Christmas past, present, and future will come alive on Saturday for the 11th annual Festival of Lights in downtown Williams.
The parade steps off at 7 PM, starting at Redinger Park, before it heads west on E Street to Museum Park.
This year’s parade theme honors Ebenezer Scrooge, from Charles Dickens’ classic 1843 novel about kindness, generosity, and compassion, which embodies the spirit of Christmas, said Pat Ash, of Citizens of Better Williams.
“I know that we will have one entry that is going to be in period costume,” Ash said. “That one is going to be dynamite.”
There is no deadline to register for the parade as long as entries are in position at Redinger Park before the parade is underway.
“As long as they are lit up they can be in the parade,” Ash added.
Registered entries will be judged with cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 awarded for first through third places.
Residents of Colusa County are encouraged to attend this beloved downtown event, which includes a stroll of of local foods and crafts booths.
There will be all kinds of food, toys, handmade items, homemade candy and cookies, and informational booths. Vendors will be open on E. Street, between the Williams Arch and Seventh Street, from 4-8 PM, with the Colusa County Choir performing at 6 PM in the Town Square in front of the mural.
Lighted artificial Christmas trees in the Town Square will add to the ambiance of the holidays in lieu of a cut Christmas tree, as Citizens for a Better Williams decided to forgo the annual tradition due to the devastating wildfires that ravaged the Mendocino National Forest.
Visitors to Williams on Saturday for the Festival of Lights can expect clear weather, but dressing for warmth is recommended, as the annual event brings the joy of the Christmas season to everyone in the city and beyond.
For more information, visit Citizens for a Better Williams on Facebook, or call 530-520-0096. ■