While local residents can visit area homes to see who has the best holiday decorations in town, the biggest party in Maricopa is planned for this Saturday, Dec. 8, at Pacana Park.
Dubbed “Holidays of the World” by the hosting Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, the first-year event sets out to bring families together to enjoy a community-wide holiday party. The city plans to truck in 30 tons of snow to Pacana for many to get what may be their only chance at a snowball fight this year.
The festival, which last from 6 to 9 p.m., also features local vendors selling holiday gifts such as candles, art and pottery and other groups warming up the crowd with hot cider, cocoa and popcorn. PRL Director Marty McDonald said in addition to a lakeside luminary display in which families can participate, the main event will be the movie in the park showing of the holiday film The Polar Express.
“We’re going to have original art, handbags... and all sorts of things that carry on the 'shop local’ theme of the city,” McDonald said of the purposefully small vendor village.
The event, however, may have to wait until next year if the forecasted rains for this weekend fall in heavy amounts. McDonald said the PRL Department would keep a close eye on the weather and would update the city’s Web site, www.cityofmaricopa.net, in case of a cancellation due to inclement weather.
While McDonald has future goals for this event – eventually holding a tree-lighting ceremony in Pacana Park and taking this into the schools to create an educational awareness about holiday traditions – he said this year’s goal is about bringing families together to enjoy a stress-free day at the park.