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‘Frozen’ at Providence for holidays

Get “Frozen” with Anna, Elsa and Olaf at today’s Hometown Holidays festivities from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Knickerbocker Park in the Providence master-planned community. The neighborhood park is at 10695 Dorrell Lane, just off the 215 Beltway and Hualapai Way exit.

Along with characters from Disney’s “Frozen,” Santa Claus, the Grinch, and P.D., the 7-foot-tall caramel-colored Providence Dog mascot, are attending and available for photos. Special holiday picture package opportunities with Santa Claus include a complimentary Hometown Holidays at Providence frame.

The free event begins with a Christmas tree lighting followed by a variety of holiday-themed activities. They include games under a carnival tent; a giant slide with an elf attendant; rides on the “Providence Express” train and costumed ponies for those lighter than 65 pounds; freeze dance; and cookie decorating. Attendees can create holiday cards for soldiers, and Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa arts and crafts, including Christmas ornaments, Star of David, and Kwanzaa necklaces.

There also will be caroling, a disc jockey, snow machines, a lights show at P.D.’s house and hot chocolate, the latter free for Providence residents and $1 for nonresidents. The Curbside Café, Sausagefest, Señor Blues, World’s Greatest Corndogs and America’s Best Coffee food trucks will be selling items for late lunch, snack and dinner.

“This is such a fun event for the whole family in making the holidays memorable,” said Jenna Bell, lifestyle director of the Providence Master Homeowners Association. “We brought back some favorites from our first Hometown Holidays, and are introducing some new interactive and themed activities that are sure crowd-pleasers. We also wanted to provide a great shared holiday experience, and way to show the giving spirit through a canned food donation for people in need and making cards to send messages of cheer to the men and women serving our country.”

Attendees are invited to bring canned goods and other nonperishable items to benefit Three Square, a nonprofit food bank that helps nearly 100,000 people monthly and works with more than 1,300 partner sites — including nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools, and after-school and feeding sites — in times of crisis and hunger.

Setting the event stage are lighted park decorations and a 10-foot-tall holiday house for P.D., designed and sponsored by Stage House, a Las Vegas-based design company. Other Winter Wonderland decorations throughout the master plan will be displayed through Jan. 2.

Besides Hometown Holidays activities, Knickerbocker Park features tot lots, swing set, dog park, splash pad, youth baseball field, multiuse events field, jogging path with exercise stations, and picnic areas.

Hometown Holidays at Providence is sponsored by the Providence master-planned community, Providence Master Homeowner’s Association and Stage House.

Before and after the event, attendees are invited to tour the 1,200-acre master plan and its variety of neighborhoods by nationally recognized homebuilder partners. They feature versatile, well-appointed floor plans for every lifestyle and include: Lennar, Pardee, Richmond American Homes, Ryland Homes, Summit Homes and Woodside Homes.

For example, Woodside Homes’ new Emerson community offers two single-family floor plans ranging from 1,485 to 1,659 square feet, with three to four bedrooms, and two and a half bathrooms priced from the low $180,000s. This neighborhood debuts many energy-saving features, including an available zero-down solar utility system, rooms designed for today’s living and virtually zero landscape maintenance costs. Emerson is located on the southwest corner of Hualapai Way and Farm Road. Woodside Homes’ preferred lender offers Veterans Affairs financing for military customers. For more information, call 702-645-3882.

To learn about Providence, visit the information center at 7181 N. Hualapai Way, Suite 150 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, call 702-433-5084, or visit www.providencelv.com.

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