County warms with holiday celebrations
SUMMIT COUNTY – When the county lights up with holiday charm – and tourists’ cars – do you hide or revel in the cheer? This season, quaint gatherings such as Dillon’s tree lighting, Breckenridge’s high teas and Victorian craft workshops join the full-tilt holiday celebrations, offering something for everyone.
A Victorian holiday in Breckenridge
Breckenridge celebrates the holiday season with Victorian charm. Beginning Saturday, historic Main Street shines bright as businesses compete for the best holiday decorations in town.
Breckenridge’s Victorian flair heightens Saturday, Dec. 7, with the lighting of the 15-foot town tree. The festivities begin with breakfast, craft making and a visit from Santa from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. Reserve a seat on Santa’s lap by Dec. 6 by calling (970) 453-1734. Cost is $5. From noon to 4 p.m., a free craft workshop keeps young elves busy.
Santa joins carolers at 4:30 p.m. at Daniel’s Cabin. From there, the jolly old man leads a procession down Main Street for the lighting of the town tree at the Blue River Plaza, followed by fireworks and a concert led by the Summit High School choir.
The Carter Museum comes to life with the history, customs and joy of a Victorian Christmas as guests fashion Victorian mittens, glove ornaments, tricket tubes and pomander balls Dec. 7, 14, 20 and 22. The event, from 2-4 p.m., is open to anyone age 6 to 96. Call (970) 453-9022 for reservations. Cost is $15, and refreshments are included.
The Briggle House Christmas Party showcases a beautifully restored Victorian solid log house, built in 1896, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. If you miss the party, join the Summit Historical Society for a traditional high tea and classic Christmas readings at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, or Monday, Dec. 23, at the Briggle house. To make reservations, call (970) 453-9022.
Santa returns to the Blue River Plaza to hear children’s wish lists and pose for pictures from 2-4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21, and from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 15 and 22. Dickens carolers will stroll around town singing holiday classics from 2-4 p.m.
High alpine holidays at Keystone, Copper Mountain
Holiday carolers fill the crisp air with traditional songs Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14 and Dec. 20-24 at the Village at Copper Mountain. Santa slides down Copper Mountain Dec. 20-25. Catch him on beginner and intermediate slopes or around the village.
For a romantic mountain touch, step into a horse-drawn carriage and ride around the village, adorned by a real, 25- to 30-foot Christmas tree.
Kids will enjoy a puppet show of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” Friday, Dec. 20, in the village and a showing of “The Grinch that Stole Christmas,” tentatively set for Saturday, Dec. 21. On Christmas Eve, skiers and boarders weave down the mountain in a torchlight parade.
Copper opens its Christmas Market Dec. 7-8 as shops spread holiday cheer with special giveaways and promotions. Carolers, carriage rides and special holiday performances heighten the spirit of Christmas.
Everyday is a holiday at Keystone Village and River Run from Dec. 21-30. Santa skis into town, joining carolers, holiday concerts, marshmallow roasting, children’s crafts and more. For more information on Keystone’s activities, call (970) 496-4FUN.
Quaint, small-town celebrations with Santa, lights and bazaars
Santa and his reindeer land in Dillon Thursday, Dec. 5, for the lighting of a 16-foot Colorado blue spruce in the town center. Carols from the Summit Choral Society rise to the mountain peaks while guests enjoy free hot dogs, hot cocoa and cookies.
The town continues its winter celebration with the Winter Bazaar, filled with speciality foods that make Dillon’s Farmers’ Market so popular. Various artisans and crafters from around the state display such speciality items as candles, jewelry and crushed-flower frames. The bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21, Jan. 11 and 18, Feb. 8 and 15 and March 8 and 15 at the Dillon Center building.
Santa rides into Silverthorne for its holiday bazaar from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Carolers, a youth violinist and dancers entertain shoppers as they peruse 30-35 vendors offering items ranging from chocolate to leather goods.
An old-fashioned Frisco Christmas
The Frisco Historical Society hosts an old-fashioned Christmas bazaar featuring 20 local artists’ work, including photography, woodwork and hand-painted wine glasses. The bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7-22 at the Old Town Hall in Frisco.
Businesses in Frisco illuminate for the town’s holiday lighting contest, judged Tuesday, Dec. 10. Kids may visit Santa and glimpse an up-close look at his real reindeer from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Niemoth Cabin at the Frisco Historic Park. Mrs. Claus accompanies her jolly fellow and hands out free Polaroid pictures capturing Santa as he listens to everyone’s wish list. The North Pole residents return to the Frisco Historic Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with a storyteller who spins tales of Christmases past and present.
The 15-foot town tree lights up the Frisco Historic Park gazebo Sunday, Dec. 8, surrounded by Dickens Christmas carolers and free hot cocoa and cookies until 6 p.m.
Professional ice sculptor Mike Pizzuto sculpts a life-sized sleigh Dec. 8. The sleigh, placed next to the gazebo Christmas tree, was a popular spot for family photos last year, said Linda Lichtendahl, Frisco community relations director.
Ringing in the New Year
Ski or board into the new year at Keystone Resort, then join the street party in River Run Dec. 31.
Two torchlight parades snake down the slopes – one at Breckenridge Ski Resort and the other at Copper Mountain Resort Dec. 31. Fireworks explode over Breckenridge, while fireworks, a cyber light show and music jazz up the Village at Copper.
After the brilliant displays, join the town party in Breckenridge or stomp into Copper’s Country Western New Year’s Eve Party featuring the Barely Getting By Band, line dancing and a Southwestern buffet.
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