Mountain Village Holiday celebration set to kick off Saturday

Light parate at 7 p.m. followed by community Christmas tree lighting

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The community Christmas tree moves towards its resting place Nov. 22. The tree will be decorated by Grand Canyon Railway crews and will be lit Saturday.

Clara Beard/WGCN<br> The community Christmas tree moves towards its resting place Nov. 22. The tree will be decorated by Grand Canyon Railway crews and will be lit Saturday.

WILLIAMS - Need a cure for the holiday blues? The 2010 Mountain Village Holiday celebration is approaching fast. Preparations for this year's festivities are almost complete, leaving Williams sparkling with lights and decorations.

The theme for this year's holiday gala, according to organizers with the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, is "Home for the Holidays."

Members of the Christmas Committee, a non-profit 501-C (6) organization run entirely by the efforts of volunteers, are involved in a number of Mountain Village holiday events, including the business and residential lighting contests, business decorating performed by students at the Williams Elementary-Middle School, miniature village located in front of the chamber, decorations on the Gateway Arch, lighting of Monument Park and more.

Sue Atkinson, event coordinator for the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, is pleased with the developments.

"Things are progressing," she said. "New wreaths have been purchased, so now we have 32 additional wreaths to set up on the light poles around town. People should go and check out our "light pole trees" that we have set up on the east end of town. They are big, huge poles with lights stringing down so they look like Christmas trees. Those have been put up and they just look fabulous. We really plan on dressing up that end of town, as well as our Gateway arch."

A parade of lights will be held Saturday as part of the celebration and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m, followed immediately by the lighting of the city's Christmas tree on the corner of Second Street and Route 66.

Atkinson said this year officials with the Grand Canyon Railway would handle all aspects of the city's holiday tree. The approximately 40-foot tall tree arrived Monday. Atkinson went on to say how much she appreciated the work that the Grand Canyon Railway has done.

"We couldn't be happier that the Grand Canyon Railway has taken on the tree component of our holiday celebration," she said. "They have the manpower and the money, so I think it will be fabulous. I'm really excited."

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