The Helper Electric Light Parade began in 1990. What was just a dream became a reality when town residents Ron Cooper and Margaret and Frank Marrelli formed the Helper Projects Committee. As chariman of the committee, Ron would begin the annual parade tradition each holiday season. The following year, Norm Bangerter (then Governor of Utah) designated Helper City as "Utah's Christmas Town," acknowledging the parade as one of the premiere tourism events in Utah. It was the first town in the state of Utah to host a nighttime Christmas light parade.
After the Helper Projects Committee disbanded in 1999, a new committee was immediately formed - the Utah's Christmas Town. This new group of organizers included Jodi and Kirk Mascaro, Brenda Deeter, Vicky Miller and Kari Richardson, who are still carrying on this beloved holiday tradition to the present day. Mark Montoya has chaired the festival for the past 14 years. And this year is even more special - the festival is celebrating its 25th Anniversary!!
There are plenty of opportunities to take part this year over the three weekends of celebration, from the Annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Helper Auditorium on Nov. 21 and 22 to the first weekend in December to when the Electric Light Parade rolls down Main Street on Friday and Saturday, Dec 5th and 6th.
Come join us and be a part of our unique and charming historic town this Christmas.
Utah's Christmas Town Committee
Mark Montoya, Brenda Deeter, Jodi Mascaro, Kirk Mascaro, Vicky Miller, and Kari Richardson