Mayor Dave Sakrison will throw the switch to light the tree at 5:30 p.m. and symbolically begin the Christmas season in Grand County. Students from Helen M. Knight Elementary School will decorate the tree Friday morning, said Kammy Wells of the chamber.
The celebration at the park will include music by the Canyon Winds at 5 p.m. The Grand County High School choir and band will play and the Valley Voices will sing.
Those who attend the tree lighting can enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. There will be caroling and a visit from Santa Claus.
Two holiday crafts fairs are on tap. The Grand Center, 182 N. 500 W., will have a variety of vendors from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Santa will be there from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. The chamber’s silent auction will run Friday and until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The fair features food booths selling Navajo tacos, chili dogs, pie, chicken noodle soup and other fare. RSVP Volunteers will sell stick ponies during the gift fair fundraiser.
The Moab Arts and Recreation Center, 111 E. 100 N., will host a craft fair from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. Santa will be there for photos with the children from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.
Handmade items for sale at the MARC include soap, hats, wreaths, jewelry, pottery, scarves and other items.
For those seeking an energetic start to the holiday season, the Winter Sun 10-k run begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Moab Golf Course and ends at the Grand County High School track. Registration may be made online through Thursday at www.moabhalfmarathon.com. After that, entrants may register at the packet pickup Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria or from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Saturday, also at the school cafeteria.
The weekend festivities conclude at 6 p.m. Saturday with the 15th annual Holiday in Lights parade. It begins at Swanny Park, proceeds south on Main Street and ends at the middle school.
“Last year our parade was listed as one of the top 10 small parades in the country on an Internet travel site and we know it will only continue to grow,” Wells said.