Attention turns to Christmas season events
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With Thanksgiving in the books, attention now turns to the holiday season in San Juan County. A number of events are planned to celebrate the season.

The annual Tree for All Christmas Fair will be held in Blanding on December 1 and 2 at the Blanding Wellness Center. A number of organizations are working together to host the annual event, including the Edge of the Seaters Theatre Company, the Blanding Arts and Events Center at Utah State University – Eastern, and the City of Blanding.

Events begin at 6 p.m. on Friday evening and run to 9 p.m. Santa Claus is expected to make a visit on Friday evening.

On Saturday, the celebration begins at 9 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m.

The Tree for All celebration features scores of booths from local vendors offering handmade food, crafts and holiday décor for sale.

For more information regarding vendor booths, contact Hal Palmer at 435-678-8150.

Craig Halls is coordinating local entertainment. He can be reached at 435-678-3333.

Holiday events in Monticello begin on Friday, December 1 with the opening of the Gingerbread House Tour. For the second year, a gingerbread building boom is occurring in Monticello. At least 18 of the hand-decorated homes will be displayed at business throughout the town until December 16.

Visitors can vote on their favorite gingerbread homes. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the annual tree lighting event on December 16. The Festival of Trees will begin at 6 p.m. on December 16 at Veterans Park in Monticello.

Entries for the Festival of Trees need to be completed by December 9. Contact Jeremy Avondet at the City of Monticello for more information. He can be reached at 435-587-2271.

Many local residents and businesses have started the process of lighting the communities with Christmas lights. In Monticello, a competition will be held for the best holiday lights. The City of Monticello Beautification Committee and Empire Electric are sponsoring the Christmas light competition.

Judging of the Christmas lights will take place on December 18.

A Christmas Festival will be held at Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek on December 15. The parade is set to begin at 6 p.m. and the festival follows. Dinner will be held after the parade. Santa will make an appearance.

Christmas Angel Trees are set up at three local businesses. The trees feature Angel card ornaments which contain information about holiday needs for a local child. Local residents can purchase the items on the ornament and drop them off at San Juan Counseling in Blanding.

The trees are located at Clarks Market and Shopko in Blanding and at Family Dollar in Monticello.

The annual performances of Handel’s Messiah will take place on December 10 in Blanding and December 17 in Monticello. This year, the local production is under the direction of Wayne Erickson, the former director of bands at Utah Valley University.
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