Strike the Motherlode Saturday’s on Main Street
For Parkites or Summit County guests looking for holiday festivities, the next three Saturdays’ give them the chance to Strike the Motherlode.
The 2006 Holidays on Main events will take place Dec. 2, 9 and 16 with different activities each day, including the chance at the Motherlode prize of a $5,000 shopping spree.
For each $25 spent with a Main Street merchant, shoppers will receive another chance at winning the grand prize or one of several $1,000 shopping sprees.
New to this year’s event will be a silent auction held Dec. 16 to sell 25 festive wreaths hand-made and decorated by Main Street merchants, with all proceeds going toward non-profit charities in Park City. The wreaths range from elegant to whimsical.
"This is an important event for our local community as well as for the Utah community to encourage people from all over the Utah area to come visit Park City, as specifically Park City’s Main Street merchants," said Hollie Stray-Gundersen, spokesperson for the Shops at the Village on Main Street, formerly known as lower Main Street.
In conjunction with this event, the Park City City Council has agreed to offer free parking in all city-owned spots, while retaining time limits, Stray-Gundersen said. There will also be parking in the new China Bridge parking structure.
"The Historic Main Street Business Alliance and all of the merchants are so excited about this event for the community," Stray-Gundersen said. "The city is excited as well to participate in the holiday festivities. We hope it’s successful enough to become an annual event."
Today’s activities begin at 1 p.m. at various locations on Main Street. The Main Street Mall will have live music from 1-5 p.m. provided by Big Time Jazz, Park City Jazz Quintet, Utah Valley Handbell Choir and the Ecker Hill Middle School 7th Grade Choir.
There will be cowboy poetry at Miner’s Park from 1-2 p.m. and again from 3:30-4:30 p.m. with jazz music in between.
"White Christmas" will be showing at the Egyptian Theatre at 7:30 and tickets are available by calling (435) 645-0671.
Images of Nature gallery and the Park City Museum will both have children’s activities from 1-5 p.m. and hot chocolate will be available at the Park City Police Department kiosk at 514 Main Street.
The Kimball Art Center will have a holiday glass ornament display and shoppers can catch a horse-drawn hayride at Coalition Park.
Children will be able to visit with Santa at the Shops at the Village on Main Street from 1-7:30 p.m. Families and pets are welcome for photos with Santa from 3-4 p.m. with jugglers performing on site as well.
Near Santa’s workshop, there will be a Christmas tree lighting celebration at 5 p.m.
Activities on Dec. 9 include live music, cowboy poetry, ice sculpture demonstrations and street-side carolers.
Dec. 16, the final day of the celebration, will include more showings of "White Christmas" at the Egyptian Theatre, Santa coming down the Town Lift and taking time for photos and visits with children and the Strike the Motherlode prize drawings.
For a full schedule and list of activities, as well as a map, visit http://www.strikethemotherlode.com.
Stray-Gundersen said the events are held to bring awareness to Main Street merchants, as well as to bring in the holiday spirit to Park City. She added that having Santa Claus in Park City will be a treat for Parkites.
"Everyone’s so excited about having Santa in town and that they won’t have to go to Salt Lake or Provo," she said. "During our Santa’s workshop hours, there is a designated time for photos with Santa and pets. People throughout our community are so excited to have that opportunity because pets are a part of the family."
Aside from the excitement shown by Parkites and destination visitors, Stray-Gundersen said the best part of the event thus far has been the enthusiasm of the merchants.
"The coolest part of the whole event has been how involved and committed all the Main Street Merchants have been," she said. "They have made this event a very exciting one because of their commitment, sponsorship and events happening throughout the three Saturdays."
For general information about Holidays on Main, contact the Park City Chamber/Bureau at (435) 649-6100 or visit http://www.strikethemotherlode.com.
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