More than 200 Santas were seen skiing down the side of a mountain on Dec. 2.
The 19th annual “Santa Sunday” held in Newry, Maine, celebrated the start of the Christmas season.
Dressed in Santa’s signature red suit with white trim, the skiers bellowed “Ho, Ho, Ho,” and ringed bells as they skied and snowboarded down to South Ridge.
“It was great. The energy from the crowd is phenomenal. Seriously, it’s like the most magical day of the year,” Caroline Ochtera, the director of events at Sunday River Resort, told Reuters.
According to the Sunday River website, the event requires participants to dress in full Santa attire along with a $20 donation ready in hand.
Different skiers had different interpretations of the costume requirement, with some donning Santa’s white beard as part of their costume while others tried to adopt the jolly persona of the character.
The “Santas” are skiing for a good cause—the donations are made to a local charity, River Fund, which aims to bring people together to provide support for youth to unleash their potential. This year, $4,000 was raised for the charity, Reuters reported.