Danville greeting the holidays with 40th annual tree lighting ceremony

Chamber, town officials confirm event will be held rain or shine Friday

The Danville community is set to join together to usher in the holiday season with the 40th annual Lighting of the Old Oak Tree on Friday evening.

Officials with the town of Danville and Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, the organizations that partner in the event, announced on Thanksgiving morning that the tree lighting would go on as scheduled after the season's first rainstorm raised doubt about the status of Friday's event.

"The chamber thanks everyone who reached out in concern for tree lighting participants and performers,” said Zae Perrin, president and CEO of the chamber. "The program will adapt to weather conditions, but rest assured, the tree lighting will proceed, rain or shine. We look forward to a record turnout at this annual tradition with the community.”

Officials urged residents to bundle up and come downtown Friday to enjoy the tree lighting ceremony and stay to support the many great shops and restaurants.

The event will feature musical performances, and Father Christmas and the Snow Angel are scheduled to return to town and initiate the lighting of the over 350-year-old oak tree on Diablo Road with a little bit of holiday magic.

Danville’s downtown area will be festively decorated in the colors of the season, and local merchants are scheduled to be open for the duration of the event, many of whom will be serving treats to those in attendance.

Attendees will have the musical stylings of the San Ramon Valley High School Chorus, who will be joined by other groups, to perform various holiday hits, performances will be held near the reviewing stand on Diablo Road.

The Lighting of the Old Oak Tree can be found on Diablo Road a little to the west of Interstate 680. The ceremony will be held from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m., with the tree itself scheduled to illuminate at 5:15 p.m.

Motorists are advised, downtown street closure on Hartz Avenue and the surrounding area will run from 1 to 9 p.m. on the day of the lighting.

Residents unable to attend Friday may be happy to hear of the other tree lighting ceremonies will be occurring throughout the San Ramon Valley, including in San Ramon and Alamo over the coming weeks, along with a variety of other Holiday Happenings throughout the Tri-Valley.

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