Jerome AZ (November 16, 2015) – If you have visited Jerome during the past few Christmas seasons, you have seen the hillside, the shops and the homes decorated with an unusual theme emerging. What started as a single giant H and O, all lit up with Christmas lights, continued with another H and O placed at another home further up the hill. Locals loved the tongue in cheek spirit of the decorations and a new tradition has started to grow as the H and O has spread up the mile high town panorama. At the same time, peace signs have begun to crop up beginning with a lovely one in the gulch that twinkles through the trees in the holiday spirit.
This year, the merchants, residents and building owners of Jerome are encouraged to join in the festivities and Light up the Mountain with the theme of Peace and Love. There will be a lighting contest, decided by mystery judges. The first, second and third place cash winners will be announced at the Annual Town dinner for Jerome residents on December 12th at Spook Hall.
Thanksgiving weekend will be a perfect time to see the decorations and start the holiday season. Saturday, November 28th, beginning in the afternoon, Mingus Union High School students will serenade throughout the town in preparation for a special visitor coming to throw the switch for the annual holiday lights in the upper park of Jerome. The Mingus Union Band and Choir will be performing through out the day and at 5:30, a special reading of The Night Before Christmas will taking place the upper park. Bring the kids and take a photo with Santa at The Old Fire Station on Main Street. At 5pm, the town will glow with the lights of 500 luminaria and then Santa will flip the switch to reveal the holiday light display at 6pm in the upper park
For more information on the Jerome Light Up The Mountain and The Holiday Decorating Contest, contact Tommy Anderson at 928.963.0409.