Members of Dance Arts Studio dance along Main Street during the Farmington’s Christmas parade on Thursday in downtown Farmington.
Members of Dance Arts Studio dance along Main Street during the Farmington's Christmas parade on Thursday in downtown Farmington. (Jon Austria / The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — One of the many traditions surrounding Christmas is Farmington's parade.

Children and their families lined Main Street Thursday night for the annual Christmas lights parade.

Three children's groups from Cross Roads Community Church in Farmington -- the Rock, First Step and Aca -- were on one of the many floats that made their way down the street.

Chelsea Cresswell, the children's programs director, said the church wanted to be part of the parade to "spread the true meaning of Christmas and have fun."

The emphasis on the true meaning of Christmas was a common theme among participants.

Angelica Girjalva, who is a member of Farmington's Templo Sinai Assembly of God, danced in the parade with Dance Art Studio.

At center, Mark Martinez, a member of the Farmington Panthers’ third-grade YAFL team, rides with his teammates during the Christmas parade Thursday
At center, Mark Martinez, a member of the Farmington Panthers' third-grade YAFL team, rides with his teammates during the Christmas parade Thursday down Main Street in Farmington. (Jon Austria / The Daily Times)

"It's all to honor God," said the 12-year-old.

Many of the children in the audience enjoyed other aspects of the parade.

Enoch Nyce, 6, liked collecting candy. At one point, a toy ball bounced from the street and into his bag.

His cousin, Anna Hazen, watched the parade with him. She said her favorite part was seeing Santa, who was portrayed by her grandfather, Patrick Hazen, for the second year in a row. This year, Patrick Hazen decided to grow his beard out instead of wearing a fake one.

Seeing Santa was the highlight of the parade for many children.

"He gives me presents, and I like him," said Kaydence Lucero, 6, who attended the parade along with her sister, 3-year-old Kerstyn Lucero.

The girls' friend, Kyla Forse, 4, watched the parade with the sisters. She added that she also loves Santa.

"I love him to the moon and back," she said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.