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Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is a Park City Mountain tradition

Since its inception, Park City Mountain has welcomed Christmas Eve with a torchlight parade.

That means this year, the event is 53 years old. And while some things have changed at the resort, the tradition will continue, said Davy Ratchford, director of marketing at Vail Resorts.

The parade itself is scheduled to begin approximately at 6 p.m. and will descend PayDay Run, Ratchford said in an email interview with The Park Record.

"[There will be] two parallel snaking lines, but they have surprised us with additional patterns in the past," he said.

This year the parade will be made up of mainly Park City Mountain employees.

"Up to 140 of our ski and snowboard school instructors will be involved but we have had others involved in the past," Ratchford said.

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The festivities will actually begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Park City Base area.

"[We will serve] complimentary hot chocolate and cookies while supplies last," Ratchford said. "We will [also] have live music."

In keeping with the holiday spirit, the event will also feature Santa Claus, who will pose for photos, hand out some goodies and take last-minute gift requests.

"Santa is scheduled to appear prior to taking off around the world in his sleigh," Ratchford said.

Santa will also be out and about the resort throughout the day, leading up to the parade.

Parking is free and visitors are encouraged to arrive early.

Park City Mountain Resort will present its 53rd annual torchlight parade on Thursday, Dec. 24. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.parkcitymountain.com.