With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, it’s not to soon to begin planning your getaway from the big city crush to old-fashioned small town holiday cheer in Fort Bragg, California.
You’re thinking: we can’t go away, we’ve got to stay home and shop until we drop. Well, maybe not. Why not combine a short getaway or vacation on California’s beautiful Mendocino Coast where you can find plenty of great gifts and shop in the comfort a friendly small town. That is Fort Bragg’s promise this holiday season. We know you’ll want to do other things while here, so we’ve compiled a list of events and activities that can fill your time between downtown Fort Bragg shopping sprees.
You can feel it in the chill of the air… soon the bells will be ringing, and children will be singing! Holiday cheer will be spreading throughout Fort Bragg in December. Check out the events and special offers from local businesses below.
On Thursday, Nov. 22 — Thanksgiving Day — from 2pm to 4pm, the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Bragg is hosting a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings for 500 people. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost for the meal.
In the meantime, if you want to help plan the dinner, assist with service or contribute food, contact Ginabelle Smith, 964-3798 or email Sginabelle@gmail.com.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for what we have, not a time to worry about what we don’t have. For those unable to come to the church, home delivery is provided upon prior request – call the church office 964-2316.
“Do spread the word,” says Ginabelle. “Let’s make this a grateful, bountiful Thanksgiving holiday.”
Annual Fort Bragg Lighted Boat Parade, Nov. 30
Now in its fourth year, the Fort Bragg Lighted Boat Parade takes place on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:30pm. 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. The parade is best viewed from any of the fine waterfront restaurants in the harbor, or from the parking area at Noyo Beach. If it is raining on Nov. 30, the parade will be moved to Sunday, Dec. 2nd. If that day is rainy, it will be moved to the following Friday, Dec. 7th. For questions or information, contact Jim McDannold: firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival of Lights Friday, November 30, 2012 through Sunday, December 9, 2012
This is the third year of the Mendocino Botanical Garden’s wildly popular Festival of Lights featuring luminaria-lit walkways, twinkling lights in trees and thousands of colorful lights in gardens and on garden art. A blaze of color, coupled with hot cocoa, cookies and other refreshments.
Fort Bragg’s famous Skunk Train will run special 90-minute roundtrips throughout December. Each trip will feature a visit from Santa’s Elves, music and cookies and cocoa. All guests are encouraged to wear their pajamas. The cost: children 2-12 – $24; adults – $34. Click here for details.
First Friday Art Walk & Holiday Festivities: Friday, December 7th, 5-8pm
A number of downtown businesses and art galleries open their doors “after hours” on the 1st Friday of the month, often serving wine and appetizers. December’s event will feature special holiday treats such as carolers & gift wrapping; a great chance to start your holida and support local businesses!
Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration: Saturday, December 1st
The beloved seasonal celebration is sponsored this year by the Fort Bragg Volunteer Fire Department and the North Coast Rodders Car Club this year. Be sure to give them a big thanks!
5pm: Festivities begin when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with the children and pass out cookies and candy at the Guest House Museum.
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 lawn of the Guest House Museum.
7pm: The Holiday Lights Parade will illuminate downtown Fort Bragg!
24th Annual Candlelight Inn Tour: December 13-16, 5-8pm
Visit many lovely Inns along the Mendocino Coast — including Fort Bragg — enjoying refreshments plus art & live entertainment by youth musicians at each stop! Benefits Mendocino Unified School Enrichment (MUSE) fund.
For updated information on inns and tickets at www.mendocinoinntour.com.