Oct 26, 2012 12:27 AM by Jeanette Trompeter

Paso Robles will light the downtown for holidays December 9th

Paso Robles will take on a holiday glow the day after Thanksgiving. The 26th annual "Holiday Lighting Ceremony" will happen Friday, Nov. 23rd. this year.

The tradition will find Mrs. Santa Claus and other costumed characters gathering at the Downtown City Park bandstand at 5:30 p.m. The Cancer Support Community will be lighting the downtown City Park trees.

Just before 6 p.m. candles and songbooks will be distributed. When the clock tower strikes 6 p.m., Mrs. Claus will throw the giant light switch, and the downtown lights in trees, shop windows and buildings will illuminate all at once.

The Mayor and other city officials will speak, followed by candlelight caroling with musical accompaniment. Free cookies and hot chocolate will conclude the evening's festivities.The 51st Annual Christmas Light Parade will be held in downtown Paso Robles on Dec. 1, 2012, starting at 7 p.m. This year's theme is "Christmas Past . . . Christmas Present."

The traditional light parade marks the arrival of Santa Claus in downtown Paso Robles. Santa will be in residence at the Holiday House in the downtown city park until Christmas Eve. The hours are posted on the Holiday House and on www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.

The parade, which starts at 7:00 p.m., travels north on Spring Street from 10th Street to 14th Street, east to Park Street, then around the downtown city park on Pine Street to 11th.

The parade offers cash prizes ($100, $50, $25) as well as ribbons to winning entries. Applications are available at the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street office (835 12th Street, #D in alley) and the Main Street web site (pasoroblesdowntown.org) or by calling (805) 238-4103.

For more information, contact the Main Street office at (805) 238-4103.



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