ARCATA – Arcata kicks off the holiday season with Season of Wonder and Light celebrations both old and new this Friday Dec. 4th at 5 p.m. Families and friends are invited to the Arcata Plaza to fill the holidays and the world with peace, love, joy, health, happiness, wonder… and light!
UPDATE: Here's the rundown for the Friday night kickoff:
Lighting Ceremony 5 to 6 p.m. – Arcata Holiday Open House around the Plaza until 9 p.m. Gather on the center of the Plaza. In case of rain, this will happen inside Jacoby's Storehouse.Talvi Freid will be the MC Elf for the evening, a fair sprite with Finnish roots.
5 p.m.: Talvi introduces the evening,d then Kathe Lyth’s Choir begins with "Brightest and Best," an Appalachian tune
5:05 p.m.: Donald Forrest - Scrooge passage, then a historical reference and intro for:
5:15 p.m. Cheryl Seidner, Wiyot Tribe
5:20 p.m. Choir begins second song, "Now I Walk in Beauty," of Navaho origin
5:25 p.m. Brian Jessup, minister at the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – Reflections
5:35 p.m. Choir begins third song, "A-Souling." Stilt walkers hand out lights
5:40 Community Pride Project with thoughts and the Wishing Tree; people will be encouraged to write their wishes on ribbons to be tied to tree (in pop-up tents, tie them themselves or Stilt walkers can help.)
5:45 p.m. Circle Chant– Peace song. This part is near simultaneous to the CPP. If there are song sheets with words, as soon as the CPP begins this would be the time for the choir to pass out the words.
5:50 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus begin making their way around the Plaza, on the street. Chant should be wrapping up. Choir begins, "Ding Dong Merrily"
6 p.m.Santa and the Mrs. pull up to curb on G Street via horse-drawn carriage, Stilt Walkers run up to greet them, they all return and we surround them and welcome them from the North Pole. We tell them about the Community Tree and our wishes for the world, our town, etc., then with a few jolly words about the season of giving, love and light the palm trees magically light up. Lines form to sit and talk to Santa and get candy canes. US Bank veterans Amanda and two elves will provide guidance for the crowds. Pop-Up tents will offfer Hot Clendenen Cider, Local Comfort of Home Cookies served by Dan Bixler and friends from the Greenview Playground Group. Mandarins Ribbon writing – sharpies and ribbons. CPP will assist.
Holiday lights and decorations will add to the festivities downtown while many stores will be open for extended hours offering refreshments, complimentary gift wrapping, and the highest quality gifts and products from Humboldt County and around the world.
More than 20 stores have come together to add to the shopping adventure – the ARCATA HOLIDAY PASSPORT. Passports can be picked up at participating stores, and prizes will be on display at Simply Macintosh, 837 H St., and on ArcataMainStreet.com. Winners of more than 25 gifts will be announced Saturday, Dec. 19.
Bins for donations will be in Jacoby’s Storehouse, 791 H St., during Open House, then through December. Bring non-perishable food for Food for People, plus clean socks for the Mismatched Sock Drive, to be given to Arcata House. Spare change can be dropped into containers on the counters of several downtown stores as a benefit to Arcata House.
In case of rain, head into Jacoby’s Storehouse and gather around the magnificent 24 Grand Christmas Tree. The streets around the Arcata Plaza will not be closed this year, so there will be plenty of parking.
Mad River Union subscribers will find an insert with a full calendar of events in the Dec. 2 paper, and additional details can be found at ArcataMainStreet.com.
Arcata Main Street works to promote the health of our historic Plaza business district. To this end, Arcata Main Street, local businesses, and members of our community have come together for this annual celebration, in the heart of historic Arcata. Everyone is invited to downtown Arcata to enjoy holiday sights, sounds, and cheer throughout the month.
Images of past Seasons of Wonder and Light:
A PROCLAMATION OF THE ARCATA CITY COUNCIL
Designating December 4 through 31, 2015 The Season of Wonder and Light in Arcata
WHEREAS, Arcata Main Street works to promote the economic health of our historic Plaza business district. To this end, Arcata Main Street and local businesses are coming together for their annual celebration of the holiday season — The Season of Wonder and Light — in the heart of Arcata. Everyone is invited to downtown Arcata to enjoy holiday sights, sounds and cheer throughout the month; and
WHEREAS, Arcata Main Street’s Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 9 p.m. will start with a Wonder & Light Ceremony featuring spoken word, song, and dance before Santa arrives on the Plaza on a horse-drawn carriage. The special evening will feature live music, performances, caroling, holiday fun, special window displays, the lighting of the Palm Trees, and the Great Tree in Jacoby’s Storehouse. Local merchants will provide sweets, treats, holiday cheer, gift previews, discounts, surprises and much more on this night and throughout the holiday season; and
WHEREAS, Arcata Main Street encourages residents and visitors alike to patronize the local businesses supporting this community event, to enjoy the beautiful array of lights on the historic Arcata Plaza and beyond, and to soak up Arcata’s friendly, small-town holiday atmosphere. Your purchase of local goods, services, art, cuisine and entertainment during the holiday season support our local economy throughout the year.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by the City Council of the City of Arcata that December 4 through 31, 2015, is The Season of Wonder and Light in Arcata. The Council also wishes to recognize Arcata Main Street for its constant efforts to promote and enhance Arcata’s identity, economy and cultural spirit.