Winter events in Denver’s nearby ski resorts
December 23, 2015
Dozens of events to choose from this winter in Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Dillon, CO.
November 22-27 || A Christmas Story, 6 p.m. Riverwalk Center. Directed by Christopher Willard. In this Christmas adventure like no other, young Ralphie Parker's fervent campaign for a Red Ryder BB Gun unfolds despite a chorus of worries ("You'll shoot your eye out!")
November 26 || Turkey Day 5k, 9:30 a.m. 110 3rd Avenue, Frisco (Old Community Center). Come out and burn a few calories before celebrating with food, family and fun at the 3rd annual Turkey Day 5k in Frisco. PRE-REGISTRATION FEES: Register online; $15 for adults 18+, $10 for youth ages 6-17, kids 5 & under are free. Registration fee includes a commemorative Turkey Day 5k item for all paying participants. Pre-registration closes at noon on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. DAY-OF REGISTRATION: Day-of registration will be from 8 – 9:30 a.m. at the Old Community Center. $20/adults 18+, $15 for youth ages 5-17, kids 5 and under are free. RuntheRockies.com.
November 26 || Frisco Adventure Park Tubing Hill Opens, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Frisco Adventure Park. The tubing hill opens for the season 7 days a week. Reservations are highly recommended. Call (970) 668-2558 for reservations. FriscoAdventurePark.com.
November 26-December 8 || Santa's Calling, 6-8 p.m. Frisco Town Hall, Frisco Adventure Park, Frisco Historic Park, Summit County Public Library, Summit County Preschool, Frisco/Copper Information Center and Stork and Bear Clothing Company will all be accepting call requests from boys and girls who want to talk to Santa about their holiday wishes. And on Tuesday, December 8, Santa will be calling all the boys and girls on his call list. Free. WassailDays.com
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November 27 || Thanksgiving and Snow, 6:30-8 p.m. 209 Ten Mile Circle, Copper Mountain. Santa's arrival to Copper Mountain: Join us as we kick off the season with DJ Landry mixing tunes and spreading holiday cheer on Friday, November 28. In anticipation of an exciting December, Santa will arrive in Burning Stones Plaza via a Pisten Bully Snowcat. Following his grand entrance, he will be visiting with all good boys and girls at the annual tree lighting. We will wrap up the festivities with fireworks in Center Village but don't you fret, Santa will return for the 12 Days of Copper.
November 28 || Welcome Winter Carnival, 3 p.m. Warren Station, Keystone Resort. Warren Station officially welcomes winter with a warm, family celebration. Cozy up in the ballroom with a complimentary bag of kettle corn and hot chocolate, while the kids enjoy carnival favorites. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek add a little kick to the party with Bluegrass and Americana classics. Then at 5 p.m., walk into the center of the village for the Lighting of River Run. Free Entry. Beverages a la carte.
November 28 || Lighting of River Run, 5 p.m. River Run Plaza, Keystone Resort. Come join the festivities at Keystone with the 4th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. Make sure to visit Santa and tell him all of your holiday wishes while you snack on fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate. Holiday music will be echoing throughout the village and goodies will be available for the munchkins. Free.
November 28 || Under A Blood Red Sky, 7:30 p.m. Riverwalk Center. An acclaimed U2 tribute band that passionately and authentically recreates the music of the world-renowned U2 band. Covering the War tour in 1983 to present day, Under a Red Blood Sky has sold out venues at Red Rocks and other stages across Colorado. The group pays attention to detail, including video/audio choreography, wardrobe, stage props and instruments. Come and sing along. The evening's performance will benefit Domus Pacis Family Respite, whose mission is to provide families going through their cancer journey with a week of respite and peace in the High Country. $30-$45.
December 3 || Lighting of Dillon. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Lake Dillon Community Church. Gather on Thursday, December 3rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to usher in the holiday season at the annual Lighting of Dillon event. Children will enjoy visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free Santa hats or reindeer antlers will be offered. Children and parents alike can sing along to their favorite holiday carols. You can also enjoy a free hot dog, a bite of pizza, homemade cookies, hot cider, and coffee all provided by members of the Dillon Business Association and your friends and neighbors in the Summit County community.
December 4-13 || Wassail Days. Sample Wassail at unique local shops in Frisco and find the perfect holiday gifts. Complete a "12 sips of wassail card" for a free commemorative mug and vote for your favorite wassail. Free. WassailDays.com.
