OGDEN -- Even the elves will get in on the fun during Saturday's lighting of Christmas Village.
"Have Your 'elf a Merry Little Christmas" is the theme for this season's version of the popular holiday attraction at the Ogden Municipal Gardens, 25th Street and Washington Boulevard.
But before the village lights come on, Santa and his elves must arrive in the annual Holiday Electric Light Parade.
The parade, which starts at 5:30 p.m., rolls down Washington Boulevard from 22nd Street to 26th Street and features floats, musical groups and the Man in Red himself.
The village lighting ceremony follows the parade, at about 6:30 p.m. at the Ogden Amphitheater, 343 Historic 25th St.
The honor of turning on the lights and starting the fireworks display will fall to Cami Carver, 5, who is the Make-A-Wish Foundation's parade royalty and the daughter of Patrick and Chelsea Carver of North Salt Lake.
The annual Santa Run kicks off the day's festivities at 4:30 p.m. Runners dressed in Santa garb will race a 5K along the parade route -- and get re-energized at aid stations featuring cookies and milk.
More than 650 runners have registered so far for the event, which began in 2009. The entry fee of $35 includes a Santa outfit; to register, visit www.runsanta.com.
The village, featuring dozens of cottages and miniature Ogden landmarks, will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight nightly through Jan. 1. Live entertainment by local performing groups jazzes up the nights from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
The Fab Five, a team of Morgan cloggers who were finalists on the "America's Got Talent" TV series in 2009, will perform at 6 p.m. Dec. 9.
Santa will greet children in his castle Saturday and then from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 23.
Mrs. Claus conducts her own tours of the village for preschool children during daytime hours. To schedule a visit, or find out more about the village, call 801-629-8284.
Admission to the parade and village is free. Floats will be on display in front of the amphitheater following the parade.