Kanab Holiday Kickoff

Kickoff the Holidays with us in Kanab, Utah over Thanksgiving weekend, November 28-30, 2019.

As the phased re-opening of the state’s economy progresses, our staff is diligently working on modifications to safely move forward with this event. Specific details of safety and precautionary measures and any other new changes, will be provided as we move forward in the planning process.

We will make necessary enhanced adjustments in order to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a risk of exposure to the virus when in a public setting. By visiting this event, guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


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, 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.**


Kanab Polar Express


Bring the kids for a ride on the Polar Express!

The Polar Express will run November 25-29, & December 2-5, 2019. Spots are filling quickly, so sign up today! Cost is $10 per child, 1 parent 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, 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.

K-Town Turkey Trot 5K

Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 28, 2019

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 Sherry Belle Trail that encompasses 3 miles of beautiful Jackson Flat Reservoir.


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!?!

Early registration pricing:

Register before November 28th to take advantage of early pricing

Price increases after November 28th to the following:

*Family Pricing is for immediate family members only and is limited to 6 per group. (mom, dad and children, etc…, or family members living under the same roof) Extended family members are not included in the Family Pricing.

Sign up Here!


Christmas Light Parade & Festival


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 “I’ll be Home for 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 lanterns 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 2nd Annual Christmas Vacation Tour of Lights 2019!
“Kicking off our fun old fashioned family Christmas”


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 23rd and closes December 19th 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: LDove@kane.utah.gov


Call: 435-644-3696

*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
>>> You Must be Signed Up to Win!!! <<<




Schedule of Events

 November 25 & 29, and December 2-5, 2019

Polar Express

Monday – Friday @ 6pm

Monday – Friday @ 7pm

Monday – Friday @ 8pm


Thursday, November 28

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


Friday, November 29

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


Saturday, November 30 

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

7:00pm Parade – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

7:30pm Festivities on Main Street 

7:30pm FREE Hayrides along Main Street

7:30pm FREE Donuts and Hot Cocoa

8:00pm Lantern Launch –1/$10 or 2/$15 


Turkey Trot 5K Sign Up

Polar Express Sign Up

Purchase your Lanterns Here

Christmas Light Displays

Christmas Light Display Voting