Festival, luminarias kick off holiday season

The Daily Times staff
From left, Mackenzie Shorty and her mother, Samone Henery, and Tonisha Yazzie and her son, Alexander Reynoso, look at decorated Christmas trees on Wednesday during the annual Festival of Trees at the Farmington Civic Center.


FARMINGTON — With Christmas on the horizon, organizations throughout San Juan County are welcoming the holiday season with various events.

The Festival of Trees started Wednesday at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St., and continues through Saturday. It features events like Teddy Bear Storytime at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Coffee Break with the Trees at 8 a.m. Friday. While viewing trees is free, there are fees for special events like the storytime and coffee. Tickets can be purchased by calling 505-599-1148.

Students from Apache Elementary, Country Club Elementary and McKinley Elementary schools stack bags of luminarias on Tuesday at San Juan College in Farmington.

Another popular holiday event is San Juan College's luminaria display. The display opens to people walking through the campus at 5 p.m. Saturday, and people interested in driving through the display can view it starting at 6 p.m. A shuttle will depart from Piedra Vista High School starting at 6 p.m. and will run through 8 p.m.

People walking through the display can park in two parking lots accessible from College Boulevard off of Piñon Hills Boulevard. Drivers will enter north of the campus by taking Sunrise Parkway off of Butler Avenue.

There are many other events scheduled throughout the month, including the Christmas parade in Farmington and Riverglo, both of which are later this week. Read more about these holiday events and more at daily-times.com.