Fun, family friendly celebration. Tree lighting, live music – and this Santa’s “sleigh” is a historic fire truck!
The first-ever “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” community celebration to kick off the holiday season is scheduled for Friday, December 6, from 4pm-7pm (PST), in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette, California. Complimentary admission.
Arrive early and plan to stay! This fun and festive event includes visits with Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live musical entertainment, crafts, holiday treats and a holiday sing-a-long.
Festivities begin at 4pm.
Santa is scheduled to parade on Lafayette’s treasured Old Betsy fire engine, starting from the Lafayette Historical Society, traveling down Golden Gate Way and arriving at Lafayette Plaza Park at 4:30pm. A must-not-miss for the little ones!
Throughout the event, there will be activities for the kids, light refreshments and lots of photo opportunities, including posing with Santa and Old Betsy. Where else can someone take such a fun holiday photo? Plus, while they last, Santa will be giving out limited edition goodie bags provided by Whole Foods.
The official lighting of the Lafayette holiday tree is planned for 5:30 p.m. The tree, decorated with environmentally friendly LED lights, will be lit each evening throughout the season.
There will be live entertainment throughout the event, including local student musicians and singers (pre-school on up), performers from the Peter Pan Foundation, Town Hall Theatre performers and a fun holiday sing-a-long, too.
In addition, participants will have the opportunity to create an ornament from recycled wooden shapes decorated with all natural sustainable ingredients. Etsy designer Matte Stephens will be on-site providing guidance and assistance during this interactive family friendly complimentary activity for all ages.
Destined to become a popular Lafayette annual holiday tradition, “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” is designed as a time for gathering, giving and gratitude.
Expect a fun – and endearing — surprise from local third graders, too! They are busy decorating “I Love Lafayette because…” cards that will be showcased on the Wall of Gratitude. Event participants will be able to decorate the same type of card to add to the Wall.
Complimentary hot chocolate and treats will be provided. Food trucks will offer dinner items for purchase.
All this – plus this holiday event offers an easy way to purchase the perfect holiday gift for teachers, clients, family and friends. The Lafayette Chamber will be selling the new Lafayette Gift Card, good at over 40 local shops and restaurants. Prefer to give a personalized card. The cards are available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/lafayette-gift-card or look for the link on the Lafayette Chamber website, http://www.lafayettechamber.org.
The “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” event is presented by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by local Lafayette Realtor Dana Green and Branagh Development, who together are also hosting the environmentally-friendly downtown Lafayette twinkle lights for the 2013 Holiday Season.
Many of Lafayette Chamber’s local non-profit partners will be on hand to answer any questions you may have as you prepare for your family’s holiday outreach. In addition, Lafayette’s Whole Foods is providing the hot chocolate, treats and the fun holiday craft.
For more details and the full entertainment schedule, please go to www.lafayettechamber.org/events/2013-holiday-event
About the Sponsors:
Lifelong Lafayette resident Dana Green is Lafayette’s top producing Realtor, and has been since 2008. www.DanaGreenTeam.com
Branagh Development is a construction and development company specializing in single-family homes, semi-custom subdivisions, custom homes, luxury apartments, and commercial properties. www.BranaghDevelopment.com
Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping Lafayette’s local economy and community thrive. www.LafayetteChamber.org