A few hundred locals lined 100 South in Santaquin on Saturday to participate in the annual Santaquin Area Chamber of Commerce holiday light parade, to see lighted floats and share their wish list with Santa. This year marked the 12th anniversary of the light parade.
"This gets the holiday off to a good start," Angela Kay, the chamber of commerce treasurer, said. "It is an exciting night for our town."
Parade entries included families, local businesses, churches or anyone who wanted to celebrate and share the holiday spirit. Parade entries spend lots of time preparing their entries for the parade. The parade entries were all judged in categories, and the awards were presented to the winners after the parade.
For some families, the parade is an annual tradition. Jodi Ford attended the parade with some of her children.
"We go to the parade every year," said Ford, who has lived in Santaquin for 15 years. "We love the floats and the lights. It is a tradition for our family and we will continue to come until the kids don't want to any more. They really seem to like it."
For some families, the parade was a new tradition in the making.
Russ Peterson and his wife, Shawna, are Orem residents who had never attended the parade before.
"We wanted to start a new tradition," Russ Peterson said. "We brought our 3-year-old grandson, Isaac, with us. He really seems to like it."
The parade route ended at Santaquin Elementary, where hot chocolate, marshmallows and fresh doughnuts from Rowley's Red Barn were provided by the Chamber of Commerce. Santa also was in attendance to listen to children's Christmas wishes.