For the last few years, Sierra Tel has asked for more community involvement when it comes to the annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting at the corner of Crane Valley Road (426) and Highway 41, sponsored by Sierra Tel, and hosted by Century 21 Ditton Realty and Victorian Village.
There are numerous ways to enjoy the event thanks to donations by local groups and businesses, such as visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas carols (YHS Chamber Singers and Chamber Maids), coffee (Starbucks), hot cider and cocoa (Gold Country Water), cookies (Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce), hot dogs (Century 21 Ditton Realty), a bounce house (Liberty Rentals), and pine cone decorating, petting zoo and pony rides (Crab Cakes, McGoldrick & McGoldrick, and Dr. Rodney Peter, DDS).
“Last year’s event was great, with everyone contributing their time, talent, and resources in the spirit of the season,” said Dan Rule, chamber president and Sierra Tel’s business development manager. “We don’t want this to be a Sierra Tel event, but a community-wide celebration, which is why we are again encouraging local businesses and community organizations to get involved in this holiday tradition. Sierra Tel is continuing to contribute in the same fashion as it has for decades including the donation, delivery and decoration of the Oakhurst Community Christmas Tree.”
Century 21 Ditton Realty has played host for many years.
“The Oakhurst Christmas Tree Lighting has become a tradition for families all over the Mountain Area and beyond,” said Realtor Belinda Ditton. “Many Valley families with ties to our community join us every year to kick off the Christmas season, and we’re committed to keeping the tradition alive for many generations to come.”
The event will begin at 5 p.m Saturday, Dec. 5.
In conjunction with the North Fork Boosters, the North Fork Chamber of Commerce will hold its Christmas tree lighting festivities beginning 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 in the North Fork Post Office parking lot. The theme is “Let it Snow.” Santa will make an appearance, and cookies and cider will be served. Businesses are encouraged to decorate.
The “Let it Snow” theme will carry over into the annual Christmas Bazaar in North Fork, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dec. 5 at Town Hall. “Songs of the Season,” presented by the North Fork Community Choir, will take place later that evening, 7 p.m., at the North Fork Elementary School.
The Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be held 6 p.m. Nov. 28, at the Coarsegold Historic Village.
Also, from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5, American Legion Post 110 from Oakhurst, along with its Auxiliary, will host a tree lighting at the Coarsegold Community Center.
During the event, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be present in a workshop for kids crafts as well as soup, cookies, chocolate, line dancing, a DJ, and a band. Raffles and other activities will also be held.
Details: Melody DeWolf, (559) 960-8330.
The public is invited to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in the lobby of Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, Saturday, Nov. 28. Guests, visitors, staff alike can marvel as the lodge’s wild-harvested, 35-foot tree is set aglow and the lobby is transformed into a stunning holiday haven. The schedule is:
* 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Sierra Chamber Singers to perform
* 5 - 8 p.m., holiday beverages and cookies
* 6:30 p.m., tree lighting
* 7 - 9 p.m., photos with Santa
* 7 - 9 p.m., Allison Sharino will perform
Details: (559) 692-8974, or tenayalodge.com/holidayevents.
The 24th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place following the Festival of Lights Parade, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at The Pines Village in Bass Lake. To join in the Parade of Lights, registration is $20, and submissions must be received before Nov. 23.
Festivities begin at 4 p.m., with a children’s bicycle raffle, holiday boutique, and food and drinks. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m., with photos with Santa for $5 (bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to receive a free photo with Santa).
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