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November 22, 2011 > Festival of Lights Parade and Tree Lighting

Festival of Lights Parade and Tree Lighting

How do you follow a great day of turkey, family, friends, and fun? With a tried and true festive community parade! The Christmas season kicks off in Fremont with the 11th annual Festival of Lights Parade and Tree Lighting, Friday, November 25. Sponsored by the Niles Merchants Association, this wonderful holiday tradition features dozens of unique floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, specialty service units, costumed characters, the famous Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, and of course, an appearance by the man himself - Santa Claus.

The Festival of Lights Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. along Niles Boulevard, and at the end of the parade, carolers will gather around the Niles Plaza by the flag pole area for the Tree Lighting ceremony. The Niles Merchants Association would like to give special thanks to Ahern Rentals for their help preparing the big tree for this event.

Mix other Niles entertainments into your evening, such as shopping in the unique stores, enjoying a concert at the Mudpuddle Shop, or a classic holiday film at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.

The Mudpuddle concert will be held around 7:30 p.m. and the cost is $20. Bring your beverage of choice and don't forget to dress for chilly weather. Your ticket gets you choice seats for the parade and a reserved seat for the indoor one-hour folk concert. Reservations are strongly recommended; there are only 25 seats. Call (510) 794-9935 to guarantee your place.

Barbara Stanwyck stars in the holiday comedy "Christmas in Connecticut" at 8 p.m. in the Edison Theatre. $10 admission includes popcorn and a drink. The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is at 37417 Niles Boulevard.

Start your seasonal celebrating in Niles with the Festival of Lights Parade and Tree Lighting, a great community tradition with plenty of small town charm guaranteed to usher in the Christmas spirit!

Festival of Lights Parade and Tree Lighting
Friday, Nov 25
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Niles Boulevard, Fremont
(510) 792-8023

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