For the 29th year, the Swiss Village Shops are holding the annual Christmas lighting ceremony with numerous events all along the Village.
The festivities begin at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28 at the shops on North Beeline Highway. At 5:30 p.m., Christmas carolers from the Sunshine Club of Payson United Methodist Church, Mountain Bible Youth, soloist Loren Peters and others will entertain the crowd.
During the caroling, all the shops’ outdoor lighting will come on simultaneously. About 30 minutes later, Santa will arrive on a fire engine and then he will pose for photos. The photos are free, but donations are accepted.
All the shops will be open until 9 p.m. for folks to stroll through, visit with the shop owners and partake of the snacks they will be offering. Make sure and stop by La Sierra Restaurant and view the live nativity scene.
During the Friday and Saturday celebration, the Kiwanis Club will be offering their brats and hot dogs. Also on hand will be cotton candy, the Pepsi wagon and a Bouncy House.
Each shop will be selling raffle tickets ($1 each, six for $5) for a Santa’s gift bag that will feature gift certificates from each shop.
The festivities continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, with KMOG broadcasting live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa will arrive again at 11 a.m. and visit until 1 p.m. The merchants are offering free carriage rides this year from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the Paper and Metal Scrappers shop will be letting folks “make and take” Christmas activities.
Take time to visit Payson Florist in their beautiful expanded shop, where they will be featuring face painting and a book signing for the publication “Insect Wonderland.”
Filling the air both days will be continuous Christmas carols to add to the ambience of the two-day celebration.
The organizer of this year’s celebration is Joni Dalton, owner of The Sugar Shack. This is her third year and she is proud of the fact that she has full participation by the Swiss Village Shops. Her exuberance is evidence that this will be an event that all in attendance will enjoy and carry in their memories throughout the Christmas season.