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Snow in Christmas forecast for Yuma

Historic riverfront park hosts Christmas Village Dec. 15-22

YUMA, ARIZONA - Santa will arrive in this desert town a week early this year with a rare treat for kids of all ages - enough snow to blanket a sledding hill!

The sledding venue will be part of a magical Christmas Village at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park.  The Village will also feature a trip back in time aboard the "Heritage Express" train, which will travel throughout the park and tour the brightly-lit historic buildings to experience Christmas traditions from years past. 

Sponsored by Yuma Visitors Bureau, the Village will be open from 5-9 p.m. daily Dec. 15-22.

More than 40 tons of snow will be transported to Yuma to create a one-of-a-kind sledding hill.  This year there will also be a pint-sized sledding hill for all the little ones under 4.   The entire park - and a special kid-sized village of fanciful walk-in playhouses - will be decorated with thousands of sparkling lights and other holiday decor.

Each playhouse will offer a holiday activity - for example, keepsake holiday ornaments kids of all ages can create at the Hilton Garden Inn house and old-time "bank robber" photos in the Foothills Bank.  Guests will be able to decorate and enjoy a Christmas cookie and kids will be able to shop for their families in Santa's workshop where all items are just $1.  Of course, Santa will also be on hand for visits and photos.

Entertainment will be offered nightly, along with food and drink vendors.  Highlights include local band Aliens vs. Predator on opening night and Christmas Carol Karaoke Sing-A-Long to close things out Dec. 22.  Two special evenings will also take place this year: "Storytime and Cookies with Santa" for the little ones on Tuesday, Dec. 18 and "A Taste of Yuma: Holiday Sweets and Treats" reception for adults on Thursday, Dec. 20.  Following the "Taste of Yuma" event, which will offer an array of great food from Yuma area restaurants, the first annual Reindeer Games Server Competition will take place.

Individual and group pricing will be available, and kids five and younger are admitted free and sled free with an adult.  For more information, to volunteer or to find out how to be a entertainer or vendor, contact Erin at 928-376-0100 or email  A special webpage is under construction at


Yuma Visitors Bureau contact:
Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell),

Event contact:
Erin Hanagan, 928-376-0100 (office),

Visitor Information Center:

The Yuma Visitors Bureau is always happy to assist members of print, digital and broadcast media, either on assignment or pitching an idea with a Yuma angle.

Visit Yuma team can suggest itineraries and facilitate visits, or provide you with the inspired details to help nail down an assignment.  We pride ourselves on always going "above and beyond."

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For more information, contact Linda Morgan at 928-376-0100 (office), email Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.

'Anytime' releases:

Around & about - a quick Yuma overview

Brilliant! Yuma wears 'sunniest' label with pride

Last link in river restoration under way


Background info:

Fast Facts About YVB

 Fast Facts About Yuma 

Yuma history - narrative

Yuma historic timeline


Research and statistics

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018 Executive Summary

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