All hail Ullr, god of winter! It's this time of year we either thank him for the bounty of snow, or pray to him to bring us snow. Either way, it's a party that takes place throughout the the Town of Breckenridge and needs four days to cover all the activities. There's horned Viking all over town, a huge bonfire, and over 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts on Main Street Breckenridge for the Ullr Parade. All you got to do is look at Ullr and you'll see he's a partier and in Norse mythology, Ullr (pronounced Oool-er) is also the winter god. He was the son of Sif and the stepson of Thor, the "God of Thunder." Ullr loved the cold, and delighted in traveling over the country on his skis or skates. He also delighted in the chase, and pursued his game through the Northern Forests.
Schedule (Subject to change)
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 6:30pm - Crowning of the Ullr King and Queen (6:30pm) - Continuing 54 years of tradition, two local residents are chosen as the Ullr King and Queen for their contributions in the community. This will take place at the Riverwalk Center before Breck's Got Talent.
Thursday, January 11 - Ullr Shot Ski (4:00pm) - The Breckenridge Distillery presents the World's Longest Shot Ski. Last year the shotski had 1234 participants, spanning 1,250 feet down Breckenridge's Main Street. Park City has a chance to take over the world record, so come out and help Breckenridge keep the title! Visit the Riverwalk Center starting at 12:00pm to register for $10 (Must be at least 21 years of age with valid ID). All proceeds will benefit the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary.
Ullr Parade (4:30pm) – The centerpiece of the week, the Ullr Fest Parade, showcases Breckenridge’s wild winter fun while taking over Main Street. There will be prize money for the most creative float! 1st gets $500, 2nd gets $300 and 3rd gets $200. Parade Registration has closed online but you can still register day of at the Parade Staging.
Parade Staging starts at 3:30pm on Main Street between French Street and Watson Avenue. Please enter from the traffic light at French Street and N Main Street.The parade will begin at 4:30pm. immediately following the Ullr Fest Shot Ski and will head south to the intersection of S Main Street and Park Avenue. (When building your float, be sure to save it for the Mardi Gras parade on February 28, 2017 for more opportunities to win cash prizes!)
Ullr Bonfire (5:00pm – 7:00pm) – Join us for the town bonfire and retire your Christmas tree in style! Taking place in the South Gondola Parking Lot with FREE entertainment by Red Bull.
Friday, January 12 -
Ullr Ice Plunge (2:00pm - 4:00pm) - Come prove your endurance and dedication to the cold at the Ullr Ice Plunge. Plunge into the frozen depths of the Maggie Pond and fully immerse yourself in winter’s chill. There will be music, food, drinks and laughter. We will also hold a competition for the Best Plunge Costume so come dressed to impress. The winner will recieve their own decorated Ullr Helmet. Too afraid of being cold? Don't worry there will be a heated changing room and even a hot tub, provided by Affordable Mountain Hot Tubs, open to anyone willing to accept the challenge! Located at Main Street Station Plaza, 501 S Main Street.
Saturday, January 13
Ice Skating Party (1:15pm – 3:00pm) - Bring the kids for an afternoon of ice skating and free kids Ullr helmet decorating. Steven C. West Ice Arena, located at 189 Boreas Pass Rd. Hosted by the Breckenridge Ambassadors.
Family Snow Day (11:30am – 1:00pm) - Join us at Carter Park to play in the snow and share with the little ones how to channel their inner Ullr. Come dressed to play in the snow and partake in sledding, snowman building, and other fun family activities. If you need to warm up, come into the Carter Park Pavilion where there will be fun Ullr Fest art projects, snacks and warm drinks. Everything is FREE at the Family Snow Day, so bring your mittens along with an enthusiasm for snow and let the fun begin!
3:00pm – Fat Tire Ullr Bike Race We’re kicking off the Ullr Fest parade with the Fat Tire Ullr Bike Race! Last year, 70 competitors lined up at Ullr Bike! The race route will start from From Main St. the race will head east into the French Gulch trail network for a great mix of terrain!
6:00pm – Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Continental Divide Land Trust and HC3 have partnered once again to bring you the Wild & Scenic Film Festival that informs, inspires solutions and creates positive perspectives to restore the earth and human communities. You’ll experience the adrenaline of climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities. And you’ll celebrate the natural and human world in all its diversity.
Welcome to the best Colorado guide to winter festivals, concerts and events for the 2017-18 winter season. Whether you live in Colorado or vacation in Colorado, this guide will help you plan how to spend your time from peak to peak and border to border. Music festivals, sports competitions and concerts are as abundant in the winter as they are in the summer in Colorado. There's so many things to do you'll have to come back over and over and over again. This guide is currently under construction and updates are being made everyday. Check back often or subscribe to the EiC weekly newsletter.
Directory of Colorado Ski Resorts and Communities
- Breckenridge Ski Resort - Town of Breckenridge
- Copper Mountain Ski Resort
- Vail Mountain - Town of Vail
- Winter Park Resort - Town of Winter Park
- Loveland Ski Area
- Arapahoe Basin
- Keystone Ski Area - City of Keystone
- Steamboat Ski Area - Town of Steamboat Springs
- Aspen Ski Area - Aspen-Snowmass
- Sunlight Ski Resort - Glenwood Springs
- Snowmass Ski Area - Aspen-Snowmass
- Powderhorn Ski Resort - Grand Junction
- Telluride Ski Area - Town of Telluride
- Crested Butte Mountain Resort - Town of Crested Butte
- Purgatory Ski Area - Town of Durango
- Monarch Ski Area - Chaffee County
- Ski Cooper - Town of Leadville
- Ski Granby Ranch - Town of Granby
- Beaver Creek Ski Resort - Town of Beaver Creek
Things to do
- Sledding & Tubing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Dog Sledding
- Ice Climbing
- Denver Broncos Football
- Colorado Avalanche Hockey
- Denver Nuggets Basketball
- November Concerts
- December Concerts
- January Concerts
- February Concerts
- March Concerts
Top 15 Colorado Winter Festivals & Events Coming Up:
- Snow Daze, Vail, Dec. 15-17
- Ullr Fest, Breckenridge, January 10-13, 2018
- Borealis Fat Bike World Championships, Crested Butte, January 25-28
- Rio Frio Ice Fest, Alamosa, January 26-28, 2018
- Mary Jane's Birthday, Winter Park, TBA
- Ouray Ice Festival, Jan. 18-21
- Breckenridge International Snow Sculpting Competition, Jan. 22 to Jan. 29, 2017
- X Games Aspen, Jan. 25-28
- Cripple Creek Ice Festival: TBA
- Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival in Leadville: March 2-4, 2017
- Kayaks on the Snow, Monarch Ski Resort
- Steamboat Winter Carnival, Feb. 7-11
- Firehose Relay, A-Basin
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Fabulously Famous Holidays During the Winter and the events that happen
- New Years Eve
- Martin Luther King Weekend
- Presidents Weekend
- Mardi Gras
- St. Patricks Day
- Spring Break
Below are this week's events in Colorado, click here to see all of Colorado's upcoming winter events.