December 3, 2009

For Additional Information:

Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0531



Christmas Comes to Downtown Meridian with December 5th Events


Meridian, ID – (December 3, 2009) –  The City of Meridian will celebrate Christmas with a variety of traditional and new community events on Saturday, December 5. Festivities for all ages will begin in downtown Meridian at 10:00 am and continue throughout the day and into the evening.


Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd is enthusiastic about the diverse array of holiday events planned for the day. She explains, “Our community has put together a great day of events for everyone in our community to enjoy. No matter what your favorite part of the holiday season is, you’ll be sure to find something to celebrate amidst the downtown holiday cheer.”    


The fun kicks off at 10:00 am with Meridian’s annual Winterland Parade, presented by the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, New Horizon Academy, and other local businesses. Themed “Childhood Memories of Christmas,” the parade’s marching bands, floats, and dozens of other entries will follow a route through downtown Meridian along Main Street from Franklin Road to Fairview Avenue. The grand marshalls of this year’s parade will be the Quintieri Family, celebrating their 50th years of ownership of Meridian Lanes.


Families are then encouraged to stay downtown and enjoy the festival-like atmosphere of Meridian’s 1st Annual Christmas Street Faire which will run from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm. This outdoor event, presented by McFadden Market Co-op, will line Idaho Avenue between Main and E. 2nd Street. It will feature local artists and craftsmen, food vendors, free pictures with Santa, carolers, and live entertainment on center stage. Also during this time, Generations Plaza (corner of Main & E. Idaho) will host the Kid’s Zone, presented by Idaho Parents Directory, with free children’s activities including cookie decorating, arts and crafts projects, letters to Santa, and much more! 


The Meridian Parks & Recreation Department will show the cartoon “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” beginning at 5:30 pm on the 25-foot inflatable movie screen generally used for CableONE Movie Night in Meridian. The movie screen will be set up next to Generations Plaza.  


Immediately following the movie, at 6:00 pm, the City of Meridian’s Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will begin, with Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd. The ceremony will include free hot chocolate and donuts, performances by local school choirs, the awarding of prizes in a holiday essay writing contest, and the arrival of a very special guest who will assist with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Generations Plaza.


Music lovers may choose to conclude the evening’s festivities by attending the Meridian Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert which begins at 7:30 pm at Meridian Middle School. Tickets are available at the door or at a variety of ticket outlets described online at In addition to popular holiday music selections, attendees will enjoy a reception and visit from Santa.


For additional information about these activities, please contact:


Meridian Chamber of Commerce, 888-2817,

City of Meridian – Department of Parks & Recreation, 888-3579,

Meridian Symphony Orchestra, 891-2721,



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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded as a farming community in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family. For more information about Meridian, visit