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Annual Christmas Light Parade and Lantern Launch will light up the night
The ninth annual Kanab Christmas Light Parade & Festival is November 25, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, with festivities and fun for the whole family taking place at the Main Street Plaza in the charming southern Utah town of Kanab.
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 “Remember When...” The floats will use this theme to reminisce about wonderful holiday memories.
If you would like to register a float for the Parade of Lights, contact the Volunteer Center at (435) 644-3696, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or register the night of the parade. The parade line-up is at 6:30 p.m. at the Kane County Office of Tourism. The parade will begin at 7 p.m.
There will be entertainment and festivities on Main Street following the parade. The Kanab Chamber of Commerce will provide free hot chocolate and donuts for everyone to enjoy. The whole family can also take pictures with one of the Star Wars characters hanging out on Main Street after the parade.
At 7:30 p.m. there will be a free S’mores School by Chef Shon on Main Street. Enjoy making a variety of specialty gooey and delicious S’mores with one of Kanab’s greatest chefs while enjoying good times with the people of the community.
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 Events & Volunteer Center. Each lantern costs $10 or two for $15 and all proceeds will go to Sub for Santa to help provide Christmas to families in need. The “Wishing Lanterns” will be available for advance purchase at www.kanabholidaykickoff.com" onclick="dpSmartLink(this.href,'blankWin',0,0,'z:z','all');return document.MM_returnValue">www.kanabholidaykickoff.com and available for pickup before the event on Main Street. They can also be purchased the night of the event. The lanterns are 100 percent biodegradable, but the county is offering $1 per lantern “bounty” to incentivize the community to help clean them up quickly. The lanterns gathered may be turned into the Event & Volunteer Center on Monday morning, November 27 to claim the “bounty.”
“The Christmas Light Parade and Lantern Launch is a magical event to help kick off the holiday season. This year’s theme invites people to share their favorite holiday memories and traditions. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. Everyone is going to want to hang out after the parade for the festivities and the Lantern Launch. It’s going to be a fun night, so grab your family and friends and be sure to join us!” said Danielle Ramsay, Kane County Assistant Director of Tourism.
There are many other entertaining events going on in Kanab on Thanksgiving weekend. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is having a Black Friday Adoption Event on Friday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Friends Visitor Center in town. While there enjoying the adoption event, get free photos taken with Santa on Saturday from 4:30-6 p.m.
On Friday, November 24, enjoy a Dine Around in Kanab! Kanab has many amazing restaurants, and this will be a great day to try one. Many of the restaurants in town will be offering discounts all day during regular business hours. Check www.kanabholidaykickoff.com for information on participating restaurants.
For more information on the line-up of events for the Christmas Light Parade & Festival and other events Thanksgiving weekend, go to www.Kanabholidaykickoff.com
Don’t miss this magical holiday weekend where people can come together to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season in Kanab.