By Julie Wiessner
The City of Holbrook will ring in the holidays with the annual lighting of the historic courthouse grounds at 6:30 tonight (Nov. 28). Leo Maestas will have the honor of flipping the switch, lighting the area in memory of his late wife, Claudia Maestas. The event will include musical entertainment by local children’s groups, and hot chocolate and cookies will be available for purchase.
Also taking place in Holbrook this week is the Festival of Trees at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Family Center, located across the street from the historic courthouse. This yearly event is a celebration of the season through one of the most iconic elements of the holidays: the Christmas tree. All are welcome to come and view the trees, each decorated by groups, organizations and individuals in the community for your enjoyment. This event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, and 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
If you haven’t gotten your float ready yet, now is the time as the Parade of Lights Festival is slated Saturday. The day begins at 9 a.m., and will include holiday gifts for sale, food, and entertainment on the historic courthouse lawn, with Santa arriving at noon on the fire truck to listen to every child’s Christmas wish and pose with them for photos. The celebration will continue throughout the day until dusk.
The entertainment line-up includes Cinderella pageant winners performing from 10 to 10:30 a.m., Jerry Goodman performing country western music from 10:30 to 11:40 a.m., free pictures with Santa Claus from 12 to 2 p.m. and the Junior Miss pageant winners performing at 2 p.m., followed by a FUSION concert later that afternoon.
As the sun goes down the streets will light up with the city’s annual Christmas parade. The theme this year is An Arizona Centennial Christmas. Entrants include the Holbrook High School Band, Las Joyas del Desiertos Mexican Folkloric dancers, the Holbrook Senior Center (grand marshals), Passport Potash, Arizona Public Service Co., Girl Scouts of America, the Seventh-day Adventist Indian School, Holbrook High School Spirit Line, the Navajo County Junior Miss Pageant winners, Strut Your Stuff Stars, the Bread of Life Mis-sion, Northland Pioneer College, Petrified Forest National Park, Navajo County Cinderella Pageant, Route 66 Gearheads, Holbrook Police Department, Bucket of Blood Re-Enactors, the American Legion Color Guard, Holbrook Head Start, the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff’’s Posse, Special Olympics and the Fisher family float.
The parade will begin on East Florida at Hunt Park and make its way south on Navajo Blvd., then west on Hopi Drive to 12th Avenue.
A panel of parade judges awards prizes in several categories, including youth (Santa’s Award), civic (Elves Award), Marching (Nutcracker Award), large commercial (Toyshop Award), small commercial (Jingle Bells Award), family/individual (Holly Award), religious (Angel Award), public agency (Sugar Plum Award) and equestrian (Reindeer Award.) The best overall parade entry wins the Tinsel Award.
All entry forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the chamber office.
For more information, call (928) 241-8735, download an entry form at www.holbrookchamberofcommerce.com or stop by the chamber office inside city hall at 465 First Ave.
By Julie Wiessner