Folsom gets in the holiday spirit

Season kicks off in the historic district
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
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Approximately 6,000 people are expected to get into the holiday spirit and help light up the tree on Sutter Street this weekend. The annual Holiday Tree Lighting, presented by the City of Folsom and the Folsom Historic District Association, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. The tree will be lit about 7 p.m. in front of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, 200 Wool St., and the event will include vendors and activities up and down Sutter Street. Free shuttles will pick up and drop off people in the Wal-Mart parking lot directly behind Chevron from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday. According to Folsom Historic District Association Director Stephanie Rodgers, activities will include horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, food vendors, snow on Sutter Street and photos with Santa Claus at Sutter Street Theater. The theater kicks off their new annual show, “Holiday in the Hills,” at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3, but will be doing some special performances the night of the tree lighting. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” opens at 7 p.m. Friday on the stage at 800 Reading St. in Folsom. For more on that play, see Admission is $7. Live entertainment at the tree lighting will include carolers, the Folsom High School Jazz choir, local bands and the Phoenix School choir with students from kindergarten through third grade. Dancers from Cynthia’s Dance Center in Folsom will also perform to holiday themed music. “This is a great community event to bring families together and enjoy the holiday season,” Rodgers said. Jim and Sharon Williams have lived in Folsom for 51 years. They have volunteered with Folsom city events, Folsom Pro Rodeo and the Folsom Chamber of Commerce events for 50 years. “Sharon and I have been going to this Folsom tree lighting for 21 years,” Jim said. “It’s important to attend so we can help keep the holiday spirit alive.” The event has been lighting up the Folsom Historic District for more than 20 years on Sutter Street. “It’s right at the top of December, so it’s a great way to start off the Christmas season,” Sharon said. Through donations from Costco and Sam’s Club and the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, free hot chocolate and cookies will be given away from 6 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Wool and Sutter Street near the tree lighting. For families looking to celebrate the holidays all weekend, the 44th annual Christmas Arts and Craft Faire will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. “All blocks of Sutter Street will be filled with arts, crafts and gift vendors,” Rodgers said. To help spread holiday cheer, there will be a toy collection truck at the Sutter Street tree lighting on Friday, and at the Christmas Craft Faire on Saturday from 11a.m. to 1 p.m., to benefit the Folsom Police Department’s Christmas Basket project. The weekend continues with events at Pacific Western Traders on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. Pacific Western Traders, 305 Wool St., will have their 41st Fall Holiday Indian Market inside the store. For more information, visit * * * Folsom events Holiday tree lighting When: 6-9 p.m. Friday Where: Folsom Chamber of Commerce, 200 Wool St. * * * “A Charlie Brown Christmas” When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: 800 Reading St. Cost: $7 * * * Arts and crafts faire When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Sutter Street * * * “Holiday in the Hills” When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Sutter Street Theater, 717 Sutter St. Cost: $15-$23 * * * Holiday indian market When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Where: Pacific Western Traders, 305 Wool St.