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November 26, 2010 > A season of lights

A season of lights

Winter festivities take advantage of short days and early nights to fill the darkness with cheerful activities. The hustle and bustle of shopping for the holiday celebrations is enhanced by bright colors and lighting on homes, businesses and trees that have come to symbolize the season. As Thanksgiving dinners settle in full stomachs, the switch to tree lighting reminds all of us that this is a time to be thankful for what we have, share with others and enjoy a festive spirit.

Whether considered a religious occasion or simply time to gather with family and friends, the month of December is busy. Communities, districts and cities join in ceremonies lighting trees, singing together and creating fun activities for kids of all ages. Each of these occasions celebrates with its own special character. It's a time for enchantment, wonder and fun. Parades, the appearance of Santa Claus and lighting majestic trees is all part of a kaleidoscope of activities that await residents. It's time to bundle up and enjoy!

The following represent some of the tree lighting events scheduled for the Greater Tri-City area. "It's A Date" includes many additional holiday season events.

Fremont

Friday, November 26
Niles Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Storybook characters, parade and Santa Claus!
Niles Blvd., Niles District
(510) 792-8023
www.nilesmerchants.com

Monday, November 29
Trees of Angels Tree Lighting
6 p.m.
In support of local hospice care
McDonald's Restaurant
42800 Mission Boulevard (at I-680), Fremont
(510) 791-3428
www.whhs.com/treesofangels

Saturday, December 4
Warm Springs Tree Lighting
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Music, entertainment, games, pictures with Santa
Warm Springs Plaza
Warm Springs & Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 870-6366

Saturday, December 4
Mission San Jose Tree Lighting
5:30 p.m.
Santa Claus, balloons and face painting
Old School at Mission Blvd. & Cedar Street, Mission District
(510) 873-7701
www.msjchamber.org.

Saturday, December 11
Irvington Tree Lighting
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Christmas on Bay Street and Tree Lighting
Caroling, refreshments and the tree lighting
Bay Street and Fremont Blvd., Irvington District
(510) 366-8130 or (510) 656-5375
www.irvingtonbusiness.com


Hayward

Thursday, December 2
Light up the Season
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ice skating and a tree lighting
City Hall Rotunda
777 B Street, Hayward
(510) 537-2424
www.hayward.org

Saturday, December 4
Santa Paws Parade
9 a.m.
Pet parade, prizes, fundraiser for Hayward Animal Shelter
Municipal Parking Lot 2
Foothill Blvd. and B St., Hayward
(510) 293-7200 ext 7
www.firstgiving.com/santapawsparade2010
Registration $10 per pet or $15 for two or more pets (before December 4)
Registration $12 per pet or $17 for two or more pets (on Day of Parade)


Milpitas

Wednesday, December 1
Tree Lighting and Community Sing-Along
7 p.m.
Milpitas Community Center
457 E. Calaveras Blvd.
(408) 586-3210


Newark

Monday, December 6
Tree Lighting Ceremony
6 p.m.
Newark City Hall
37101 Newark Blvd., Newark
(510) 791-3428


Union City

Wednesday, December 1
Tree Lighting and Chamber of Commerce Mixer
5:30 p.m.
Trees of Angels will host in support of local hospice care.
Nakamura Clinic
33077 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City
(510) 791-3428
www.whhs.com/treesofangels

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