With the help of the Colusa Lions Club, an evening of holiday cheer and community spirit will continue as Christmas Tyme in Colusa returns at 6-9 PM on Friday, Dec. 1.
“We’re keeping it pretty much the same as last year,” said Colusa Lion Larry Yegoian. “The only difference is that we are starting it an hour later.”
Yegoian said the later start time would help reduce the strain on downtown businesses and give vendors a little more chance to setup.
Festivities start at about 6:30 PM with the lighting of the Courthouse Christmas tree surrounded by carolers.
Yegoian commented that the stage, set at 6th and Market Streets, will provide a full program of entertainment.
“We hope to have a performance by Stardust Dance, and a performance by the Colusa High School,” said Chrismas Tyme in Colusa Chairperson John Rogers.
Rogers said that they are currently working on a schedule and will have one available soon.
The courthouse tree will receive a facelift this holiday season.
“The group has spent about $600 on new lights for the tree,” said Yegoian. “Instead of doing the two smaller trees, we decided to put our efforts into the courthouse tree.”
Organizers hope to see the streets lined with vendors.
“We added about 16 more spaces this year,” said Yegoian. “We reduced the booth space from 30’ to 25’ allowing for more spots. Those interested in becoming a vendor are urged to call Larry Yegoian at (530) 682-5354. A vendor fee of $25 is required, with no charge for non-profit organizations.
“Spaces are filling up quickly,” said Yegoian. Call early to reserve your space.
Yegoian added that all fees collected go back to the Christmas Tyme in Colusa fund to help run the event each year.
“This isn’t a fundraiser for the Lions Club, this is our community service project,” he said.
Rogers added that the group would be placing tables and chairs down market street to help those wanting to eat or take a break and visit with friends.
“We are also adding more light poles to help with the dark areas,” said Rogers.
Santa is expected to return with help from the Colusa Fire Department. Mrs. Claus and some elves will join Santa on 6th Street with the firetruck. The Kids Zone will return and be held in Davison’s Pharmacy parking lot.
“We are still planning the kids’ area, but we will have the snow machine, cutouts, and other kid-friendly activities,” said Rogers.
“This is a community effort, and it takes a lot of volunteers to make the event possible,” said Yegoian. “We want to thank the Colusa City Fire and Police, the Sheriff’s Department and its Volunteers for their help. We also want to thank Recology and 3B Toilet Rentals for their sponsorship in taking care of our refuse and providing restrooms for the event.”
“It’s going to be a fun time in Colusa,” said Rogers.