Where: City Hall: 2263 Santa Clara Ave
What: Now that Halloween is over, we can finally celebrate Christmas and the holiday season!
Alamedans like to kick start this season with a yearly tradition: the Mayor's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, as well as the Department of Public Works, this free event features live performances, music, and activities for kids.
Amid dancing trees and a visit from Santa himself, Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft will grace the City Hall steps to light the symbol of family togetherness. Well-behaved Islanders will be gifted candy canes--will YOU be included?
One of the performing groups includes the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees. The group, which is directed by Pamm Drake from DANCE/10 Performing Arts Center in Alameda, has been represented at Tree Lighting Ceremonies around the Bay Area, including in San Francisco, Oakland, and Emeryville. They have also been included at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Hollywood Holiday Parade! To learn more about them, check out their page here: http://www.thetapdancingchristmastrees.com/
After the ceremony, you are cordially invited to the Hot Cocoa Crawl by the businesses on Park Street. Participating locations will offer treats and of course, hot cocoa. Stores will be all decked out in order to compete for the position of best store-front displays, and crawlers get to vote on their favorite decorations.
This website will soon provide an interactive map with participating stores and their drink specials: https://downtownalameda.com/events/holiday-activities/#cocoa. Past participants included Alameda Theatre, Daisy's, The Local, and more.
For more information, please contact the Alameda Recreation and Park Department by calling 510-747-7529 or by emailing them at [email protected].