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Park City Moms will host second Countdown to Christmas

After Thanksgiving wraps this Thursday, Christmas is less than one month away.

So Park City Moms, a volunteer-driven organization, wants to help families kick off the season with Countdown to Christmas, a fun and festive event that will be held at the Park City Community Church on Sunday, Nov. 30.

The event will run from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and will feature an array of activities including photos with Santa Claus, arts and crafts and opportunity drawings, said Heidi Ganss Harris.

Harris worked with fellow Park City Moms volunteers Allison Kirk Griffiths and Barbara Hadley to organize Countdown to Christmas.

"This event provides an opportunity early in the holiday season for parents to get digital photos of their children with Santa," Harris said. "We do this event early enough so people can use the photos for holiday cards or gifts for families.

"Last year the photos were taken by a Park City Moms volunteer, but this year they will be taken by Park City High School’s McCauley Finnegan," Harris said. "We’ll email the photos a couple of days after the party."

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In addition to posing for photos with the children, Santa will conduct some opportunity drawings.

Among the items are two tickets to the Utah Children’s Theatre’s production of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" that will run from Dec. 13 until Jan. 17.

"The Metropolitan Theatre will also donate a couple of tickets as well," Harris said. "Allison spends a lot of time at Hugo’s Coffee and asked them to provide some gift cards and coffee for the event, and I’m sure we’ll have more things to give away as door prizes during the Countdown to Christmas."

Park City Moms will also hand out goody bags that will include advent calendars to the children, she said.

The highlight of the event will be magician Paul Brewer.

"He’s from Salt Lake City and his show be about 45 minutes long," Harris said. "We will also do age-appropriate holiday crafts."

Park City Moms is also sponsoring four children through the Christian Center of Park City’s Operation Hope program, which helps underprivileged children in Summit and Wasatch counties and on the Goshute reservation in Western Utah enjoy Christmas.

The children sponsored are a 2-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl.

"We’re asking everyone to bring an unwrapped gift — a clothing item, a toy, a book, a puzzle or craft item — to Countdown to Christmas this year," Harris said. "We will take these items to the Christian Center and they will have the parents come in and pick out the items for their children."

Park City Moms, which was founded in 2009, provides a forum for parents to connect and support each other, share resources and information and engage in fun activities, according to Harris.

Recent activities include monthly Mom’s Night Out, Spring Celebration, monthly moms’ coffee, playgroups, educational programs and more.

"We’re comprised of mostly moms, but we do host family events, such as the Countdown to Christmas, which gives families the opportunity to connect with other families in the community," Harris said. "We do social events monthly in each others’ homes, restaurants or movie theater, and we organize playdates at playgrounds or other activity venues."

The organization has partnership with Newpark and the Swaner EcoCenter.

"We work with them to host our Spring Celebration, something we’ve been doing for years," Harris said. "We also just did a Halloween event with them."

This year marks the second Countdown to Christmas presented by Park City Moms.

"I thought we put on a great event last year and it turned out to be a nice way to start the holiday season," Harris said. "We also know that families get really busy during the season, so we felt that Thanksgiving weekend is a good kickoff."

Admission to Countdown to Christmas is free for Park City Moms members who have paid their annual dues. The cost for others is $10.

An annual membership is $30 a year, Harris explained.

"We’re hoping people will take the opportunity to join Park City Moms at this event if they want," she said. "I joined 3 ½ years ago when we moved to Park City. It’s a great organization for parents to meet other parents."

Park City Moms will host the second annual Countdown for Christmas, at Park City Community Church, 4501 N. S.R. 224, on Sunday, Nov. 30, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/ParkCityMoms or its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ParkCityMoms.

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