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Park City Mountain Resort’s Torchlight Parade is annual Christmas Eve tradition

Longstanding event has become a tradition

For 54 years, Park City Mountain Resort has celebrated Christmas Eve with a torchlight parade.

The free event has become one of Park City’s longest-running traditions and has grown to include more family-friendly activities.

Whitney Wall, Park City Mountain brand experience manager, emailed The Park Record regarding this year’s parade, which will be held on Saturday. She said the torchlight parade is an important event for the local community.

“We love celebrating the holiday season at Park City Mountain and the Torchlight Parade is a longstanding and much-loved tradition,” Wall wrote. “It’s wonderful to see so many of our employees and ski and snowboard instructors come together with the Park City community on Christmas Eve for this beautiful event.”

Each year, the parade features more than 100 Park City Mountain employees who will snake down PayDay run in two lines.

“[It is] led by our ski and snowboard school instructors,” Wall said.

The parade will also feature an appearance from Santa Claus.

“Santa loves to ski and loves being a part of this annual tradition,” according to the email. “He wouldn’t miss it and is planning to bring up the tail end of the parade.”

Although the parade itself begins at approximately 6 p.m., Park City Mountain Resort will be bustling with activities in the afternoon.

“There will be live Music in Legacy Lodge from 2:30– 4:30 p.m.,” Wall wrote. “There will be Kids Après family activities from 3-6 p.m.,” Wall wrote. “While supplies last, we will serve complimentary hot chocolate and cookies in the Park City Base Area.”

The 54th Annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 24, at Park City Mountain Resort. For more information, visit

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