Christmas dinner, program fills Events Center

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Children of all ages took a moment to give their Christmas wishes while being treated with a friendly gift.
Elise Redd reaches for a gift bag ready to be stuffed with candy, oranges, and popcorn balls.
The bags of treats are set and ready to be distributed at the tribal Christmas dinner.
Henry Whiteskunk grabs a handful of treats to stuff into bags full of tasty goodies.
Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy students sit on the side during a dressy and decorative holiday performance.
Academy students share the stage in a collaborative performance combining holiday carols and cover songs.
A special nativity scene re-enactment with a Native American twist graced the stage.
Children flock to Santa and give a group hug during his surprise appearance.
Santa isn’t the only guest. Assistance came from this green, hairy helper who was quite the Grinch.
Derrick Naranjo gives an acoustic performance during the holiday program.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
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The holiday celebration came early at the Sky Ute Casino Resort’s Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 21, where the annual tribal Christmas dinner took place. Plenty of food and holiday goodies were available to the packed room. Guests were treated with the music of Derrick Naranjo and various performance acts, including a sing-along with the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy. A special nativity reenactment took place before Santa Claus made his appearance for all the boys and girls. The Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum handed out bags of treats to attendees once the event concluded.

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