If you have visited Jerome during the past few Christmas seasons, you have seen the hillside, the shops and the homes decorated with an unusual theme emerging. What started as a single giant H and O, all lit up with Christmas lights, continued with another H and O placed at another home further up the hill. Locals loved the tongue in cheek spirit of the decorations and a new tradition has started to grow as the H and O has spread up the mile high town panorama. At the same time, peace signs have begun to crop up beginning with a lovely one in the gulch that twinkles through the trees in the holiday spirit.
This year, the merchants, residents and building owners of Jerome are encouraged to join in the festivities and Light up the Mountain. There is no theme this year. In the true Jerome spirit, residents and merchants will do their own thing which promises a delightful mix of edgy and traditional designs. There will be a lighting contest, judged by both residents and visitors to the town. Ballots are available though out the town. The first, second and third place cash winners will be announced at the Annual Town dinner for Jerome residents on December 13th at Spook Hall.
Light up the Mountain is the yearly event that kicks off the holiday season in Jerome. Thanksgiving weekend will be a perfect time to see the decorations and cast your ballot for your favorite design. Saturday, November 29, beginning in the afternoon, Mingus Union High School students will serenade throughout the town in preparation for a special visitor coming to throw the switch for the annual holiday lights in the upper park of Jerome. The Mingus Union Band and Drama Club will be performing through out the day and at 5:30, a special reading of The Night Before Christmas will taking place at the historic Bartlett Hotel. The town will be glowing with hundreds of luminaries lining the streets from the Old Jerome High School to The Surgeons House.
Gift baskets filled with offerings from Jerome merchants will be raffled later in the day. The baskets are displayed at Spook Hall and The Mine Museum window and each of the 4 has a value of $500 with gift certificates, art, t-shirts and assorted interesting goodies from Jerome’s eclectic merchants. The proceeds will go toward The Jerome Chamber of Commerce to support the organization and its projects.
For more information on the Jerome Light Up The Mountain and The Holiday Decorating Contest, contact Diana Martin at 928.634.2604.