Park City’s Main Street celebrates the holidays
When Thanksgiving is done, the other winter holidays are just around the corner. To celebrate the season in Park City is a magical time, said Alison Butz, executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance (HPCA).
She should know because the alliance is ready for its annual Holidays on Main celebration that will run this year from Saturday, Nov. 30, through Tuesday, Dec. 23.
The events will feature everything from the electric parade to Santa’s appearance at the Town Lift Plaza to carolers, tree lightings and even free parking on Main, Butz said during an interview with The Park Record.
"We always start with free parking on Main Street on Thanksgiving," Butz said. "While there aren’t a lot of people who shop on that day, it was the easiest day to start that program, which will run through Dec. 20."
The Historic Park City Alliance works with the city on this program as a way to give back to visitors and local residents who come to Main Street to do their shopping and spend their time during the holidays.
"We then kick off the big celebrations on Saturday, and almost all of the shops on Main Street are locally owned and are, more often than not, small," Butz said. "It’s what makes this a unique community. Park City is a small town and a place where everyone kind of knows everyone."
An official tree lighting will take place that night in Miners Park at 5:30 p.m., and the other lights that zigzag above Main Street will be lit at 6 p.m.
"That’s the time when the Park City Electric Parade floats and participants will leave City Park and drive up Park Avenue to Main Street," Butz said.
The HPCA asks participants to either be on or in a vehicle for the parade for safety reasons.
"It doesn’t matter what kind of vehicle they enter, because we have had bikes, golf carts and four-wheelers," Butz said. "Santa drives our Main Street Trolley and leads the parade, which is family friendly.
"We encourage the community to come out and see the parade, or better yet, participate," she said. "It’s pretty easy to decorate your vehicle with lights and it’s also free to participate."
To enter a vehicle in the parade, people should call the HPCA at 435-658-9612.
Another enjoyable event is the Chabad of Park City’s lighting of the menorah at the Kimball Art Center on Dec. 3 (See story on C-3).
The biggest Christmas event of Holidays on Main is Santa’s arrival at Park City Mountain Resort’s Town Lift Plaza on Dec. 14.
"It’s an annual event presented by PCMR, and we love that it comes down to Main Street," Butz said. "At 6:15 p.m., you can see a light coming over the mountain and the chairs that precede Santa are decorated with lights."
As soon as the crowd sees the lights from the first chair, the crowd gets quiet and then roars with excitement," Butz said.
"It’s the slowest, but craziest arrival ever," she said laughing. "You forget how slow the chair lifts can be, but the anticipation is so amazing."
Before the Jolly Elf arrives, the plaza is bustling with various activities beginning at 5:30 p.m.
"They often have an array of children’s activities and hot cocoa," Butz said. "And, of course, the kids get to have their photos taken with Santa after he arrives."
From Dec. 14 until Dec. 23, Main Street will be filled with holiday activities.
"We’ll have carolers, jugglers, a roaming Santa for photos," Butz said. "We’ll have a rough schedule on our website for this so people can see what will be happening."
The Historic Park City Alliance’s Holidays on Main will begin on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, and last through Tuesday, Dec. 23. For more information, visit http://www.historicparkcityutah.com.
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