Santa Claus is making his appearance at Mohave County’s home in the forest at Hualapai Mountain Park the first weekend in December. “Our team at the North Pole have been working hard to get the park ready for the arrival of the big guy in the red suit,” Parks Administrator Shawn Blackburn said. “This is our eighth annual Santa’s Hualapai Wonderland event and we may even have some snow this time.”

               The event activities will take place at Hualapai Mountain Park from 1 until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, 2015. All of the usual offerings will be available for participants, he said. “This is a family festival with hay rides, toasted marshmallows, hot cocoa, Christmas lights and decorations and, of course, Santa Claus will be on-hand to visit with the children and pose for pictures.”

               Visitors will pay the standard one-day admission fee of $7 per carload, “or they can show their annual pass at the gate,” he said. “Visiting with Santa is included with the admission fee and families can take their own photos of their children with Santa if they like. There will be a professional photographer available to take photos for a small fee. There will be Christmas craft vendors and booths set up to help children create their own Christmas ornaments and write letters to Santa.”

Blackburn said, “This year we have 18 cabins decorated for the Christmas season by local business sponsors. There will be plenty of parking available this year. Parking will run in a one-way direction with entry at the ranger station and exit at the recreation hall.”

               Although all activities will take place from 1 until 5 p.m. December 5 and 6, “the decorations and displays can be viewed any day from December 1 through January 1,” he said. “The park will remain open for all regular activities including hiking, camping and cabin rentals.”

               “This is a great time of the year to visit Hualapai Mountain Park,” Blackburn said. “We hope those who have attended this event in the past will return and those who haven’t will also come up the hill and enjoy this Christmas family event.”

               The park is located at 6250 Hualapai Mountain Road. For more information, call 928-681-5700 or visit www.mcparks.com.