Fridays: Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan 8 || Dillon Festival of Lights. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Lake Dillon Theater, Town Park and School House Museum. Start the evening out with family entertainment at the Lake Dillon Theater Company. Live Puppet Shows and Holiday Magic performances. After the program, follow the trail of lights across the street to Dillon Park for a bonfire with Santa. Roast marshmallows, sip hot cocoa and sing along with carolers before continuing on the trail of lights to the School House Museum for refreshments, adult libations benefiting the Summit Historical Society. Kids can create crafts from bygone eras including clothes pin angels and reindeer.
December 4 || Frisco's Tree and Luminary Lighting, 6 p.m. Historic Park Gazebo. Back again this year – 600 luminaries will line Main Street for an extra dose of mountain magic. Free. WassailDays.com.
December 5 || Santa Visits 10 a.m-12 p.m. Frisco Historic Park Museum. Santa will visit with boys and girls to find out what their fondest wishes are for the holiday season. Santa loves it when parents bring their cameras and take pictures of Santa with the kids. Free. WassailDays.com.
December 5 || Nutcracker Suites: Matinee and Evening Show, 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Warren Station, Keystone Resort.Welcome the holidays with a seasonal classic. The Summit School of Dance and the CO. Motion Dancers present the Nutcracker Suite. The troupe takes you on a magical adventure showcasing the most popular sounds of Tchaikovsky including the famous "Waltz of the Flowers" and the "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy". Matinee performance at 3:30 p.m. and evening performance at 6:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before. Adults – $12, Children 12 and under – $7, 5 and under – $2. Buy tickets at http://www.warrenstation.com or http://nutcrackersuite2015.eventbrite.com.
December 5 || Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas, downtown Breckenridge. Town "officially" transforms into a holiday scene on with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas, when runners and walkers don Santa suits to benefit Adopt an Angel. Events continue all month with the Dew Tour, Santa visits, New Year's Eve parties and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 864-0868.
December 6 || Soup Cup Classic, 4-6 p.m. Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge. Local restaurants and amateur cooks will duke it out for the titles of best professional soup and best amateur soup, respectively. The guests will be the judges as they sample soup and vote for their favorite. Tickets cost is $30 for adults and $15 for kids (12 & younger) and include tubing, two beverages and unlimited soup. WassailDays.com.
December 10-13 || Dew Tour Mountain Championships, Peak 8 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. For the eighth straight year, the Dew Tour will return to Breckenridge for the Mountain Championships. Top off the snowboard and freeski competitions with big-name concerts in town. Email email@example.com or call (877) 864-0868
December 11 || Wassail Night at the Museum, 5-8 p.m. Frisco Historic Park & Museum. Guests are invited to experience a cozy winter evening with an after hours celebration. Apple cider, cookies, stories and music will be enjoyed in the museum, which will be decked out for the holidays. Free. WassailDays.com.
December 12 || Santa Visits the Frisco Historic Park Museum. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa will visit with boys and girls to find out what their fondest wishes are for the holiday season. Santa loves it when parents bring their cameras and take pictures of Santa with the kids. Free. WassailDays.com.
December 12 || Ugly Sweater Challenge, 4 p.m. Frisco Main Street. Ugly holiday sweaters are required at this event, which celebrates all things holiday with a tongue-in-cheek challenge. Participants are invited to take on five "holiday challenges" from 7th Avenue to the finish at the Frisco Historic Park. Challenges will include traditional holiday tasks like target practice with fruitcakes and eggnog shooters (non-alcoholic to keep participants in top form). Awards will be followed by an ugly sweater after party. WassailDays.com.
December 12 || Alpine Dance Academy Recital, 6:30 p.m. Warren Station, Keystone Resort. Alpine Dance Academy presents "An Elegant Evening of Dance." The event begins with award-winning dance routines performed by the Alpine Vibes competitive dance company, followed by champagne and dessert. DJ Courtney Hampton will follow the performance with a dance party for all. Please contact Alpine Dance Academy at (970) 406-0990 or firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Performance at 7 p.m. Dance Party and Champagne Toast: 9-10 p.m. Advance sales only. $20 for adults (champagne included), $10 for students (under age 21). Children 4 and under are admitted free. No tickets may be purchased at the door for this performance.
