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Though it may still feel like fall on Colorado’s Front Range, frosty mornings and snow flurries mean that the winter season has arrived in the mountains. Summit County, one of the hubs of the Rocky Mountain winter season, knows how to celebrate the upcoming holidays and powder days with annual events and celebrations perfect for the whole family. From Thanksgiving Day races to first tracks at Copper Mountain, from holiday artisan markets to holiday lights celebrations, here are just seven ways to ring in the winter season in Summit County this year.

1. Frisco’s Turkey Day 5k, presented by Kaiser Permanente

Credit Joe Kusumoto Frisco Turkey Day 5k 2017 (1)
Don’t forget your costume for the Turkey Day 5k! Photo Credit: Joe Kusumoto, courtesy of Town of Frisco.

There’s no better way to start off the Thanksgiving Day celebrations than to run Frisco’s 6th Annual Turkey Day 5k, presented by Kaiser Permanente. This not-to-miss family-friendly event is open to all ages, including those in strollers and furry friends on leashes.

The race will begin at the old Community Center (110 S. 3rd Ave.) and will follow the Summit County Recreation Path and Town of Frisco side streets. Though the race will run in the rain, snow, or sunshine and though your festive costumes may cause some unwanted drag, don’t worry because this race is a fun run and will not be timed!

In the spirit of the season and the day, racers will also have the opportunity at the event to donate non-perishable foods to the Family & Intercultural Resource Center of Summit County. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit Frisco Elementary’s S.T.E.M. program.

This popular seasonal event will sell out, so register today!

2. Opening Day for Winter Recreation at the Frisco Adventure Park

In addition to the promise of delicious turkey and pumpkin pies, Thanksgiving Day also promises to be the start of your winter adventures in Frisco, Colorado as the Tubing Hill and the Frisco Nordic Center at the Frisco Adventure Park are set to open on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Tubing Hill

Tubing Hill at Frisco Adventure Park, Frisco, Colorado
Tubing Hill at Frisco Adventure Park. Frisco, Colorado. Photo Credit: Todd Powell, courtesy of Town of Frisco.

With 1,200-foot tubing lanes and lift service up to the top, gone are your days of dragging kids up impossibly steep slopes in sleds. Advanced reservations are recommended for this popular attraction and can be made by the hour. Don’t forget your hats, mittens, and proper winter footwear for this snowy adventure!

Frisco Nordic Center

Daylodge at Frisco Nordic Center, Frisco, Colorado
Daylodge at Frisco Nordic Center, Frisco, Colorado. Photo Credit: Todd Powell, courtesy of Town of Frisco.

The Frisco Nordic Center features 27 kilometers of ski trails, 10 kilometers of snowshoes trails, lessons, rentals, and ski tuning all along the shores of Dillon Reservoir. Whether you’re a skate skier or prefer classic cross-country skiing, there are trails and views for everyone at the Frisco Nordic Center.

For more information about visiting the Frisco Adventure Park this winter, visit FriscoAdventurePark.com.

3. Frisco Wassail Days

Town Christmas Tree Lighting, Frisco, Colorado
Town Christmas Tree Lighting during Wassail Days, Frisco, Colorado. Photo Credit: Todd Powell, courtesy of Town of Frisco.

From Friday, November 30, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018, the Frisco shops and restaurants compete in an annual wassail (spiced cider) tasting that will determine which recipe reigns supreme. More than 65 local businesses will serve up their own special wassail recipes, and visitors are encouraged to taste at least 12 different types at 12 different locations to fill up their “12 Sips of Wassail Card”. Fully filled cards can then be turned in at the Frisco/Copper Information Center in exchange for a commemorative Frisco Wassail Days mug.

Wassail Days, Frisco, Colorado
Wassail Days features tastings of wassail (spiced cider) and many other holiday activities. Frisco, Colorado. Photo Credit: Todd Powell, courtesy of Town of Frisco.

Other Wassail Days activities include caroling, the Frisco Holiday Tree Lighting, visits from Santa, the Soup Cup Classic, sleigh rides, and the spreading of holiday cheer.

For more details and a full schedule, visit FriscoWassailDays.com.

4. Copper Mountain Opening Day

Copper Mountain Resort. Photo Credit: Tripp Fay - Copper Mountain Resort - OutThere Colorado.
Copper Mountain is the perfect place for a family ski day, especially in the early season. Copper Mountain is set to open on November 16, 2018. Photo Credit: Tripp Fay, courtesy of Copper Mountain.

Copper Mountain is ready for winter, and so are we! The resort is set to open on Friday, November 16, 2018 with a party, including live music, giveaways and free swag, food vendors, and an extended happy hour with more live music at Downhill Duke’s. If you’re not accustomed to making it to the mountain for first chair, you’re going to want to set that alarm a bit early so you can make it for the First Chair celebration. Get ready to get those legs pumping for your first turns of the season!

5. Silverthorne Holiday Bazaar

Silverthorne Holiday Bazaar
Local artisans and crafters gather at the annual Silverthorne Holiday Bazaar. Photo courtesy of the Town of Silverthorne.

The annual Silverthorne Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Just in time for holiday gift shopping, local artisans and crafters display their goods for visitors to browse. Admission is free for shoppers, and in addition to shopping, everyone can also enjoy live entertainment and visits with Santa Claus.

6. Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas

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People dressed as Santa Claus race down Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo Credit: Breckenridge Tourism Office/Carl Scofield.

The annual Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas down Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado is on Saturday, December 8, 2018. New for 2018, this holiday kick-off will also include a Race of the Reindeers. The celebration also features the Handmade Holiday Market during which visitors can meet local artisans and tour open studios, the Holiday Dog Parade, visits with Santa, and more holiday cheer.

7. Nutcracker Suite and Holiday Showcase

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A dancer in the Nutcracker Suite performance at the Warren Station at Keystone. Photo courtesy of the Keystone Neighbourhood Co.

The Summit School of Dance and the CO. Motion Dancers present their annual performances of Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker Suite on Saturday December, 8, 2018 at the Warren Station at Keystone. The annual community show serves as a fundraiser for the CO. Motion Dancers, and the event includes a Holiday Showcase (that parents and kids are welcome to join!), featuring community singers and a jingle bell parade.

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