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Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas

Downtown Breckenridge during the winter in the evening

What to Know When Visiting Breckenridge This Winter

Welcome to Breckenridge

Remember, kindness can move mountains

family looks at mountain views

Thank you for supporting us by being kind & patient to all those who are working hard to provide the welcoming, laid-back atmosphere that Breckenridge is known for.

Breckenridge is not unique in the challenges that it faces after a year on-hold. Shutdowns and quarantines have enhanced Americans’ desire to be outside in nature, and this upcoming winter will be no exception. Many hotels, boutiques, and restaurants that make up our authentic mountain town are short-staffed and may limit their offerings. While our community is determined to address these initiatives, you can help too! As you’re planning your next trip you can navigate these challenges by being kind and patient to all those who are working hard to provide the welcoming, laid-back atmosphere that Breckenridge is known for.

Help our community thrive

Public Health Orders

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends mask wearing for the general public, including those who are fully vaccinated.
  • Masks/Coverings may still be required in many privately owned businesses. Under Colorado’s executive order, owners, operators and managers of any business or service may continue to require individuals entering or within their locations to wear face coverings or show proof of full vaccination.
  • Masks are required on public transportation in Summit County at this time.

While this may not be the case where you are from, we ask that you PLEASE respect local protocols rules while in town. All Breckenridge businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask or facial covering.

Learn more about Summit County public health orders and business protocols.

Local's Tip
Keep a mask in your back pocket, in case you need to rock it.

Getting Here & Getting Around


Getting to and around Breckenridge is easy and convenient, due to free transportation options and our easily walkable town. Breckenridge’s shuttle and transportation systems will help any visitor make the most of their trip. Just remember, Masks are still required on public transportation in Summit County at this time.

4 Ways To Go Carless During Your Trip

  1. Book an airport shuttle to easily get from DIA to Breckenridge.
  2. Use the FreeRide map to find community transportation near you.
  3. Walk to hiking trails near your lodging by using the GPS feature on AllTrails, Google Maps & COTREX.
  4. Choose guided activities that offer free shuttle service transportation.

Help us Care for Colorado



Shutdowns and quarantines have enhanced Americans’ desire to be outside in nature.  You should expect to encounter more people than usual while you’re out enjoying nature. Help us make the outdoors a welcoming environment for everyone by following Leave No Trace principles and being respectful of others while out exploring.

5 Tips For Planning Activities During Your Trip

  1. Make Reservations Before Your Arrive – Many activities have adjusted or reduced operations due to staffing levels. We highly recommend booking guided activities prior to your arrival.
  2. Weekdays > Weekends  – Peak times (Saturdays, Sundays and holiday weekends) are when town, restaurants, parking lots, hiking trails and activities are going to be busiest. If you have the flexibility, we recommended planning your trip so that the bulk of it falls midweek. That way, you’ll enjoy more space to roam in-town and on the trails.
  3. Timing is Everything – Become a morning person on your visit to beat the average Joe to the trailhead.  An early morning start will give you more space and solitude on the trails.
  4.  Skip The Car – Around here, we say “No car,  No Problem!”  Breckenridge is easy to get around on foot, and thanks to our wide variety of community transportation options, it’s easy to get to planned activities and hiking trails via bus, trolley or shuttle. Learn more about going carless in Breckenridge.
  5. Always Follow Leave No Trace principlesProtecting what we love is more important than ever when heading outdoors. Be sure to pack it in, pack it out and be respectful of others while on the trail.


What can you do in Breckenridge if you don’t ski?

Breckenridge offers endless possibilities for fun off the slopes, from dog-sledding to snowshoeing and brewery tours on fat-bikes, its safe to say we have some of the most unique winter activities and events in the World. Whether it be working together to figure out clues in an Escape Room or sampling spirits at the Distillery, we know that moments spent together trying new things is what Breckenridge is all about. Start planning your itinerary to be sure not to miss the best 100 things to do in Breckenridge!

Local's Tip
Looking for more solitude and less people? Try visiting popular trails midweek or hiking a trail that's amazing but not on a top ten list. Colorado Trail Explorer (COTrex) and AllTrails are great places to find lesser known hikes.

Festivals & Events Going On While We Recover


Lights at the 2018 International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge

To better protect our residents and guests, we’re reimaging how we celebrate.

Many festivals & events have adjusted operations to comply with evolving public health orders.  It’ll be important to regularly check our festival and events calendar for updates on what to expect during the 2021 event season.  We’re excited to bring back events and thank you for your patience as we reimagine ways to celebrate together again.

Help Us Celebrate By Using These Resources

  1. The Festivals & Events Calendar will have the most updated information on upcoming events.  All scheduled events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders. Guests should check frequently for updates from the event producer.
  2. Explore art workshops, yoga classes and daily activities by browsing our community calendar.
Local's Tip
All events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders. Check back frequently for updates or sign-up to receive event-specific email updates.

Plan Ahead When Dining Out


friends dine in Breckenridge

Restaurants are open to indoor & outdoor dining. Curbside & dining-to-to options are widely available. Please show kindness as we all navigate the new normal.

While restaurants are now open to full capacity, many are dealing with significant staffing shortages. This can result in longer than anticipated wait times to be seated at restaurants and slower meal service as kitchen staff attempts to keep up. Until our restaurants can get caught up, you can help us by planning ahead and showing kindness whenever possible.

3 Tips For Dining Out

  1. Make dining reservations whenever possible – if unavailable, put your name down early and expect a wait.
  2. Dine a little earlier or later than usual to avoid the busiest times.
  3.  Head to the restaurant knowing you’ll likely experience a wait before getting seated.
  4.  Explore off the beaten path bars and restaurants in Breckenridge.
Local's Tip
Breckenridge's most popular activities and dining experiences can fill up quickly. We highly recommend making reservations in advance.

Answers To The Most Frequently Asked Questions


While many things have changed, the mountains, views, wildlife and abundant activities are still waiting for you.

What is there to do in Breckenridge this winter?

Is the Gondola open?

Where to go hiking and biking in Breckenridge?

What events are happening in Breckenridge?

How do I see the Breckenridge Troll?

Is the ski resort open?