MARICOPA — The holiday season is in full swing this week with some very festive events.

MerryCopa is bringing a white Christmas to the desert on Saturday with 50 tons of fresh snow, along with other winter wonders like ice skating, caroling, sleigh rides and maybe even a very special visitor from the North Pole at Copper Sky Recreation Complex.

In addition to the winter activities will be fireworks, contests, crafts and a hot air balloon glow. Mayor Christian Price will make an appearance to lead the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and spread holiday cheer. The festivities are planned for 6 to 9 p.m. with $5 activity wristbands and $5 parking, so dress warmly.

Those looking to avoid the parking fee can take advantage of a free shuttle service that will pick people up at Maricopa High School and Maricopa Wells Middle School. The shuttle will be making the rounds from 5-10 p.m.

On Dec. 7, Ak-Chin Indian Community will begin its own celebrations with the Masik Tas Light Parade. “Masik Tas” translates to “birthday” and celebrates the creation of the community, with this festival being put on the past 12 years.

Enjoy the glittering, tinsel-covered parade as they begin their journey at 46851 W. Farrell Road and follow it down the street. The parade starts at 7 p.m. Attendees will be treated to Ak-Chin Police, Fire and other organizations offering spectacles as they flash and glow along the parade route.

This is just the kick off for what will be a week of winter celebrations, including the upcoming Masik Tas Festival Dec. 13 to 15.

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