NEWRY, Maine — Up to 250 Santa Clauses and nationally acclaimed band Strangefolk will respectively grace the slopes and stage on the weekend of Dec. 1-3 during the 7th Annual Santa Weekend at Sunday River.
Santa Sunday historically brings hundreds of skiing and riding Santas to the slopes Dec. 3. The 7th annual event serves as a fundraiser for the Bethel Rotary Club’s Christmas toy drive.
Participants are required to wear Santa costumes and gather at 11 a.m. at South Ridge for photos. In exchange for a minimum donation to charity of $10, the Santas will receive free skiing and riding for that day plus two additional lift tickets valid until Dec. 14.
Pre-registration is required for this event, which is limited to 250 jolly characters. Costume requirements and registration instructions can be found at www.sundayriver.com.
Strangefolk will kick off this season’s Bud Light Concert series with shows on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at Thumpers in the White Cap Lodge. Strangefolk has been on the jam band scene for 15 years, growing from a folksy duo performing in their hometown of Burlington, Vt., into a five-member band that tours nationally and has a loyal fan base. The band combines elements of rock, bluegrass, folk, and blues with their unique songwriting, three-part harmonies, and soaring lead guitars.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and both shows are 21+. Tickets are $15 for one show or $25 for both if purchased before Nov. 30. On the day of the show, tickets are $20 for one show or $35 for both. Lodging and show ticket packages are available from $50 per person. Guests should call 1-800-543-2SKI to purchase concert tickets or book a trip. Ski and Stay packages for Santa Weekend start at $55 per person per night.
The town of Bethel will also help get the holiday season started on Dec. 2. Sample some local eats at the Taste of Bethel or bid on wreaths decorated by area businesses at the Theme Wreath Auction. Both events will be held at Telstar High School from noon to 2 p.m. For information on Bethel area events, visit www.bethelmaine.com.