Christmas Tyme is nearly upon the City of Colusa.
In a little over a week, vendors, performers, and attendees – among whom, of course, will be Old Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus – will pack Market Street in downtown Colusa for the city’s annual Christmas-come-early celebration.
The City of Colusa, the Colusa Lions Club, and Colusa Rotary are partnering to make ‘Christmas Tyme’ happen again this year, as they have since 2016. Not much will change in the latest rendition of the event, which kicks off at 6 PM on Friday, Dec. 7 and runs until 9 PM. Attendees can expect the same formula that has been in place for most of the past 22 years, and routinely attracts hundreds of people from within and outside the county – with a few additional lights and outdoor heaters on Market Street.
“As always, we think this is a great opportunity for county residents to come together for food, fun, and reunion,” said Colusa Lions Club member and event chair Larry Yeghoian.
There will be something for all ages on Market Street at ‘Christmas Tyme,’ from merchandise and food vendors to the Kid’s Zone at Davison Drug & Stationary – which will have face painting, balloons, snow making, and more. Yeghoian said Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the community and to take Christmas wishes as Dec. 25 approaches.
While the Market Street stroll will begin at 6 PM, official ‘Christmas Tyme’ festivities begin at 6:30 PM, with the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Colusa County Courthouse.
“We will have city and county leaders speaking at the Christmas lighting ceremony,” Yeghoian said.
Throughout the night, there will be live Christmas entertainment on the stage, which will be located at the corner of 6th and Market streets. Organizers are still looking for a few more performers.
“We are going to have Mini Miss Allison Traynham singing the national anthem. We’ve got the word out to all the schools, but we haven’t heard back yet,” Yeghoian said. “We might have a cheerleading group, but we’re not sure yet. We are still in need. If anyone would like to entertain on the stage, there is still room for that.”
Yeghoian said that there are also a number of vendor spaces still available. Vendors are required to pay a $25 fee, with no charge for non-profit organizations. Those interested in becoming a vendor or performer can call Yegohian at (530) 682-9039.
“Our vendor spaces are filling up quickly,” Yeghoian said.
Organizers are also seeking donations for Christmas Tyme in Colusa, which can be made through the Colusa County Community Foundation, the Colusa Lions Club, or Colusa Rotary.
Yegoian said that all fees and donations 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 or for Rotary, this is a community service project,” he said. “All the money that comes from this event goes back into it for the next year.”
A number of local groups and businesses will be hosting their own ancillary activities, including the Colusa County Free Library and Colusa County Arts Council. Between 5 PM and 8 PM, the library is inviting people to stop by for a fun night of crafting, candy canes, a book giveaway, and the Friend’s of the Library’s Annual Christmas Book Sale. The Arts Council – located on 5th and Market streets – will have its doors open during Christmas Tyme to serve as a warming station, and will have the work of local artist Brendan Farrell on display and up for sale. ■