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Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2009 11:55 pm | Updated: 12:36 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Santa's coming to Queen Creek next weekend for two celebrations kicking off the holiday season. The Queen Creek Hometown Christmas, an annual town-sponsored event, is happening at the town's library Friday evening. The 27th annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade follows Saturday.

Santa's coming to Queen Creek next weekend for two celebrations kicking off the holiday season.

The Queen Creek Hometown Christmas, an annual town-sponsored event, is happening at the town's library Friday evening. The 27th annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade follows Saturday.

The annual Hometown Christmas celebration features visits with Santa Claus, holiday arts and crafts and a singalong from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road.

Anyone looking for a taste of a white Christmas may want to check out a new feature: an outdoor winter skating rink, which is a pseudo-ice polymer rink made to use with ice skates. Kids ages 6 and under will have exclusive domain of the rink from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It's open to all ages from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost to skate is $5 for anyone 4 or older.

Hometown Christmas is organized by the town's Parks and Recreation Department, the library and the volunteer group Friends of the Library.

On Saturday, the Queen Creek Holiday Parade will march through town at 10 a.m. on Hawes Road from Chandler Heights Road to Ocotillo Road, ending at Desert Mountain Park. There is a festival following the parade. The events are presented by the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek and will benefit the Boys and Girls Club.

This year's parade theme is "Christmas memories," said event chairperson Chris Clark. About 50 entries are signed up, including a Grinch-themed Whoville float.

Craig Fouhy, sports director for KNXV-TV (Channel 15), will serve as the grand marshall, Clark said.

A holiday festival will immediately follow the parade at 11 a.m.

Festival staples like Santa, pony rides, a rock climbing wall and arts and crafts will all be on hand.

But visitors can also check out a couple of new things this year. For instance, Queen Creek High School students and teachers will be walking the runway at a fashion show.

Elvis is also expected to make an appearance and sing a few of his holiday favorites.

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