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Holiday on Main

Kelly Evertsen, Of the Record Staff

Time to grab the kiddies, visit Santa, look at some fine art and shop local on Friday, Nov. 30.

That’s because the Historic Main Street Business Alliance (HMBA) and the Kimball Art Center are hosting "Holiday on Main" event from 4 to 9 p.m. on Main Street.

It’s the fifth anniversary for the monthly Park City Gallery Stroll. Director of HMBA Sandy Geldhof, who used to be the director of marketing for the Kimball Art Center, said Main Street and the art center partnered up to create an event for the entire family to enjoy, especially to commemorate the gallery stroll’s birthday.

"I started the , so that’s kind of cool," Geldhof said. "I’m really excited to start working with Main Street again."

Geldhof said the Holiday on Main event was created to encourage Parkites and tourists to shop local during the holidays. Main Street will offer free parking between 4 and 10 p.m. this Friday so that visitors and locals can enjoy the holiday shopping and art at the 70 retail shops, 56 restaurants and 30 art galleries on Historic Main Street.

"It’s a neat event," Geldhof said of Holiday on Main. "There’s no reason anyone has to go anywhere else to have a holiday celebration."

Santa Claus will be visiting the Main Street Mall from 4 to 8 p.m. He will ride on his "sleigh" to the mall with a group of local children at 4 p.m. Geldhof said professional photos can be taken or parents can shoot their own photos of their children with Santa for free.

A Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will take place at the Shops at the Village on lower Main at 5:30 p.m. There will also be carolers and holiday characters roaming the street, entertaining patrons.

Hollie Stray-Gundersen, public relations and marketing director for the Shops at the Village on Main, said the Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on the plaza at the Village at 700 Main Street.

"It’s great that all of the Main Street merchants, the Business Alliance and shops at the Village all get together and tie these events together for the community," Stray-Gundersen said. "Main Street values community support. All of Main Street has been alive and has continued to thrive with community support."

The official Main Street lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m.

Main Street is known for its holiday lights zig-zagging above the street during the winter season. It typically takes a month to replace the light bulbs and make preparations, said Maria Barndt, Park City’s landscape designer. The lights will also be graced with fresh garlands, festive bows and banners on the lampposts. Barndt also said, this year, the city has invested in LED lights to replace the old C-9 Christmas light bulbs, which will save 87 percent on energy.

"We changed out all the strands, which we have a total of approximately 45 strands of lights," she said. "We are spending quite a bit of money on LED’s this year. They last up to five years, so it’s a great saving for the city."

The Park City Gallery Stroll will also be going on the same time as the Holiday on Main. Participants can purchase Gallery Stroll tickets and maps at the Kimball Art Center for $5. Tickets include one wine, beer or soda, as well as hors d’oeuvres presented by Chef Steve Vierk of the Washington School Inn.

The Slickrock Gypsies band will perform at the Kimball Art Center throughout the night. Twenty local art galleries are participating in the gallery stroll and a special Art Talk will occur at 5 p.m. at the Kimball Art Center. At the end of the evening, those who purchase tickets can be entered into a drawing to win prizes at 8:45 p.m.

Geldhof said everyone is invited to participate in the events, adding it is a great way for Parkites to get to know Main Street better and enjoy holiday festivities.

"We’re celebrating the fact that Main Street is so unique," Geldhof said. "I think, really, people have enjoyed coming down to Main Street and enjoy that Old Town experience. You have all elements that make the season special."

Geldhof said Main Street businesses that participate will also be offering special sales and promotions. Destination Sports will continue its seasonal blowout sale.

"For one day, we’ll be getting a better return on our investments," she said of businesses on Main. "I think we’ll make a beautiful event on Friday."

The Holiday on Main event is Friday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 9 p.m. There will be free parking on Main Street between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Santa will be at the Main Street Mall from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. For more information about the Main Street Business Alliance, visit http://www.parkcitymainstreet.org. For more information about the Kimball Art Center and gallery stroll, visit http://www.kimball-art.org .


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