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Kanab Holiday Kickoff

Thanksgiving Weekend in K-Town

Kickoff the Holidays with us in Kanab, Utah over Thanksgiving weekend, November 22-24, 2018. Throughout the weekend you can find events and activites throughout our beautiful town of Kanab. Below you can find a schedule of events for the weekend, links for purchasing lanterns and a ride on the Polar Express, as well as much more information about all of the great events you can find throughout the weekend.


We have added new events to our Christmas Light Parade and Festival!

This year we have added the new Polar Express! November 19-23, 2018 you can bring the kids for a ride on the Polar Express! Spots are filling quickly, so sign up today! Cost is $10 per child, parents and children under 2 are free (children must be accompanied by an adult). Donations are appreciated. The adventure on the Polar Express includes: bringing letters to Santa and returning with a letter from Santa, ride and caroling on the Polar Express, decorate cookies (sugar and gluten free available), hot chocolate/hot cider, a short christmas movie, pictures with Santa, and a printable golden ticket available to take home.

You will need to arrive 15 minutes before your departure on the Polar Express to ensure you and your child do not get left behind. Departures are from the Kane County Courthouse (76 North Main Street). Bring the kids in their PJ's, ready for a Christmas Adventure! 

**The Polar Express is a fundraiser for the Kanab High School Student Body so they can purchase a "K" to welcome students, faculty, and visitors to the High School. Thank you for helping contribute to our community efforts this holiday season.


Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 22, 2018

Start your Thanksgiving morning with the K-Town Turkey Trot 5K fun run. Meet us out at Jackson Flat Reservoir 2 miles South of Kanab. The Turkey Trot will take place on the newely completed Sherry Belle Trail that encompasses 3 miles of beautiful Jackson Flat Reservoir.


Starting at 7:45 am show up to register for this family friendly 5K fun run. Dress up in your favorite Thanksgiving flare! What better way to start your Thanksgiving than with a 5K fun run before eating your delicious Thanksgiving feast!?!



Christmas Light Parade and Festival: Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ending the weekend we have the Christmas Light Parade and Festival. This is the best kickoff to the holiday season you will find anywhere in Southern Utah! Starting at 7pm in Kanab join us on Center Street where we will shut down the highway and begin our unique Christmas Light Parade. Anyone can enter a float in the parade. If you wish to enter the parade show up at the Kane County Visitor Center at 6pm to sign up. This year's theme will be the "Spirit of Christmas". Bring the whole family as you watch the beautifully crafted parade entries float down Center Street, then turn around, just to be seen a second time.


After the parade, join us on Main Street for S'mores School with local Chef Shon Foster, hot chocolate and donuts provided by the Volunteer Center, and lastly a magical paper lantern wishing launch. Purchase your wishing lanterns ahead of time, or at the event; write messages or wishes on your paper lanters and send them to the sky. Watch your lanterns float to the heavens with a message to a loved one, or to the cosmos with your wishes attached. You may purchase your lanterns ahead of time here.

All paper lanterns are 100% biodegradable and there is a local bounty on all lanterns found throughout town and the surrounding area to encourage a quick clean up. If you find lanterns and wish to turn them in for a $1 bounty, you can take them to the Events and Volunteer Center (at the Courthouse). These lantern sales are a fundraiser for our local Sub 4 Santa program to help families in need at Christmas time to ensure their children have gifts under the tree. Most gifts are items children are in need of, if you wish to donate to Sub 4 Santa you can contact the Volunteer Center at 435-644-3696. Check out the video below to see what our Christmas Light Parade and Festival is like.




Schedule of Events

November 19-23, 2018

Polar Express

Monday - Friday @ 6pm

Monday - Friday @ 7pm

Monday - Friday @ 8pm


Thursday, November 22nd

7:45am K-Town Turkey Trot @ Sherry Belle Trail (Jackson Flat Reservoir)-Registration begins at 7:45am. Race begins at 8:30am.

Friday, November 23rd

Black Friday - Stop by our local businesses to see what great deals they are offering.

Saturday, November 24th 

4:30pm-6:00pm FREE photos with Santa @ Best Friends Visitor Center

6:30pm Parade Lineup @ Kane County Office of Tourism

7:00pm Parade - "Spirit of Christmas"

7:30pm Festivities on Main Street 

7:30pm S'mores on Main Street

7:30pm FREE Hayrides along Main Street 

7:30pm FREE Donuts and Hot Cocoa

8:30pm Lantern Launch -1/$10 or 2/$15 


Polar Express Sign Up

Puchase your Lanterns Here