OAKHURST — The annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting takes place in Oakhurst on the first Saturday of December each year, at Century 21 Ditton’s Talking Bear Corner on Highway 41 and Road 426. This year, it’s Saturday, Dec. 2 and activities start at 4 p.m.
The public is invited to join in this free celebration — it’s super kid-friendly, and a really good time. 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.
The event has grown to include the Victorian Village parking lot up above, with numerous participants, and special activities for children. The Oakhurst Christmas Tree Lighting has become a tradition for families all over the mountain area and beyond. The tree was delivered on Nov. 17 with special thanks to Yosemite Ranch, Sierra Tel and Oakhurst Crane.
Live entertainment includes Christmas carols by the Sierra Chamber Singers. Hot cider and cocoa will be on tap, with hot dogs up for grabs, and Kettle Corn on the burner. Small fry can plan for bounce houses, games, freebies and pine cone decorating.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be available to talk to children and take their Christmas gift wishes personally. Bonus: free photos of kids with Santa by Carrie Jenkins’ A Moment In Time Photography.