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Holidays on Main helps visitors enjoy the spirit of the season

The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can often wear at people’s nerves and instead of feeling the joy of the holidays, they find themselves stressed and exhausted.

That’s why the Historic Park City Alliance has created its annual Holidays on Main, which features Main Street performances by carolers, jugglers and appearances by Santa Claus, said Meisha Lawson.

"We started putting together more comprehensive holiday programming four or five years ago, with the idea to not only attract people from Park City, but also from the surrounding areas," Lawson told The Park Record. "It’s interesting because the first part of December is not really crazy busy on Main Street. It’s like a little secret and so enjoyable and relaxing and added benefits of visiting with Santa or hearing the carolers brings it all together."

The festivities, which kicked off last week with the Main Street Electric Parade, will continue this weekend, Lawson said.

Every Saturday, beginning Dec. 6 and running through Dec. 20, the elves and Santa can be seen up and down Main Street from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., according to Lawson.

Every Friday, starting Dec. 12, the carolers will sing from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., she said.

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"The last weekend before Christmas, the carolers will be on Main Street Friday through Sunday and Santa and the elves will be there on Saturday and Sunday," Lawson said.

Holidays on Main will also feature a holiday-decorating display contest that will be held through Dec. 19.

"Many of our Main Street merchants participating in the contest this year and they will decorate their windows and their patrons will get the opportunity to vote on their favorite window," Lawson explained.

This year, voters are automatically entered to win a $25 gift certificate from the store they voted for.

"So if there is a favorite store and there is something you’ve been eyeing, you can have the chance to win a way to purchase that special something," Lawson said.

In addition to Historic Main Street, other organizations located on or near Main Street will celebrate the season with their own activities.

The Egyptian Theatre will present stand-up comedy with Carrie Snow and Sandy Hackett this weekend and the YouTheatre production of "The Wind in the Willows" next weekend.

"I think the Kimball Art Center is planning something as well," Lawson said. "Everyone puts their own spin on the holiday season."

To help make the Holidays on Main event more enjoyable, Main Street will offer free parking.

"We are doing it a little different this year and are asking people to download a voucher from our website (historicparkcityutah.com) so they can have access to free parking," Lawson said. "The reason why we are doing that is because we want the free parking to be available more for visitors. And we also want to encourage people to visit the website and see what’s going on in town."

The idea of making an experience out of the entire holiday season is catching on and Holidays on Main helps people realize that there are more options than shopping in the malls or online, according to Lawson.

"In my opinion, it’s so much more fun to shop for holiday gifts and have a fun experience why you’re doing it, rather than get all stressed out," she said. "If you take a step back and remember the season is all about celebrating loved ones and the magic of the world.

"What better way to do that than enjoy the process of buying these gifts?" Lawson said. "The merchants on Main Street are so unique and you really get to select a gift that will not only mean something to the recipient, but also to you."

The Holidays on Main schedule

Saturday, Dec. 6

2 p.m. 4 p.m. — Juggling Elves

2 p.m. — 4 p.m. — Strolling Santa

Friday, Dec. 12

5 p.m. 7 p.m. — Carolers

Saturday, Dec. 13

2 p.m. 4 p.m. — Juggling Elves

2 p.m. 4 p.m. —Strolling Santa

Friday, Dec. 19

5 p.m. 7 p.m. — Carolers

Saturday, Dec, 20

2 p.m. 4 p.m. — Juggling Elves

2 p.m. 4 p.m. — Strolling Santa

5 p.m. 7 p.m. — Carolers

Sunday, Dec, 21

2 p.m. 4 p.m. — Juggling Elves

2 p.m. 4 p.m. — Strolling Santa

5 p.m. 7 p.m. — Carolers

For more information about Holidays on Main, visit historicparkcityutah.com.