Travel to the North Pole resumes Friday<br>

Christmas carolers are being sought to add to the charm of the Polar Express experience each polar night from 5:45-6:30 p.m. No professional talent is necessary. The only requirement is that holiday carolers be prepared to sing in celebration of the holiday season. Character-dress is also encouraged, said Donna Eastman-Cochran, Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce President/CEO.

If you can’t sing, the Williams division of the Salvation Army is in need of bell ringers. In addition to the annual community bell ringing at the banks and Safeway, GCR has invited the Salvation Army to ring the bell at the depot each night of the Polar Express from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The hope is that one person will volunteer for the time required each night. That way only 23 people will be needed. The Polar Express starts Friday and continues on specific dates through Dec. 22.

“This is a very busy time of the year for everyone, but if we remember what this season is really about, it is an appropriate way to spend some of our time. The potential is there for a huge contribution to the Williams Salvation Army with approximately 40,000 passengers expected,” said Carol DeLander of the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army assists many individuals and families in the community every year, sends qualified children to camp and helps travelers on their way. Please call Carol DeLander at the Williams News at 635-4426 to schedule your valuable time.

The city of Williams encourages residents and businesses to light up the town early this year. As soon as Friday, holiday lights can be turned on. The city of Williams is offering participants a $20 Arizona Public Service light credit this year, an increase over the $10 offered last year. Applications are available at the Williams-Forest Service Visitors’ Center.

Mountain Village Holiday will feature the Annual Mountain Village Holiday Christmas Craft Fair showcasing 25 crafters, live entertainment and raffles. The craft fair will be held Dec. 3 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The official Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Monument Park. Williams Mayor Ken Edes will serve as the Master of Ceremony.

Visit Santa at the Youth Recreation Center from 12-4:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Santa will have goody bags for all children. Enjoy free refreshments while the children visit Santa. Photo packages will be available for purchase on-site.

The Mountain Village Holiday Parade of Lights will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 on Historic Route 66 in downtown Williams. With a record number of sponsors, this year’s parade promises to be one of the biggest yet, said Cochran. The Chamber of Commerce is seeking parade entrants. The event is sponsored by Traw & Associates Realty, Winchester Steakhouse and APS.

For more information on Mountain Village Holiday, contact the Chamber of Commerce staff at (928) 635-1418. For more information on the Polar Express, contact GCR at (800) THE-TRAIN or www.thetrain.com.

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