H-CENTRAL COAST

Nov 23, 2012 8:33 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Christmas spirit hits the Central Coast

Santa Claus has arrived on the Central Coast, and he stopped by his makeshift home at the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza on Friday morning. He took pictures with young children who came to tell him their Christmas wishes, and he brought the holiday spirit to many.

The holiday spirit is also abundant in Paso Robles. On Friday night, the city will kick off it's 26th Annual Downtown Paso Robles Holiday Lighting Ceremony, along with Light Up the Night, a new event spearheaded by Cancer Support Community.

"We've got about a dozen trees here who have been sponsored by people in honor of their loved ones, and just putting up some plaques here," said Scot Burns, Cancer Support Community board member.

Twelve trees at the Paso Robles City Park will be adorned with 35,000 lights. Each tree is in remembrance and honor of someone who has died from cancer.

Scot shared, "I lost my father two years ago to bone and blood cancer."

Light Up the Night is sponsored by the City and the Downtown Main Street Association. The lights will be on every night through Dec. 31.

Scot's daughter, Bijou, said, "I think it's gonna be a great way to think of all your friends and family."

Bijou sponsored her own tree, in honor of her grandfather. Scot said 7 of the larger trees at the park are sponsored for $5,000, and 5 of the smaller trees went for $3,000. All of the proceeds raised will go to the Cancer Support Community.

"Every little bit counts. It's gonna just really help many people," said Bijou.

Something Santa would surely be proud of. The SLO Downtown Association said visitors can come by to Santa's House everyday from 11am to 8pm.

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