December 13 || The Wood Brothers, 7:30 p.m. Riverwalk Center. Made up of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, plus multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, The Wood Brothers sit squarely at the crux of blues, rock and bluegrass, equally improvisational and jamming as they are rocking. The Wood Brothers are currently on a national headlining tour with stops at Carnegie Hall, Americana Music Festival and more. $25-$30.
December 18-19 || Keller Williams Concert, Doors open: 8 p.m. Music starts: 9 p.m. Warren Station, Keystone Resort. 8 p.m. "Keller & His Compadres" are returning to Keystone. Solo set each night as well. Advanced ticket sales are $30 per person, per show or $55 for a two-day pass. Standing room only. Stay tuned to http://www.warrenstation.com.
December 22, 23 & 25-30 || A Christmas Story, Riverwalk Center Amphitheater, Directed by Christopher Willard. In this Christmas adventure like no other, young Ralphie Parker's fervent campaign for a Red Ryder BB Gun unfolds despite a chorus of worries ("You'll shoot your eye out!")
December 24 || Christmas Eve Torch Parade, 9 p.m. Copper Mountain Resort. Join us for a great celebration. Free.
December 31 || New Year's Eve Concert, Warren Station, Keystone Resort. Come ring New Year at Warren Station. Band TBD. Stay tuned to http://www.warrenstation.com.
January 7-9, 14, 15, 21-23 & 28-29 || Murderers, 7:30 p.m. Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge. A killer comedy: Gerald. Lucy. Minka. They look like everyday people, but they have one dark secret in common – they're murderers. In this deliciously black comedy, three unlikely killers justify their crimes in the most outrageously funny ways. Homicide has never been so hilarious. From the co-author of "Tuesdays With Morrie."
January 9 || Gold Rush. A winter celebration including Nordic Races, a community bonfire and fireworks. FriscoGold
January 13-16 || Ullr Fest, throughout Breckenridge, parade on Main Street. For over 50 years, the Breckenridge community has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide snow dance, which includes the iconic Main Street parade, Ullr Fat Bike Race, Ullr talent show, Ullympics and more. Email email@example.com or call (877) 864-0868. To learn more about Ullr, see story on page 52.
January 16 & 17 || The Motet Concert, Doors open: 8 p.m. Music starts: 9 p.m. Warren Station, Keystone Resort. The MOTET returns to Warren Station for a third year with a two-night performance. This world-class ensemble can whip the audience into a whirlwind, using complex layers of rhythm, melody and soul. Advanced ticket sales are $22 per person. Day-of ticket sales are $25 per person, if available.
January 18-30 || International Snow Sculpture Championships, Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Avenue, Breckenridge. Viewing week Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2016. Snow carving in Breckenridge began as a local pastime; today, decorated snow artists from across the globe transform 20-ton blocks of snow into an outdoor art gallery. To complement the chilly weekend, Breckenridge Creative Arts will host fire sculpting displays and Friday/Saturday concerts both weekends. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 864-0868.
January 22 & 23 || Winter Bluegrass, Warren Station, Keystone Resort. Celebrating its fifth year, Keystone's Winter Bluegrass Weekend brings acoustic roots and mountain culture to benefit the Dercum Center. Two nights of stacked concerts star string bands and a lineup to marvel. Learn more about the beneficiary at http://www.dercumcenter.com.
January 23 || Copper Mountain WinterBike, 9 p.m. Copper Mountain Resort. Slip, slide and ride at the 4th annual night mountain bike race sponsored by Cloud City Wheelers and Copper Mountain. $20 registration fee supports the Wheeler's education and advocacy efforts as well as activities promoting health and recreation. No wheels? You can demo or use a rental for the race. Don't forget your helmet and headlamp. Make it a family affair with the kid's free fun-rides LittleBike and, new this year, JuniorBike. Prizes for the best flair and decked-out bike.
February 4-6 || Murderers, 7:30 p.m. Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge. A killer comedy: Gerald. Lucy. Minka. They look like everyday people, but they have one dark secret in common – they're murderers. In this deliciously black comedy, three unlikely killers justify their crimes in the most outrageously funny ways. Homicide has never been so hilarious. From the co-author of "Tuesdays With Morrie."
February 6 || Mardi Gras for Paws Parade, 3 p.m. Frisco Main Street. Dogs and their human friends dress up in costume and parade down the sidewalks of Frisco's Main Street for a chance to win prizes at this 3rd annual Mardi Gras celebration. Benefits League for Animals & People of the Summit. SummitLAPS.com.
