By Julie Wiessner
Winslow will welcome the holiday season with its 67th annual Christmas Parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. This years’ theme is All Aboard! Christmas on the Holiday Express, with Santa Fe Indian Band alumni as the grand marshals.
The parade provides residents and guests from all around the state a joyful holiday experience. Estimated crowds of up to 10,000 have been known to be in attendance, making Winslow’s holiday parade the largest in all of northern Arizona.
As part of the event, Second and Third streets will be lined with vendors selling arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, toys, holiday decorations and more, including snacks, meals, sweets and treats.
Santa Claus will be visiting on parade day, too. Young children can meet with him to get a goodie bag and let him know what’s on their Christmas wish lists. He will be at the Visitor Center/Winslow Chamber of Commerce, located at 523 W. Second St. from 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon. Photos with Santa and face painting will be offered this year, as well as a toddlers’ carnival located behind the visitor’s center.
It’s still not too late to join the parade lineup, which includes entries from Santa Fe Indian Band, Winslow City Council, Chinle High School Junior ROTC Cadet Battalion, Northern Arizona Antique Tractor and Engine Association, Dilkon Community School JROTC, Flagstaff Kennel Club Canine Drill Team, Winslow Stars Dance Team, Larson Waste Inc., Navajo County Hashknife Pony Express, Arizona Department of Corrections, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, Girl Scout Troop No. 259, Cedar Creek Apache Crown Dancers, APS-Cholla Power Plant, Miss Tuba City High School, El Zaribah Shriners of Phoenix, Winslow Shriners Club Tsidi Toii Veterans Organization-Bird Springs, Seba Dalkai Boarding School King and Princess, Hopi High School JROTC Program, Winslow Potters House, Winslow Walmart, Winslow High School Band, Miss Navajo County Kylie Koerperich and Leupp School royalty.
Entries have also been received from Forest Service, Winslow Manor, Candidate for Navajo Nation president Kenneth Maryboy, North Country Health Care, Junior Catholic Daughters of America, Honhapya’s Dance Group-Deer and Shield Dancers, Winslow Police Department, Winslow Woman’s Club, Rio Verde Roverettes, Little Colorado Medical Center, Winslow Fire Department, Winslow Indian Health Center, Sonic Drive-In, Winslow Rent a Center, FACE Princess Riley Ann Yellow, Winslow Residential Hall Student Council, WHS cheer and pom squads, and Graceland Portable Buildings.
To take part in the fun, pick up your parade entry application at the chamber of commerce office, or call (928) 289-2434 and an application can be faxed to you.
The holiday spirit will continue past the weekend, as The Festival of Trees will begin on Sunday, Nov. 24, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Winslow Visitor Center. The event features Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday décor, which will be available for purchase through sealed bid. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Arizona. Bring the family and enjoy this holiday wonderland.
Another area seasonal favorite is the 27th annual Holiday Tour of Homes presented by the Winslow Woman’s Club, which will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Joseph City. Tickets are $5 per person in advance at the chamber offices in Winslow or Holbrook, and at The Tribune-News office, or $7 at the door. Maps will be available at the time of purchase. All proceeds will benefit Alice’s Place Empowerment Center. For more information and tickets, call Bert Cole at (928) 300-0796 or Susan Lawler at (928) 587-0534.
The holiday season is still unfolding as Santa returns to Winslow at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, aboard the lighted Santa Train. The train will stop at the First Street Gazebo, where hot chocolate will be served while he visits with the little ones and gives them a goody bag. For more information, call (928) 289-5714.
By Julie Wiessner