Summit County's vibrant holiday season is at hand, and with it an ample event calendar is offered full of entertainment (inside and on the snow). Here at Summit This Week, we work hard to deliver the most up-to-date event listings, whether it's a kid-friendly event at Keystone Mountain Resort, a live music performance at Frisco's Barkley Ballroom, a play by Lake Dillon Theatre Company or a night out in historic Breckenridge. Events and activities abound for every interest and price point, and top picks will be listed here in blog format on a weekly basis.
Now let's get to it. Here are my top Summit County entertainment picks for the next few weeks:
Go Be Merry
Winter offerings are plentiful in Colorado’s High Country, and Summit County is at the center of it. Check out Keystone's complimentary Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular Friday through Sunday, Dec. 16-18. It’s a weekend of family fun including nightly fireworks, a mountaintop party, free snow-tubing and more. Don’t forget – you need a lift ticket or season pass to gain access. Keystone will additionally offer its Chocolate Village Dec. 20 through Jan. 8.
High Country Holidays, a community concert, is also planned for Friday, Dec. 16 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. It features Summit Choral Society, Summit Concert Band, Summit Community Orchestra, homemade goodies and more.
Check Out Local Theater
Lake Dillon Theatre Company will present its Holiday Follies show Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 20-23. It’s a variety show focused on yuletide classics, comedy and special guest performances.
Lake Dillon Theatre Company will also host a New York New Year's Eve celebration, kicking off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. This is perfect for those preferring an early bedtime, as the countdown begins on Eastern Standard Time (10 p.m. in the Colorado Rockies). The party is limited to 70 guests, so get those tickets early. Admission includes a cabaret performance, a catered meal, an open bar, dancing and much more.
Then check out She Loves Me, The Musical, hosted at Breckenridge Theatre Dec. 16 through Jan. 16. Tickets are $23 to $39. This performance is touted as "a vibrant, romantic love story," according to Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, perfect for the holiday season and the entire family.
Sample Craft Beer
Summit County’s craft-brew options have grown in recent years. Those include Breckenridge Brewery in, you guessed it, Breck; Broken Compass Brewing, also in Breckenridge; Pug Ryan’s Brewery and Dillon Dam Brewery in Dillon; Backcountry Brewery in Frisco; and a more recent addition, the Bakers' Brewery in Silverthorne.
Dillon Dam Brewery, a local's favorite pub located slightly off the beaten path, hosts Tap it Tuesdays once a month. The next one will be Jan. 10, with a tapping of the brewmaster’s special stash.
Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines, touted as a world-class beer festival, is planned for Breckenridge Jan. 5-7. Attendees will "taste hundreds of big, Belgian style and experimental beers," according to the event website. Beer and food pairings, plus education offering from experts, are part of the fun.
Photo: Dillon Dam Brewery Facebook
Boogie Down to Some Tunes
There’s a lot of live music planned this holiday stretch. Don’t miss Keller Williams at Keystone’s Warren Station (in photo to the left) on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17. He's a fun musical act who's created his own genre of music, which is a combination of bluegrass, folk, rock, reggae, electronic/dance, jazz, funk ... you name it, he plays it.
There will also be a steady stream of artists at Frisco’s Barkley Ballroom (many of the shows offering free admission), tunes at Breckenridge’s The Historic Brown (a hotel and restaurant from the town's mining days replete with stories of ghost hauntings) and more. The Brown is a personal favorite because of its throwback-to-a-simpler-time appeal.
Make Those Turns
Last but not least, strap on two planks or one and visit Summit County’s top-tier ski destinations including Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Resort and Copper Mountain. Each ski area offers unique terrain, so it's worth checking out all four if time isn't an issue. Arapahoe Basin also offers an extra tasty after après ski option – a Bacon Bloody Mary. Dig in. Seriously.
Enjoy those turns and pray for snow!
Photo: Breckenridge Ski Resort, Blog.breckenridge.com