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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 activities all over our beautiful town. Join us for a ride on the Polar Express, a fun run with the K-Town Turkey Trot, Breakfast with Santa, and the Christmas Light Parade & Lantern Festival. Bring the whole family for some small town fun!


Below you can find a schedule of events for the weekend, links for purchasing lanterns, a ride on the Polar Express, Breakfast with Santa, and more.

**For quick links to sign up or register for events throughout the week or to purchase your lanterns ahead of time, please scroll to the bottom of the page.**


We have added new events to our Christmas Light Parade and Festival! Read on below to see what's new!


Kanab Polar Express
The Polar Express has been extented 2 more days by popular demand! Monday night (November 26) rides have sold out, but click the link below for Tuesday night (November 27) departures before they sell out too!

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! 

Get your tickets for the Polar Express here.

**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
Early Registration has now closed. Register the morning of at the starting line.



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.



Register online before November 8th to take advantage of the early registration pricing and to guarantee a race shirt! $15 per person or $50 for a family. OR register the morning of the race beginning at 7:45am - $20 per person or $80 for a family (race shirt not guaranteed). Packet pickup will also begin at 7:45am. The race begins at 8:30am.  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!?!



Breakfast with Santa & Christmas Light Parade and Festival:
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Join in on the holiday fun at Kanab's Pancake Breakfast with Santa! Stop by the Old Barn Playhouse behind Parry's Lodge in Kanab on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Breakfast with Santa starts at 8:00am and will go until 10:30am. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, take photos with Santa, make crafts with Elves, and hear stories from Mrs. Claus.

Sign up for Breakfast with Santa here.

Prices for Breakfast with Santa are as follows:

-Children 3-12 years: $6.00

-Adults: $8.00

-Family of 5: $30.00

-Children under 3 years: Free

** All proceeds from this event will be donated to our local Sub For Santa program to help local families in need during the holiday season.**

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 hot chocolate and donuts provided by the Volunteer Center and Kanab Chamber of Commerce, 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.



Kanab’s First Annual Christmas Vacation Tour of Lights 2018!
Kicking off our fun old fashioned family Christmas”

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Everyone loves looking at Christmas lights so we have an online map that will help you find your way. Map includes location, driving directions and information about the display! You will be able to vote for your favorite display on our Facebook page, “Kanab’s Christmas Parade of Lights”.
Voting opens Thanksgiving weekend, November 24th and closes December 20th 5pm.

Find the map to all of the beautiful Christmas Light Displays here.

Are you a local and wish to know how to participate and be added to the map? Read this info below:

How to enter:
Email: [email protected]
*Your name
*Name of light display
*Small Write-up about your display

All of Kane County and Fredonia can participate!

Several Trophies and 3 Garkane Gift certificates will be given.
1st place $300 bill credit
2nd place $200 bill credit
3rd place $100 bill credit



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Schedule of Events

November 19-23, 2018 and November 26 & 27, 2018

Polar Express

Monday - Friday @ 6pm

Monday - Friday @ 7pm

Monday - Friday @ 8pm

Monday & Tuesday (Nov 26 & 27) @ 6pm,7pm, and 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 

8:00am-10:30am Breakfast with Santa @ Parry Lodge Old Barn Playhouse

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 FREE Hayrides along Main Street 

7:30pm FREE Donuts and Hot Cocoa

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


Kanab Christmas Vacation Tour of Lights

The Christmas Tour of Lights will be on-going, November 24, 2018 8pm - December 20, 2018 at 5pm.

Vote while you can or add your home to the list.


Turkey Trot 5K Sign Up

Polar Express Sign Up

Breakfast With Santa Sign Up

Puchase your Lanterns Here

Christmas Light Displays

Christmas Light Display Voting