Family Road Adventures – Winter Holiday Fun in Breckenridge, Colorado

Posted on: December 9th, 2012 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

There’s nothing quite like spending part of the holiday season in a Victorian-era Colorado mountain town, and Breckenridge (or “Breck,” as the locals call it) will certainly get you into the spirit. Set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Breckenridges’s historic Main Street is lined with over 200 shops and unique buildings, all decorated and lit up with Christmas lights.

A trip to Breckenridge at Christmastime is sure to be a memorable family road adventure for everyone, and could even become an annual tradition. At just under two hours, Breck is a reasonable day trip from Denver, or there are countless lodging options in Summit County if you prefer to spend the night.

It’s enough of an experience just strolling down the festive streets, people-watching, ducking into shops and stopping for a cup of hot cocoa when you need to warm up. But there’s much more holiday fun if you’re so inclined.

If you love the arts, you’ll feel right at home in Breckenridge, whether you’re exploring the Arts District, catching a performance at the Riverwalk Center, perusing one of the many galleries or just admiring a local artist at work. This holiday season, you can see A Christmas Carol at the Breckenridge Theatre, or enjoy the “Bartels Brass” holiday concert at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church.

Established during the gold rush, Breckenridge is the largest historic district in Colorado,  and naturally is rich with history. The Gold Pan Saloon at 103 N. Main Street was established in 1859 and is still in business today, making it the oldest continuously operated bar west of the Mississippi. Of course, there are a variety of dining options available to fit any budget. Grab a filled crepe to eat outside huddled around the fire, or sit down for a gourmet meal and watch the activity from the warmth of a restaurant booth.

The fun doesn’t end after the holiday season, either. January brings Ullr Fest, a celebration paying homage to Ullr, the Norse snow god. There’s a parade, music and other entertainment. This year will be the 50th anniversary of Ullr Fest, which is sure to make it a major production. Then in late January, the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships will bring contestants from all over the world to create elaborate snow sculptures.

If you’re looking for a great place to create some special Colorado holiday memories with your family, check out Breckenridge this year. What’s your favorite place to visit during the holiday season?

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