Breckenridge Ullr Fest Celebrates Zany Fun and Vibes
The Norse god of snow descends upon Breckenridge, Colorado, in January for the town’s annual Ullr Fest, a zany celebration of fun and culture. Occurring over four days, this Nordic festival kicks off with live music, dancing and the crowning of the Ullr King and Queen. If snow, parades and good vibes sounds like a family event, get the scoop on the Breckenridge Ullr Fest.
Breckenridge Ullr Fest: Quick Guide to Activities
For over 50 years, snow lovers have gathered in Breck wearing horned Viking hats in preparation for the event.The four-day celebration promises good times for all — from singles to families and groups.
Top activities include Ullr Shot Ski, Ullr Parade in downtown, the town’s largest bonfire and even an ice plunge. Families have their own free Family Snow Day on Saturday where they enjoy snow activities such as snowman building. For a warm-up break, Carter Park Pavilion provides snacks in indoor art projects.
Other must-see events include junior hockey all-star game, bike races, comedy night, ice skating party and film festival. Among the highlights, the Ullr Parade showcases locally made floats coasting down Main Street. Those registered may even win cash prizes up to $500 for first place.
Admission prices range depending on the event, so plan ahead based on interests and time. Many events are free or serve as fundraising events for local organizations.
Story of Ullr
According to legend, Ullr covered the Earth in snow to protect it and enjoyed traveling through the land on his skis. His journey eventually led him to Breckenridge, and he blessed the area with the gift of snow. To honor his gift, the city hosts Ullr Fest to show thanks, honor the legacy and celebrate winter.