Tree Lightings: Get in the Spirit!

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Tree in a local residence.

Looking for something to get you in the holiday mood? Here’s a compilation of places where you can gather for a traditional town Christmas tree lightning. Do you know of more? Let us know and we’ll add them.

Click each town name to go to the source of the information.

Arcata: Dec. 4. At the Plaza, there will be the lighting of the trees. Lots more including: “Local cultural and spiritual leaders including Cheryl Seidner of the Wiyot Tribe and Brian Jessup from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will share a few words….Young stilt walkers will provide with lights….Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 6 PM via horse-drawn carriage.”

Eureka: Dec 5. “Arts Alive Tree Lighting at the Eureka Inn. Santa visits at 6pm while the Children’s Choir fills the air with music. The Eureka Inn is ready once again  welcoming guests and open to a new chapter in its 89th year history. The hotel’s infrastructure has been renovated, with new carpeting and furniture to adorn the stately grand entry way and great lounge, with its high ceilings filled with rich redwood beams.”

Ferndale: Dec 6. “The Ferndale Community Choir gives an encore performance, concluding in time for everyone to attend the lighting of America’s tallest living Christmas tree. An eclectic selection of sacred and inspiring music from across the centuries and around the world, plus readings to inspire your holiday spirit. With more than 60 voices, the Ferndale Community Choir ushers in the Christmas season as it has for three generations of listeners. Assumption Church, Berding & Washington Sts., 3 p.m. 707-786-4477.”

Fortuna: Dec. 3. “Strongs Creek Plaza Holiday Open House & Christmas Tree lighting, Santa is scheduled to be here along with the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Dept.  The Strongs Creek Plaza association is planning on taking donations for the Santa Sleigh Program.  Unwrapped gifts for any age group are always accepted for Santa’s Sleigh. Most of the businesses will have snowflakes charismas ornament to hang on the tree for donations of $1 or more and all donations will also go to Santa’s Sleigh.  For more information on the Strongs Creek Plaza Open House please contact Sara at KiDLiCiouS 707-725-3200.”

McKinleyville: Dec. 3. At the McKinleyville Shopping Center. “Enjoy a Free, Fun & Safe Christmas Celebration! Santa comes to town on a fire truck, bring your camera for photos with Santa. Enjoy hot cider, cookies, holiday music, free activities for the kids and a tree lighting sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. (707) 834-6460 for more information.”

Petrolia: Dec. 6. “The traditional lighting of the Petrolia Christmas Tree is this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. Monday night singers will be urging you to join them in carols. Meet at the Petrolia General Store.
Bring cookies and drinks, if you can. Wassail will be provided.”

Rio Dell: Dec. 5. “The Rio Dell Scotia Chamber of Commerce and Rio Dell Community Resource Center will co-sponsor a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.Sat., Dec. 5.  The Rio Dell Baptist Church choir will lead the singing of Christmas carols, the tree will be lit at 6 p.m., and Santa will be on hand to give out candy canes.  All are invited to enjoy this seasonal event at the intersection of Wildwood and Columbus, where the decorated tree will be standing on the median.  The tree will be donated by the Rio Dell Volunteer Fire Department.”

Weott: Dec. 9. “Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center’s 30th annual Christmas tree lighting and open house. The festivities start at 6 p.m. with homemade treats, and lots of hot coffee, chocolate and cider. Join in Christmas caroling with the Mad Jazz Choir from South Fork High School. The gift shop will be open for holiday shopping and both authors of Humboldt Redwoods State Park will be available for book signing. The Visitor Center is located just south of Weott on the Avenue of the Giants. Call (707) 946-2263 if you have questions.”

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  • And don’t forget December 9th at 7pm in the main lobby of the Eureka Inn when the College of the Redwoods concert band will be performing an unique number of Christmas Music Carols. Should be enjoyable hearing music as the flames from the fire place, next to the Christmas tree, dance to the rhythm of the songs. Get there early. Lots of people showed up last year.

  • Don’t Christmas trees get stolen and pawned?

    Dunno, seems true.

  • “This is the part of Festivous where I tell each member of the family how they disappointed me this year.” The media will guilt you into believing you are a POS, because you didn’t get your wife a new Lexus with a big red bow on top. Your happy if you can pay your bills and keeps the power on. F$#^ XMAS! It gets worse every year!

  • This is such a bad time of year for alot folks,we have nothing but each other and for that I’m most blessed!!

  • The modern, secular incarnation of Christmas is a wonderful thing!
    Merry Christmas!

  • Traditional lighting of the Petrolia Christmas Tree is this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6pm.

    Monday night singers will be urging you to join them in carols.

    Meet at the Petrolia General Store.
    Bring cookies and drinks, if you can.
    Wassail will be provided.

  • Can we add McKinleyville’s?

    Christmas Celebration: Thursday, December 3rd, 5-7 pm
    At the McKinleyville Shopping Center
    Enjoy a Free, Fun & Safe Christmas Celebration! Santa comes to town on a fire truck, bring your camera for photos with Santa. Enjoy hot cider, cookies, holiday music, free activities for the kids and a tree lighting sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. (707) 834-6460 for more information.

    Thanks!

  • On December 9th at 7pm the College of the Redwoods band will perform a unique selection of Christmas Carols at the Eureka Inn. They played last year and it was very enjoyable. Only problem it was crowed, buy the best place to watch was on the second floor balcony.

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