February 9 || Mardi Gras, Main Street Breckenridge. Revel in the snow with fellow carnival-goers this season as Breckenridge celebrates Mardi Gras. After a day on the slopes, head to the Blue River Plaza for a street party with New Orleans-themed food, music and drinks. Email email@example.com or call (877) 864-0868.
February 9 || Mardi Gras and Gumbo Cook Off, 2:30 – 5 p.m. River Run Village, Keystone Resort. Keystone is throwing another Mardi Gras Party and you're invited. Taste some of the best gumbo in the county while listening to live music. Get your event bracelet for $12, which will get you unlimited tastes and once you have given them all a try be sure to cast your vote for People's Choice. If you are interesting in participating in the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A portion of the proceeds benefits Snake River Community Association.
February 13 || Winter Wine Day, 7 p.m. Warren Station, Keystone Resort. If you thought that wine doesn't complement snow, think again. Guests will be able to choose from a vast array of wines in this walk-around event showcasing bold fireplace reds with cozy and sparkling whites. Delicious hors d'oeuvres, cheeses and breads will be available to sample with each sip, while top wine specialists help you to develop your palate. $30 per person in advance and $40 day of. Entry includes unlimited samplings *Must be at least 21 years of age or older.
February 15 & 29, March 14 & 28 || Bubble Gum Ski Race Series, 4-6 p.m. Frisco Adventure Park. A non-competitive community race series geared towards kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Races are not timed. Instead children collect bubblegum at the end of each race and the one with the most gum at the end of the races wins. All ages and skiing abilities are welcome. Free. TownofFrisco.com.
February 20 || Copper Uncorked, 9 a.m. Copper Mountain. Whether you're single and ready to mingle or couples ready to cuddle, Copper Uncorked is for everyone. A unique spin on the traditional chicken wing challenge, Copper chefs will compete for the best wing recipe and wine pairing. This challenge proves that wings are more than beer and football. Make it a family affair with the kids' free fun-rides LittleBike and, new this year, JuniorBike. Prizes for the best flare and decked out bike. Free.
February 24 || USSA U-18 Nationals, 9 a.m. Copper Mountain. Copper is proud to host the USSA U-18 Alpine Championship 2016. From February 24 to March 5, the best of the best in Alpine ski racing ages 16 to 18 will be competing for a national title in slalom, giant slalom, downhill and super G races. Free.
February 28 || Special Olympics, 9 a.m. Copper Mountain. Copper is proud to be the official winter training site for all Colorado-based winter Special Olympics athletes as well as the official host resort for the Winter Games. We invite you to come out to support these amazing athletes. Free.
February 28 || Night out at the Academy Awards, Speakeasy Theater and Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center join the Breckenridge Film Festival for a fusion of its annual Hollywood & Wine fundraiser with a red carpet evening at the Academy Awards. Set in the beautiful Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Speakeasy Theater, guests will enjoy food and drink in Hollywood fashion. Tickets, times and other information at http://www.breckfilmfest.com. Email email@example.com or (970) 453-6200.
March 18-April 17 || Breckenridge Spring Fever, Breckenridge Ski Resort and downtown Breckenridge. Breckenridge's elevation – 9,600 feet in town – makes the snow last longer and the bluebird spring days even sweeter. To celebrate, Spring Fever brings a month-long lineup of activities for families, beer drinkers, music lovers, mountaineers and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 864-0868.
March 27 || Frisco's Easter Egg Hunt, Noon. Frisco Historic Park. Children 8 years old and younger are invited to join the Easter bunny and search for eggs on the Frisco Historic Park and Town Hall lawns. Free. TownofFrisco.com.
March 27 || World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt, 9 a.m. Copper Mountain Resort. Copper's Easter Egg Hunt has increased from 50,000 to 65,000 eggs. New this year, 15,000 eggs are plant-based biodegradable. As part of the reduce, reuse, recycle movement, Copper encourages participants to turn empty eggs back in to be re-loaded for reuse in future years. Hallmark will provide a small prize to the first 400 kids who recycle their eggs. There are different hunts for kids of all ages from 3 and under in Copper's Center Village to adults in an on-mountain hunt to include the resort's Sherpa app. Free.
April 1 & April 12 || USASA Nationals, 9 a.m. Copper Mountain. The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association National Championship is the largest snowboard and freeskiing event welcoming top amateur athletes from around the nation to compete for the title of National Champion. Free.