If you’ve been downtown recently, you can easily tell it’s the holiday season, with wreaths and snowflakes adorning the street lamps along Macdonald Avenue.
That signals the coming of perhaps the best holiday event in town, when the Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) teams up with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts for the free annual Downtown Holiday Festival.
The festival is set for Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the historic Winters Building, 339 11th Street, which is home to the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts.
The event includes festive music, performances, refreshments, creative multi-cultural activities, Ask The Doc with Kaiser Permanente physicians, group caroling, the magical illumination of Macdonald Avenue, and a memorable visit from Santa, according to RMSI.
Attendees will be able to visit and snap photos with Santa in the Community Theater from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Giveaways for children include gift bags and books donated by West County Reads (while supplies last).
Meanwhile, in the Iron Triangle Theater upstairs, East Bay Center resident companies will present A Richmond Nutcracker, a unique and spectacular multi-discipline performance piece. Performances are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (running time approximately 45 minutes).
“Following the second performance, a procession will lead guests outdoors for group caroling and the ceremonial illumination of the holiday street lights,” RMSI said.
Again, admission is free and made possible thanks to support from the City of Richmond, Sims Metal Management, San Francisco Bay Ferry, Mechanics Bank, and individual donors.
More information about the festival, making a contribution, or volunteering can be found at www.richmondmainstreet.org or by calling (510) 236-4049.