The Holiday Carriage Rides will be running from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. during our Hometown Holiday Weekend Nov. 24, Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. There will be no rides after this holiday weekend.
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The Holiday Carriage Rides are provided free of charge by the Town of Parker on a first-come, first-served basis. Though rides are free, all riders over one year old must have a ticket/reservation to ride. Children under one may ride without a ticket by sitting on a ticketed adult’s lap.
The Community has three options to try to secure carriage rides this holiday season.
1) Early bird registration will be held at Parker Town Hall, 20120 E. Mainstreet, on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. There will be 300 tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Community members must come in person to Town Hall (doors will be locked until 6:30 p.m.) and choose from the selected dates and times available. Community members will be able to secure up to 9 tickets. There will be no more than 300 tickets given out on this night. Any children under the age of one can ride without a ticket on an adult’s lap.
2) Online at www.ParkerOnline.org/CarriageRideson Wednesday, Nov. 22 beginning at 10 a.m. You will be able to reserve the ride tickets for all three days (Nov. 24, 25, 26), on a first-come, first-served basis, until tickets sell out. Any children under the age of one can ride without a ticket on an adult’s lap. You will be able to secure up to 9 tickets. The online link will not be activated until Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.
3) Stand-by lines each night of the rides. The other way to be able to ride a carriage ride this year is to come and wait in our stand-by line at the Carriage Ride Station. This line will be available during the ride times each night onsite (lines will start no earlier than 3:15 p.m. each day). This option is not a guarantee of a ride and patrons may wait in lines only to be told they won’t be able to ride. However, if we have space available (that still allows a comfortable ride to those that have reservations) then we will certainly try to fit more patrons on the rides. The standby line will run from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each night. Any children under the age of one can ride on an adult's lap.
We will have 1,800 tickets available for the full program weekend. Ride start times will be every 15 minutes starting at 3:30 p.m. each day with the last ride boarding at 8 p.m.
This year’s Holiday Carriage Ride program will only be running Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Nov. 24, 25, and 26. There will be no rides after Nov. 26.
Each year Town staff works to complete a due diligence program review of our free and low-cost community events. The event planning staff reviewed all aspects of this program to make sure that we were providing the best program we can to the community. During this review it was determined that a formal RFP Process should be completed. The program was awarded to Blue Moon Carriages for a lower cost than the previous vendor and also allowed us increased rider capacity. While this due diligence was done and we were able to enhance the program as a whole for a lesser cost, it did mean we had to work with the vendor’s available dates. Because of this, we have created a Hometown Holiday Weekend to kick-off the holiday season. We have added in longer times, larger rigs, one additional rig, and holiday activities at Discovery Park all within our budget for this program and while working with a local vendor. We feel the changes made to this program will highlight our hometown feel to guests coming in for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Community can plan to start the weekend off at the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting on Friday night, ice skate at the Ice Trail at Discovery Park on Saturday, take pictures with Elsa and Olaf, come back on Sunday for holiday story time at Discovery Park and then take in a carriage ride sometime that weekend.
We hope you and your family will be able to come and join us for this wonderful Hometown Holiday Weekend.
The Community can plan to start the weekend off at the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. see www.Parkeronline.org/MayorsHolidayLighting, ice skate at the Ice Trail at Discovery Park see www.ParkerRec.com/IceTrail on Saturday, take pictures with Elsa and Olaf at the park, come back on Sunday for holiday story time at Discovery Park and then take in a carriage ride sometime that weekend.
Parking is available in the Douglas County Libraries in Parker parking lot, the Discovery Park street parking and side lots, Town Hall parking lot or any other public parking around the library.
The Carriage Ride Station will be located near the front doors of the Douglas County Libraries in Parker. If you have a reservation/ticket, you are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to your ride start time. Volunteers will be there by 3:15 p.m. each day to assist those with tickets and any stand-by patrons. There will be no staffing available prior to 3:15 p.m. so we ask that patrons do not try to come to stand in line any earlier than 3:15 p.m.
Carriage Rides will be offered as a non-stop loop from Discovery Park and the Douglas County Libraries in Parker to O'Brien Park. The rides will be approximately 25 minutes and will travel through downtown Parker on Mainstreet where patrons can enjoy the new lights on Mainstreet, along with the beauty of O'Brien Park.