The holiday season is a "magical" time of the year in Park City and people hold a special place in their hearts for Main Street, said Alison Butz, executive director of Historic Park City Alliance.

To enhance the sentiment, Historic Park City, which is comprised of owners and managers of the businesses on Main Street, will host its annual Holidays on Main celebration that will run every day through Dec. 21.

"We want to provide a festive atmosphere for people to come up to Main Street and enjoy the season, so to have people come experience all the holiday activities that are going on and feel that good cheer is what we're aiming for," Butz told The Park Record.

The three-week celebration will begin softly on Thursday, Nov. 29, with a free lecture about women in sports at the Park City Museum.

The presentation will be given by Dee Dee Corradini, president of Women's Ski Jumping USA, and is offered in conjunction to the museum's new exhibit "Line Drives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women's Baseball."

Holidays on Main will continue with the Park City Gallery Association's monthly gallery stroll on Friday, Nov. 30, and then really get going on Saturday, Dec. 1, with the community tree lighting in Miners Park and the arrival of Santa Claus on the Town Lift.

"That's the actual kick-off date," Butz said.

In addition, performers of all kinds are scheduled to entertain the public throughout the coming weeks, she said. (See story titled "Holidays on Main schedule)

"We're keeping up with a couple of our existing traditions such as carolers and the electric parade on Dec. 21," Butz said. "And we're adding some new attractions this year."

One is the holiday and winter window-display contest that will begin Saturday.

"More than 20 business have been chosen by residents who will decorate the windows with anything they want," Butz said. "Since the theme is winter holidays, it doesn't necessarily have to be about Christmas. It can be Hanukah, Winter Solstice or another winter scene. It will be exciting to see how these windows, which will be all up and down the entire street, come together."

People will be able to vote for their favorite windows by stopping into the shops to fill out a paper ballot.

"The judging will begin on Saturday morning and run through Sunday, Dec. 16, Butz said.

"We will choose eight winners and announce them on Tuesday, December 18," she explained. "Each winner will receive a $50 gift card that can be used at any of the 100 or so Historic Park City Association member stores or restaurants."

Another new event is the Friends of Animals Utah's Santa-and-pet photos session on Saturday, Dec. 8, at a time and location to be announced.

"We are looking for a volunteer to take the photos," Butz said.

Photographers who are interested should contact the Historic Park City Alliance by calling (435) 658-9612.

"There is a lot that will be going on and we hope people come up," she said.

For more information, visit www.historicparkcityutah.com.