Pair of events kick off Pleasant Hill’s festive holiday season

Pair of events kick off Pleasant Hill’s festive holiday season

Pair of events kick off Pleasant Hill’s festive holiday season
Catch a ride on the Holiday Express Train Dec. 2 at the Light Up the Night festivities. (Photo courtesy of the City of Pleasant Hill)
(Robin Russell photo)

PLEASANT HILL, CA (Nov. 24, 2023) — A pair of holiday kick off events in early December kick off the holiday season in Pleasant Hill.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the city holds its Light Up the Night in conjunction with Downtown Pleasant Hill from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. In partnership with the downtown merchants, Light Up the provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate the holidays, enjoy music, fun, crafts and more.

Centered around the Crescent Drive corridor, you can ride the Holiday Express Train, and listen to the College Park High School Choir. Enjoy the Studio A dancers as well as host of other fun with something for everyone.

As part of the festivities, enjoy visiting with Santa or help countdown to the lighting of the Christmas Tree. And in case it’s a little chilly, there will be hot chocolate to warm up with.

Studio A Dancers kicked up the heels at the 2022 Light up the Night event. (Photo courtesy of the City of Pleasant Hill)

Four days later, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, Pleasant Hill Rec & Park Winter Holiday Festival takes up the torch from 5 to 8 p.m. at PH Community Center for its indoor and outdoor festivities sure to delight the whole family.

Don’t miss this fun holiday festival. It’s the most magical winter experience in Contra Costa County. Take part in hands-on crafts and activities, a special feature is the Astro Botanical Illuminated Art Exhibit Experience, live performances, and family rides on the Winter Express train.

Say ‘hello’ to Santa & Mrs. Claus too.

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David Scholz
David Scholz

David Scholz is back in journalism as a freelance writer and photographer after nearly two decades in education. Prior to moving into teaching in 2000, he worked as a full-time journalist since 1988 for rural community and small daily newspapers in Central Ohio and Northern Nevada, and later in California with The Business Journal in Fresno and dailies in the Bay Area, including The Oakland Tribune and The San Francisco Chronicle. More recently Scholz also worked in an editing, writing, and page layout role with the Rossmoor News.