Community event to kick off holidays with carols, cocoa, coffee Friday, Dec. 7

FILE PHOTO - Community members of all ages are welcome at the Sandy Tree Lighting Ceremony from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7 in Centennial Plaza. While families are hanging stockings by chimneys with care, the city of Sandy is preparing its own Christmas decorations, also in hopes that St. Nicolas will soon be there.

Mayor Bill King will kick off the holiday season at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, by lighting the Sandy Christmas Tree in Centennial Plaza, 39295 Pioneer Blvd., for his last time as mayor.

The event will run from 6-8 p.m., with coffee, cocoa and cookies provided at no cost.

The Sandy High School Choir will perform, under the direction of Alec Chase, who will lead those in attendance in a round of Christmas carols.

Two very well-known characters will also make appearances at the festivities, both decked out in their finest red outfits.

Santa Claus will be available to meet and have photos taken with children, and the Sandy trolley will make runs to and from the event throughout the evening.

"We're really excited about the trolley," city Economic Development Manager Dave Snider said. "Having added that last year, it was a huge hit."

Cocoa will be provided courtesy of AntFarm, with coffee from Mountain Moka and cookies from Tollgate Inn Bakery and Busy Bee Catering.

The Sandy Historical Museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd., will be open throughout the event with a children's craft area.

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