It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette Holiday Celebration

“It’s A Wonderful Life in Lafayette” Holiday Celebration

Sunday, December 5, 2021, 4pm-6pm

Already a popular Lafayette holiday tradition, the “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” holiday event is designed as a time to share holiday cheer as we celebrate this wonderful community we live in.
Free admission! This fun, family-friendly celebration includes Santa sightings, free train rides on the Lafayette Express, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live musical entertainment, kid’s crafts, holiday treats and more! Plus a special appearance by Olaf!
Arrive early and plan to stay in Downtown Lafayette, view Dining & Gift Guide here.
Festivities begin at 4pm in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Road. Santa is scheduled to arrive at Lafayette Plaza Park via Golden Gate Way and Plaza Way at 4:30pm on the Lafayette’s first fire truck, Old Betsy, thanks to the Lafayette Historical Society. A must-not-miss for the little ones! The official lighting of the Lafayette holiday tree is planned for 5:30 p.m.

Our Sponsors

The “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” event is presented by the Lafayette Chamber, and sponsored by local Lafayette Realtor Dana Green Team and Branagh Development, who together are also hosting the environmentally-friendly downtown Lafayette twinkle lights for the 2021 Holiday Season.


Dana Green Team




Throughout the event there will be activities for kids including free train rides and live entertainment for all! We thank our 2021 MC, Pamela Freund-Striplen, Gold Coast Chamber Players for keeping us on schedule! We thank City of Lafayette Mayor Susan Candell for welcoming residents to the celebration.
Live entertainment from local student musicians, dancers and singers include (to date, check back for final schedule):

🎤 4pm:  Myeve Capozzi Vocal Training Student Performances
🎤 5pm: Town Hall Theatre Performance   – Join us for a holiday themed Improvisation Performance with Town Hall Education’s high school acting/improv students! With just a few audience suggestions, the actors will give us a totally improvised show for all to enjoy!
🎤 4:40pm Springhill Girl Scout Troop 31116
🎤 5:35pm Christmas Karaoke
🎤 5:45pm Charlotte Tschann


Kids’ Activities

Activities for kids will be hosted by Mindful Littles and Lafayette Recreation


Food, Drinks and More!

Stop by the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise booth for free hot chocolate!

Our volunteers running the Chamber Beverage Tent will be selling:


Lola’s Sweet Treats will be selling individually wrapped holiday cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Halal Bites of ChicagoHalal Bites of Chicago will be on location with their food truck serving the following menu items, including kids items!

Be sure to checkout the messages from our 3rd graders from St. Perpetua and Lafayette School District Elementary Schools!

Troop 402 will be assisting with arts and crafts, photo ops, train rides and Santa engagement.

Troop 204 will be selling their traditional holiday wreaths. Troop 204 scouts fund nearly 100% of their own activities through their annual fundraiser held following Thanksgiving through mid-December. Each fresh Oregon pine wreath is $30.00. If you wish to have a scout contact you about a fresh Oregon pine wreath from Troop 204 (with a big Mom-made bow), please click here and fill in your contact information.  A scout will contact you promptly.

Additional services and donations provided by City of Lafayette and the Lafayette Police Department, C&M Party Props, Generations in Jazz, Honey Bear Trees and Minuteman Press Lafayette. Special thanks to NCL Acalanes Chapter and Acalanes Key Club.

December 8, 2019 - It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette Holiday Celebration