Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Richmond's Annual Downtown Holiday Festival

Richmond, CA - With wreaths and snowflakes adorning the street lamps along Macdonald Avenue, Downtown Richmond is starting to look a lot like the holidays. The neighborhood is also gearing up for a fantastic celebration of the season at the annual Downtown Holiday Festival on Wednesday, December 14 from 4pm-8pm, thanks to a continued partnership between two cornerstone agencies-Richmond Main Street Initiative, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts with support from the City of Richmond.

Visits and photo opportunities with Santa will take place from 4pm-7pm. Giveaways for children include books donated by West County Reads and gift bags for young children (while supplies last). Families will also have opportunities to enjoy live music and caroling outside and in the Community Theater, performed by East Bay Center students and faculty artists.

Upstairs, in the Iron Triangle Theater, audiences of all ages will enjoy A Richmond Nutcracker, a unique and spectacular performance telling the story of The Nutcracker through a Richmond lens. Classic characters, stories, and dances will be presented in traditional and distinctly Richmond interpretations. Performances are scheduled for 5pm and 6:30pm (running time approximately 45 minutes).

Following the second performance, a procession will lead guests to the corner of 11th Street and Macdonald Avenue for group caroling and the ceremonial illumination of the holiday lights.

Admission is free and made possible through generous support from the City of Richmond, Mechanics Bank, Sims Metal Management, and individual donors. More information about the festival, making a contribution, or volunteering can be found at www.richmondmainstreet.org or by calling (510) 236-4049.

What:    Downtown Holiday Festival and Holiday Lights Illumination Ceremony
When:    Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Time:     4pm - 8pm
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th Street Richmond

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