It’s all downhill for 300 skiing Santas, a Grinch and a tree in Maine

Maine Santa Sunday
Posted at 9:00 AM, Dec 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-12 11:00:23-05

NEWRY, Maine (AP) — A bunch of Santa lookalikes took to the ski slopes to spread some seasonal cheer on Sunday.

More than 300 jolly ol’ elves — all dressed in red — dashed together down a mountain with white beards and Santa hats flapping in the breeze at the Sunday River ski resort in Maine. A skiing Grinch and a skiing Christmas tree joined the party.

Maine Santa Sunday
Skiers dressed in Santa Claus outfits ride a chairlift at the Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, in Newry, Maine. The skiing Santas raise money for the River Fund, a non-profit organization that supports youth education and recreation in the Bethel, Maine area. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

It wasn't exactly a winter wonderland — there was little natural snow. The snow-making machines at Sunday River produced enough of the fluffy stuff for the annual tradition. Santa Sunday has grown in popularity over more than two decades, raising $7,500 this year for a local charity.