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Friday Night Lights: Christmas comes early to Prescott Valley.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - A Christmas parade, tree decorating display, an appearance by Santa Claus and other entertainment will take place during the annual Holiday of Lights Festival Friday evening in Prescott Valley.

Events will begin at 5 p.m. with music and other entertainment at the Civic Center, said Marnie Uhl, president and chief executive officer of the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber and the Prescott Valley Arts and Culture Commission are sponsoring the festivities, with the chamber handling events outdoors and the commission focusing on activities indoors.

Uhl said Mayor Harvey Skoog will deliver the season's greetings, and preside over a lighting ceremony, which starts at 6 p.m.

Uhl said the parade will start at 6 p.m. at Tim's Toyota Center, head to the Civic Center at Lakeshore Drive and turn around.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the chamber received 13 entries for floats, she said, adding would-be participants have until noon Friday to file the $20 entry fee at the chamber office. The parade drew 17 entries in 2009.

Chamber Executive Assistant Bev Oleson and chamber Board Chairman Chris Kuknyo are in charge of the parade.

After the parade floats reach Lakeshore Drive at around 6:30 p.m., Santa will appear on the first floor of the Civic Center to meet with children and pose for photos. The Bradshaw Mountain High School Band Boosters will sell hot chocolate, and a Cub Scout pack will sell mistletoe, both for donations.

Parade-goers and other visitors may view the Create-A-Tree displays beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the library, a short walk from the Civic Center. Like the parade, entrants include service clubs and businesses.

"We have space for 50 trees," said Patricia Chalcraft, arts and culture assistant for the town's Parks and Recreation Department. She said entrants will begin setting up their displays at noon Thursday.

Uhl urges the public to attend the festivities.

"It's a beautiful way to spend the evening and create a new family tradition in Prescott Valley," she said.

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