NEWRY, Maine — The slopes of Sunday River Resort were decked in red and white Sunday as 210 skiing and snowboarding Santas gathered to schuss the ski trails for the resort’s 14th annual Santa Sunday.

“Santa Sunday is the one event that really kicks off the holiday season here at Sunday River,” Caroline Ochtera, events marketing manager for Sunday River Resort, said in a prepared statement. “It’s a visually entertaining fund-raiser that allows us to give back to the Bethel Rotary’s annual holiday toy drive.”

This year, Sunday River raised more than $2,100 for the local rotary club by requiring each of the pre-registered Santas to donate a minimum of $10. Registrants are also asked to come to the resort with their donation in full Santa garb, including hat and pom-pom, red coat and pants, belt, and beard.

“It’s hard to not be in the holiday spirit after watching 210 Santas skiing and snowboarding,” Ochtera said.



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