For 23 years the holiday season has kicked off with the arrival of Santa in the Waterville Valley Town Square on the Saturday following Thanksgiving – Nov. 30 at 3:30 p.m.
An eager team of sled dogs from Valley Snow Dogz will pull Santa and his elves into Town Square amidst hundreds of onlookers after a long journey from the North Pole. After a cheerful ho-ho-ho greeting, Santa will head into the Nordic Center for some hot cocoa and cookies while he visits with every child waiting to see him – usually until 7 p.m. Each little boy or girl will receive a small gift from Santa and a candy treat. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available for purchase outside the Nordic Center while children wait in line to visit the jolly old man.
This fun annual event is a fundraiser for the Whole Village Family Resource Center. A suggested donation of $5 per child or $10 per family will be turned over to an appreciative Whole Village, a non-profit located in Plymouth, NH that promotes individual and family well-being and provides centralized resources for the community.
In addition, the Waterville Valley business community has put together an assortment of great raffle prizes. All proceeds from the raffle sale will also be donated to the Whole Village Family Resource Center.
When the clock strikes 7 p.m., Santa will oversee the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at the center of Town Square which signals the start of the first fireworks show of the winter over Corcoran Pond. Town Square shops and restaurants will be open throughout the event serving candies, drinks and dinner, as well as, toys, winter gear and souvenirs.
A big thank you goes out to all of the organizations and businesses donating time and services to this event including Valley Snow Dogz owner and musher Lidia Dale-Mesaros, the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety, Whole Village Family Resource Center, Town Square Merchants and, last but not least, Santa Claus!
Cold Turkey Plunge
NEW this year the COLD TURKEY PLUNGE! Before Santa arrives in Town Square, the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports program will host the first annual “Cold Turkey Plunge” into Corcoran Pond at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30! The Plunge event is a fundraiser to support winter athletic programs for persons with disabilities. Learn more about the Cold Turkey Plunge on the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports web site www.watervilleadaptive.com.
Valley Snow Dogz will be offering twilight dogsled tours in Waterville Valley this winter. For more information, call 603-236-8175 or visit www.valleysnowdogz.com.