Foothills holiday news briefs


New mailbox for letters to Santa

Evergreen’s letters to Santa have found a new mailbox.

The new mailbox is now outside Michele Vanags’ State Farm Insurance Agency office, 3112 Evergreen Parkway. Families wanting personalized letters from Santa returned to their children need to drop off their letters in the festively decorated mailbox by Dec. 15. Letters to Santa also can be mailed to: Santa, c/o State Farm Insurance, 3112 Evergreen Parkway, Evergreen, CO 80439.

Vanags said she was glad her office could help Santa and Santa’s elves this year.

The old mailbox was at the home at Whitney Pickering Knause, who began the letters from Santa campaign in 2019 simply because she loves Christmas. Last year, she helped Santa respond to more than 350 letters from area children with the help of some of her elves.

Knause’s elves will continue the tradition since Knause will be away for the holidays. Knause explained that Santa never promises children anything for Christmas.

Children who drop off their letters between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday are welcome to stop into the office for treats.

Salvation Army bell ringing

The Salvation Army in both Evergreen and along the 285 Corridor is looking for bellringers for its annual Red Kettle campaign through Dec. 24.

In Conifer, bell ringers are at the Conifer King Soopers, and you can sign up for one-hour slots by visiting

If you have questions or need help with the sign-up, email Jacqueline at

In Evergreen, bellringers will be at Walmart and the Evergreen King Soopers. To sign up, email Vince at or visit

The Salvation Army units provide assistance of all kinds to needy families such as help with rent or heating bills, medical bills, car repairs and more.

Gingerbread house decorating, Santa visits

The Meeting Sanctuary in Indian Hills is offering Santa’s Workshop with gingerbread house decorating sessions, visits with Santa on the weekends and a gift shop, all through Dec. 24.

The business, which provides meeting and gathering space, has turned the 100-year-old building into a winter wonderland. The gift shop is open Tuesday through Sunday, sessions for gingerbread-house decorating are available from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and Santa is available for visits from noon-6:30 p.m. on weekends.

For more information and to reserve a session time, visit or call 303-973-3211.

Breakfast with Santa

Visit Santa for breakfast on Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17, courtesy of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Breakfast is from 9:30-11 a.m. on Dec. 10 at the Woodcellar and on Dec 17 at The Wild Game, and tickets, which are $25 per person, are available at

Evergreen Lake Plunge 2023

It’s time to sign up for the annual Evergreen Lake Plunge.

The event on New Year’s Day will be from noon-2 p.m. at the Evergreen Lake House. The plunge is a fundraiser by Active4All, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s foundation, with proceeds going to the INSPIRE program for those with special needs.

Cost to jump in the lake is $40, and costumes are encouraged. Last year, 177 people jumped into the frigid water. This year’s fundraising goal for both plungers and sponsors is $20,000.

​For more information about this event, to sign up, donate or volunteer, visit Active4All’s website at

Letters to Santa, Michele Vanags, Whitney Pickering, Evergreen Lake Plunge, Meeting Sanctuary, gingerbread houses, Salvation Army, bell ringing, Red Kettle campaign


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