It’s time to kick off Christmas with a wonderful community tradition.
The 10th annual Electric Light Parade is at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 on Payson’s historic Main Street.
This year the parade has 42 entries, including three from the Pine and Strawberry communities and two from the Tonto Apache Tribe.
Judy Pittman, who is coordinating the event for the town, said four first place prizes would be awarded for the categories of nonprofit floats, commercial floats, motorized entries and walking entries.
“For the first time — I think — we will have a kazoo and bedpan band in the parade,” Pittman said. Payson Regional Medical Center is entering the unique musical group.
The entrants will begin lining up at Sawmill Crossing at 4:15 p.m. and begin moving west on Main Street at 6 p.m. The parade’s grand finale will be Santa Claus, Pittman said.
Before the parade, the Presbyterian Child Learning Center is sponsoring a delicious Turkey-a-la-King dinner with all the trimmings for just $5 per serving from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.
Cookies and hot cocoa will also be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to help keep parade-goers warm.
The proceeds will go toward the programs at the Presbyterian Child Learning Center. Come early for dinner and park for free.
While at the Community Presbyterian Church, be sure to check out the annual Mudhens train show, which will be open until 9 p.m.
The layout is modular in design with modules built by several different people. Each year, Santa rides a special train, and this year the layout will feature several sound equipped locomotives and even some sounds from mines and mills along the line. The train will be open before, during and following the Electric Light Parade. Admission is free —however, guests are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Payson Area Food Drive.
After the parade, visit Santa at MoJoe’s Cafe on Main Street. MoJoe’s is proud to sponsor this fund-raising event to benefit Payson Community Kids.
Children will be able to sit on Santa’s lap and have their picture taken. Photos will be printed out and available for a small donation, which benefits Payson Community Kids.
MoJoe’s Cafe is located at 503 W. Main St. right across from the Senior Thrift Store. For more information, call (928) 478-8828.