Winter Sun Festival kicks off holiday season
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Santa and local arts and crafts will be highlighted at the MARC Arts and Craft Fair this weekend. Courtesy photo
Santa and local arts and crafts will be highlighted at the MARC Arts and Craft Fair this weekend. Courtesy photo
The holiday season in Moab officially begins this weekend with the Moab Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Winter Sun Festival.

The festivities begin Friday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. with the City Tree Lighting at Swanny City Park on 100 West. Santa is scheduled to make an appearance, and Moab’s Valley Voices and the Grand County High School choir and band will provide music and caroling. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided by Zions Bank.

More music will be offered later Friday night during the Holiday Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Star Hall, 159 E. Center St. The concert features folk and holiday music by Moab’s John and Shaunna Sanders and friends. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Family passes are available for $25. The concert is a benefit for the Moab Free Health Clinic. For more information about the clinic, visit

Two holiday crafts fairs will also be held throughout the weekend. The Grand Center, 182 North 500 West, will host a variety of vendors from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The craft fair features food booths serving up Navajo tacos, Frito pie, homemade soup, assorted homemade pies cinnamon rolls and sticky buns.

The Moab Arts and Recreation Center, 111 East 100 North, will host a craft fair from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. Santa will be available much of the day to have his picture taken with area kids.

The BEACON Moab Strings Program is scheduled to perform at the MARC on Friday, Dec. 6 beginning at about 6 p.m. The performance, which features second-year and advanced musicians from grades two through 10, will last approximately 25 minutes.

More than 50 local and regional artisans, bakers and crafters will be on hand, displaying a wide array of items including photography, paintings, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, jewelry, glass work, woodwork, metalwork, candles, soaps, salves and baked goods.

For those seeking an energetic start to the holiday season, the Winter Sun 10k run begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Moab Golf Course and ends at the Grand County High School track. Registration may be made online through Thursday at After that, entrants may register at the packet pickup Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria or from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Saturday, also at the school cafeteria.

The weekend festivities conclude at dark on Saturday, Dec. 7, with the chamber’s 16th annual Electric Light Parade. Free hot chocolate will be available at the Cocoa Shack, sponsored by Moab Regional Hospital, which will be set up at Center and Main streets. The parade begins at Swanny Park, proceeds south on Main Street and ends at the Grand County Middle School.

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