Light 'Em Up

Tree lightings abound

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Living among the redwoods, it's not often we're impressed by a "big" Christmas tree. (Yes, Rockefeller Center, your tree is very big. Yawn.) But a tree lighting is another thing altogether. If you've ever wrestled with a tangle of lights or risked electrical shock while struggling to fix a strand that just won't turn on, the instant gratification of flipping a switch and firing up the holiday glow is marvelous. It's also a chance to catch Santa, who's doing the whole circuit.

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Thursday, Dec. 5, is kind of a big day for PG&E. At 4 p.m., McKinleyville's Safeway shopping center hosts a holiday craft fair with a tree that's all dressed up and ready to shine. There will be music and goodies to keep you warm and Santa will be riding in on a fire truck, so be on your best behavior.

Poor Santa. He'll have to get that belly full of jelly over to Eureka by 5 p.m. for the tree lighting at the gazebo in Old Town. Of course, he navigates the entire planet on Christmas Eve, so he's probably got the Safety Corridor handled.

A mittenful of cookies and a photo op later, the big man heads to Fortuna for the tree lighting and Holiday Open House at Strongs Creek Plaza. The tallest living Christmas tree is already lit up in Ferndale — maybe swing by and see it when Santa makes his Main Street debut on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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