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Christmas Village at Quartermaster Depot opens Saturday
YUMA, ARIZONA - Santa arrives here Saturday with a rare treat for desert-dwelling kids of all ages - enough snow to blanket a sledding hill!
The slippery sledding venue is just part of the magical Christmas Village coming to life at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. The Village also features a trip back in time aboard the Christmas Village train, which will travel throughout the park touring the brightly-lit historic buildings.
Sponsored by Yuma Visitors Bureau, the Village welcomes visitors from 5-9 p.m. daily from Dec. 15-22.
More than 40 tons of snow will be created on site to build the one-of-a-kind sledding hill, and it will magically "snow" every morning to ensure that fresh snow is ready for evening visitors. New this year, there will also be a pint-sized sledding hill for little sliders ages four and younger.
In the special kid-sized village, each of the fanciful walk-in playhouses will offer a holiday activity - for example, crafting keepsake holiday ornaments at the Hilton Garden Inn house and posing for old-timey "bank robber" photos in the Foothills Bank. Kids also can listen to a story being read by the Yuma County Library District and shop for sweet treats (all just 25 cents) in Santa's Candy Shop. Other activities include decorating Christmas cookies and shopping in Santa's workshop (all items just $1). And of course, Santa will also be on hand every evening for visits and photos.
Come hungry because the Christmas Village features some amazing local food vendors selling a variety of treats including traditional tamales, Indian fry bread, barbecue, gyros, kettlecorn and hot and cold beverages. Top off your meal with a sweet treat by visiting the old-fashioned pie shop where guests can sit down and enjoy a piece of pie and a cup of hot coffee.
The Christmas Village also presents live entertainment every night, including the Gadsden Jazz Band, AvP (a local Yuma favorite), the Cindy Klein Memorial Hand Bell Choir and the Arizona Old Time Fiddlers -- check out the entire entertainment lineup at YumaChristmas.com. Plus, each night of the Christmas Village has a special theme and activities to match, including:
Dec. 15 - Grand opening and lighting ceremony
Dec. 16 - Hispanic Heritage
Dec. 17 - Spirit of Christmas Giving
Dec. 18 - Cowboy Christmas
Dec. 19 - Military Appreciation
Dec. 20 - Candy Cane Lane
Dec. 21 - All Aboard the Polar Express
Dec. 22 - Carol Karaoke Sing Along
Two separately ticketed events are also part of this year's Christmas Village: "Storytime and Cookies with Santa" for the little ones on Dec. 18 and "A Taste of Yuma: Holiday Sweets and Treats" reception for adults on Dec. 20. Following the "Taste of Yuma" event, which features an array of great food and adult beverages from Yuma-area restaurants, the first annual Reindeer Games server and bartender competition will take place. Tickets for both events can be purchased in advance at the Visitor Information Center at the Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, or at the door on the night of the event. Advance tickets for "Taste of Yuma" may also be purchased at Derailed Saloon and The Pint House, both in downtown Yuma.
Group pricing is available every night with a "buy four Polar Pass entry tickets, get the fifth one free" package. Kids five and younger are admitted free.
For details, visit & "like" our event web page (www.yumachristmas.com) and follow us on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/yumachristmasvillage )
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Yuma Visitors Bureau contact:
Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell), email@example.com
Erin Hanagan, 928-376-0100 (office), 310-218-9210 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitor Information Center: 1-800-293-0071, www.visityuma.com
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