John C. Page City Park was filled with people enjoying the mild and calm weather while marking the beginning of the Christmas season. Visitors and locals alike took in the festivities starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The unusually warm weather made the evening more memorable.
Lynn Cormier of the City of Page organized the Christmas in the Park as well as the parade and tree lighting. The Page Public Library organized the donation of decorated trees, Santa photo booth, and other games to raise funds for the library.
Ten trees were donated by local businesses and organizations. People were asked to vote for their favorite tree by placing a ticket in a small red bucket hanging from each tree. The most votes went to a tree with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme entered by Page Public Library .
The trees showed the community’s creativity with many themes, including astronauts and outer space, a snack tree – complete with a variety of snacks and goodies – and some more traditional trees with decorations that were no less impressive.
While Christmas at the Park was occurring, the Parade of Lights proceeded along Lake Powell Boulevard. At the conclusion of the parade, Page Mayor Bill Diak lit the city Christmas tree by flipping a breaker at the main electrical panel.
Various nonprofit organizations and vendors were at the event, including Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), looking for volunteer advocates for foster children, and Aliecia from the local 4H club, who was raising money for 4H and to help raise a pig by selling art and crafts.
Page High School Boys Soccer Boosters sold baked goods to support the team. Big Water BBQ and Stay Grounded sold barbeque and hot drinks. Tyler Colby of Colby Crafts was selling his handcrafted pens with myriad designs and colors to help fund his Scouting activities. Another booth was selling rocks and minerals.
After the tree lighting, people were invited to roast marshmallows on a couple of bonfires or to just keep warm, while a young lady sang Christmas songs on the nearby stage.
Christmas in the Park was scheduled until 8 p.m., and it was well attended and brought Christmas joy and cheer to Page.