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Fri, Nov. 22

Editorial: Mountain Village Holiday is how Williams says “ho ho ho”<br>

Perhaps we’re enjoying an Indian summer. One thing is for sure — planning for the holidays seems strange when the weather is so warm.

Warm or not though, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and plans are underway for all sorts of holiday fun and the Williams-Grand Canyon News is busy making its list of holiday activities and checking it twice.

We’re especially looking forward to the Mountain Village Holiday activities, currently being organized primarily by the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce.

During the week of Dec. 2, area schoolchildren will decorate Christmas trees displayed in businesses around Williams. The increased interest from the schools is encouraging and we only hope organizers can find enough trees for the kids to decorate!

Much of the Mountain Village Holiday fun will happen Dec. 7. We can all enjoy the craft fair scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the city’s skate park, The Shed. All sorts of homemade goodies and treats will be available, as well as live entertainment.

That evening at 6 p.m., Mayor Ken Edes will lead us all in a tree-lighting ceremony sure to bring out the small-town intimacy and closeness the holidays ought to be about.

After that, we can line Route 66 to enjoy the annual Parade of Lights. The Chamber of Commerce currently has around 10 entries, but is shooting for at least 60. The deadline to enter the parade is Nov. 29. Contact the Chamber at 635-1418 for more information.

Finally, after the parade the city will treat us to a portion of the fireworks show we were denied by the extreme fire danger during the summer. We won’t get the whole show, but then again, it’ll probably be too cold for it anyway.

Besides, we’ll be glad we saved most of it next July 4.

And while you’re in the holiday spirit, remember the annual residential and business lighting contests will be held again this year. Williams High School students will judge entries and the city and Arizona Public Service Co. will give residential customers a $10 credit for participating.

Applications for the lighting contest were mailed out along with November water bills, or they can be picked up at the Chamber of Commers, city hall or the APS office.

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