Santa Claus is coming to Town (Lift Plaza)
Since Vail acquired Park City Mountain Resort, some things have changed, but there are some things that will stay the same.
One of those things is the arrival of Santa Claus at the Town Lift, according to Davy Ratchford, the resort’s director of marketing.
"Park City Mountain Resort has hosted Santa coming to Park City via the Town Lift for several years," Ratchford said during an email interview with The Park Record. "We enjoy the opportunity to spread holiday cheer to the guests of not only our mountain, but to the community as a whole. Santa loves a vacation to Park City before he goes on his worldwide tour."
The jolly old elf will arrive on Saturday, Dec. 19, between 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. He will be available for photos and children will be able to drop their wish lists into a box before they meet him, Ratchford said.
"Santa will also have candy canes for the children," he said.
Prior to Santa’s descent, the Town Lift Plaza will be a hub of activity, Ratchford said.
"[There will be some] holiday cheer," he said. "While supplies last we’ll be passing out cookies and hot chocolate as well as Santa and Elf hats."
Live entertainment will be provided by the 16-voice a cappella choir, The Park City Treble Makers.
"Activities start at 5:30 p.m. and end when Santa leaves the Town Lift to return to the North Pole, which will be between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.," Ratchford said.
Alison Kuhlow-Butz, executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance, said Santa’s arrival at the Town Lift is one of the biggest events of the year.
"It brings so many people to Main Street and the crowds are amazing," she said. "The event also brings more businesses to the local restaurants, because people either dine after they see Santa or eat before they come see him."
Kuhlow-Butz’s favorite part of the evening is seeing Santa’s sleigh and reindeer cross over the hill on their way down the lift.
"It looks like he’s flying and you know the moment that happens because the crowd gasps," she said. "There is that joy that emanates from the people and the kids. It’s just wonderful."
Like many people who come see Santa, Kuhlow-Butz’s family has made the event a holiday tradition.
"I love it," she said. "I’ve been in town for 19 years, and can’t remember when I started going to see this event, but it is so magical."
The family usually stands on the bridge across Park Avenue.
"My kids can play in the snow while they wait for Santa," Kuhlow-Butz said. "With all the lights on the buildings and strung across the street, this is a real festival event with a great atmosphere."
Prior to his arrival at the Town Lift, Santa will be seen on Main Street that afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
"He’ll be roaming around and talk with those who can’t make it to the evening’s event," Kuhlow-Butz said. "So, if some people want some additional time with him, he’ll be out and about."
Seeing Santa during the holidays is a great way for the community to celebrate Main Street, she said.
"The community has such a connection there," Kuhlow-Butz said. "It is the heart of the town and it’s wonderful for people to be able to come enjoy big events like this that celebrate the holidays and Christmas and be part of it."
Santa Claus will come down the Town Lift on Saturday, Dec. 19, between 6 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. Prior to his arrival, the Town Lift Plaza will open at 5:30 p.m. for other holiday activities. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.parkcitymountain.com.
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