It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette Holiday Celebration

“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. Typically held on the first Sunday in December in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, this free, 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!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, December 4, 2022

 

“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. Held on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, this free, fun, family-friendly celebration included 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!
 
The “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” event was 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.
 
Santa arrived on Lafayette’s first fire truck, Old Betsy, thanks to the Lafayette Historical Society and helpers Larry Blodgett, Mike Raffo (driver), Hendrik Kirleis, and John Kennett.  Mary McCosker (LHS Board Pres.) made the History Room available for Santa to prepare for the event. A special thank you to our decorators, Lauren Campopiano from the Dana Green Team and Amy Coombe from Branagh Development. Old Betsy looked amazing!
 
Did you see Mrs. Claus greeting guests near the Lafayette Express? Thank you Grace Dixon and Steve Hall! And thank you to our parade unicyclist Lafayette Chamber Ambassador, Kyle Sumner!
 
We thank our 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 and engaging the kids! Thank you to our performers from Myeve Capozzi Vocal Training, Town Hall Theatre, Springhill Girl Scout Troop 31116, Charlotte Tschann and those who participated in the karaoke!
 
Thank you Mindful Littles, Lafayette Parks & Recreation, and the Dana Green Team for providing kids activities. Our 3rd graders from St. Perpetua and Lafayette School District elementary schools were excited to participate and view their artwork on display at the event.
 
The Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise gave out over 900 cups of hot chocolate! Thank you to their helpers, AAUW-OML Ambassadors for STEM. We hope you got the chance to purchase Elf Treats from Lola’s Sweet Treats, a wreath from Troop 204, and enjoy dinner from Halal Bites of Chicago.
 
Our Chamber Beverage Tents were run by Chamber Board and Ambassador volunteers Reid Edwards, Kyle Sumner, Stephanie McNabb, Jeremy Steel, Katie Santos, Tom Schnurr, Megan Schnurr, Brian Aiello, and Christine Raymond. We also thank John McCormick for his volunteer efforts.
 
Our bars were stocked with local drinks thanks to Hollie’s Homegrown, Headlands Brewing Company, Canyon Club Brewery, Wine Thieves and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling and Joe Dougherty.
 
Thank you to Troops 204 and 402 for all the assistance with setup, running the activities and take down! And thank you NCL volunteers Grace and Kathryn Bell.
 
A special thank you to Honey Bear Trees for the donation of the Tree. We thank Terry Ring and Buddy Brodwin for assisting with the hanging the lights. Thank you to the Lafayette Police Department for leading the parade and assisting with the street closures.
 
We couldn’t do it without our event partners:  C&M Party Props, The Fun & Game ExpertsGenerations in Jazz, and Minuteman Press Lafayette.
 
December 5, 2021 - It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette Holiday Celebration
Holiday Celebration