Mad River Union
ARCATA/McKINLEYVILLE – Santa season gets underway this week with St. Nick arriving in a big way in McKinleyville and Arcata.
Mack Town’s Christmas Celebration begins tomorrow night, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. at the McKinleyville Shopping Center. Sponsored by the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce, the night kicks off with Christmas music by McKinleyville Middle School students, the Singing Comets and handbells by Dow’s Prairie students. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, kids’ activities, treats, crafts and more, with Santa arriving at 5:30 p.m. on a fire truck. After he lights the giant Christmas tree, he’ll be available for photos.
Arcata Main Street invites the community to the heart of historic Arcata for the Season of Wonder and Light Open House Friday, Dec. 2. The fun begins at 5 p.m. with the Lighting Ceremony and activities for the whole family.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on the Plaza at 6 p.m. with candy canes and photos with kids.
The evening will include the Redwood Coast Choir singing songs of peace and joy, stories by Paul Woodland and others, blessings by Bryan Jessop and live music. Write your wishes for the season, for yourself, our community and the world, on ribbons and young elves on stilts will help tie them to the Community Wish Tree.
Sign up for the Ugly Holiday Sweater Run Sunday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. Don’t have an ugly sweater? Bring your own plain sweater and decorate it with SCRAP Humboldt’s supplies and expertise.
Local cookies and cider will be served by Arcata Main Street. Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides around the Plaza.
Downtown stores will stay open late – check out all the Holiday Window displays and enjoy refreshments. Enter the Arcata Holiday Shopping Giveaway with a purchase of $25 or more at participating stores. One lucky winner will have $500 to spend at any of those stores. Pick up an entry card at any of the stores or at Arcata Main Street’s office at 761 Eighth St., end of the hall.
The following Friday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. is a special holiday Arts! Arcata with performances, art, community caroling, Store Window Display Contest with public judging and more free carriage rides around the Plaza.
Toss your spare change into jars at participating stores throughout the month to benefit Arcata House Partnership.
Santa Claus will be available for naughty/nice evaluations at Jacoby’s Storehouse Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 2 to 5 p.m.
(707) 822-4500, ArcataMainStreet.com
Jacoby's Gifting project
Jacoby’s Storehouse, PastaLuego and Arcata Exchange are teaming up to bring Christmas cheer to underprivileged children via the Jacoby’s Gifting Project.
Fifty children’s names and ages will appear on the Christmas tree at Arcata Exchange, Eighth & H streets, Arcata. Participants are asked to purchase a gift and leave it under the tree before Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. The gifts will be presented at a private gathering at the Storehouse.