Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday activities and events around Summit County for all ages

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Looking for fun ways to pass the days (and nights) of the holiday season? Here’s a list of activities and events taking place around Summit County through the end of the year to get you started.
Arapahoe Basin
• Santa and his elf Greg will be back at Arapahoe Basin getting in some turns before the holiday. On Saturday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, see if you can spot the big man in red. He’ll be passing out candy canes and listening to holiday wishes. Visit more information.
• Shop Hop returns to Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 20. Local merchants will offer snacks, prizes, special guests and more while you do your holiday shopping. Check out a map of participating stores at
• The Breckenridge Music Festival is hosting a Holiday Brass Concert on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center, and a portion of ticket sales will benefit the Summit County Cares holiday fundraiser. One hundred percent of the money raised for Summit County Cares helps locals facing eviction or disconnection of heat or who are in need of medical care. Tickets for Holiday Brass are $15 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, visit
• The Breckenridge Creative Arts Department is offering an assortment of art workshops and classes through the holidays in the Breckenridge Arts District, located on the corner of South Ridge Street and East Washington Avenue. Workshops include Last Minute Gifts — Sterling Silver Earrings with Kim Harrell at the Hot Shop from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20; Woodfiring with Chris Hosbach in the Kiln Yard from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21; and Gingerbread Houses with Barry Brown at the Fuqua Livery Stable from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23. Visit for details, pricing and reservations.
• Ready Paint Fire has lots of opportunities for holiday painting. Make a memory to treasure by decorating an ornament, Santa plate, whimsical Christmas tree, snowman or penguin. The store is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 323 N. Main St. Call (970) 453-5765 for more information and pricing.
• Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is currently running “Dog Park: The Musical,” where you are sure to tap your toes, laugh out loud and be won over by uncontrollable stage antics from actors playing various dog characters. The show runs on select days through Sunday, Jan. 3, and tickets start at $27 for adults and $20 for youth 18 and younger. Visit or call (970) 453-0199 for show times and tickets.
• On Saturday, Dec. 27, the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre will present “Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Having started in the United Kingdom back in 1999, the “Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music” show has now become a worldwide hit, playing to packed houses across the globe with more than 10,000 performances in 11 different countries. Presale tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for youth, or $23 for adults and $17 for youth at the door. or call (970) 453-0199 for details.
• Breckenridge Stables offers an experience that will let you soak in the views and crisp mountain air. Dress warm and head over to the corner of Washington Avenue and Main Street in Breckenridge to find the next available carriage ride around historic downtown, drawn by a team of Belgian or Percheron draft horses. For pricing and reservations, call (970) 453-4438 or email
• La Francaise Bakery, located at 411 S. Main St., is displaying a French-inspired, handmade Gingerbread Chateau made entirely of edible materials throughout the holiday season. Come see gingerbread dough and icing come to life in a festive treat for kids of all ages. The bakery is open every day 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including Christmas Day. Call (970) 547-7173 for more information.
• Experience a Historic Walking Tour & Victorian Tea with “Katie Briggle,” presented by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27. Learn about the life of Katie Briggle, Breckenridge’s leading lady at the turn of the century, and hear stories about life in a prosperous mining town. At the end of the tour, explore the restored Briggle home and join “Katie” for Victorian tea service and homemade treats. The tour is $15 for adults (ages 13 and older) and $10 for children (ages 4 to 12). Reservations are required. Call (970) 453-9767, ext. 2, or for more information.
• Back by popular demand, “1964 The Tribute,” a Beatles benefit concert, will take the stage at the Riverwalk Center on Monday, Dec. 29. Taking listeners on a musical journey to an era of rock history, “1964 The Tribute” has played for sold-out crowds at Carnegie Hall and Red Rocks. Proceeds will support Domus Pacis Family Respite’s mission of providing wee long respites in Summit County for families going through their cancer journeys. General admission is $40, and VIP seating is $50, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. Call (970) 547-3100 or (970) 547-4745 for more information.
Copper Mountain
• Get merry with the Twelve Days of Copper from Saturday, Dec. 20, to Wednesday, Dec. 31. There will be skiers skiing, riders sliding, holiday shopping, happy hours and 12 days of holiday cheer with Santa specials and holiday surprises, including glow-stick pageants, torchlight parades and fireworks. Visit for more information, including a full list of discounts and specials.
• Celebrate Christmas at Copper Mountain with a kids’ glow-stick pageant, torchlight parade and Santa Claus himself on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m., with fireworks over West Lake at 7 p.m. Visit for full details.
