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Breckenridge Christmas Parade

The Meetup is walking in the Olde Golden Parade on this day, and you are welcome to head up to Breckenridge to walk in this parade as well!


Enjoy an afternoon and evening in the mountains with your dogs! We have been invited to bring dogs and carts to participate in the annual Christmas Lighting Parade in Breckenridge!

All draft dogs, walking dogs, dogs with packs are welcome to join. We will be the lead-off unit! Decorate yourself, your dog and your cart!

The parade starts at the Breckenridge fire station at 5:pm so Gail would like to have us there by 4:30pm so we can get organized. Dogs are not allowed in the fire station but, a dog bar will be set up outside!
4:30 p.m.
Free hot cocoa and cookies in the Red, White, and Blue Fire House at 316 North Main Street
5:00 p.m.
Santa arrives in front of Red, White and Blue Fire house (via horse drawn carriage) to lead a procession including the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade to the Blue River Plaza for the lighting of the Town Tree
5:15 p.m.
Tree lighting and caroling in the Blue River Plaza
5:30 p.m.³7:00 p.m.
Visits with Santa at the Barney Ford Museum, 111 E. Washington Ave. Let the little ones share their Holiday wishes with Santa and take a photo too!


This is great.  I expect a large turnout.   Below is some information on the parade as where to meet and park.
We are excited to have you participate.   The Lighting of Breckenridge is on December 1st.   The parade starts promptly at 5 PM but we ask that people arrive earlier so that we can get organized,  preferred arrival time is at least 4 PM.   We meet at the Fire Station,  316 North Main St.  The Fire Station is  across from Daniel's Cabin, Subway and Daylight Donuts.  It is also next to a Montessori School.  No dogs are allowed in the Fire Station but we will have a dog biscuit bar outside.   Holiday outfits are encouraged.   It will be chilly.
The dogs gather next to The Fire Station in a small parking lot.   There should be signs.  I will be wearing a red Swiss hat and my dogs are Clyde and Choxie.


Parking can be at the Gondola Lot or up by the Riverwalk Center.  Either location works but, arrangements should be made regarding how you want to get back to your vehicle after the event.  If you park in the Gondola Lot you will be near The Fire Station.  To get to the Fire Station from the Gondola Lot, cross the river (there is a bridge), walk via Watson St over to Main Street and then walk to the Fire Station.

The Riverwalk Center parking: The parade ends at Blue River Plaza (Center of Town) for the LIghting of the Tree.   The Riverwalk Center is next to the Blue River Plaza on the other side of the river.  To get back to the Fire Station you can either walk North to the Fire Station (see map) Or have who ever is driving drop the group off by the transfer station next to the Gondola Ticket Office, walk to the Fire Station and then someone in your group will drive the car  to the Riverwalk Center.  Then after parking, that person can walk back to the Fire Station.

Other information, maps etc:

The LIghting of Breckenridge is a fun event.  There is a full day of activities.  I have attached a You Tube video that someone made of 2011 Parade.  It is crowded.   At the beginning of the parade we walk along Main Street on one side because there will be some traffic on the other side until we reach Ski HIll Rd.   Once past Ski Hill Rd we have the entire Main Street.  I have not measured the distance.  There should be a map on the Breckenridge Resort Chamber's web site www.gobreck.comThe Lighting of Breckenridge / Race of the Santas | Breckenridge Events or The Town of Breckenridge's web site.  If you need lodging, Beaver Run does offer pet friendly rooms (I think there is a $40 non refundable deposit) but it may be easiest to just contact The Breckenridge Resort Chamber Central Reservations at gobreck.

I look forward to this and would love to have help in keeping the people organized.   We know the Berners will be perfect.     A photo at the beginning with everyone would be nice too.  ;-)  All help and cooperation is appreciated.  As you have done this once already on Saturday it will be a piece of cake.  Please try to bring poop bags but if you don't we will have some on hand.

At the end we are responsible for ourselves as there is no plan where we should be funneled to.   The parade is for the Tree Lighting which is wonderful.  Not quite Rockefeller Center but we are in the Colorado Rockies at 9600 ft.  Much better location.
Something to keep in mind there will be hot air balloons at the back of the parade.   We as dog people need to try to keep our distance so as not to scare the dogs.

Please let me know if you have further questions.   Hope these instructions make sense. Best, Gail Below is the you tube of the parade last year:
Gail Marshall

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  • Nancy W.

    Had a wonderful time.

    December 2, 2012

  • Kristen C.

    It was a beautiful, cool evening and fun to see our Berner and human friends, as usual. But, it was a long way to drive to an event that seemed disorganized....

    December 2, 2012

  • Buffy

    It was a long way to drive for an event that wasn't quite clear. :( It was a huge group of dogs (at least[masked]), and even more people - just walking down the street. It wasn't a "parade" as we were expecting.

    December 1, 2012

  • Buffy

    See you at 2:00!

    December 1, 2012

    • Nancy W.

      I can't find you guys . I am at tha Morrison lot.

      December 1, 2012

  • Buffy

    I'd like to go to this & it would be great if we could carpool/caravan. maybe meet at the Park & Ride Dinosaur lots by the Red Rocks exit at maybe 2 or 2:30...

    November 7, 2012

    • Jamie S.

      We could carpool/caravan too. Sounds like fun!

      November 19, 2012

    • Nancy W.

      R u at the parking lot yet? Not sure if I am at the right place?

      December 1, 2012

  • Buffy

    Hi All,
    If you want to come - you can RSVP here, and I will let Gail Marshall know how many of us will be coming by November 28.

    November 10, 2012

    • Nancy W.

      Rose and I will be attending.

      November 11, 2012

  • Nancy W.

    Sounds good:-)

    November 10, 2012

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