got its start in 2012 when the town was looking for a quirky event to match its reputation.

"We always wanted to have something that had a Breckenridge spin on it," said Austyn Dineen, public relations director for the Breckenridge Tourism Office. "In terms of Santas running down Main Street, it's quite hilarious."

A milk and cookies station will help fuel racing Santas, who only have six blocks to cover. Each participant to cross the finish line also will receive an Ullr helmet. Ullr is the Norse god of snow.

The bash begins at noon with a day-long handmade holiday market in the Breckenridge Arts District, where families can make crafts for free. The dog parade happens midday, and though the focus is on wintery-looking Bernese mountain dogs, all canines are welcome to trot down Main Street with their owners. More than 150 pooches strutted their stuff last year.

The eagerly anticipated lighting of the town, which features the town tree, takes place after the race.

"No matter when you come to Breckenridge, the lights are up and you'll feel that holiday town," said Dineen.

Folks can carol before and after and get warmed up for Santa visits beginning at 5:30 p.m.

"Breckenridge is definitely a Colorado favorite in terms of ski village," Dineen said. "Those who come for the holidays will find so much going on and have such a fun time. It's an event not to be missed."

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