From Holiday Activities to Fly-ins, Coolidge Welcomes All

by Jon Thompson, Mayor, City of Coolidge

We’re approaching the holiday festive season and I’d like to take some time to share some great events hosted by the City of Coolidge.

Our Parks and Recreation Department does a wonderful job preparing and hosting events throughout the year.


We started with the annual Halloween in the Park and Haunted House where families experienced a wide range of fun activities including trick or treating, games, food booths, music, and more! The department built an indoor Haunted House inside the Coolidge Youth Center.

Now, though, Coolidge is really getting into the Christmas spirit. The annual Christmas in the Park attracts hundreds from the area as a light parade colorfully brightens Central Avenue with floats, cars, and more.

Each year we encourage not only our own businesses and organizations to join in but those from the surrounding areas. This showcases vibrant talent as each of the entries are lighted up in their own festive creations. Awards and prizes are given to the top three vote-getters, so we encourage all those thinking about taking part in a wonderful community event to please enter.

Prior to the light parade, the event at San Carlos Park comes alive with Christmas music while food booths feature a wide array of delectable items. We truly make this one of the biggest events of the season so citizens and visitors feel the Christmas spirit.

Christmas in the Park takes place at San Carlos Park, Dec. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Finally, though not a holiday event, our Coolidge Airport Fly-ins are very popular this time of year. The cool weather and plenty of sunshine make spending a morning viewing a wide variety of aircraft much more enjoyable.

Our Fly-ins are hosted each first Saturday from October through April; spectators of all ages can see traditional aircraft and hobbyists planes. Food for purchase by the Lyons Club of Coolidge is also available on-site serving some of the best buffet breakfast in the area. The event starts at 7 a.m.

I encourage residents and visitors alike to take part in the City of Coolidge’s great events through the year and especially the holidays. Our staff really takes pride in putting on attractions the community can take part in.

Feel free to stop by and say hello if you see me in attendance. I really enjoy hearing from residents and visitors