A CHRISTMAS TRADITION IN OURAY FOR OVER 80 YEARS!
The Ouray Elks Lodge works all year, holding special events, BBQ’s and meetings, raising money for the community. The funds these hardy volunteers raise are used to help pay medical expenses for some, scholarships to deserving students, and FUN! Perhaps one of the most touching events is when Santa comes to town. Elk members hold a special potluck dinner a week or so before Christmas, to help out Santa and his elves by stuffing dozens upon dozens of stockings. On Christmas Eve, several members of the club offer their services even further to St. Nick by becoming honorary elves for the evening, driving him to and fro, across Ouray County in all types of weather, to help him deliver gifts and good cheer.
Parents who live in the Community, and families who are visiting, are invited to call these honorary elves with the names and locations of their kids, so Santa can be sure to give them extra special attention.
On December 3, 2016, Santa is scheduled to arrive in Ouray, riding in not his traditional sleigh, but atop a fire truck destined for the Ouray Elks Lodge! Once the parade is over, Santa and Mrs. Claus will head on over to the Elks Lodge, where they will meet with all of the children, gathering any last minute changes to letters sent to the North Pole. Of course, Santa is a very busy fellow this time of year, but has yet to forget a child. Especially in Ouray!
With the help of a dedicated staff of volunteers, Santa is able to make his rounds all through Ouray County, visiting children far and wide. Every Christmas Eve, the Ouray Elks Lodge brings smiles and gifts to the children of Ouray County, delivering a stocking filled with treats, and a special gift just for them.
It is always such a pleasure to see the faces of children light up when they discover Santa at their door, especially when they are far from home! During your visit over Christmas to the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs we invite you to take part in this Ouray Christmas tradition. Please give us a call at 970-325-4981, or send us an email, letting us know the names, ages, and gender of the children staying with you over Christmas Eve. We will contact the Ouray Elks Lodge with your information and arrange for Santa to drop by your room and hand out gifts and treats for the children. You can even arrange to leave gifts here in the lobby that you would like Santa to deliver for you.
If you do not have reservations for this holiday, we still have some availability. We love having you here!