Oxnard Christmas tree lighting attended by 1000

By George Miller

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Mayor Flynn flipped the switch to light the Oxnard Christmas tree, officially kicking off the Holiday season one week after “Black Friday” (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)

The traditional Oxnard Christmas tree lighting took place on Friday evening. Free hot chocolate and pastries were offered to all, while vendors sold tasty food and troupers and politicians entertained us.  Somewhere in the neighborhood of a thousand people, very kid-heavy, enthusiastically watched the proceedings. All observed seemed to be having a fine time in the warm, misty full moon evening, from before 5:30 to well after 6 P.M. when we left.

The cast of the Elite Theater’s currently playing production of Yo-ho-ho- a Pirate’s Christmas belted out two musical numbers for us. Mayor Tim Flynn, Councilman Bryan MacDonald and City Manager Greg Nyhoff welcomed us and said a few words appropriate for the Christmas season. A Mr. Gonzales of the Oxnard Downtown organization, our Emcee, smoothly transitioned  back and forth from English-Spanish. He’d make a great radio announcer.

Keep in mind that there are several Saturday events, including the  10-12 parade, all-day Tamale Festival, Elite Theater Yo-Ho-Ho Pirate Christmas show (playing until 12/21) and free  day (12/6) at the Gull Wings Children’s museum.  Info on these events may be found on Citizensjournal.us.

 

 

 

 

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Yo-ho-ho- A Pirate’s Christmas cast belts out two musical numbers. (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)

 

 Event video by KADYTV.com

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The Fire Dept. was able to summon Santa to appear at the tree lighting tonight! (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)

 

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L-R: Oxnard City Manager Greg Nyhoff, Councilman Bryan MacDonald, Mayor Flynn, unidentified young beauty, Emcee Mr. Gonzales of Downtown Oxnard organization. (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)

Earlier preparation work- Dec. 1 photo, Oxnard.org

 

 

George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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