Seasonal Spirit and Snow Preparations in Summit County

By Samantha Blair | Tuesday, November 28, 2017

December is here, and everyone is gearing up for the winter ahead. This week we light up Summit County as Frisco and Breckenridge plug in the twinkling lights around town. Don't miss the holiday markets, treats, visits from Santa, music and more to get into the seasonal spirit. Summit is also preparing for the snow to come with benefit dinners, clinics and demo days to get you prepared for a safe ski and snowboard season. 

Photo: Town of Frisco Facebook

Wassail Days

You know winter is here when it’s Wassail Days in Frisco (this year is the 10th annual event). From December 1 to 10, taste local businesses’ special hot spiced cider. Try all the different secret recipes around town and fill out your 12 Sips of Wassail Card. When your card is full, bring it to the Frisco/Copper Information Center in exchange for a commemorative Frisco Wassail Days mug. Aside from cider, there are other wonderful seasonal treats and events offered throughout the week.

On Friday, December 1, don’t miss caroling and the Frisco Holiday Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, December, 2, Santa visits from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Sunday, December 3, The Soup Cup Classic is from 4 to 6 p.m. Local restaurants and amateur cooks will compete for Best Professional Soup and Best Amateur Soup titles. Monday, December 4, there is free tubing at Frisco Adventure Park from 4 to 6 p.m.

Other events throughout the week include free rentals and Nordic ski and snowshoeing at the Frisco Nordic Center, Santa’s Calling, free sleigh rides, Wassail Night at the Museum, Breakfast with Santa, and more.

Check the full schedule online for more events and details.

Photo: Everything Summit

CAIC Benefit Bash

This Saturday, December 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. is the 10th annual CAIC Benefit Bash at the Riverwalk Center. The $50 tickets benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Entry includes a door prize ticket, two beer tickets, dinner, a commemorative cup, a ski strap and access to a silent auction and live music. Purchase tickets online.

Photo: Friends of CAIC Facebook

Holiday Bazaar

A Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Local artists and craftspeople will sell their creations while guests shop and enjoy local entertainment and a visit from Santa. Call Carin at (970) 262-7377 to apply to be a vendor.

Breck Welcomes the Holidays

Come to Breckenridge on Saturday, December 2, to enjoy a day full of holiday happenings. Don’t miss the annual Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas down Main Street. Other activities include the Handmade Holiday Market, caroling, the Holiday Dog Parade, Santa Meetings and more. Check the website for registration and schedule details.

Photo: Everything Summit

Demo Days at the Basin

On Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, come demo big name ski and snowboard brands at A-Basin. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. check out Harvest Skis, Icelantic Skis, Never Summer Snowboards, Chronic and Sims Snowboards. Be sure to bring an I.D., and to demo a snowboard bring your own bindings.

Photo: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Facebook

SAFE AS at Copper

SAFE AS is offering avalanche awareness clinics tailored toward women on Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, at Copper Mountain. Founded and taught by some of the best women skiers in the country, SAFE AS Clinics are a fun and informative opportunity to learn to play safely in the mountains. The Sunday clinic will be open to both men and women. Register online.

Photo: SAFE AS Clinics Facebook

These are just a few of the fun events happening around Summit County this week. Visit our Daytime and Nightlife sections to find many more things to do.


About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.