The Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Shopping Village celebrations in Downtown Anaheim are a very special part of the winter calendar. This year, the festivities are being held on Saturday December the 7th, all day between 10am and 7pm. With a massive range of activities for the whole family, it is one of the best ways to kick-start some of that holiday spirit and get into the festive mood. The events center around the Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street, with free parking available in the Oak Street Parking Structures as well as in the Clementine and Center Street Parking areas, helping everyone come and enjoy Christmas in their community. Those who will be staying at one of the hotels around downtown Anaheim should be sure to catch a show!
The pinnacle of the event is of course the lighting of the enormous 50ft Christmas tree. Seeing it alight with colors and sparkle is not to be missed, and this year the tree is being lit at 6pm. The tree is set in front of Anaheim Ice and it is recommended to congregate around 5:45pm to make sure you get the full effect of the magic. While the tree might be the most noticeable part of the day, there are many other activities all around its base. There are free train rides all day between 10am and 5:45pm, holiday craft activities for children to enjoy again all day between the same times, and the incredible real Snow Play area as well. Presented by Reel Lumber, the snow play area is amazing, and visitors are asked to bring mittens and boots to enter the play space – while parents are reminded to bring their cameras to capture all the holiday memories!
Between 3pm and 5:45pm there is also free rock climbing available and a picture opportunity with Santa himself. Holiday music is provided by the Anaheim Ballet and combined with the Anaheim Union High School Choir as well as others. There is also the International Food Fair celebrating the tastiest Christmas treats from around the world.
Photo courtesy of http://www.downtownanaheim.com/tree-lighting