A race of Santas in Colorado, ice skating on the beach in California, and an authentic Native American celebration in New Mexico are just a few of the many jolly events to add to your winter bucket list

Sunset  – November 14, 2013 | Updated November 15, 2019

Pull out the reindeer ears, cue up the holiday tunes, and get ready to deck the halls at these long-standing Christmastime events that are so loved by locals, they’ve become holiday traditions. With your help, we identified the region’s most unique celebrations, ranging from the Spanish-inspired luminary stroll in Santa Fe to the 300-person race of costumed Santas in Breckenridge. Expect festive decor, activities for families, artisan markets, and lots of twinkling lights. One thing’s for sure, the West sure knows how to throw a holiday party

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