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UncategorizedMilpitas Celebrates “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Lighting Ceremony

Milpitas Celebrates “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Lighting Ceremony

The Christmas tree at the Milpitas Civic Center was lit up on December 1.

 

The Milpitas Civic Center was filled with children, parents, and laughter as Milpitas Recreation Services held its 31st annual tree lighting ceremony on December 1. The ceremony included the traditional holiday tree and display lighting in front of the reflecting pool at City Hall. The celebration marks the official start of the city’s holiday season.

Hundreds of Milpitians braved the cold weather and were treated to a performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by local youth theater group Center Stage Performing Arts, along with a musical performance by the Milpitas Community Concert Band.

There was much to see and do around the Civic Center, including getting free coffee from the local Starbucks on Calaveras and shopping at local vendors selling popcorn and peanuts outside. Inside the Milpitas Community Center, Milpitas Recreation set up a balloon animal station, a gingerbread cookie-making station, arts and crafts, face painting, and an outdoor s’mores-making station.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas Milpitas
A collection of photos from the tree lighting ceremony. Click to go to album.

 

Inside, at the Milpitas Community Center stage, children waited patiently in line for the opportunity to take a picture with Old Saint Nick. Likewise, their families took the opportunity to take pictures in front of the nutcracker display set up onstage.

Midway through the evening, “Ooohs” and “Ahhs” filled the air as dignitaries lit the community tree and fired up the light display to kick off the countdown to Christmas.

As the event ended, children and adults alike took their chance to pose in front of the Christmas tree and admire the reindeer-themed light displays.

On hand were City employees, Milpitas Fire and Police, Mayor Rich Tran, and California State Assemblymember Kansen Chu, with his grandchildren in tow.

“It’s my first time taking my two grandkids out to this,” said Chu, as he stood with them in the balloon art line. “I’d like to thank Milpitas Recreation for setting this up. It’s a great way to support the community.”

The light display will be up throughout December and is free to the public.

 

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Lloyd Alaban
Lloyd Alaban is a reporter who has lived in Milpitas his entire life. He has a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz and an MS in Journalism & Mass Communications from San Jose State University. He has written for publications such as AsianWeek, realtor.com, Work+Money, SpareFoot, Uni Watch and San Jose Inside. Lloyd has covered numerous issues, including local businesses, protests, affordable housing policy, homelessness and city government. He is passionate about local news and its ability to shed light on underprivileged communities. In his spare time, he likes playing anything that has to do with trivia (especially watching Jeopardy!), running, drinking beer, reading, and playing with his Siberian Husky.

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