November 17, 2011

For Additional Information:

Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0531


Christmas in Meridian to Feature a Variety of Holiday Events


Meridian, ID – (November 17th, 2011) – The City of Meridian will kick off the Christmas season on Friday, December 2nd with the showing of the cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on a giant inflatable movie screen at 6:00pm in Generations Plaza on the corner of Main Street and Idaho Avenue. Immediately following the show, the City will host the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony starting at 6:30 pm. Mayor Tammy de Weerd and Don Nelson of Today’s Channel 6 will serve as co-emcees of the event. The celebration will include performances by local school choirs, the announcement of the Christmas Essay Contest winners, and the arrival of a very special guest who will help light the City’s Christmas Tree. In addition, there will be free hot chocolate and coffee from Starbucks and free donuts from Krispy Kreme, while supplies last, and free carriage rides.


Following the event, starting at 7:30pm, those in attendance are invited to visit the Meridian ETC in the old City Hall building (33 E. Idaho Avenue) for hot chocolate, candy canes, and short Christmas films.  In addition, downtown businesses are participating in the 1st Annual Downtown Business Decorating Contest.  Voting will occur during the evening and those in attendance are invited to take a stroll through downtown Meridian and cast a ballot for their favorite storefront decoration.


“We have a wide variety of events for the community to enjoy as we ring in the Christmas season in Meridian.  I encourage everyone to visit downtown on this special night through the New Year to take in the holiday magic made possible by so many members of our amazing community,” said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd.


On Saturday December 3rd, the Meridian Community Center will play host to the 3rd Annual Children’s Winterland Festival from 10:00am-3:00pm. This free event is located on the corner of E. 2nd Street and Idaho Avenue, and will including pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, toy building, ornament and Christmas card making, letters to Santa, games, carolers, and much more.


For more information about the Meridian Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony or Children’s Winterland Festival, visit or contact the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department at 888-3579 or 


The Meridian Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Celebration, presented by Sherer & Wynkoop Law Offices, will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday, December 3rd, at Meridian Middle School auditorium.  This family-oriented performance features popular and traditional Christmas music, a sing-a-long, and Mayor Tammy de Weerd as a guest conductor.  For more information about this event, visit


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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 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 and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.  For more information about Meridian, visit