Community event to celebrate the holidays in Apache Junction

Last year’s holiday program offered children a chance to visit with Santa Claus, above, and play in real snow, below. Mr. Claus and the snow will return to Apache Junction for this year’s event on Dec. 5. (Courtesy of AJ Parks and Recreation)

Last year’s holiday program offered children a chance to visit with Santa Claus, above, and play in real snow, below. Mr. Claus and the snow will return to Apache Junction for this year’s event on Dec. 5. (Courtesy of AJ Parks and Recreation)

Apache Junction Parks and Recreation will host its annual Holiday Program and Light Parade on Saturday, Dec. 5. The event will take place in downtown Apache Junction east of Phelps Road and west of Idaho on Old West Highway in front of the Fry’s Shopping Center.

The full day of activities includes vendors, food and live entertainment. Local businesses and organizations that are interested in having a booth at the event should e-mail jsullivan@ajcity.net.

There will be lots of activities throughout the day for the whole family including:
•Lost Dutchman Marathon Inc. Winter Walk-A-Thon: Walk to help benefit Apache Junction nonprofit agencies. It will take place noon-2:30 p.m. For more details, e-mail ajpr@ajcity.net.
•Let It Snow: This free event will offer something for all ages. It will take place 3-6 p.m. and will include: 30 tons of snow, a visit by Santa Claus, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, an obstacle course and a petting zoo. There also will be live music on the entertainment stage from noon to 6:30 p.m. by New Story Band, Men of Mustangs and The Forresters.
•The 18th Annual Holiday Light Parade: Individuals, businesses, nonprofit agencies and groups are welcome to enter their floats. Pre-registration is required in order to participate.
The parade starts at 7 p.m. and the route will be on Apache Trail between Phelps Drive and Thunderbird Drive.
For more information on entering a float, e-mail junderwood@ajcity.net.

This Let It Snow event is free to the community. However, donations of non-perishable food will be collected to help neighbors in need in the community.

Attendees are asked to donate one non-perishable food item in lieu of admission fee. All items will be donated to the Apache Junction Food Bank and will be put to good use immediately in feeding the hungry in the area.

For more information on this event and a list of food items needed, visit www.ajcity.net/holiday.

Also, people interested in volunteering to help the event should call Jeff Kopp at 480-474-5152.

For more information on this program or other programs and services, call the AJ Parks and Recreation Department at 480-983-2181 or visit www.ajcity.net/parks.

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