The San Miguel Electric Light Parade was a big success!
During the afternoon, Santa rode through the neighborhoods in a vintage fire truck visiting local children.
At the chili cook-off, tasters donated $5 for a chance to vote for their favorite recipe out of 14 entries.
Net proceeds of more than $200 were given to the school by the volunteer firefighters.
A large crowd watched and cheered as floats, marchers and horses lit up the town.
Parade winners received beautiful hand-made trophies. First place went to the San Miguel Lions Club, second place to In Cahoots Equine Drill Team, and Willie Montgomery took third place with his light- and toy-covered 2001 Harley Davidson.
Honorable mention was given to Lillian Larsen School and Dos Hermanos Restaurant. Trophies may be picked up at the San Miguel Community Services District office.
Following the parade, a large parade of children headed to Santa’s place at the district office. Go to the Discover San Miguel website at www.discover sanmiguel.com to see photos of the event.
Masses at Mission San Miguel will be at 5 p.m. and at midnight on Christmas Eve; an English Mass at 7 and 11 a.m.; and a Spanish Mass at 6 p.m. on Christmas Day. Call 467-2131 for information.
Lighthouse Community Church, at 13th & L streets, has Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and its service at 10:45 led by the Rev. John Wheat. Call 467-3636 for information.
Refuge Church, 1299 Mission St. No. 6, off 13th Street, will have a service at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and no service on Christmas Day. Call the Rev. Ron Godfrey at 423-4719 for information.
Mission San Antonio will celebrate Las Posadas at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve followed by the Christmas Vigil Mass at 6. The mission is in Jolon in southern Monterey County. Call 831-385-4478 for information.
Lynne Schmitz is a freelance writer and longtime resident of San Miguel. Her column appears here weekly. Reach her at Lynne_ Schmitz@yahoo.com (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or 467-3565.