106th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Story by Alissa Reyes
It was beginning to feel a lot like winter at the City’s 106th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. On the night of Dec. 2 it was a chilly 55 degrees in Santa Clara. Attendees bundled up in scarves and coats filled the Santa Clara Central Park–969 Kiely Blvd.
Families had plenty to do at this popular event. From food to live entertainment to informational booths, the park-turned-winter-wonderland had something for attendees of all ages. Families quickly filled the ice rink and the queue for jolly Santa Claus. Ice-skating was discounted to $5 for the evening and meeting Santa was free. Santa had his own security detail and tent for quick and efficient meet and greets. His elves handed out teddy bears–not too different from the teddy on the top of the Holiday Tree.
Miss California Jessa Carmack introduced all the entertainment. Performances included live music, complements of Buschser Middle School. The Buschser Déjà vu Jazz Band and the Buschser Band both performed. Santa Clara University Chorale serenaded the crowd with sophisticated holiday classics. The Parks and Recreation Dancers had multiple performances in festive costumes.
A class of four-year-old ballerinas stole the show. The little ones wore reindeer antlers and danced to a Disney rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The performance included hugs, little plies and lots of “aws” from the audience.
Food stands served hot chocolate, cotton candy, teriyaki plates, nachos and mac & cheese while Armadillo Willy’s served up BBQ classics like pulled pork sandwiches. Buschser Middle School sold bags of kettle corn and Santa Clara Youth Commission sold pizza by the slice...
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Story and photos by Diane Andrews
Family Fun Day provided a festive finale to Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month, celebrated in Santa Clara throughout November and spilling over to December 3 at an indoor celebration at Don Callejon Elementary School, 4176 Lick Mill Dr., Santa Clara. The celebration theme, "Service to Humanity," was built around the three pillars of Sikhism: hard work and honesty, sharing and serving humanity, and mindfulness of God...