The celebration begins at 5:15 p.m. The San Ramon Valley High School Choir and the Danville Girls Chorus will perform, and businesses will offer hot beverages and treats.
Father Christmas and the Snow Angel will light the tree around 6:15 p.m. as the holiday music and magic continue. The crowds will head downtown to enjoy more snacks and entertainments as shops put out the green and red welcome mat. Bands will play throughout town, also, with the USS Hornet Band playing at Pete's Brass Rail, and the Charlotte Wood Jazz Band at the Yogurt Shack.
The Monte Vista Beauty Shop Quartet will sing on the steps of the Veterans Memorial Building, and further down Hartz, Flo Bell will host the Vista Grande Chorus, and Snickerdoodles will welcome Sandi Hunt with Insect Songs. Jeff Seaburg from "Wigged Out" will be at Bridges, and Faz will host the Devil Mountain Chorus.
Dogs Can Dance will perform at the Pioneer Art Center, 524 Hartz, run by the Alamo Danville Artists' Society. The gallery will be open 4-8 p.m. and the artists invite everyone for food and drink and to meet landscape oil painter Stephen Sanfilippo, whose work is being featured Nov 13-27.
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley on Railroad and Prospect is holding a Holiday Open House with hot cider and cookies and launching this year's exhibit of "Christmas Memories," with decorated trees from the 1890s, 1930s and 1950s.
The tree lighting in Alamo takes place a week later, at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, at Andrew H. Young Park, at the corner of Danville Boulevard and Jackson Way. The event is sponsored by the Alamo Merchant & Professional Association (AMPA), and will feature choirs from the schools in Alamo as well as hot chocolate, cider, coffee and cookies.
The YMCA will have a craft table for children to decorate frames for their photos, taken that evening, plus there will be other activities for the children to enjoy. Santa will arrive with a pack on his back and collect all the unwrapped toys that people bring to the Sheriff's Station booth to distribute to boys and girls for Christmas.
-Dolores Fox Ciardelli