Hundreds expected at Coalville City’s holiday Light Celebration
Third annual electric light parade travels down Main Street Dec. 3
November 29, 2016
At around 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, Coalville's Main Street will shut down and all the lights will be turned off as the third annual Light Parade Celebration rolls into town to kick off the holiday season.
City officials are expecting hundreds of people to descend on Main Street for the celebration and entertainment, which will include hot cocoa, free donuts, drawings and Christmas carolers. A tree-lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa will also take place.
"The floats will line up at the south end of town and come down through Main Street," said Coalville City Mayor Trever Johnson. "These floats are anything from lit up trailers to four wheelers, and we even get farm equipment strung with Christmas lights. We encourage it all and for everyone to have a little fun with it."
This year's parade will start at 150 South and will end at 100 North. After the parade, Main Street will remained closed for the rest of the evening.
For the last three weeks, residents have earned raffle tickets with every $20 they have spent at participating businesses as part of a local business initiative. The businesses have also donated several items for the drawing, including gift cards and gift baskets. Tickets can be brought to City Hall until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, to be entered into the drawing.
"That's a tradition that we had years and years ago, but three years ago we resurrected it because people really enjoyed it. A lot of the older generations have had fun with it and it has been a fun thing we do now," Johnson said. "It's been fun watching those kinds of things take place. I think it has had an impact on the local shopping initiative and people are excited to bring in their tickets."
Coalville City is also collecting donation items for the Road Home, an emergency shelter that provides programs to individuals and families in need. Shelters are located in Midvale and Salt Lake City. Items will be accepted at Coalville City Hall until 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2. Volunteers will also be accepting items at the celebration.
Last year, more than 20 floats were entered into the parade and officials are expecting around the same amount of participants again this year. Entries for the parade will be accepted until 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2. As of Monday, Coalville City Clerk Niki Sargent said 16 floats had been entered.
"We have a lot of feedback on it and everyone really enjoys it," Sargent said. "This is our third year to do it and it has been a really great event. We have had a lot of support. The businesses have been fantastic and they make it happen."
Cash prizes of $200 each will be given for the best float in three different categories. A $50 prize will be awarded for the best youth and adult costume. Johnson said a theme was selected for the first year, but one hasn't been identified for this year.
Officials are expecting at least 1,200 people on Saturday. Last year, more than 1,000 people attended.
"It's been a great turnout each year and it continues to get bigger. When you start something like this you are always a little nervous because of all the effort that goes in to it and you hope people come out and we certainly welcome anyone to come," Johnson said. "I have been very impressed and thankful so many people have come out and supported us. It's a great time of year and great spirit when the community comes out, huddles around the fire and listens to Christmas music."
Coalville City's Light Parade Celebration is scheduled to be held Saturday, Dec. 3, and will begin at 6 p.m. on the south end of Main Street. A tree lighting ceremony in front of City Hall will follow the parade. For more information about the event, go to http://www.coalvillecity.org<./i>