At any age, kids and adults can enjoy the magic of Santa and delight in his sense of spirit, wonder and generosity.

     Starting this week, children in the Wood River Valley will have a chance to brief Santa Claus on their Christmas wish lists.

     On Wednesday, Santa Claus will arrive via fire truck for Ketchum’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, set for 4:30 p.m. at the Town Square. As Santa visits with kids, hot cocoa and cookies—and Christmas carols courtesy of two local choirs—will be offered well into the evening.

     Mayor Neil Bradshaw said he’s looking forward to welcoming new visitors into town.

     “The snow has fallen just in time,” he said Monday.

     After Santa’s stop in Ketchum, the original father of Christmas will make his way to the old Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey for the town’s tree-lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m.

      St. Nick will then visit Sun Valley’s Winter Wonderland Festival at Sun Valley Village, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday, and will return to the village on Dec. 14 for its 5:30 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony.

     Letters addressed to the North Pole will be collected in Ketchum Town Square through Christmas Eve. To receive a response from Santa, drop a letter in any USPS mailbox by Dec. 7 and address it to North Pole Postmark, c/o Postmaster, 4141 Postmark Drive, Anchorage, AK 99530-9998. Instructions, needed to assure a response, can be found online.

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