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Hometown Christmas adds dance company light parade

Chamber encourages businesses and residents to bid on Morgan Festival of Trees entries

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This year’s Hometown Christmas has just added a new twist. The event taking place tomorrow, Dec. 2, will now feature a mini light parade put on by the Morgan Academy of Dance. 28 dancers from Mountain Green, Morgan and Coalville will prance down the street using around $3,000 worth of Christmas lights. The parade of lights will happen just before the tree lighting.
Today is the last day to visit local businesses to view the first annual Morgan Festival of Trees. This year’s event is off to a great start. Many local businesses have spent countless hours and dollars on meticulously decorated Christmas items for you homes. Residents have been getting their passports stamped after admiring these works of art, but there is something missing…bids.
In order for this event to actually benefit our local charities, the Morgan Chamber of Commerce is asking businesses and residents alike to come out and bid on these beautiful pieces. One business is even donating the trees they bid on to local families in need.
Get your passport stamped at each location, drop the completed passport off in one of the drop boxes located at each business and you will be entered into a drawing for one of several gift certificates to local businesses.
You can find trees at Grounds for Coffee, Morgan Valley Crafts, The Morgan County News, Goldenwest Credit Union, DynaGrace Enterprises, Farm Bureau, Morgan Valley Polaris, Wardell Brothers, Morgan Mercantile, Farmer’s Insurance/Morgan Valley Tax & Accounting, Young Automall, 1st Bank, York Engineering and East Canyon Resort.
At 2 p.m., Santa will arrive on the fire truck as usual, but in an effort to give Santa a little more time to get ready for Christmas Day, there will only be one visit to Morgan this year.
The Lions Club Santa event, which has been happening for over 50 years now, traditionally takes place the week before Christmas. However, for the first time in many years, the date has changed, allowing the Lions Club to join forces with Hometown Christmas.
Lions will still be on hand to serve as elves handing the treasured bags of old-fashioned candies to the pleased children after they’ve told Santa their Christmas wishes.
Combining these two events also brings the hay rides to Hometown Christmas. These rides have come to be loved and appreciated at the Lions Club event and will be a great addition to the small-town feel of this Commercial Street celebration.
The Grinch was not available to make it to the festivities, but choirs and dance groups will light up the historic Vallis Hotel stage.
Free cider and popcorn will be distributed, sponsored by Morgan City and Morgan Grace Fellowship. If hot chocolate is your thing, Grounds for Coffee will have plenty of the good stuff for only $1. And what is hot chocolate without a cinnamon roll? Morgan Mercantile will also have plenty of $1 cinnamon rolls on hand. Deb’s Spicy Pie will also have dinner fare for a great price.
Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn and Front Street Gifts will be sponsoring the Christmas train this year, free for all the children to enjoy.
You will also find a new event housed outside the Front Street Gifts store front. Lesa Gilgen and Dava Jensen of Coldwell Banker, along with Tara Rese with Fairway Mortgage, will be hosting a Christmas costume pet parade. Man’s best friends will be strutting their stuff in their best holiday attire for residents to enjoy. Check-in goes from 2- 2:45 p.m. and results will be announced at 4 p.m. Pet pictures will also be available. Contact Lesa for more details.
The Morgan Elementary School PTO will be hosting a fundraiser of their own doing face painting and tinsel hair inside Salon Roots, located in the back of Grounds for Coffee.
If you have elementary age students, please don’t forget to enter the coloring contest sponsored by Morgan Valley Crafts. The prizes are always great and there are three age groups to win in.
The gingerbread contest is being headed up by the Morgan Chamber of Commerce this year. Because businesses will be auctioning professional gingerbread homes this year, that category will be removed from the traditional local contest. This year the contest will include only a family category and three kids’ categories. The family category will have first, second and third place cash prizes up to $150. The kids’ categories will have fun, age-appropriate prizes, and every child gets a participation prize just for bringing in their creations. Please pick up an application for this contest at Farm Bureau, Morgan Valley Crafts, or Morgan City offices. Details are included in these applications. Houses must be dropped off at Buzzy’s between 10-10:30 a.m.

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