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 HometownHoliday@CityofPleasantonCA.gov/