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‘Tis the Season for Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Santa Clara

109 Years of Holiday Cheer

Post Date:11/27/2019 11:51 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 27, 2019

CONTACTS: Kimberly Castro, Recreation Manager, 408-615-3147 or; Lenka Wright, Director of Communications, 408-615-5515 or

Update for Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019

Central Park, 969 Kiely Blvd.
Friday, Dec. 6, 2019
5 - 8 p.m.

On December 6, 2019, the City of Santa Clara will celebrate its 109th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony with a modified program. The event will honor the late Bill Shaddle a beloved community volunteer as the 2019 Honorary Tree Lighter. This year, “Teddy” will make its 108th appearance atop the lights of the holiday tree. Children visiting Santa may take a photo and will be given a teddy bear reminiscent of “Teddy”, the Santa Clara holiday tree topper. Join us for hot cocoa & cookies, visit with the generous event sponsors, City community partners and Department booths, create holiday crafts in Santa’s Workshop inside the Community Recreation Center. See performances under the big tents by Buchser Middle School, Laya's Art Collective and the Santa Clara Dance Team hosted by Miss Santa Clara. The Ice Skating rink will be open “weather permitting” to first come first served skaters for $5 per person.

ADA & limited parking will be available in the Community Recreation Center parking lot, the Pavilion parking lot and Patricia drive in front of Fatjo Field and the International Swim Center.

For more information, call 408-615-3140.  

News Release issued on Nov. 27, 2019

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The City of Santa Clara invites the community to attend the 109th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd., on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, 5-9 p.m.

Join us for open ice-skating sessions and community performances by Buchser Middle School, Santa Clara Performance Dance Team and Laya Arts Collective. Our special guest, Santa Claus, will be arriving from the North Pole around 5:30 p.m. with a procession of the Santa Clara dancers. Children will have an opportunity to take a picture with Santa and share their holiday wishes! Create crafts in Santa’s Workshop or purchase tasty treats from the community food booths.

This year’s Honorary Tree Lighter will be the family of Bill Shaddle. A public servant, Bill served the community he loved as a Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Civil Service Commissioner, and a founding member of Friends of Parks & Recreation while also volunteering his time in different community programs.

Experience wonderment as you watch the 90-foot tree light up the night followed by a spirited, winter fireworks show! Following the fireworks will be music from Bay Area headliner, Neon Velvet.

This Santa Clara tradition has been going strong since 1911. Come join us for a magical night.

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About the City of Santa Clara

Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with an estimated population of 129,498. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl 50. For more information, go to


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