CEDAR CITY — Cedar City’s Historic Downtown is expected to get a little brighter next week, resulting in two road closures on Main Street.

This file photo shows the Historic Downtown Christmas Lighting Event in Cedar City, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 | Photo by Haven Scott, Cedar City News

Starting Monday, Nov. 20, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Street will be closed from Center Street to 200 North as lights are installed to prepare for the upcoming Downtown Cedar City Lighting Ceremony.

The same section of Main Street will close again on Saturday, Nov. 25, for holiday festivities from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., said city spokesperson Gabrielle Costello.

“Where the Magic Begins” festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with the city’s first Christmas Market, free train rides sponsored by ERA Realty Center and food trucks.

The preshow, beginning at 4 p.m., will include an ugly sweater contest, kids’ crafts and giveaways, according to the city’s website. The city also encourages people to donate nonperishable food items to the Iron County Care and Share food pantry.

The official program starts at 5 p.m., with performances by professional dancers, and the city illuminating the Historic Downtown lights. Santa will arrive in a Southern Utah University helicopter and Visit Cedar City-Brian Head will host a firework display, the city states.

This file photo shows Cedar City’s holiday light display along Main Street, Cedar City, Utah, Nov. 28, 2020 | Photo courtesy of Cedar City Events, St. George News/Cedar City News

The Holiday Tree Jubilee will also open in the Festival Hall and Heritage Theater at 105 N. 100 East.

Photo opportunities with the Historic Downtown Cedar City sign and Santa Claus will be available at 6:30 p.m. The night will be capped off with live nativity performances by the Cedar Area Interfaith Alliance in front of the Old Rock Church 75 E. Center St.

“Jump into the holiday season with a spectacular downtown tradition sure to create lasting memories for you and your loved ones,” the website states.

For more information about the event, visit the city’s website.

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