Aww, Christmastime; a time of year when families gather, the weather grows cooler, and lights all around the world seem to shine. That’s how California City is again this year; the annual Holiday Village lighted up Central Park on the evening of December 1st from 5-8pm, and despite the cold, many people came out to enjoy the lights and festivities.
The holiday season began with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at City Hall from 5 to 5:30 p.m.; Mayor Kelly Kulikoff, members of the city council and staff, and several members of the public attended the annual lighting before heading to Central Park for an evening of fun as they walked through the holiday village. Central Park was filled with Christmas music, caroling, and hot chocolate; Santa even paid a surprise visit early to see if the boys and girls of California City had been good all year. On December 2nd, commencing at noon, a holiday food drive was held at Central Park, sponsored by Pro California City Org, another nonprofit group in California City.
While the festivities at Central Park were going on, Alta-One Federal Credit Union in California City had a Drive Thru Toy Drive where people could bring a new unwrapped toy to the drive thru from 5-7pm; the toys will be distributed to kids on December 9th at the Strata Center from 1-5pm along with holiday food boxes for the first 50 families who attend; this event is sponsored by the Safe Havens Kids League of California City.
Another event planned for Calif. City is the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Giveaway on December 9th from 5-7pm at the Arts Center, and don’t forget about the Wreaths Across America ceremony on December 16th at the Calif. City Cemetery.
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