Santa's Coming To Green Valley Saturday


Magic on the Mountain events did not end with the spectacular Main Street Electric Light Parade.

Events will continue through the next two weekends.


Two of Santa's elves, Kira Lacey and Silas Eckstein get ready for Christmas and Santa's much-anticipated visit to Payson.

Payson High School drama students will transform the bandstand at Green Valley Park into a workshop Friday night so that Santa and his elves will have a place to work and play with children, from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7.

"Payson Parks and Recreation asked the drama department if they wanted to help out so the students became excited and started coming up with ideas," drama teacher Kathy Siler said.

There is no admission for children to visit Santa, the elves and the workshop.

One of Santa's top elves will greet children at the door and check the naughty and nice lists for their names.

Inside the workshop there will be elves assembling toys and maybe even wrapping presents.

The elves are ready to assist children in making scratchboard ornaments, Santa, out of stickers, and foam gingerbread houses.

Children will be able to visit the jolly old elf himself. If parents would like a photograph of their child with Santa to take home, the cost is $2.

The Musical Theatre Club will be selling tea, coffee, cider and hot chocolate for a nominal fee as a fund-raiser for the spring musical.


Children of all ages can hop aboard a wagon at Julia Randall Elementary School and take a free hayride down Main Street on Friday night during the Art and Antiques Walk, Dec. 7. The Walk last until 8 p.m., hayride are until 7 p.m.

A lake full of lights

Watercraft in Payson's First Annual Boat Parade will parade around the waters of the main lake at Green Valley Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday evening. Everyone is invited to watch the holiday lights twinkle off the water.

The last event for Magic on the Mountain is the Holiday House Light Tour, Saturday, Dec. 15.

The Parks and Recreation Department has two 60-passenger busses confirmed for the bus tour. Busses will pick up and drop off at the Julia Randall Elementary School parking lot.

The bus route will cover some of the holiday lighting contest entries. Because of time constraints and bus limitations, Parks and Rec will not be able to take people on a tour to view them all, recreation coordinator Deb Rose said.

Bus departures: 6, 6:45, 7:30 and (if needed) 8:15 p.m.

Volunteers from the Rim Country Literacy Board will tell Christmas-themed stories for adults and children for patrons waiting for busses.

Refreshments will be served.

People who wish to go on the tour will need a ticket. They are free and can be picked up after Dec. 1 at the Parks and Recreation office at Green Valley Park, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Public Library.

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