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Christmas tree lighting will mark start of holiday parade in Santa Maria

tree lighting ceremony will kick off Santa Maria holiday parade
Posted at 2:27 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 21:56:35-05

A Christmas Tree in the Santa Maria City Hall Courtyard is up and ready for this weekend’s lighting ceremony.

Surrounded by a small fence, the 24-foot tree is decked out in large ornaments, snowflakes and complete with a star on top.

The community is invited to come out for the tree lighting ceremony Saturday.

Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. and the lighting, marking the start of the Santa Maria Rotary Christmas Parade of Lights, is set for 5:20 p.m.

Josiah Ezra Gomez, 2, and his family have been chosen to help light the tree this year.

“Josiah was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia over a year ago, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and stem-cell transplants,” City officials said in a press release. “His condition has not set him back from building blanket forts with his sister and dancing to the beat of the music.”

There will be refreshments, caroling by the Coastal Voices Choir and more.