Pending return of the Gingerbread Tour has downtown merchants drafting, crafting, baking and making edible masterpieces for display and voting beginning Dec. 1. Vying for a coveted rotating trophy currently held by 2014 winner Judd’s Store, the 2015 Gingerbread Tour champion will be determined this year by votes collected through ballot and social media voting. Ballot collection and close of voting will take place at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4, with the winner announced by Mayor Jon Pike at Main Stage at 9:45 p.m.
Throughout the evening, DJ Lex will keep holiday choirs and carolers hopping on Main Stage, with Soul What!? headlining at 9 p.m. Lead singer Alice Erickson said crowds can expect a few holiday surprises from the band at this performance.
To keep crowds warm, St. George City Fire Dept. will line the street with fire barrels. Farmers Market will serve complimentary hot wassail at Ancestor Square, with plenty of hot chocolate options at the Robert J Debry Food Truck Village on Main Street.
For youth, St. George City will offer a visit with Santa, carousel rides and a variety of craft stations for kids at Town Square. Tabernacle Street will light up with DJ Spinz and his youth dance party. Spinz promises to keep families moving and entertained by a variety of interactive dance performances throughout the evening. Tabernacle Street and the George Jr. Village also offers a climbing wall for kids, games and youth activities hosted by Habitat for Humanity and St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Zion Brewing Company Jazz Garden will add the soulful sounds of a crooner Dec. 4, offering an old-fashioned Christmas concert at Ancestor Square Courtyard. “It’ll be like having our own Bing Crosby Christmas at the Jazz Garden,” said Carlyle Potter of house band, West Coast Jazz Players. “This is a really neat venue for adults to come and enjoy quality jazz music and some of southern Utah’s finest foods.”
In addition to beer, wine and a variety of beverage options, Benja’s Thai Garden is planning to serve up hot sushi and warm sake rice wine, George’s Corner returns with favorite Frito Sliders, and Painted Pony with hot bacon-wrapped dates.
Recipients of the Supporting Artists with Vision Scholarship sponsored by Richens Eye Center in December are Lynne Clark-Brunson and her son Matt Clark. Lynne will feature her historical photo book, “Images of Faith,” and Matt will showcase his metal sculpture works of art. Both artists are scheduled to offer products for purchase. (More about Lynne & Matt) (Watch Matt Clark video)
Entertainment lineup for the evening includes:
George Streetfest event launch, Canyon Media emcee Main Stage
Elementary school choirs perform and Santa arrives at Town Square
Jazz Garden opens at Ancestor Square Courtyard featuring appetizer service by Painted Pony, Benja’s Thai Garden, and George’s Corner
DJ Lex and Bloomington Elementary Choir at Main Stage
West Coast Jazz Players begin live performance at Jazz Garden
DJ Lex and Desert Hills High School Jazz Band Main Stage
Crooner Jim Griffiths joins band performing vocal jazz tunes
St. George News TV personalities emcee at Main Stage
Choirs continue performing at Main Stage & Town Square
Crooner at the Jazz Garden performs Christmas Jazz
Soul What!? performs at Precision Hearing Main Stage
2015 Gingerbread Tour champion announced, trophy presentation
George Streetfest is a first Friday event designed to celebrate the best of southern Utah. From 6 to 10 p.m., participants enjoy a free signature street concert, buskers, goods sold by local artists, farmers market, and the community engagement Passport to the City program. The Zion Brewing Company Jazz Garden is open to adults 21 and over, features a live jazz band, and is located outdoors at the Ancestor Square Courtyard.
George Streetfest is presented by Historic Downtown St. George and Emceesquare Media & Events. Event sponsors are St. George City, St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Downtown Merchants Group. Additional sponsors include Canyon Media, St. George News, The Independent, Richens Eye Center (Supporting Artists with Vision Scholarship), Simister Orthodontics (George Jr. Village), Wingate by Windham Hotel (guest performer accommodations), Habitat for Humanity Restore and Stapley Pharmacy (event facility support), Robert J Debry and Associates (Food Truck Village), and Remax Apple Group, SGI Mortgage, and TDS Telecom (George FREE Photo Booth), Zion Brewing Company and Etched Magazine (Jazz Garden).
In lieu of inclement weather, the Jazz Garden will move inside the Ancestor Square Tower Building.
With recently renewed support and sponsorship of St. George City and the St. George Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, George Streetfest has received the nod to continue every first Friday through 2016. This new, favorite nightlife event in southern Utah is designed to offer something for everyone. January 1 will feature a New Year’s Day Masquerade led by DJ Lex and his Amazing Steam Powered Music Machine.
Local artists and/or performers interested in applying for the Supporting Artists with Vision Scholarship should call (435) 773-0781. The scholarship offers street accommodations including tent and vendor fee for up to two southern Utah artists each month. For more information, please visit georgestreetfest.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.