Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Loads of Excitement in Breckenridge

By Monique Mertrandes

The fascinating view of the Ten Mile Range is guaranteed to captivate anyone's attention and it's just one of the reasons to plan a trip to Breckenridge. Certainly, the outdoor activities and endless forms of recreation are also what draws visitors to this mountain town. Still, Breckenridge seems to put on a new face every time the town comes together in celebration. In Breckenridge, there's always something to celebrate so it is always nice to consider a trip to Colorado's 149-year-old Victorian paradise and have fun.

Perhaps there's no better way to greet the New Year in Breckenridge than with the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships thanks to the Breckenridge Ski Resort. This annual event, now in its 18th year, calls upon only the most innovative artists to transform a blank canvass of snow into a masterpiece. Sculptors coming from all over the world virtually take over the town for five days to create spectacular twenty-ton, twelve-foot tall snow sculptures with just their bare hands and a few permitted non-power tools such as carrot scraper and chicken wire. A panel of judges then present awards to the top three teams using theme, technique, and style as criteria. Championships are held in the middle of town at the Riverwalk Center from January 20-25, 2009.

There's always a reason for jubilation after a marvelous ski season and Breckenridge knows this better than any other town. The Spring Massive is held each year to express joy in the year's snow fall. This event always makes it easy for anyone attending to have a good time, whether it's through live entertainment or just a day of spring skiing. Planned happenings include free outdoor concerts, ski competitions, the Massive Beer Festival, Comedy, and a Bite of Breckenridge. The eighth annual festival will be held from April 1-19, 2009.

The 25th Genuine Jazz and Arts Festival in Breckenridge offers wine tasting, hot music, and exotic summer nights. People all over town come together every year for this free event in the Plaza above Maggie Pond when various performers are invited to play all genres of jazz including smooth jazz, fusion, and mainstream. This event is usually held during a weekend in August.

Towns all over the country join together in the fall to honor the traditional German celebration of Oktoberfest. Offering traditional German music, Bavarian food, kids' activities, and, of course, plenty of beer, Breckenridge Oktoberfest is in its fifteenth year now. So, from September 18-20, 2009, grab your beer stein, pull on your lederhosen and head to Breckenridge for some marvelous mountain enjoyment.

Winter certainly brings a reason to celebrate in genuine Breckenridge style. The start of December marks the official announcement of Breckenridge that the holiday season has arrived with its Victorian Holiday celebration. Competitions on the Breckenridge Ski Resort and craft workshops are held and of course, the holiday season would not be complete without the yearly Lighting of Breckenridge on Main Street.

All of the events in Breckenridge take place in the center of the town so it would be easy for you to find Breckenridge accommodations near the venue. There are also free shuttles that would transport you to the location conveniently. There are many reasons to celebrate in Breckenridge that are guaranteed to entertain you and make your visit memorable. Plan your family vacation in Breckenridge to experience the unique and jovial celebrations of the town.

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