Hundreds attend Downtown Lighting Ceremony

Mrs. Claus hugs a youngster during the Downtown Main Street Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 23, in the Downtown City Park. Hundreds of people sang carols on Friday, Nov. 23, in the Downtown City Park. The Grinch even tried to put a damper on the festive mood. (Photos by Brian Williams)

First of many events planned for Paso Robles

Mrs. Claus, the Snow King and Queen and elves made their annual appearance in the Downtown City Park to help usher in the Christmas season during the 32nd Annual Downtown Main Street Holiday Lighting Ceremony.

Hundreds of people stood around the park’s gazebo with lit candles and watched Mrs. Claus flip the switch that illuminated 18 trees with holiday lights in the park.

Paso’s Lights of Hope tree lighting is made possible through the holidays due to business and individual support of Cancer Support Community — California Central Coast and the City of Paso Robles.

“About seven years ago the cancer support community had a board member who lost a family member to cancer and he thought what a beautiful tribute it would be to support the City and the holidays and honor cancer survivors, cancer patients and those lost to cancer around our community by lighting the trees,” said Cancer Support Community Executive Director Shannon D’Acquisto.

The Cancer Support Community — California Central Coast is a North County nonprofit that supports the psychosocial and emotional needs of patients and families with cancer.

Emcee Chad Stevens led the crowd in the singing of Christmas carols for nearly an hour. Hot chocolate and cookies were available for free at the conclusion of the event.

Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist John Laird helped with the caroling and Debbie Lagomarsino accompanied on the piano.

Recently re-elected Paso Robles Mayor Steven Martin welcomed the crowd and introduced current and newly elected councilmembers to the crowd.

The Grinch crashed the party, but he was quickly won over by the crowd.

At the conclusion of the lighting ceremony, Mrs. Claus gave her seal of approval and let the crowd know that Santa Claus would be coming to town for the Christmas Light Parade at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Downtown Paso Robles.

Earlier in the day, a holiday craft fair gave Black Friday shoppers the opportunity to find unique Christmas gifts.

CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE

The 57th Annual Christmas Light Parade will be held at 7 p.m. in Downtown Paso Robles on Saturday, Dec. 1. This year’s theme is “Cowboy Christmas” and is sponsored this year by H & R Block and Bank of the Sierra.

The traditional light parade marks the arrival of Santa Claus in downtown Paso Robles. Santa will be in residence at the Holiday House in the Downtown City Park until Christmas Eve. The hours are posted on the Holiday House and at www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.

The parade, which starts at 7 p.m., travels north on Spring Street from 1Oth

Street to 14th Street, east to Park Street, then around the Downtown City Park on

Pine Street to 11th Street.•

The Christmas Light Parade is a Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association event.

VINE STREET VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE

The 31st Annual Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Located on historic Vine Street between 8th and 21st streets in Paso Robles, the Showcase will feature beautifully decorated homes, music, hot drinks, cookies, snow, Ebenezer Scrooge, Santa Claus, elves and more.

This is a Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association event.

28th ANNUAL VICTORIAN TEDDY BEAR TEA

The Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association will host the 28th Annual Victorian Teddy Bear Tea for the children of Paso Robles on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets go on sale for this event on Monday, Dec. 3.

Children bring their favorite teddy bears — often in spectacular costumes — to the Teddy Bear Tea, which will be held at the Paso Robles Park Ballroom, 1232 Park St. from 2 to 4 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets include all the fun, tea (juice) and cookies, and a commemorative teacup and saucer.

Tickets may be purchased for $8 per child and $20 per adult from the Main Street office at 835 12th St., Suite D, Paso Robles, in the Norma’s Way alley.

Parents must purchase a ticket for themselves if they wish to accompany their child.

Special guests attending the Teddy Bear Tea will be the Snow Queen and King, Santa, Mrs. Claus, the mischievous elves, and Victorian Friends. Each ticket holder will receive a teacup for a souvenir.

For more information on any of these events, call the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street office at 805-238-4103.

Mrs. Claus hugs a youngster during the Downtown Main Street Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 23, in the Downtown City Park. Hundreds of people sang carols on Friday, Nov. 23, in the Downtown City Park. The Grinch even tried to put a damper on the festive mood. (Photos by Brian Williams)

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