WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Winter is here and Williams is gearing up for its annual Mountain Village Holiday celebrations. Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and city employees have been busy decorating the town with lights, and residents and businesses can get involved by participating in the chamber's annual lighting contests. Many holiday activities and performances are scheduled in downtown Williams and the surrounding community. The annual parade of lights and tree lighting is Saturday and other events are scheduled into December including musical and drama performances, coat, food and pajama drives, a parade, and a holiday bazaar.
Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting Ceremony - Nov. 28
The Williams annual Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Historic Route 66 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The parade will begin on the west side of town and will culminate with the tree lighting on Second Street.
Holiday Craft Show - Nov. 28
The Williams annual Holiday Craft Show will be at the Sultana Theater from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will have over 30 vendors displaying their goods.
St. Johns Episcopal-Lutheran advent concert series Nov. 29 - Dec. 20
St. Johns church is having a concert series the four Sundays before Christmas. The concerts take place in the sanctuary of the church and begin at 4 p.m.
Nov. 29 - Lessons and Carols sung by the Lectors and Choristers of St. Johns;
Dec. 6 - Guest musicians - the Andrew Hamby Family;
Dec. 13 - The choirs of St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Johns;
Dec. 20 - Guest musicians -flautist, Anthony Lesch and acoustic guitarist, Joel Rieck.
Bearizona's Wild Wonderland Nov. 29 - Dec. 28
Wild Wonderland takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights starting Nov. 29 through Dec. 13. The event will include musical holiday lights, animal viewing, cocoa and story time with Mrs. Claus. Beginning Dec. 14, the event will run nightly through Dec. 28, but is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Middle School Drama Performance - Dec. 2
The Williams Middle School drama class is performing "A Night with the Greeks (Almost)" at the Parenteau Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The performance is open to the community.
A Night to Remember - Dec. 5
The Grand Canyon Renaissance Experience is having a dinner show, costume gala and community presentation from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sultana Theater. There will be three hours of fine food, music, entertainment and fun. Tickets are on sale at the Williams Visitor Center.
High School Drama Performance - Dec. 7
The Williams High School drama class is having its winter performance at the Parenteau Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Parents and community members are invited to attend.
Heritage School Winter Wonderland - Dec. 8
The Heritage School is having its winter performance at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Chapel. Parents and community members are invited to attend the singing performances by the students.
Williams School District Winter Band and Choir Concert - Dec. 9
The Williams School District bands and choirs have their winter concert at the Parenteau Auditorium at 6 p.m. Members of the high school and middle school bands and choirs will perform.
Santa's World of Wonders - Dec. 12
The city of Williams is sponsoring a visit with Santa at the Williams Rec. Center from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All kids are invited to visit Santa and receive goodies.
Community Holiday Dinner - Dec. 13
The Williams Community Holiday Dinner is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend the dinner at Doc Holliday's. More information is available by contacting Carol Glassburn at (928) 635-4503.
Residential Holiday Lights Contest
The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Christmas lights contest. The theme is "The Songs of Christmas." Applications can be picked up at the Williams Chamber at 200 W. Railroad Ave.
Experience the magic of Grand Canyon Railway's Polar Express. Visit the North Pole where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a present for each boy and girl. Although reservations are rapidly filling, the Polar Express departs daily in November, December and January. Visit www.thetrain.com for reservations.
How to help those in need
The Williams Food Bank is accepting donations for the holiday season. They need canned vegetables, holiday trimmings, toiletries, diapers, laundry detergent and other nonperishable goods. Donations can be taken to the Food Bank at 200 S. Ninth St. More information is available from Guy Mikkelsen at (928) 635-2913.
The Kiwanis Club is accepting coat donations. Coats can be dropped off at Williams Realty and the Recreation Center.
Military Christmas Boxes
Epsilon Sigma Alpha is collecting addresses for donations boxes to servicemen. More information is available from Dorothy Miller at (928) 635-4330
The Kiwanis Club is accepting pajama donations. To donate call Carol Glassburn at (928) 635-4503
Wreaths Across America
The VGW Auxiliary Matthew J. Broehm Post 12128 is selling wreaths to lie at the National Cemetery in Prescott Dec. 12.
The Salvation Army will post bell ringers soon around Williams to collect donations for those needing emergency assistance with utility bills. More information is available at (928) 221-3557.
Lions Club Toys for Kids
Williams Lions Club is offering a Toys for Kids project. Anyone interested in donating a new toy or knows of a child that needs a toy can contact Jackie Haugen at (928)635-5242 or visit National Bank of Arizona.