The Rim Country lights up this weekend with holiday cheer -- first at the annual lighting at Swiss Village Shops Nov. 23 and 24, then on Nov. 24 when Legacy lights their giant tree in red, white and blue.
Swiss Village is located at the intersection of Forest and the Beeline.
Friday evening there will be a nativity scene in front of La Sierra Mexican Restaurant and carolers at 5:30 p.m., courtesy of the Payson High School Choir.
At 6 p.m. the lights go on.
Santa Claus arrives at 7 p.m. and there will be photo opportunities.
Saturday the festivities begin at Swiss Village when Santa returns from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be free hayrides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Swiss Village Idol begins at 1 p.m. and has a broad range of contestants, including singers and a comedy act.
Kiwanis will have their Brat Mobile and participating merchants will have make-and-take projects throughout the day.
Celebrate God and Country
The Legacy Christmas tree will have a patriotic theme when the lights are turned on Saturday, Nov. 24.
Legacy will turn the tree lights on at 6 p.m., but from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. there will be a chance for people to "bring their kids out and celebrate as a town," Butch Klein said.
Klein is one of the founders of Payson Supply Line. His organization is getting the troops ready for Christmas, and the community can help.
"People can bring supplies, whatever they want to send to the troops, this way we can get all that stuff off to them by Christmas," he said.
Through monetary donations received throughout the year, PSL is able to help parents or relatives who can't afford to ship gifts, get them to their son or daughter who is in the service.
"Whether we ship the stuff or the family does, we just want them to get it," Klein said.
PSL will have also letter-writing materials and a big Christmas card for people to sign for the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Safeway is providing hot chocolate, coffee and cookies for people to snack on at the event. There will be a bounce house for the children.
Keynote speakers will include parents and grandparents of soldiers, as well as soldiers who have recently returned.
KCMA radio is providing holiday and patriotic music for the event.
"Come help us celebrate a traditional Christmas. It is going to be a neat event," Cindy Kofile of KCMA said.