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Yuma 2010 and 2011 events calendar- so much to do in Yuma

Yuma is enjoying cool evenings and fresh mornings in the nation’s sunniest city.  Several Yuma, Arizona web sources provide updated Yuma events, entertainment, community activities, music and other happenings around Yuma County. Some events are sponsored by Yuma Visitors Bureau, plus favorites from other partners

The Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma, Arizona area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public.  The nonprofit is funded in part by City of Yuma hospitality tax revenues. Direct travel spending in Yuma County totaled more than $577 million in 2009 and supported nearly 6,000 jobs. Travel spending in the Yuma county also generated more than $36 million in state and local taxes, according to visityuma.com. This coming year, more than 16 festivals and events, along with a new agritourism program to showcase its multi-billion-dollar farming industry will be featured by the Yuma Visitors Bureau in 2011.

YVB is also partnering with YCNHA to market the Yuma Territorial Prison and the Yuma Quartermaster Depot.  YCNHA, a federally designated heritage area, took over operation of the two state parks after they were threatened with closure by Arizona’s ongoing budget crunch.  To provide the daily presence to operate the park, YVB relocated its Visitor Information Center to the Quartermaster Depot last November – a move that doubled VIC walk-ins and tripled park visitation.

This year, an even more ambitious YVB projects are on the drawing board for the Quartermaster Depot: the creation of a Christmas Village with life-sized playhouses, thousands of lights – and an ice-skating rink.  The holiday fantasyland will debut December 3 and remain open through December 23 with daily entertainment and family activities.  YVB plans to market the Christmas Village to families across Arizona and the border region.

Construction of the Christmas Village playhouses began in July, when temperatures in Yuma were well above the century mark.  Yuma also hosted film crews from the Weather Channel and Food Network Canada over the summer months, part of an aggressive media relations effort to put Yuma back on the map across the country.

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Yuma's Christmas Village debuts its holiday fantasyland

Skating rink open through Dec. 30 for affordable family fun at historic park

After months of planning and construction, a magical Christmas Village taking shape at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park will open its doors to the public at 6 p.m. Friday (Dec. 10) and remain open daily through December 30, 2010, except December 24 & 25.  Open until 10 p.m. on its debut night, Village hours are from noon to 8 p.m. all other days.

Offering daily entertainment and family activities, the holiday attraction features a town square of fanciful walk-in-sized playhouses surrounding an ice-skating rink, surrounded by thousands of sparkling lights adorning the trees and buildings of the 10-acre historic site.

A "Polar Pass" for Christmas Village admission costs $5 and is good for unlimited return visits for $1 each.  Kids age two and under are admitted free.  Skating is $5 for ? hour and includes skate rentals for all ages and sizes.

The Christmas Village is a joint production of the Yuma Visitors Bureau and the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area; the City of Yuma is sponsoring the ice-skating rink, which features a high-tech synthetic surface for skating fun under Yuma's sunny skies and mild, star-lit nights.

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Each of the Christmas Village playhouses offers free interactive activities for kids, from dressing for career success in the Arizona Western College schoolhouse, to animal-themed games and pet gifts for sale at the Humane Society of Yuma's gingerbread house with its "Santa's Dog House."

Kids also will be able to buy "gold" coins from the Foothills Bank vault they can use to shop for brothers, sisters, moms, dads and others at Santa's Workshop, where all the gifts cost just $1 and volunteers will help kids wrap their packages "all by themselves."

Mr. Claus himself will be on hand opening night, then 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (December 11-12); 4 to 7 p.m. next Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 17-19); and 4-7 p.m. Dec. 23.  There's no charge to visit with Santa and professional photos of your kids with the jolly old elf are available for $10 each.  During days and hours that Santa is not on hand, kids can "register" their wish lists at the inn sponsored by the Hilton Garden Inn.

Free daily entertainment will be offered, with performances ranging from ballet to cloggers and from mariachi music to carols and show tunes.  The Yuma County Library District will offer a free story time daily (except opening night and Dec. 11). 

