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Celebrate the season with Holidays on Main

For a while it looked as if Santa Claus might not be able to make his annual grand entrance in Park City due to a mechanical failure that shut down the Town Lift.

However, thanks to resourceful crews at the Park City Mountain Resort, the lift was fixed and Holidays on Main will begin right on schedule.

"Thanks to the effort of the resort employees who found the one place in the world where the replacement part was, the Town Lift is up and running and still going strong," said Alison Butz, executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance that organizes the Holidays on Main events.

The festivities will begin at the Town Plaza Lift Plaza at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17, with hot cocoa, cookies, carolers and other performers and The Man in Red is scheduled to arrive about 6:15 p.m.

"It’s always an exciting sight," Butz said. "There is a bright glow that comes down the mountain and the kids know who it is."

The celebration will continue throughout the night with roaming carolers from the Park City Glee and Wasatch High School choral groups, among others.

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"Last year the singers were at Miners Park, but this year, we’re going to have them appear up and down Main Street," Butz said. "Miner’s Park was great, but we had restroom issues last year and had a portable potty sitting there, which was not an aesthetically pleasing situation. So having them roam this year also benefits the whole street and gives some variety to people who are up celebrating or shopping."

The fun continues throughout the week and culminates with the second annual Winter Solstice Light Parade on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

The parade that will run up Main Street will consist of various private and corporate vehicles decorated with lights.

Gallery MAR owner Maren Mullin conceived the idea, said Butz.

"We were throwing around ideas for Christmas celebrations and she had mentioned these light parades that happened in the harbor towns where the boats get all decorated and lit up and go around the harbor," Butz explained. "She asked how we could take that concept and do it here. We thought it was great idea and decided to do it on the Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day and longest night of the year. It seemed like a Park City type of thing and we’re excited to bring it back."

Last year, the parade boasted seven vehicles, and this year, Butz is hoping to bring the number up to 25.

"We had the trolley all lit up and had people driving golf carts and such," she said. "We’re totally cool with bicycles, golf carts and trailers, but because of the darkness, and the potential of having ice and snow, we don’t allow people to walk in the parade. We do ask all those who participate to be in some sort of vehicle."

This year, the parade will include some extra features.

"We have judges this year and we’ll have prizes for entries," Butz said. "Since we had such great comments last year, we worked on boosting it up a little more and we’re looking forward to seeing it grow each and every year."

As was the case last year, it is free to join the parade.

"There is no entry free, but we ask people to contact me (Alison@historicparkcityutah.com ) so that we can give them a time and a line up," Butz said.

The original goal for Holidays on Main was to enhance the holiday experience to everyone in Park City, whether they are residents or visitors.

"We know the season gets busy for everyone and many people have work parties, or friend parties, but we wanted to be able to instill a festive atmosphere and hold events where people could just come and create a new memory or tradition," Butz said. "We hope they enjoy what we have to offer and look forward to coming back next year."

Holidays on Main will kick off with a festival on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m. at the Town Lift Plaza. Admission is free.