Santa Claus took a break from toy-making management at the North Pole to sit down for an exclusive interview you won’t find anywhere else!
Breaking News! Despite his fully-packed travel schedule, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has coaxed Santa Claus from his home in the North Pole to stop at the Colorado mountaintop theme park in Glenwood Springs. For several days before his all-night flight around the globe, he will visit with children and parents. Santa has also been brushing up on his Spanish and is looking forward to practicing his newly polished language skills with Spanish-speaking kids and families visiting the park.
Santa will be “in residence” from 4 to 7 p.m. at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on Saturdays, Dec. 11 and 18; and Sunday, Dec. 19.
Exclusive Santa Tells All!
- Where do you park the reindeer when you visit Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park? As you know the Adventure Park is located on top of a mountain so there’s not a lot of landing space for a sleigh and team of reindeer. Fortunately, there’s a nice rancher down in Silt who takes care of them for me. The team needs daily exercise as well. It’s too distracting to do during the day, so we fly them at night and Silt is a great place for them to workout.
- What do you say to boys and girls who might be timid or afraid to meet you? It’s okay. I know what they want for Christmas. If they are too shy sometimes just having mom or dad close by is enough to make them feel comfortable. It’s good to remember that I’ll be back next year too, and maybe we can visit then.
- Do you have a favorite cookie? Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, but I’ll have a bite of whatever treat children leave out for me as I make my rounds on Christmas Eve. The rest of the year though, Mrs. Claus makes sure I eat those gluten-free cookies. She takes care of me.
- What do you like to do when you’re off duty? I love to relax in a hammock. I carry one with me wherever I go. So if I’m on the beach or in my backyard I can take a nap if I want to. I also like to ski but I try not to ski before the big night on Dec. 24. Two years ago, I was skiing at Snowmass and I cracked my collar bone which made it harder to get all the presents ready. I learned my lesson on that one.
What’s your favorite thing about GCAP? The people. The people who work here and the people who visit are so friendly. That’s my favorite part.
- What’s on your GS bucket list? I’d like to go to Iron Mountain Hot Springs and soak my bones in those hot springs. I don’t know if I’ll have time this go-round, but I bet they feel really good. I’d also like to skin up and ski down Sunlight Mountain Resort. Mrs. Claus and I have wandered around downtown and enjoyed the restaurants.
- Favorite carol and holiday movie? I never get tired of Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree; as for movies, I go for the classics—Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
- Do you anticipate any supply chain delays? Golly no! The elves have that under control. We’re in good shape there.
- Why is this the best time of year? Most kids I encounter are happy and lighthearted, but what makes this time of year extra special is that the feeling is contagious and spreads to adults. It’s a joy to see families smiling, spending time and making memories together.
- How do you prep for your round-the-world flight on Christmas Eve? Mrs. Claus keeps me fed with healthy meals and fruit smoothies. I try to rest up as much as possible beforehand.
- What do you want for Christmas? Oh, just to be happy and healthy.
- What do you say to everyone who visits Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park this holiday season? Merry Christmas, and remember I know who’s naughty and who’s nice, so be nice!
Thank you, Santa!
Make plans to see Santa this month at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park! Visit our events page for all the details, as well as more information about Winter on the Mountain.