TOMBSTONE — Holiday festivities are underway in historic Tombstone.
Events kick-off at 6 p.m. Saturday evening on Allen Street with the annual light parade, followed by the lighting of the luminaries at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park.
The parade, a Tombstone Chamber of Commerce event, lines up at Sixth and Allen streets, travels through town and winds around to the old Courthouse, 223 E. Toughnut Street, where floats remain lit and on display through the luminary lighting ceremony.
“The floats are always so beautiful,” Cassandra Gerencser, chamber of commerce employee, said. “Every year, visitors and locals stop and admire them while they’re parked around the Courthouse.”
The luminary lighting is hosted by the state park, with the Courthouse opening its doors at 5:30 p.m.
“We hold an open house for the public on the evening we light the luminaries and it’s the one open house event that we have for the year,” said Erika Way, the park manager. “The Cameo Ladies provide cookies and hot chocolate and the Courthouse is completely decorated for the holiday season, so it’s a fun community event for locals and visitors.”
The luminaries and Courthouse tree will be lit by the time the parade arrives with its lineup of floats.
“So far, 21 entries have signed up for the parade, which is more than last year,” Gerencser said. “We have an Old-World Santa with a beautifully decorated sleigh who will be toward the end of the parade. He stays at the Courthouse and visits the children that come through there, so this really is a fun event for everyone.”
On Dec. 16, Santa will be at the Tombstone City Park from 5:30 to 10 p.m., listening to wish lists and handing out gifts to children, Gerencser said.
Tombstone’s Toys for Tots drive is underway, with drop off boxes at the Courthouse, Boothill Graveyard, chamber of commerce office and Family Dollar store.
“We invite everyone to visit Tombstone for our parade luminary celebration,” Gerencser said. “So come to Tombstone and share in the celebrations with us.”