Guide to the holidays

holiday events

Civic Building
Enjoy a holiday-themed Java & Jammin’, featuring live music from 76th Street. Stop by from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on December 9 for treats, coffee and hot cocoa. Event is free.

Community Center
A pair of programs, Shop ‘Til You Drop and Paint a Present, allows parents to get stuff done! Whether it’s shopping, decorating or just kicking back to relax, the kids will have fun at the Community Center. Register for one event or the pair; fees apply. See Activity Guide for details.

Fit for the Holidays
Get ready to work off those extra calories! The Turkey Trot 5k and 10k, as well as a Kids’ Dash is on November 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Center. The Holiday Classic Triathlon on December 9 includes a 400m-heated pool swim; a 20k cycling course and a 5k run for kids and adults. Sign up in advance for the two race events at 4peaksracing.com; entry fees apply. The “Maintain; Don’t Gain” challenge at the Community Center is another great way to stay in shape this winter (and earn prizes). Find out more in the Activity Guide.

decorations

Parkside
Lights, as well as other holiday decorations such as wreaths or wreath-sized décor placed on front doors, inflatables, and other holiday yard art, may be displayed beginning November 1; remove all decorations by January 15, 2018.

Village
Lights may be displayed between November 15 and January 15, 2018. Seasonal decorations may be installed 30 days prior to the holiday and must be removed within 15 days after the holiday. Remember that lights must be hung using temporary hangers (no nails). Yard decorations are not allowed.

Country Club
Please remove Halloween decorations by November 7. Thanksgiving decorations may be installed November 1; remove by December 1. Winter holiday lights and decorations may be displayed between November 24 and January 31, 2018.

Holiday Lights
Unleash your inner Griswold! Submit your address below and your house will be listed on a map that residents can use to tour the community and see holiday lights. In 2015, real estate company Redfin named Anthem “Best Neighborhood to See Holiday Lights.”

Map will be updated each Monday and Thursday before 5 p.m. through the holiday season.

Street Address*:

Email (in case of questions)*:

Map updated Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 :30 a.m.

holiday trees

Fire Prevention
What’s a traditional holiday scene without a beautifully decorated tree? If your household decorating includes a natural tree, remember to keep the tree watered. Holiday trees account for hundreds of fires annually, usually due to electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches. Read more about being Firewise during the holidays.

Selecting a tree for the holidays
Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needles should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Bouncing the tree trunk on the ground can identify old trees. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out and is a fire hazard.

Caring for the tree
Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water.

Discarding the tree
Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or fire pit. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly.

Disposal
Republic Services offers Anthem residents two opportunities for natural tree disposal, December 30 and January 6. Drive-thru service will be available in Community Park (lower lot) from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. both days. Please remove all stands, bag, ornaments, tinsel, etc., prior to disposal. Enter from Whitman Drive and exit onto Gavilan Peak Parkway. Free for all residents.

In 2010, the National Firewise Communities/USA named Anthem as a “Firewise Community.”

The ACC works in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the Daisy Mountain Fire Department to take measures in order to eliminate fire hazards, and educate the community about how to help.