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Aspen Meadow Band will host annual Christmas-themed events and concerts throughout December

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ASPEN MEADOW BAND - Attendees of the Aspen Meadow Bands Celebration of Lights admire holiday displays during the annual event.Members of the Aspen Meadow Band are inviting community members to a brightly-lit holiday gathering.

The band's annual Celebration of Lights will take place from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, through Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 24232 S. Upper Highland Road.

During the free festivities, there will be live music by the Aspen Meadow Band and Hearts in Harmony, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, an interactive children's area, a miniature train village and more than 150,000 Christmas lights.

"I love the hospitality we get to do, and meeting people whether it's their first time here or they've been coming for many years," said Desi Aamodt, a member of the Aspen Meadow Band's public relations team.

The theme of this year's event is "Live to Dream."

"It goes hand-in-hand with the band's goals," said Aamodt. "It's dreaming about what the band wants to give to people, dreaming of all we've accomplished and what's to come. We want everyone to live that way, to never put their dreams down and always continue to hope."

Concerts and other activities will vary each night, and a full schedule of festivities is available at www.aspenmeadowlights.com.

"Opening night is huge. There's food, music and the big countdown to the lights. It's the only night with a countdown," Aamodt said, noting that more than one thousand people attended last year's opening night. "On weekdays, we still have hospitality and events, but it's definitely slower. You can walk the grounds with more space."

Concert selections will range from newer songs to classic Christmas carols. Additionally, Sunday, Dec. 16, will feature several children's concerts, along with an appearance from Elsa, Anna and Olaf from the movie "Frozen."

Though all of the concerts are free, those interested in attending are encouraged to pick up a ticket one hour beforehand because of limited seating in the concert dome.

Members of the band look forward to connecting

with people at the holiday event.

"People are always very friendly, warm and inviting. There's a very genuine feeling from each person," Aamodt said. "We're very excited about the opportunity to interact with people and bring memories to them."

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