Photo by Ryan Williams.
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Winter is slow to arrive, but the community of Williams is gearing up for its annual Mountain Village Holiday celebration. City employees, business owners and residents have been busy decorating the town with lights and holiday decor. 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 community members are organizing the first annual Community Christmas Nativity Pageant.
Other events scheduled include musical and drama performances, coat, food and pajama drives and a holiday bazaar.
Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting Ceremony - Nov. 26
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. 26
The Williams annual Holiday Craft Show to benefit Save-Meant-to-Rescue will be at the Sultana Theater from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will have over 30 vendors displaying their goods. Participants can bring their pets for a special photo opportunity.
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 will be Nov. 27, Dec. 3, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 and take place in the sanctuary of the church and begin at 4 p.m.
Bearizona’s Wild Wonderland Dec. 2 - 31
Get in the spirit of the Christmas season and enjoy the magic of Bearizona at night during Wild Wonderland. This event takes place after normal operating hours in the Fort Bearizona walk through portion of the park.
Guests will enjoy the lights and sounds of the season while strolling through the beautifully lit pine trees that are synchronized to traditional Christmas music. This festive light show occurs every half hour.
Wild Wonderland takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights starting Dec. 2 through Dec. 31. Beginning Dec. 14, the event will run nightly through Dec. 28, but is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Pearl Harbor Day Event Dec. 7
There will be a USS Arizona Monument Event at 11 a.m. at Monument Park. More information can be found by calling Rodger Ely (928)380-6027.
Williams School District Winter Band and Choir Concert - Dec. 7
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. 10
The city of Williams is sponsoring a visit with Santa at the Williams Rec. Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All kids are invited to visit Santa and receive goodies. More information can be found at (928) 635-1496.
Williams Alliance for the Arts Craft Workshop Dec. 10
Williams Alliance for the Arts is sponsoring a free children’s craft workshop Dec. 10 at Old Trails True Value from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. More information can be found by calling Kim at (928)635-2591.
Community Holiday Dinner - Dec. 11
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 Steakhouse at 950 N. Grand Canyon Blvd. More information is available by contacting Carol Glassburn at (928) 635-4503.
Heritage School Winter Celebration - Dec. 12
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 High School Drama Performance - Dec. 12
The Williams Unified School District is having their winter drama performance at Parenteau Auditorium at 6 p.m. Parents and community members are invited to attend.
Community Christmas Nativity Pageant Dec. 23
The first annual Community Christmas Nativity Pageant is Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Babbitt-Poulson Community Stage. Anyone interested in participating can contact Kerry-Lynn Moede at (602)818-6559.
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. Visit www.thetrain.com for reservations.
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.
Military Christmas Boxes
Epsilon Sigma Alpha is collecting addresses for donations boxes to servicemen. Box packing will take place Nov. 29. More information is available from Dorothy Miller at (928) 635-4330
Wreaths Across America
The VGW Auxiliary Matthew J. Broehm Post 12128 is selling wreaths to lie at the National Cemetery in Prescott Dec. 17. Wreaths cost $15 and the auxiliary will have a table at the Nov. 26 craft fair. More information is found at (928)225-0931.
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.