Festival of Lights
Can the holidays truly be just around the corner? The answer is yes, and the month of November always goes by like a flash! One of the loveliest traditions we have here in Fort Bragg is the Festival of Lights at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Who cares if it gets dark early when you and your family and friends can enter a magical world of trees, cacti, and other plants covered in colored lights that are configured in an eclectic array of delightful visions. My brother visited from New England/South of France and he was amazed at what an unusual display it is. He thought it would be a lot more “podunk”, but we’re a classy operation here in Fort Bragg. A big group of us went and ooo’ed and aaah’d over the pirate ship, the spider web, flamingoes…you name it – there was a different small miracle at every turn of the bend. Of course the kids love it, but who among us is not also a kid-at-heart, dazzled by a display of colored lights?
We went into the big tent for some live music and delicious snacks which included hot chili and soup, cookies, coffee, wine and beer. The snacks might vary from year to year, but you can be sure that they’ll warm you up on a chilly winter night.
The Festival of Lights will be open rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5:00pm to 7:30pm November 25 through December 18, 2016. Check their website for further details here.
Gloriana Carolers Bring Songs of the Season
Gloriana Carolers are back this year! Dressed in old-fashioned Victorian costumes, they’ll be bringing good cheer and singing Christmas carols at various events and venues around town, including a free evening concert at the First Baptist Church in Fort Bragg on December 20. Check out their website for updates and details as the season progresses.
Christmas Skunk Train
Youngsters and adults alike will enjoy the Magical Christmas Skunk Train again this year. Santa and the elves are on board and kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and enjoy some cookies, hot chocolate and other treats. It’s a unique experience that children will remember for years to come.
Santa, The Giant Tree and the Lighted Truck Parade
Saturday, December 3 will be a magical night in our little burg. The whole town turns out for a visit from Santa, in front of the Guest House Museum at 5:00 PM, followed Christmas carols and the giant tree lighting ceremony. The air might be chilly, but the holiday spirit is warm as crowds swell and everyone finds their favorite spot to enjoy the annual Holiday Lights Christmas Parade. The Fort Bragg Advocate-News is a good resource for finding out about the weekend’s activities.
After the parade, people love to gather at local restaurants and watering holes to enjoy some delicious food and warming beverages. It’s definitely a night of old-fashioned Americana to remember all year long.