Holiday lights will illuminate Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens starting Friday — and the community is invited to celebrate.
A free countdown event marking the lighting of the trees begins at 6 p.m. at the Atascadero Main Street stage on Palma Avenue in front of the historic City Administration Building, according to a city news release.
Santa will ride in on a vintage fire truck to meet with the public on the holiday lighting stage, where city staff will ser ve hot chocolate. Face painting will be available with $3 donations accepted. The Atascadero Community Band and the Atascadero High School Show and Concert choirs will also perform.
Atascadero’s Community Services Department and several local donors organized the effort.
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The evening will coincide with the Atascadero Main Street Art and Wine Tour, which is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., for wine, food and music among the local merchants downtown.