Santa and Mrs. Claus honored as grand marshals for Parade of Lights

With thanks to the Meeker Lodging Tax Board, Santa and Mrs Claus will promote Meeker and Rangely as they make the 30-day journey to deliver the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington, D.C. Santa and Mrs. Claus will share with people along the way how they “Celebrate the Great Outdoors” during their stays in Rio Blanco County. The Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested Friday 40 miles east of Meeker on the Flattops Scenic Byway (RBC Road 8) at 10 a.m.

MEEKER I During his travels throughout the past 56 years, Santa discovered the small community of Meeker and decided that this special little place would become a focal point of his yearly travels. Santa has been bringing smiles to faces and cheer to all residents of Meeker for more than 45 years.
Santa cherishes the joy that he is able to bring to both the young and old each year during the holiday season. Mrs. Claus is grateful that her work at the North Pole has been delegated to the elves, allowing her to visit Meeker with Santa. Historically, Santa has been able to travel to the Meeker area with Rudolph and then hop onto a snowmobile to make his visits. In the years when there has not been enough snow, Santa and Mrs. Claus make their rounds on a 4-wheeler.
Through the years and numerous visits, Santa still remembers his special trip when he rode his snowmobile from the Rio Blanco Store on Highway 13 to White River City on Highway 64, visiting the residents of Piceance Creek along the way.
Santa enjoys the many community activities that he participates in each year including Breakfast with Santa, hosted by the Meeker Recreation District and Lions Club, delivering packages in conjunction with the Giving Tree, visiting and delivering packages to residents at the Walbridge Wing during a luncheon hosted by Mountain Valley Bank, and making guest appearances at the many holiday parties around town.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are honored to travel with the Capitol Christmas Tree across the United States as it makes its journey to Washington, D.C. They are grateful to be able to present a part of our wonderful Meeker area, the White River National Forest, and the great state of Colorado, to the nation’s Capitol. The Claus’ would like to thank the Meeker community for its support in this trip.
Santa and Mrs. Claus would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and they will see you in December when they return!

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