The 9th Annual Christmas Light Parade and Festival was the perfect ending to a wonderful holiday weekend in Kanab. There were 18 entries in this year’s parade. Businesses and families lit up Center Street with their festive and decorative floats using the theme, “Remember When…” The parade kicked off with the lighting of the “K” by the Kanab High School Junior Class, and a Cowboy Christmas Prayer was given by Hal Hamblin.

After the parade, the crowd made their way to Main Street to enjoy live music by local performers with the help of Mark Kuehnel offering the sound and stage lighting; S’mores School with Chef Shon – co-sponsored by Kanab City; free donuts and hot cocoa provided by the Kanab Chamber of Commerce; photos with Star Wars characters courtesy of Kane County Events & Volunteer Center; and free hayrides sponsored by Kanab Drug.

The Lantern Launch finished off the evening in a magical way with all proceeds from the lanterns going to our local Sub For Santa program. Lanterns were sent heavenward with messages of love and gratitude while Lisia Afeaki sang “Hallelujah.” It was the perfect ending to a magical event.

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

On Friday and Saturday, Best Friends Visitor Center held an adoption event. Saturday they offered free photos with Santa. Local restaurants and shops had Black Friday and Super Saturday deals to motivate people to stay local while doing their holiday shopping. It was a great kick off to the holiday season!