Celebrate the Season with Special Events Across Summit County
Published November 16, 2018
Winter has begun to arrive in Summit County, but now is not the time to consider hibernating. As the fresh flakes fall, the county comes alive with some of the state’s most exciting ski resorts and areas, lots of off-the-slopes adventures and some very special events. Here’s what’s on tap in Silverthorne and throughout Summit County:
This Thanksgiving, join the Rotary Club of Summit County for Thanksgiving dinner at the Silverthorne Pavilion. This free event, and community staple, has been a tradition in Summit County for more than 25 years. More than 400 traditional Thanksgiving meals are expected to be served from Noon-3 p.m.
Need a little help finding that perfect one-of-a-kind gift while also getting into the holiday spirit? Head to the Holiday Bazaar at the Silverthorne Pavilion, Saturday, Dec. 1. from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. to discover local artisan treasures that are sure to put a smile on any receiver’s face. In addition to shopping, the Bazaar features visits from Santa from noon–2 p.m., a holiday dance performance at 10 a.m. and carolers from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Celebrate the Holidays During December’s First Friday, Dec. 7:
December’s First Friday will bring the Silverthorne community together to celebrate the holiday season. The event will feature Silverthorne’s first-ever tree lighting in front of the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center and will also include holiday carolers, photos with Santa, hot chocolate and “story time on the go” at Red Buffalo café, which will be serving up tasty treats. The night will conclude with a Bad Santa party at Angry James Brewery. Don’t miss this night of holiday fun in Silverthorne!
Schedule of Events:
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Gather and enjoy holiday carolers, family-friendly activities as well as hot chocolate and treats provided by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
5:30 p.m.: Holiday tree lighting ceremony beings
5:30-7:30 p.m.: Photos with Santa inside the Silverthorne Pavilion
6:00-7:00 p.m.: “Story time on the go” at Red Buffalo Coffee & Tea including holiday treats and crafts
Loosely modeled after the annual event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, this event will bring joy and fun to your holiday season! The 5th Annual Messiah and Carol Community Sing-a-long is sponsored by the Town of Silverthorne and Pam Piper Productions and presented by the Summit Choral Society, Summit County’s community choir for nearly 40 years. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the singing begins at 6:30 p.m. Sheet music will be provided, and the SCS members will be seated among our guest singers. The event is free to attendees, but donations are gratefully accepted.
Teddy Bear Story Telling at The Silverthorne Pavilion, Dec. 19:
Join local storyteller, Cathie Hill, as she shares holiday stories and carols for the entire family from 5-6 p.m. Cookies, milk and hot chocolate will be provided. The event is free, but there is a $5 recommended donation to benefit the Town of Silverthorne Recreation Center Youth Scholarship Fund.
Once again the Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC) is presenting Holiday Follies, a variety show featuring Yuletide classics, comic interludes and audience favorites, with special guest performers to liven up the festivities. Joined by some of the LDTC’s extended family of performers, this Holiday Follies will be a night of Holiday revelry. Yule love it!
The Town of Breckenridge officially transforms into a holiday scene on Dec. 8 with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas, when runners and walkers don Santa suits to benefit a new local nonprofit organization each year. The holiday cheer continues all month with Santa visits and a major New Year’s Eve celebration.
This year’s Dew Tour takes place Dec. 13-16, presented by Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network, and will bring out the best athletes to compete. The world’s best skiers and snowboarders compete in individual halfpipe and slopestyle competitions, Dew Tour’s signature Team Challenge, and streetstyle competitions taking over historic Main Street.
For more than 55 years, the community of Breckenridge 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 Ice Plunge, the (unofficial) world’s longest shot ski attempt and more wacky celebrations throughout town.
Snow carving in Breckenridge began as a local pastime; today, snow artists from around the globe transform 25-ton blocks of snow into an outdoor art gallery. Sixteen teams made up of four artists each typically sculpt for 65 hours across five days of competition. Watch blocks being built and teams sculpting Jan. 21–25. Viewing weekend is Jan. 25–30. Locals’ tip: Catch the light show, with the unveiling of colored lights on Friday night, Jan. 25.
Mountain High Jam makes its debut Nov. 17 at the all-new Dillon Amphitheater in partnership with KYGO, featuring Academy of Country Music 2018 female vocalist of the year Carly Pearce and Colorado favorite Buckskin for a free afternoon concert.
Get ready for some serious holiday cheer with the Lighting of Dillon. Featuring hot chocolate and cookies, it’ll put you in the mood to meet Santa. Join in for some caroling with the beautifully decorated and cozy Town of Dillon.
Back for its second season, the impressive Ice Castles in Dillon are perfect for all ages. The castles feature tall walls and turrets, slides, interactive features, colorful lighting and live entertainment.
Runners are invited to burn a few pre-feast calories at the 6th Annual Turkey Day 5k, which starts and ends a block from Frisco’s Main Street and makes its way through Frisco’s neighborhoods and onto the Summit County Recreation Path. The event includes a wave for humans running with dogs (and turkeys — it’s happened) and for folks pushing strollers. Registration is $10–$30.
Frisco’s holiday festival, Wassail Days, is a week long love note to winter and the holidays, headquartered on Frisco’s charming Main Street. Frisco celebrates with fireworks, luminaries, a soup competition, tubing party, Santa visits and free wassail tasting in more than 65 local businesses. Revelers can walk away with a limited-edition free Wassail Days mug after completing the 12 Sips of Wassail Challenge.
What does a town of 3,000 do with “gently used” Christmas trees? They throw a party with a bonfire and fireworks, of course, and they have local beer and chili sales to benefit the Summit Nordic Ski Club. This year the fireworks will be bigger than ever, as the town will use the 4th of July fireworks that couldn’t be launched this past summer.
The Kidtopia Holiday Spectacular is Keystone’s signature winter event, featuring the grand opening of the world’s largest snow fort, a mountaintop celebration and free festive fun for the entire family all month long. Spectacular activities include a tree lighting with Santa, daily Kidtopia programs, fireworks and Ripperoo’s Village Parade on Saturdays with special guests Santa Claus and Keystone mascot Ripperoo. All activities are free, with a season pass, lift ticket or scenic pass needed to access the gondola.
The 38th Annual Ski Ball celebration will be held Dec. 1, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Keystone Conference Center. The largest Team Summit fundraiser of the year, the Ski Ball is a black-tie optional gala that includes dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, a wine pull and more. It is a guaranteed special evening that is essential to Team Summit’s success.
Join us for the grand opening of the World’s Largest Snow Fort on Dec. 15. The Kidtopia Snow Fort features slides, mazes and photo opportunities that can’t be beat.
Guests can enjoy a special lighting ceremony of Keystone’s famed snow fort during the Mountain Top Spectacular on Dec. 22 with crafts, cocoa and pictures with Santa.