Sat, March 28

Cottonwood preps for Christmas Parade
More than 80 floats set for annual march down Main Street

COTTONWOOD -- It's just beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Shops and stores already are decorated and homes are lit with lights and seasonal red and green.

Expect plenty of Christmas cheer during the annual Cottonwood Christmas Parade Dec. 6. There are certain to be Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed look-a-likes on floats, stars of the 1946 Frank Capra film, "It's a Wonderful Life," the beloved Christmas movie tale that inspired the theme to the 60th annual Cottonwood parade. But there will also be candy throwing elves, horses and lots of red and white and bubbling children and plenty to see.

The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual parade, says more than 80 entries have lined up early the family event. There will certainly be more before the 11 a.m. step off Saturday; 108 entries turned out in 2013.

There will be folks doing ballet, gymnastics and martial arts. Look for the massive flywheelers, fire equipment and ambulance companies. The Verde Valley Medical Center and the Senior Center will have entries. Organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Moose Lodge and Toys for Tots will march. There will be unicycles, bicycles and a marching band as well as players of soccer, football and softball.

In the Grand Marshal's car will be Mick Ryan and company, the popular former Mingus Union High School teacher and principal. There will be other cars with mayors and council and other politicians.

Stick around to see who wins the prizes for the best of parade and theme.

Chocolate Walk in Old Town

An evening of holiday lights and a bag full of homemade chocolates is presented by the Old Town Association Shops of Main Street merchants stay open late, songs of carolers fill the air, and shops are filled with scents of hot cocoa, mint and holiday cheer.  

Stroll down the avenue as they compete for the best chocolate award while you cast your vote for best-decorated shop. 

Chocolate collecting bags and maps are provided.  There will be a variety of homemade chocolates to indulge in at more than 40 merchants.

Held every year on the first Saturday of December from 4-8 p.m.

Old Town Light Show

Old Town Cottonwood will be lit with a new interactive light show to accompany our wonderful tree with the support of Yavapai Broadcasting.If You Go ...

What: Cottonwood Christmas Parade:

Where: Main Street through Old Town

When: Dec. 6., 11 a.m.

Chocolate Walk: Get a bag and enjoy merchants' magic

Where: Start at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town

Cost: $25 each but they are going fast

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