(Note: Because of recent rain storms, new dates have been set for holiday lights events — new dates appear below with text for each event.)
Who doesn’t love the magical spectacle of colorful holiday lights cheering up the chilly winter nights? Ok, maybe the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge. For the rest of us, Fort Bragg has lined up an unforgettable extravaganza of lighted boats, buildings, holiday trees, and gardens. Prepare to be dazzled!
Here are the highlights:
Annual Fort Bragg Lighted Boat Parade — Saturday, December 15 At 5:30 PM
Anyone with a floating vessel and lights is welcome to join the line of watercraft including canoes, kayaks, skiffs, pleasure boats, and Coast Guard vessels parading under the Noyo Bridge. The parade starts at dark (around 6pm) and proceeds upriver to Coast Guard Station Noyo and returns to the bridge. Best viewing is from any of the great waterfront restaurants in the harbor, or from the parking area at Noyo Beach. For questions or information, contact Jim McDannold: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mendocino Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights — Wednesday, December 5 – Sunday, December 9; Friday December 14 – Sunday, December 16
Enter a magical garden with luminaria-lit walkways, twinkling tree lights, and thousands of colorful lights throughout the gardens and on garden art. With hot cocoa, cookies and other refreshments, you’ve got an eye-dazzling experience your family will never forget.
Holiday Lights Parade And Tree Lighting Ceremony — Friday, December 7
5 pm — Santa And Mrs. Claus: Festivities begin when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with children at the Guest House Museum, passing out cookies and candy.
6 pm — Tree Lighting Ceremony: Local musicians and community groups entertain with carols and traditional Christmas music. The Mayor officially lights the giant tree on the Guest House Museum lawn.
7 pm —Holiday Lights Parade: Join the crowd curbside for a dazzling downtown Fort Bragg that only happens once a year.