Holiday Haps This Week

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O little towns of Humboldt …

It’s December and cities and towns across the county are hosting hospitality or open house events this month with many starting this week. Here’s where you can go to feel all aglow.

McKinleyville says hello to Santa at its Christmas Celebration, happening Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the McKinleyville Shopping Center (free). Santa arrives on a fire truck at 5:30 p.m. to light the town's Christmas tree. There’ll be free horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie making, crafts, letters to Santa and more.

Ferndale rolls out its welcome carpet for Ferndale Hospitality Night Open House, Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Main Street (free). Step into picturesque shops and restaurants all dressed up for the holidays and enjoy live music and free beverages and goodies. Then on Sunday, it’s Ferndale's 88th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with guest speakers, cookies and hot chocolate. Tree lighting countdown begins at 5 p.m.
Santa on the Trinidad Pier, 2019 - SUBMITTED
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  • Santa on the Trinidad Pier, 2019
The city of Trinidad invites you to take in the lights by the sea during Holidays in Trinidad, Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. (with the Trinidad Lighted Boat Parade happening on Dec. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.). On Saturday, the Trinidad Head Lighthouse is having tours from 10 a.m. to noon, there’s the FleaArt and Holiday Boutique at Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the boutique happening again on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a McKinleyville Community Choir Holiday Concert at 3 p.m.

Arcata’s Holiday Open House
is Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. with merchants decorated for the season and Santa's Fire Truck Parade moving across town at 4 p.m. traveling to Valley West, Westwood, Sunny Brae and Uniontown Shopping Centers before coming to the plaza for music and treats. On Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Holiday Sunday Art Market brings more cheer to the plaza center circle, featuring local artists, vendors and music.

Rio Dell and Scotia welcome you to their Tree Lighting Festival at the Rio Dell and Scotia Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. where youngsters and their families can meet Santa, enjoy the fire truck parade, holiday music and refreshments.

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