Mariah throws charity holiday party

Underprivileged kids treated to festive fun
Mariah throws charity holiday party
Mariah Carey

MARIAH CAREY lifted the spirits of 35 underprivileged children this holiday season - after renting out a recreation centre near her retreat in Aspen, Colorado, for an extravagant party.

The Hero hitmaker hired jugglers, magicians and storytellers for the event on Dec 21, at Aspen Recreation Center - where kids hailing from Denver were able to use the climbing wall, the pool and ice skating rink.

The children got an extra special treat when Carey and her husband Nick Cannon showed up in a reindeer-led sleigh with Santa Claus - and posed for pictures with the kids.