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Town, chamber unite for December to Remember

Santa to arrive via helicopter

Lock, Stock and Barrel decorated for Christmas. (Cyndi Thomas/Courtesy)

Lock, Stock and Barrel decorated for Christmas. (Cyndi Thomas/Courtesy)

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A crew works on decorating Lock, Stock and Barrel. (Cyndi Thomas/Courtesy)

The Town of Chino Valley and the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce are joining forces for the inaugural A December to Remember at Memory Park event this weekend.

The free event is taking the concept of the Chino Valley Hometown Christmas events that have been put on in past years and reworking it by renaming, rebranding and remarketing it while also changing the location, said Chino Valley Assistant Community Services Director Cyndi Thomas. Recreation Lead Dallas Gray echoed Thomas’ statement.

“Everything’s different,” Gray said. “It’s about the whole community getting involved. We have the opportunity to make this grow. This our first year really focusing on making it an actual event.”

The Saturday, Dec. 8, event will see a 1,400 square foot tent full of vendors at Memory Park with more vendors outside, and displays will go up throughout the park, Gray said. Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorette Brashear said the business displays are all creative and different, allowing them to not only showcase their business, but how much they love Chino Valley.

Also available will be hot chocolate and coffee under the ramada. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are also coming in on a helicopter and giving gifts to kids from 4 to 5 p.m., Gray said. At night is the first annual park lighting.

“The whole park will be lit up,” Gray said.

At the same time, there are 48 Christmas banners along Highway 89 leading up to Memory Park. Lock, Stock and Barrel, the horse statues located on the roundabout have been decorated.

The decorating was completely Mayor Darryl Croft’s idea, Thomas said. Gray added Croft wanted the highway “Christmatized” and it will definitely make a statement.

For families that want to make memories, there’s no way that won’t happen at A December to Remember, Gray said. She also said she wanted to thank Hero PartyRentals and Chino Rentals for their assistance in making the event happen.

About a decade ago the town and the chamber started talking about some sort of Christmas event and it grew into Hometown Christmas, Thomas said. This event is what was supposed to happen, she said.

“It’s really nice that we’ve come full circle,” Thomas said.

Those who are not able to come to the event itself will still be able to enjoy the displays and lights after the event is over, Brashear said.

“It’s not just one day,” she said. “The festivities are one day only.”

Having it at Memory Park is going to make the event much more intimate with more of a hometown feeling as well, Thomas said. It goes from 10 a.m. until dark.

In the days after, people can take their family to Memory Park, walk around and enjoy the lights and displays, Brashear said.

Memory Park is located at Palomino Road and N. Road 1 West. For more information, call 928-636-2493.