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November 23, 2010 > Sleigh bells are ringing, trees are glistening

Sleigh bells are ringing, trees are glistening

By Fina Mora

The holidays are nearing and everybody knows what that means. Lots of food, family, and of course, shopping. However, following frenetic Black Friday shopping sprees, the ideal way to enjoy the evening after Thanksgiving is in the historic Niles District of Fremont. The official opening of the Christmas season starts here in a magical event for everyone.

In its 10th year, the Niles Merchant Association sponsors the Niles Festival of Lights and tree lighting. Over 60 entries will parade down Niles Boulevard, filling the street with holiday cheer. Six marching bands, three giant helium balloons, drill and dance teams, floats, specialty units, and tap dancing Christmas Trees will be among the sights, culminating with the arrival of the show's star, Santa Claus himself!

Kids will enjoy special guests of the festival, the Peanuts Gang. All your favorites, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy will be there. Joining them will be Maisy Mouse, Maya and Miguel from PBS Kids, Storm Troopers from the Movie Star Wars, and children's storybook star "Nate the Great."

And for shoppers, stores will be open for business. Come early and browse through the distinctive shops of this historic district to find unique gifts for every family member, or grab a bite to eat before the parade.

Niles Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting
Friday, November 26th
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 792-8023

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