By Naomi Hatch
The Snowflake Heritage Foundation is gearing up for the annual Twelve Days of Christmas celebration, and encourages everyone to decorate their homes and businesses for the Christmas season.
In 1997 the foundation came up with a theme for the town, “Snowflake, the town where the Christmas spirit lives all year long,” and to go along with that theme, encouraged everyone to at least put a wreath on their door and, if possible, lights on their homes. Foundation board members felt the efforts of so many brought a spirit of unity to the community.
This year the Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to participate in a countdown to turn on the lights and welcome Santa to the community on Monday, Dec. 2, on Main Street and First North in Snowflake. Each year excitement fills the air as everyone waits for the Christmas lights to be turned on, and the children wait for Mr. and Mrs. Santa’s arrival, when they will receive their goodie bags. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on the west side of Main Street.
This year the Town of Snowflake will have a large, decorated pine tree at the Freeman Home that will be lit after the count down.
The LDS Main Street Chapel will host the annual display of nativities, and there will be performances throughout the evening on First North Street between Main Street and First West Street, as well as hot chocolate furnished by the businesses and cookies furnished by the churches.
Once again each of the churches will host programs throughout the 12 Days of Christmas.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Valley View Baptist Church will offer a program at 7 p.m. at the church, located at 1212 S. Main St.
The Calvary Community Bible Fellowship program begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 311 S. First East.
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, a program will be presented at Living Faith Christian Center, located at 505 S. Main St.
The Taylor/Snowflake Grand Ball, including dinner, a program and a dance, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Taylor LDS Stake Center, located at 309 W. Willow St.
A Variety Christmas program featuring Melissa Solomon accompanied by Mindy Flake will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at The Barn, located at 197 N. First East in Snowflake.
Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church, located at 1655 S. Main St. in Snowflake, will present its Christmas program at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.
The Town of Snowflake will sponsor the annual Christmas Lights on Frontier Parkway from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. There will be music, displays and more to see as you travel down the parkway.
The Snowflake Junior High School music program will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Snowflake High School Auditorium.
The SHS instrumental music program will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the SHS Auditorium.
An open house at the historic Freeman Home in Snowflake will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, and the Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation will have the Taylor Museum open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The 2013 Christmas Spectacular, “Rob” Hope Entertaining The Troops–World War II Style, will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec.13 and 14 at the SHS Auditorium. Tickets are $2 per person.
Eve of Christmas will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 19-21, at the Shumway School House. Donations for the performance will be accepted.
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By Naomi Hatch