Aztec Sparkles celebrates the holidays

Hannah Grover
Crash Music's Christmas display is pictured Dec. 17, 2014 at 104 North Main Ave. in Aztec.

FARMINGTON – Aztec will host a series of Christmas events this week as part of the second annual Aztec Sparkles celebration.

The events will kick off Thursday with the Sutherland Farms market, bakery and Purple Cow Kafe open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 36 County Road 2393. The family farm will also present door prizes throughout the weekend. In addition to the market, Aztec Ruins National Monument will host its Evening of Lights from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

People can also drive through Aztec to view the 60 businesses participating in the annual holiday lights competition. The businesses competed for a $3,000 utility credit, with Aztec Feed, located on Main Avenue, winning the coveted prize for the second year in a row.

Other Aztec Sparkles events include a Christmas carnival for young people from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Aztec Boys & Girls Clubs, 311 S. Ash Ave., and a holiday celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the library, 319 S. Ash Ave.

The Christmas carnival is an annual event for the Boys & Girls Clubs and predates the Aztec Sparkles event. The organization decided to incorporate it with Aztec Sparkles to be more involved in the community, according to Michelle Thiessen, the administrative manager.

Thiessen said the carnival includes a variety of holiday-theme games and a visit from Santa Claus. The games are geared toward school-aged children, but people of all ages are welcome to attend.

The Boys & Girls Clubs carnival is one of two carnivals geared toward children that will take place during Aztec Sparkles. The second carnival will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aztec Senior-Community Center, 101 S. Park Ave. The event will include various rides, such as a small Ferris wheel, provided by JumpNFun, a Farmington business.

Christmas decorations are pictured Dec. 17, 2014, along Main Street in Aztec.

The carnival will be one of four events hosted by the community center for the Aztec Sparkles event. Cindy Iacovetto, the center's director, said it will also host a craft fair, face painting and a screening of the movie "Rise of the Guardians."

Iacovetto will also have a float in the parade Saturday evening. The steampunk-theme float ties in with the community center's steampunk convention scheduled for February.

"It looks like a little 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' car," Iacovetto said about the float, comparing it to the car in the 1968 musical film.

She added that the four people on the float will pedal it down the street during the parade, which starts at 5 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to the community center events and the parade, there will be a 5k fun run, visits from Santa, hay rides, caroling, live music and other events on Saturday.

A schedule of events is available at

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.