Christmas Eve Day. The sun is finally out but the skiing is a bit thick and/or crowded depending on where you go and if you prefer off-piste like me. Maybe it's a movie day with the 4-year-old before we take in the torchlight parade at Park City Mountain Resort?

If you're looking for a movie over the holidays, Park City has two state-of-the-art multiplex theaters. Stadium, rockered seats, cup holders, Between the two, you have access to all of the new releases. The only downside is the expense. $8-8.50 per ticket. Kids even age 1 have to pay $6. Ouch. So here's where the deal comes in. Go to either the Redstone 8 Cinema or Holiday Village 4 before 6 p.m. and matinees are just $6.00. Hit the Redstone Cinema at Kimball Junction on "Bargain Tuesday" for $6.50 at night or for matinees before 6 p.m., pay $5. One thing you may not know is that Holiday Village 4 has a deal if you go to the first showing of the day on any screen- $5.50. Remember when $5.50 was a lot for a movie ticket? Sigh.

In addition, expect to pay an extra $2.50-2.75 for 3D and before you plunk that down, read some reviews to decide whether it's worth it. For example: Tron, no; Chronicles of Narnia, yes.

If you know people with an Entertainment Book, there are discount passes to Redstone inside and check slickdeals.net regularly as they often post Fandango and WeeklyCinema.com deals that are valid in Park City.

Look for the HV4 to be closed to the public during the Sundance Film Festival, Jan.20-30. Organizers use the theaters for independent film and press screenings.

Santa will make his way down to the Park City before his big trek across the globe tonight. The jolly fat man will lead more than 100 ski and snowboard instructors down the PayDay run for the Resort's 47th annual torchlight parade.

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The run begins at 6:15 p.m. but get there around 5:30 p.m. for free hot chocolate and cookies in the Resort Plaza. Then walk up to the base of Payday for the best Parade viewing spot.  Santa will stick around taking last minute wishes and photos before he has to leave.

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To make sure you can last outside tonight, wear warm thick socks, good boots (you're standing in snow which goes right up to your feet through your street shoes), ski pants or fleece-lined jeans, hat, gloves, sweater and thick ski coat. Dress your kids the same if you don't want to hear whining.

Also of note, PCMR fires up their night skiing starting tomorrow. The Three Kings Mountainzone and the newly introduced Three Kings Terrain Park will be lit up. Night skiing on the PayDay run has also been improved with upgraded bulbs for better visibility across the run.  Ride until 9 p.m. daily though March 27, 2011. FYI- If you're busy during the day, you can grab the kids when you get off work and do laps on First Time Lift into the wee hours as well. This is also great for day skiers as you can pick up the kids from ski school then have loads of time to ski with them without having to worry about lifts closing on you.