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Parade to light up Coalville City

Last year, more than 1,500 people attended the fourth annual Coalville Light Parade to kickoff the holiday season. The celebration returns on Dec. 9 and will include the parade, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.

Santa Claus is making his first stop in North Summit on Saturday, Dec. 9, as the fourth annual Light Parade Celebration rolls into town to kick off the holiday season in Coalville.

At around 6 p.m., Coalville's Main Street will shut down and all the lights will be turned off to signify the commencement of the parade.

City officials are expecting hundreds of people to descend on Main Street for the celebration, which will include hot cocoa, free donuts, drawings and Christmas carolers. A tree-lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa – who serves as the parade's grand marshal – will also take place.

"One of the comments I get most often from people that are from out of town is: We can see why you live here," said Coalville Mayor Trever Johnson. "When you come up and experience either the rodeo, barbecue or the light parade, it is something up here that is sort of a niche for us that people really like to witness."

This year's parade will start at 150 South and will end at 100 North. After the parade, Main Street will remained closed for most of the evening.

"Anyone and everyone is encouraged to enter a float, so please join our light parade," Johnson said. "Santa Claus will show up again this year, and he will take any wishes from the children, and we have a musical program that one of the schools is going to do."

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Residents have recently been able to earn raffle tickets with every $20 they have spent at participating businesses as part of a local business initiative. Tickets bought through Friday, Dec. 8, can be entered into the drawing.

The celebration was inspired by a similar shop local event several years ago, Johnson said. He added, "And we just incorporated the light parade." The theme for the event this year is 'A Good Old Fashioned Christmas.'

"We will have open fireplaces where people can sit around, and it was just a way to bring people together and listen to some Christmas carols and light our Christmas tree," Johnson said.

Last year, more than 20 floats were entered into the parade, and officials are expecting around the same amount of participants again this year. Entries for the parade will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8. As of Wednesday, a Coalville City employee said five floats had been entered.

Cash prizes will be given for the best float in three different categories: family and youth, as well as business and organization.

"It is an event with a hometown feel," Johnson said. "Everyone knows everyone and it has this country-hospitality, small-town kind of feel, and I think that reflects in our activities and in our citizenry."

Coalville City's Light Parade Celebration is scheduled to be held Saturday, Dec. 9, and will begin at 6 p.m. on the south end of Main Street. A tree lighting ceremony in front of City Hall will follow the parade. For more information about the event, go to http://www.coalvillecity.org.