OAKHURST — You’ll hear the sounds of caroling and smell the sweet scent of holiday treats in the air, see Santa on his fire engine, and witness the community tree almost magically lit with bright bulbs strung for delight.
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The annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting takes place in Oakhurst on the first Saturday of December each year, at Ditton’s Talking Bear Corner on Highway 41 and Road 426.
The event has grown to include the Victorian Village parking lot up above, with numerous participants, and special activities for children. This year, it’s Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m., and the public is invited to join in this free celebration. It’s super kid-friendly, and a really good time.
“The Oakhurst Christmas Tree Lighting has become a tradition for families all over the mountain area and beyond,” says Belinda Ditton of Century 21 Ditton Realty, who has hosted the event for many years.
“Many valley families with ties to our community join us every year to kick off the Christmas season. We’re committed to keeping the tradition alive for many generations to come.”
The big, beautiful tree was delivered by Sierra Tel on Thursday, Nov. 17. Live entertainment will include Christmas carols by the Sierra Chamber Singers. Hot cider and cocoa will be on tap, and hot dogs up for grabs, and Kettle Corn on the burner. Small fry can plan for two bounce houses, games, and pine cone decorating.
Santa Claus will arrive on the fire engine at about 6 p.m. and the 40-foot tree will light up to the awestruck “oohs” and “ahhs” of the crowd. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be available to talk to children and take their Christmas gift wishes personally. Photos, too.