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Call issued for Holiday Electric Light Parade volunteers, Christmas Village entertainment

By Rob Nielsen - | Oct 5, 2023

Briana Scroggins, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Students from Bonneville High School march down Washington Boulevard during the Holiday Electric Light Parade in downtown Ogden on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

OGDEN — The leaves have barely started falling from trees, but city event planners are already planning for some of Ogden’s biggest holiday festivities.

Officials with Ogden City Arts, Culture & Events recently sent out dual press releases asking for volunteers for the Holiday Electric Light Parade, set for Nov. 25 with festivities beginning at 4:30 p.m., and entertainers for the Christmas Village, which opens Nov. 25 at the Ogden Amphitheater.

According to the press release on the parade, more than 100 volunteers are being sought. Children under 16 are unable to volunteer but can accompany an adult as a “helper.”

The release also specified what is expected of parade volunteers:

  • They will be asked to either help keep spectators out of the street or walk alongside a float while also ensuring the public’s safety.
  • They must commit to arriving by 3 p.m. and staying until 7 p.m. “Volunteers need to be able to stand for long periods of time, walk multiple city blocks, and be able to walk/stand in cold weather conditions,” it said.
  • They must check in at the Ogden Amphitheater, 353 E. 25th St., at 3 p.m. They will receive a complimentary sweatshirt, reflective vest and a flag.
  • They are instructed to be at their designated post on the street or with a float between 3:30 and 4 p.m. The Santa Run race will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the parade is to start promptly at 5:30 p.m., it notes.

Additional information is available by emailing specialevents@ogdencity.com.

Volunteer signups began Sunday and can be completed at https://ogdencity.givepulse.com/event/401854.

Kicking off after the parade will be the annual Christmas Village.

According to the press release on this year’s display — themed “Snow Place Like Ogden” this year — entertainers are being sought.

“Performances for school choirs and other performing groups are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (November 27th through December 21st) on the Ogden Amphitheater stage,” it said. “Groups can sign up for 30-minute increments and large groups can sign up for more than one slot. Time slots are 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 8 p.m. Performances can range in genre and group size but must be largely based on holiday themes.”

The release added that much of the equipment — such as a public address system, microphones, auxiliary inputs, stage decor and choir risers, upon request — is already included with the setup.

“All other needs will be the responsibility of the performing group,” it said. “Each group should prepare to perform in freezing temperatures, in the snow. Please dress accordingly for the weather. Some inclement weather may cause delays or cancellations. Follow social media outlets for up-to-date information.”

According to venue coordinator Derek Williamson, of the 46 entertainment slots, 29 remained as of Thursday afternoon. To sign up for an entertainment slot, email amphitheater@ogdencity.com.

For more information on the Holiday Electric Light Parade, visit www.ogdencity.com/holidayparade. To learn more about the Christmas Village, visit www.ogdencity.com/452/Christmas-Village.


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