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Editor’s Picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend

This weekend marks the return of what I've been told is the social event of the year in Summit County. The last Ski Ball fundraiser for Team Summit Colorado was held in 2010, but, before that, the event has been on Summit's calendar since its inception in 1980. The funding from the ball goes toward scholarships for local athletes, transportation and needed training gear. Besides live music, there is also cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction, so break out the fancy clothes and hit up Keystone Saturday night. As of Thursday, there were only a few tickets left, so best to jump on it ASAP. Check out the story on Page A14 for more information.

WASSAIL DAYS

Frisco is hosting nine days worth of events for Wassail Days, starting Dec. 4 and continuing through Dec. 13. There are a ton of free family friendly activities along with more than 60 businesses offering up the hot spiced cider drink over the event. A couple of the highlights include the free ski and snowshoe day for locals at the Frisco Nordic Center on Monday, Dec. 7. Anyone displaying a Summit County ID may have a free trail pass between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and rentals will be available at a discounted rate of $15. There will also be free tubing from 4–6 p.m. that day, but make a reservation early as it usually fills up. I took my mom to the free tubing day a couple years ago, and she still talks about it to this day. Also pretty pumped about the second annual Ugly Sweater Challenge on Saturday, Dec. 12 — just need to find that perfect sweater for my Chesapeake.

RACE OF THE SANTAS

Breckenridge draws around 500 Santas and Mrs. Clauses for the Race of the Santas down Main Street. This year, the event will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, followed by the Lighting of Breckenridge. This event is not only entertaining, but funds go to the Adopt an Angel program, which provides gifts for local children of families in need. Other highlights on the schedule include the Handmade Holiday Market, free fat bike demos, followed by the Fat Bike Open race at the Gold Run Nordic Center, and a visit with the real Santa at the Barney Ford House Museum. Check out the story on page 15 for more information.

HOLIDAYS IN DILLON

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The town of Dillon is also offering a bunch of upcoming holiday activities. Although the tree lighting happened last night, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate in December on that side of the county. On Fridays, the town will offer free bonfires with Santa, arts and crafts, and holiday puppet and magic shows. Check out this story on summitdaily.com for dates and times of the events.

This weekend marks the return of what I’ve been told is THE social event of the year in Summit County. The last Ski Ball fundraiser for Team Summit Colorado was held in 2010, but before that the event has been on Summit’s calendar since its inception in 1980. The funding from the ball goes toward scholarships for local athletes, transportation and needed training gear. Besides live music, there is also cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction, so break out the fancy clothes and hit up Keystone Saturday night. As of Thursday, there were only a few tickets left, so best to jump on it asap.

WASSAIL DAYS

Frisco is hosting nine days worth of events for Wassail Days, starting Dec. 4 and continuing through Dec. 13. There are a ton of free family friendly activities along with more than 60 businesses offering up the hot spiced cider drink over the event. A couple of the highlights include the free ski and snowshoe day for locals at the Frisco Nordic Center on Monday, Dec. 7. Anyone displaying a Summit County ID may have a free trail pass between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and rentals will be available at a discounted rate of $15. There will also be free tubing from 4–6 p.m. that day, but make a reservation early as it usually fills up. I took my mom to the free tubing day a couple years ago, and she still talks about it to this day. Also pretty pumped about the second annual Ugly Sweater Challenge on Saturday, Dec. 12 — just need to find that perfect sweater for my Chesapeake.

RACE OF THE SANTAS

Breckenridge draws around 500 Santas and Mrs. Clauses for the Race of the Santas down Main Street. This year the event will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, followed by the Lighting of Breckenridge. This event is not only entertaining, but funds go to the Adopt an Angel program, which provides gifts for local children of families in need. Other highlights on the schedule include the Handmade Holiday Market, free fat bike demos, followed by the Fat Bike Open race at the Gold Run Nordic Center, and a visit with the real Santa at the Barney Ford House Museum.

HOLIDAYS IN DILLON

The town of Dillon is also offering a bunch of upcoming holiday activities. Although the tree lighting happened last night, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate in December on that side of the county. On Fridays, the town will offer free bonfires with Santa, arts and crafts, and holiday puppet and magic shows.