Christmastime in the City |

Christmastime in the City

Christmas in the Park just became Christmas on ice.

Now called A Park City Holiday, the annual free event changed venue this year because of other changes in the city. The move of city employees from the Marsac Building forced the move from the traditional Miners Hospital site to the ice rink, said event organizer Denise Carey.

The move should add a new twist to the festivities now in their 22nd year. Not only will there be the usual cookie decorating, lighting the city tree, caroling and stories, but the family can now enjoy free ice skating — and sledding if there’s snow.

A Park City Holiday will be held Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Park City Ice Arena. The event is free to the public.

According to Carey, some of the highlights will also include the children receiving a personalized ornament and listening to "Twas the Night before Christmas" read by the author’s great-great-grandson.

Companies in the area are also joining in the event. Starbucks will provide hot chocolate and coffee and Bistro Toujours will supply the sugar cookies for decorating. Those who love holiday music can enjoy caroling by the Park City Golf Club’s Craig Sanchez and Ken Stenmark. The Jeremy Ranch Elementary School fifth grade class will also perform during the event.

But the crowing jewel, or the tree topper as it were, of the evening will be Santa’s arrival at 5:30 p.m. Carey has received word that he may arrive on the ice-resurfacing machine, but said that people will have to attend to find out. Once there, the jolly ambassador will take pictures with the kids and take Christmas letters.

But before all of that fun takes place, Basin Recreation has decided to get in on the act with its own event to spread Christmas cheer. The first annual Christmas for the Kids event will take place Saturday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Basin Recreation Field House. This party comes with an entry fee, $6, but all of the proceeds will go to the Park City Ice Miners youth-hockey league. Families of four or more can purchase a family pass for just $20.

The idea to spread the holiday cheer out to the Basin came about when hockey league organizer Larry Feldman approached Basin Recreation coordinator Matt Strader and asked if they could hold a Christmas party at the Field House and split the profits with Basin Recreation. Strader agreed to hold the event at the facility, but said that the money should all go to the new hockey league.

And the planning just kept growing from there. According to Shelley Phillips-Nelson, recreation manager for Basin Recreation, the event will become a yearly tradition and add top the holiday fun that the city provides with A Park City Holiday.

"It gives the opportunity for a variety of fun events during the holiday," Phillips-Nelson said.

The event will include a free family photo with Santa Claus, Christmas carolers, chili, soup and desserts. The sports turf will be divided with a bounce house for the younger kids and sports activities for older youth.

"There will be plenty of fun to get in the spirit," Phillips-Nelson said.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wasatch Back Youth Hockey League. For more information, call 901-9933.

For further coverage of the new youth hockey league, see Sports, B-1.

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