The 8th Annual Christmas Light Parade and Festival will be held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26, with festivities and fun for the whole family taking place at the Main Street Plaza.

The Parade of Lights is a magical display lighting up the night with floats made by businesses and people in the community. Come enjoy the parade or be a part of the parade by making your own float! The theme this year is “Welcome Home for Christmas.” There will be free hot chocolate, cider and donuts for everyone to enjoy at 6 p.m. The parade lineup will be at 6:30 p.m. The magic of the Parade of Lights will begin at 7 p.m.

If you would like to register a float for the Parade of Lights, contact the Volunteer Center at (435) 644-3696 or e-mail vhooper@kane.utah.gov. You can also stop into the Volunteer Center for a registration form. There will be awards for the favorite floats of the evening, so be creative!

After the parade, come on down to the Main Street Plaza (in front of the courthouse), for the free S’mores School by Chef Shon. Enjoy making a variety of specialty gooey and delicious S’mores with one of Kanab’s greatest chefs, while also enjoying festive music and good times with the people of the community.

“I am excited to see the community come together for this great event. It is such a beautiful time of year with Thanksgiving when families are home together. They can come to the Light Parade and Festival which is free and fun for everyone. There is just so much to be thankful for!” says Vicki Hooper, Director of Kane County Events & Volunteer Center.

The festival will culminate with the magical Wishing Lantern launch at 8:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse. The Wishing Lantern launch is a fundraising event sponsored by the Kane County Office of Tourism and Events & Volunteer Center. Each lantern will be $10 or two for $15, and all proceeds go to help local families in need. There will be markers to personalize the lanterns with your Christmas wishes before sending them heavenward.

This year, the Wishing Lantern launch will raise money for the newly organized Kane County Assistance Program (KCAP), which helps local families in times of crisis. There are times when low-income families have emergencies come up and they struggle with bills to pay. They can’t replace those broken glasses, or get their flat tire fixed. KCAP will provide funds for these families, giving them an opportunity to get what they need and pay the program back over time or through community service.

Chinese wishing lanterns will be sold to anyone who would like to contribute to this great cause to help our local families, or just come and enjoy lighting the lanterns and launching them with the community. The Wishing Lanterns will be available for advance purchase at www.KanabChristmas.com" onclick="dpSmartLink(this.href,'blankWin',0,0,'z:z','all');return document.MM_returnValue">www.KanabChristmas.com, and available for pickup before the event on Main Street. They may also be purchased the night of the event at a table on Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. Hurry – they will be sold first come, first serve until they are gone!

The lanterns are 100 percent biodegradable, but the county is offering a $1 per lantern “bounty” as incentives to the community to help clean them up quickly. The lanterns gathered may be turned into the Event & Volunteer Center on Monday morning, November 28, to claim the “bounty.”

For more information on the line-up of events for the Christmas Light Parade & Festival, go to www.KanabChristmas.com.

Don’t miss this magical holiday event where our community can come together to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season in Kanab – Magically Unspoiled.