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Danville to usher in holiday season with annual Lighting of the Old Oak Tree

Father Christmas and the Snow Angel to illuminate 350-year-old tree

Thousands of people from throughout the region are expected gather in the downtown area on the day after Thanksgiving to witness the lighting of Danville’s Old Oak Tree, a longstanding tradition that has become a hallmark of the holiday season.

Attendees are welcome to witness the lighting of the estimated 350-year-old tree -- a tradition that has continued in the town for more than 40 years -- on Nov. 29, when special guests Father Christmas and the Snow Angel will return to town to illuminate the tree with a little bit of holiday magic.

According to Danville Area Chamber of Commerce officials, Danville’s downtown area will be festively decorated in holiday colors to mark the occasion, and local merchants will be open for attendees -- many shops will even serve holiday treats.

The annual celebration will also feature musical performances by the San Ramon Valley High School Chorus and other surprise groups who will perform near the designated reviewing stand located on Diablo Road.

The Old Oak Tree was damaged during a severe “wind event” that swept through the Bay Area during the end of October, reportedly losing a major branch from ferocious gusts of wind, according to town staff.

However town staff say that despite the damage the holiday celebration will continue as planned, rain or shine.

Danville’s Lighting of the Old Oak Tree holiday celebration will be held at the tree site located on Diablo Road a little to the west of Interstate 680 on Nov. 29, from 5:15-8 p.m., with the tree lighting itself expected to start approximately at 6:15 p.m. Street closures in the area will run from 1-9 p.m.

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