[quote_box_right]IF YOU GO
What: Merry Copa
When: Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
How much: Free entry, activity wristbands $5, onsite parking $5
Info: MerryCopa.com[/quote_box_right]When the City of Maricopa event coordinators subtitled this year’s Merry Copa celebration “Let It Snow,” they were serious.

The City is hauling in 50 tons of snow for the annual event for lots of sledding opportunities at the annual event, which this year is on a Friday. Kids will also find a bounce house and mechanical reindeer rodeo.

Santa will again be on hand to greet children, and the horse-drawn carriage will return for a “sleigh ride.” There will be contests for ugliest sweater and fastest doughnut-eating. If you prefer your dough in a different form, there will also be cookie-decorating.

Techies can indulge in virtual reality and esports. Vendors and food trucks will also be on hand.

Maricopa Chorus will sing carols as will the school choir from Leading Edge Academy. Bring your ice skates for the faux ice rink and check out the reindeer ranch.

A hot-air balloon glow display is back, too.

Mayor Christian Price is scheduled to lead the tree lighting just before 9 p.m., when the City has planned a fireworks display.

Parking at Copper Sky will be $5, but attendees can also park at Maricopa High School or Maricopa Wells Middle School, both on Honeycutt Avenue, and ride the free shuttle to and from the park.

The 5K Santa Run has been canceled, according to Marketing and Development Coordinator Matthew Reiter.

This story appears in the December issue of InMaricopa. Information on the Santa Run cancellation has been added.