A variety of adult and kids' classes are also being offered on site, from Christmas makeovers to holiday crafts to cookie decorating and gingerbread house construction.  Some are free, cost for others depend on the supplies involved, from $5 to $20. 

Free spots for a special "photo opportunity" have been set up around the Quartermaster Depot, and visitors to the Christmas Village are encouraged to tour all the regular park sights.  In addition, food vendors will be on hand, along with face-painters and giant inflatable slide or jumpers (extra charge).

The Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park is located at 201 N. Fourth Avenue.  However, because parking is limited at the front entrance to the park, Christmas Village visitors are encouraged to park around old City Hall (180 W. First Street), and follow Second Avenue down the hill (north) and across the bridge to the park's rear entrance.

Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public.  The nonprofit is funded in part by City of Yuma hospitality tax revenues.  Direct travel spending in Yuma County totaled more than $577 million in 2009 and supported nearly 6,000 jobs. Travel spending in the county also generated more than $36 million in state and local taxes.
Christmas Village FAQs are attached.  Class and performance schedules are available at www.visityuma.com (click on Events & Festivals), along with a parking map.

December 2010 events in Yuma

December 9, 2010: Riders in the Sky – Christmas the Cowboy Way at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main St., Yuma). Bring in the holidays with this joyous bunch of cowpokes at a special holiday concert. First in a series of six concerts thru March 2011, series tickets $109, single performance $21.  More info, www.yumashowtickets.com, 928-373-5202.

December 10, 2010: Dorothy Young Memorial Electric Light Parade held at the Historic North End, Yuma, AZ. Free admission, lighted floats, bands, equestrian units, more.  This year’s parade theme is “Storybook Express.”  Parade ends with Santa welcoming visitors to opening of magical “Christmas Village.” More info, visityuma.com, 1-800-293-0071, 928-783-0071.  

December 10-30, 2010: (closed Dec. 24 & 25) / Christmas Village held at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. A magical Christmas Village will arise on the grounds of the Yuma Quartermaster Depot during December – complete with an ice-skating rink in the middle of the desert!  Come and marvel at thousands of lights decorating the park and its trees, along with walk-in-sized playhouses depicting stores, a church, a gingerbread cottage, Santa’s Workshop and historic Yuma attractions. Entertainment, pageants, concerts, classes and more. More info, visityuma.com, 1-800-293-0071, 928-783-0071. 

December 10-30 (closed Dec. 24 & 25): Christmas Village at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot (201 N. 4th Ave., Yuma) A magical Christmas Village arises on the grounds of the Yuma Quartermaster Depot park in Yuma for the entire month of December – complete with an ice-skating rink in the middle of the desert!  Come and marvel at thousands of lights decorating the park and its trees, along with walk-in-sized playhouses including stores, a church, a gingerbread cottage, Santa’s Workshop and historic Yuma attractions.  Entertainment, pageants, concerts, classes and more. More info, www.visityuma.com, 1-800-293-0071, 928-783-0071.

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“Spirit of Yuma” festival celebrates military; Stephen Cochran to headline inaugural event January 21-23, 2011

The Yuma Visitor’s Bureau is proud to announce an inaugural event called “The Spirit of Yuma Military Festival” for 2011.  This weekend-long event celebrating local service members and veterans, the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is scheduled for January 21-23, 2011.
To be held at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, itself an historic military installation, the three-day event will honor Yuma’s active-duty Marines and soldiers, retired veterans from all services and their families.  The festival will include interactive educational sessions, static displays, and a concert featuring Stephen Cochran, a chart-topping country music singer who is a former Marine. Continue reading about the 2010 Spirit of Yuma.

Yuma Crossing Hertitage Area events

The Yuma Crossing Heritage Area brings projects and programs to life for the Yuma community. Check the daily upcoming events Yuma Crossing Heritage calendar for January 2011.

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