• Welcome the holiday season with the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s holiday variety show, featuring yuletide classics, audience favorites and brand-new songs to liven up the season. “The Holiday Follies” stars Brittany Jeffery, Andrew Tebo, Nina Waters, Diane Huber, Ben Whitmore and more, and is fun for all ages. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 20, and Sunday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 for adults and $22 for students, reserved seating. For more information, call (970) 513- 9386 or visit
• The town of Frisco Recreation Department has a few openings left for its Winter Vacation Sensation/“No School” day camps for children ages 5 to 12 on Friday, Dec. 26. The camp will focus on themed activities that offer educational opportunities and runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with camper drop off between 8 and 8:45 a.m. and pick up between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. at 110 Third Avenue, Frisco. The rate for Frisco residents is $40 per day, and for nonresidents it is $45 per day. Registration is available online by going to or by visiting the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge located at 616 Recreation Way. Call (970) 668-9133 for more information.
• Tumble Bubbles at the Frisco Adventure Park will be donating 50 percent of ticket sales to the Summit County Cares holiday fundraiser from noon to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22. Admission is $10 per person or $7 per person with a current day Adventure Park ticket. Santa will be on site from 3 to 4 p.m. One hundred percent of the money raised for Summit County Cares helps locals facing eviction or disconnection of heat or who are in need of medical care. For more information,
• The Frisco Historic Park & Museum will operate on an adjusted schedule during the holidays. With the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, when the museum will be closed, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays. The museum preserves and promotes the town of Frisco’s heritage and history by presenting an educational experience to the community and its visitors, connecting the past, present and future to the world around us through self-guided walking tours, interactive exhibits and a Passport to History scavenger hunt. Admission is free. Call (970) 668-3428 for more information.
• The Frisco Recreation Department is offering its final canvas-painting party of the year in partnership with local artist Sheila Trowbridge on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge. All ability levels are welcome, and at the end, participants will walk away with their own painting of a whimsical bird scene. Participants 12 and older are welcome. The class fee is $45 or $50 for day-of registration. One beer, soda or glass of wine is included in the fee, and additional drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. All of the supplies are provided. Registration is available online
• Keystone’s Christmas Chocolate Village is on display at the Keystone Lodge & Spa, 22101 U.S. Highway 6. This handcrafted holiday tradition from Keystone Resort executive pastry chef Ned Archibald features 8,000 pounds of chocolate crafted into a miniature alpine village, a working chocolate gondola, a cascading chocolate waterfall and a 4-foot-tall white chocolate Christmas tree with chocolate presents. This mouth-watering creation gets a special new addition every year. for more information.
• Keystone’s season-long Kidtopia programming includes the Kidtopia Snow Fort, the world’s largest snow fort, atop Dercum Mountain; Ripperoo’s Village Parade, featuring Keystone mascot Ripperoo and friends at 4 p.m. in River Run Village on Saturday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 27; and Starquest, a free exploration of the universe with Keystone Science School at Kidtopia Headquarters in River Run at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26. There’s also free Bigfoot Adventure Walks at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, Tuesday, Dec. 23, Saturday, Dec. 27, and Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Kidtopia Headquarters. Learn more about these and other children’s activities at
• Santa Claus will be visiting Keystone a few more times this season to collect last-minute gift requests from children. Find St. Nick on Saturday, Dec. 20, Sunday, Dec. 21, and Monday, Dec. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Lakeside Village; Tuesday, Dec. 23, and Thursday, Dec. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. in River Run Village; or on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, from 8 to 10 a.m. at The Bighorn Bistro’s breakfast with Santa or from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in River Run Village. Visit for more information.
• Keystone provides 11 ½ hours of skiing and snowboarding every day through Wednesday, Dec. 31, as the resort is open from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. At 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 27, there will also be a free fireworks display visible from River Run and Lakeside Villages. for more information.
• The Outlets at Silverthorne will be hosting their annual after-Christmas and year-end sales from Friday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 5. Save 10 percent to 60 percent at stores such as Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, Le Creuset, Rue21, Samsonite, Wilsons Leather, OshKosh B’Gosh, Eddie Bauer, Jockey, Carter’s, G.H. Bass & Co., Which Wich, Pearl Izumi, Climax Jerky, Zumiez, Claire’s, Gymboree, PacSun, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and more. For more information, call (970) 468-5780 or visit
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News.