Plans are under way for the town of Ramona to have itself a merry little Christmas — beginning with a Christmas tree lighting.
The holiday season will officially kick off on Dec. 1, when townspeople and neighboring residents gather to witness the 26th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
Organized by the Ramona Chamber of Commerce, the tree lighting will offer fun for the entire family.
Chairperson Susan McCormick says, “We have a lot of great things in store for this event.”
The tree will be located at the Guy B. Woodward Museum, 645 Main St., and the event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Main Street between Sixth and Seventh streets will be closed to through-traffic so that various vendors, along with nearby merchants, can offer folks a jump-start on their holiday shopping.
With sleigh rides, a classic car show, a DJ, local entertainment, and crafters, people of all ages are sure to have a great time.
Chamber officials encourage visitors to stop and enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of the season.
Santa will make an appearance and offer free photo opportunities to the public. And carolers will enrich the festive atmosphere with tunes of yuletide joy.
“We’ll have many of the same great festivities as we did last year, and even add to the event with a possible ice rink this year,” says McCormick, hopeful that she and her committee can secure a temporary location for the frozen floor of fun.
Just after dusk, the crowd will gather around the unlit tree and count down to the spectacular moment when the lights are illuminated, and Ramona officially begins the Christmas season.
McCormick encourages people to save the date and join in the festivities. For information, visit www.ramona chamber.com.
By Tracy Rolling
Photo by Angela McLaughlin