Downtown Richmond Holiday Festival and Street Lighting Ceremony

In a file photo from last year, a young child tells Santa what he wants for Christmas.

Richmond Main Street and the East Bay Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday, Dec. 12, are holding the Downtown Holiday Festival and Street Lights Dedication Ceremony in Richmond. For more than a decade Richmond Main Street Initiative has hosted a holiday festival for the community and children in the Iron Triangle neighborhood. This year’s festival will be held in the renovated Winters Building at 339 11th St. The community will gather in the East Bay Center’s Community Theater from 4 p.m.-6:15 p.m. to celebrate with Santa, Buki the Clown, arts and crafts, gift giving for children under 10, music, and refreshments. A mini Holiday Bazaar will take place upstairs throughout the event from 4 p.m. -7:30 p.m. where handcrafted holiday gifts will be available for purchase from some of Richmond Main Street’s vendors. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the East Bay Center will present performances by resident companies including: Richmond Bloco Steel Band playing holiday favorites; Iron Triangle Theater Company performing scenes from the Wind in the Willows; Son de la Tierra, traditional Mexican song and dance, including La Rama procession; Iron Triangle Urban Ballet presenting scenes from the Nutcracker; and Voices of Reason singing Christmas carols. Following performances in the Iron Triangle Theater, the celebration will continue with a procession at 7:30 p.m. to the corner of 11th Street and Macdonald Avenue to rejoice in yuletide cheer with group carols and the dedication of the newly installed holiday lights along Macdonald Avenue. For more information visit or call (510) 236-4049.
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