Miracle on Main Street dazzles community

Joshua Kellogg

FARMINGTON — Children danced in the fake snow of a giant snow globe and showed off their ice skating skills during the first Miracle on Main Street event Sunday afternoon at the Farmington Civic Center.

Cory Styron, director of the Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department, said his department wanted to create a new event to bookend the weekend of holiday activities, which included Riverglo on Friday at Berg Park and the San Juan College luminaria display on Saturday.

“The community has come out, and they are having fun,” Styron said of the Miracle on Main Street event.

The event ended with Mayor Tommy Roberts lighting a 35-foot Christmas tree, which was covered in about 13,000 LED lights, on the lawn of the civic center.

Roberts said he thought the event was a huge success and hopes it starts a new Farmington tradition that brings the community together. He also said city staff have been working to emphasize that downtown Farmington has a lot to offer and events like Miracle on Main Street showcase that.

“You can tell already by the number of people here that it’s going to be something folks look forward to year after year,” Roberts said.

From left, Lyela, Kristin, Hailey and Evan Yellowman play inside a snow globe outside the Farmington Civic Center during the Miracle on Main Street event.

The crowd of people who attended the event created long lines for activities, including a huge snow globe and an ice skating rink that was installed in the parking lot across from the civic center.

Megan Gonzales said her family waited in line for about an hour for a chance to throw fake snow inside the snow globe.

“It’s a blast, the kids are loving it,” Gonzales said.

Multiple activities were set up inside the civic center, including a craft fair in the center's lobby. Children participated in arts and crafts activities such as decorating sugar cookies as films were screened. Adults could try their luck at playing bingo.

Santa Claus, along with two elves, arrived at the civic center in a horse-drawn carriage. He greeted families and gave high-fives to children as he was escorted to the civic center stage, where children took photos with him in front of a holiday backdrop.

At the ice rink, people could rent skates and take a spin on the synthetic ice along West Arrington Street. Skating on Sunday was free, courtesy of The Daily Times. The ice rink will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 5:30 to 8 p.m. on weekends through Jan. 9. Entry and skate rental is $5 per person for one hour.

On Sunday, Zachary Valdez, 9, got to try ice skating for the first time. Valdez said he had fun and was proud of the spin he performed without falling over.

Styron said he hopes Miracle on Main Street becomes an annual event to celebrate the holiday season.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

Amanda Ohavira helps her son, Noah Ohavira, put on his ice skates during the Miracle on Main Street event on Sunday outside the Farmington Civic Center.