Tree Lighting is a Go Despite Weather Forecast (At Least for Now)

One of the best events of the Novato calendar is threatened by a nasty storm Saturday, but organizers are still forging ahead at this point.

Civic officials are — at the moment — planning on having the annual Downtown Novato Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday whether it's raining or not.

That could change. Just like the weather could change.

For now, it's on with the show.

The street party is a highly anticipated holiday season bash that is among the top family-friendly Novato event of the year. It's a joyous community gathering that attracts about 1,000 people and showcases local talent on the main stage. People come from all over the Bay Area to check out Santa’s Village for the children and watch the massive tree get illuminated.

There are great family photo opportunities in addition to music, caroling, hot cider, community fun and, of course, the lighting of the big tree at the corner of De Long and Sherman avenues.

Date: Dec. 1, 2012

Location: Sherman Avenue, across from Novato City Hall, downtown Novato

Time: 4:30-8 pm


  • Holiday-flavored music starts at 4:30 pm with Swing Set
  • Santa arrives at about 5:45 p.m.
  • Tree lighting countdown commences with Mayor Denise Athas shortly after Santa arrives.
  • Lots more singing and dancing
  • Booths with baked goods, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and many more goodies.

Contact the Downtown Novato Business Association if you'd like to help set up or clean up.

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Heather Ophir November 28, 2012 at 03:21 AM
With the storm that's predicted, maybe postponing a week would make sense.
Jessica P November 28, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I hope that they decide to postpone if there is still rain on Saturday as predicted. I was really looking forward to taking my toddler, especially since she was sick and had to miss the San Rafael Parade of Lights.
Marilyn November 28, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Maybe they can set up the stage, singing, etc. and Santa pictures inside this year. That way at least that part could still happen in a dry place. It would be nice for the performers and all of us watching too. Two or three years ago we watched with umbrellas. The children performing looked so cold as they stood waiting in the rain to perform.
Carol Meyers November 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I agree, it would be best to postpone if it rains. It would be much better for participants and attendees without rain.
Mark Burnham November 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Postpone the tree lighting.


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