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A Letter from Santa

November 28, 2023

Ho, ho, ho! Greetings to all my wonderful friends! Santa here, spreading joy and cheer to each and every one of you this holiday season. 

My reindeer and I are gearing up for two special stops at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch. So, be good, be kind, and be ready to share those magical holiday wishes! I'm eagerly awaiting to hear what's on your list this year.

But hold on tight! Get ready for plenty of festive activities and merry events to kickstart the season!

Stop #1: Estes Park Center, Estes Park, Colorado

Picture of a child visiting Santa

Visit with me (Santa!)

Bring your dearest wishes, and swing by the splendid Lula Dorsey Museum, Saturdays from 9am – 12pm, through December 23. There, you can share your Christmas wishes with me, snap a photo, and indulge in the warmth of freshly baked cookies and hot cocoa.

Pen a Letter to the North Pole!

Picture of a small Christmas tree with a gift in front of it and a mailbox labeled 'Letters to Santa' to its side

While I'm busy giving those toys their final magical touches alongside my merry elves, send me a letter sharing your holiday wishes! Drop off your letter at the special mailbox I’ve placed in YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center Post Office. Don't forget to add your name and return address so I can whisk a personalized reply back to you. And fear not about a stamp – we sprinkle a bit of magic dust to transport your special letter straight to me!

Frosting and Sprinkle Magic

Mrs. Claus always keeps me full of those tempting cookies. But who can resist? She and the elves whipped up a special cookie decorating kit just for you. Unleash your creativity with icing and sprinkles – the tastiest way to dive into the holiday spirit, if you ask me. Pick up your kit at the Sweet Memorial Program Building, $6 for 4 cookies.

Santa's Workshop – Craft a Holiday Keepsake

Picture of Santa holding a paintbrush

My crafty elves are working their holiday magic day and night to make this Christmas season extraordinary. Step into Santa's workshop (the Mootz Family Craft & Design Center) to catch a sneak peek of the wonder, and craft a little keepsake of your own. You can even create special homemade gifts for your loved ones, gift wrapping station available!

Gingerbread House Contest

My jolly elves have a sweet tooth for gingerbread, and like clockwork, they organize an epic Gingerbread House contest every year. This time, we're inviting you to join the excitement. I'm positively bubbling to see your sugary masterpieces! Get your gingerbread house at the Sweet Memorial Program Building for $20.

Snowflake Making

"No two snowflakes are alike," just like all of you! Join our snowflake-making workshop and craft beautiful snowflakes to deck your halls or share as a gift with your loved ones. Saturdays and Sundays at 2:45pm in the Sweet Memorial Program Building.

Polar Express Pajama Party

My friends over at the Maude Jellison Library are throwing the Polar Express PJ Party! Wear your coziest PJs, hop aboard the Polar Express, and join in the magic as they read the classic story, sip on hot cocoa, and enjoy the enchantment of the holiday season together.

Stop #2: Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, Colorado

Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree!

Christmas becomes truly magical when you get to cut down your tree! Nestle into a cozy cabin, pour yourself a cup of steaming hot cocoa, and set off to find your family's perfect tree for the holiday season. Take up the axe, cut down your chosen tree, and bring it home to fill your days with holiday cheer!

Cozy Winter Wonderland

After you've picked out the perfect tree, let the Christmas spirit soar with festive crafts and activities! Join in the Cozy Winter Wonderland event at the Snow Mountain Ranch Library, every weekend through December 17, 2023. Saturdays, from 2 pm to 5 pm, and Sundays, from 9:30 am to noon, we'll have holiday crafts, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, and enchanting holiday story sessions. And for weekday merriment, don't miss our festive crafts at the craft shop for more holiday cheer!

Gift Delivery from Yours Truly

Picture of Santa holding a bag of gifts over his shoulder while standing in front of the YMCA sign

Rest assured, my dear friends! Santa will find each and every one of you wherever you're staying at the YMCA of the Rockies! With a sprinkle of North Pole magic, I'll be delivering gifts at both Snow Mountain Ranch and Estes Park Center on Christmas Eve!

I'm positively thrilled to be part of these delightful activities, and I can't wait to see each and every one of you there. The holiday season is a time for joy, togetherness, and spreading love, and there's no better place to do that than at the YMCA of the Rockies.

Wishing you all a season filled with love, laughter, and endless joy.

With jolly regards,

Santa Claus

Assigned Categories: Estes Park Center, Snow Mountain Ranch, Activities & Programming

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