Visits from Santa, music, fireworks and more: Schedule of holiday events happening in Summit County |

Visits from Santa, music, fireworks and more: Schedule of holiday events happening in Summit County

Instructors with Copper Mountain's Ski & Ride School slide down the mountain wielding two flares apiece during the torchlight parade, which will take place on Christmas Eve and again on New Year's Eve.
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With just under two weeks left until the new year, Summit County is still ripe with holiday events to keep the cheer high. Don’t miss out on more visits from Santa or the music, plays, food and fireworks that make the season all the merrier.

Christmas Eve torchlight parade and kids’ glow pageant

Santa is back again at Copper Mountain Resort on Dec. 24 before a busy night of delivering gifts. In Center Village beginning at 4:45 p.m., DJ Landry will be mixing holiday tunes for the whole family, just before any and all kids can meet up at 5 for a glowstick pageant. At 6:15, the Ski and Ride School will have their torchlight parade and Santa will make his appearance. End the night with a fireworks display at 6:30 and candlelight chapel service at 7:30. There will be giveaways and raffle prizes all throughout the event. Visit for more information.

Santa at A-Basin

Also on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus and one of his lucky chosen elves will be making an appearance at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area starting at 11 a.m. They will be handing out candy in the A-Frame lodge and Mountain Goat Plaza to all who deserve some. To spread the cheer around the mountain, Santa will head over to Molly Hogan and then to the lodge at the top of Black Mountain Express before he leaves at 1 p.m. Visit for more information.

‘Holiday Follies’

Through Dec. 23, The Lake Dillon Theatre Company will be running a holiday variety show featuring yuletide classics, comic interludes and audience favorites with special guest performers. Showtimes are at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $14.50–41.50 depending on seats and can be purchased at

‘A Christmas Story’

Through Dec. 30, the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre will be running a live version of the classic holiday film “A Christmas Story.” Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree.

Ralphie pleads his case over and over again only to be told, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamp post; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. The show is appropriate for all ages and tickets are $25-35 depending on seats. For showtimes, visit

Christmas Dinner

The Rotary Club of Summit County, Synagogue of the Summit and The Elks Lodge will serve a free dinner to all comers on Christmas Day. The meal is served every Tuesday, even on holidays, from 5-7 p.m. at The Elks Lodge, located at 1321 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne. Thanks to a generous donation from Al and Sara Zuckerman of Greer’s Appliances, this dinner will be a special one. “Giving is what the holiday season is all about,” said the Zuckermans. “We are thrilled to have an opportunity to give our share to this wonderful charity that gives back to the community all year round.”

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