Holiday parade, tree lighting festivities start at 5 p.m. tomorrow on Main Street

Mayor to light the city's Holiday Tree outside Museum on Main after parade

Pleasanton's Hometown Holiday celebration, the city's most festive event, starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring music, floats, colorfully-dressed marching groups and, of course, Santa himself.

Mayor Jerry Thorne will light the city's Holiday Tree in front of the Museum on Main at the end of the parade.

The Amador Valley High School's marching band will lead the parade with Foothill High's band providing festive Christmas music mid-way through the event. Hundreds of holiday-inspired participants will include the renowned Balloon Platoon, scouting and church groups, hot rod car clubs, dancing troupes, and much more. A horse-drawn carriage will transport Thorne and the City Council.

We'll be there, too, with Pleasanton Weekly's publisher Gina Channell-Allen and Editor Jeb Bing waving from an open-top convertible and urging the crowds to donate to this year's Holiday Fund.

After the parade, the Jukebox Heroes will join Santa and the City Council on stage near the Pleasanton Arch for holiday music. Then Thorne will pull the giant switch to light the tree.

A traffic reminder: Main Street will close to vehicular traffic beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. But many stores and all restaurants will be open with early diners able to claim outdoor tables on Main Street for comfortable viewing.

For more information, contact Michelle Dunaway, Event Administrator at (925) 931- 5352 or email her at

Pleasanton Weekly staff.


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a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 24, 2015 at 7:22 pm


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Posted by Suzy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 24, 2015 at 9:33 pm

ooops check the date in the article not the title.

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Posted by Curt
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 26, 2015 at 9:59 am

Wouldn't it be wonderful to hear the word "Christmas" in reference to the December 5th parade that will include Santa?

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 26, 2015 at 11:21 am

@Curt - Actually, if you want to be accurate, you should request it be called a "Winter Solstice" parade. That is the true origin of the "reason for the season". The pagan winter celebration was usurped by many religions with the Christian Christmas absorbing many of the ancient rites and traditions to give us what we have today.

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Posted by tistheseason
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Regardless, everyone should come for the parade and celebrate instead of all the bah humbug stuff!!

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Posted by just me
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Dec 3, 2015 at 7:01 am

here's the real meaning of Christmas
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