Parks and Rec hosts holiday party at Howelsen

Santa Claus to make special Steamboat appearance

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— Santa Claus is coming to town today for a pre-Christmas Eve appearance at Howelsen Hill.

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a holiday party at 6 p.m. to officially usher in the Christmas season.

Santa will descend from the North Pole, or Howelsen Hill, in conjunction with the lighting of the tree on Fetcher Tower.

The event has offered fun and entertainment for young and old for a quarter of a century.

And the event costs nothing.

Parks and Recreation sports director Christina Freeman said a few hundred people took part in the party last year and she expects another large crowd this year.

The holiday party provides the only opportunity during the year for people to go tubing at Howelsen Hill.

Children and adults cannot slide down the hill in tubes at any other time of the year.

Sleds and metal runners, however, are not allowed because of safety reasons.

Tubers can tube in a few different areas, depending on their heights.

A few tubes will be available, but Parks and Recreation encourages holiday partygoers not to depend on too many tubes being available with so many people wanting to use them.

People should bring their own tubes if they have them.

A choir from Euzoa Bible Church will provide Christmas carols throughout the evening.

Refreshments can be found at Olympian Hall.

The party, which runs until 8 p.m., also features juggling elves and a nativity scene.

Santa is expected to make the rounds to all in attendance.

The annual event provides an excellent opportunity for those who have not yet visited Howelsen Hill this winter to see how progress has been made on preparing it for skiing.

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