Santa comes to Park City

Posted by Heather on December 14, 2011

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I believe that one of the most magical places to spend the holidays is in a ski town.  Amidst mountains and snowflakes, where Jack Frost paints your world with sparkle and glitter, the holidays take on a magical story of its own. 

Last year was our first Christmas here in Park City.  My children were 4 and 7 at the time.  Filled with the wonder and delight of Christmas time we bundled up and headed to the Town Plaza.  It was dark and cold but as we walked up the street the laughter and holiday spirit was loud and clear.  The Plaza was filled with merry caroling, live storytelling of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", cookies, hot cocoa, and peppermint candy canes.  

The cold was not even noticed as the crowd hushed for a brief moment.  The twinkling lights of Santa's sleigh appeared over the ridge high above us- it was as if he really was in flight.  I will never forget hearing those first cheers of the children "Santa! Here comes Santa Claus!" Grownups broke out in song...

"you better watch out, you better not cry,
 you better not pout 
 I'm telling you why,
 Santa Claus is coming to town..." 

As Santa appeared from the dark winter sky my heart was magically filled with the childhood wonders of Christmas. 

On December 17 Santa Claus arrives in Park City by way of the Town Lift.  The jolly ol' fellow is expected to arrive around 6:15.  There is lots to enjoy at the Town Plaza so arrive early to enjoy hot cocoa, caroling, cookies and conversation.  Plan to stay later if you would like to get a photo with Santa.

5:30-6:00 Children's activities, christmas carols
6:00-7:00 Hot Chocolate and cookies served
6:30-7:30 Pictures with Santa

On Christmas Eve Park City Mountain Resort is filled with fun.  From 9:00-4:00 Santa Claus will be skiing and spreading holiday cheer.  I'll never forget the thrill of my children looking up to see Santa on the lift above them.  He dropped them each a candy cane and they plucked it from the snow.  He waved and gave them a jolly "Ho, Ho, Ho!" as they giggled in delight.

The 48th annual Torchlight Parade begins at 6:15 on Christmas Eve.  Arrive early to enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies in the Resort Plaza.  The Parade is a beautiful sight.  Santa, a rather impressive skier, will lead Park City Mountain Resort's ski and snowboard instructors down PayDay run.  After the parade you can visit with Santa before he heads out to deliver gifts and Christmas joy around the world!

We believe in Santa Claus, I hope you do too.


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Comment posted by Karin on December 14, 2011 1:47 PM MST

Love this Heather, thanks for sharing. The video is AWESOME!

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Comment posted by Kristen on December 14, 2011 12:45 PM MST

Love this write up! One of these years we will have to plan a vacation again to start before Christmas so we can go!

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