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Rio Linda Hometown Christmas Light Parade scheduled for December 9th

Christmas comes to Rio Linda and Elverta on Saturday December 9th with an entire day of holiday events, capped off with the 2nd Annual Rio Linda Hometown Christmas Light Parade through the streets of Downtown Rio Linda.

The day begins with Breakfast with Santa and a Holiday Crafts Faire presented by the Rio Linda Elverta Recreation and Parks District. Bring the kids to meet Santa while you get some holiday shopping done!

Beginning at 9am, enjoy a Full Hot Breakfast, Holiday Craft Fair with Local Vendors, Kids Carnival, and a Holiday Raffle. Every child will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and take a free photo that will be later uploaded to Facebook to download free of charge. The event ends at 12 noon.

Breakfast:
Ages 0-3: FREE
Ages 4-12: $3
Ages 13 Plus: $5

If you would like to participate as a vendor download the application on the RLERPD website- www.rleparks.com/events or stop by the community center at 810 Oak Lane, Rio Linda, CA 95673.

Then at 2pm is the premier of “A RioVerta Carol“, an original, modern day telling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, set in Rio Linda, California.

Written and Directed by DJ Stipe, it is A production of Rio Linda/Elverta Community Theater and 100% of the proceeds go to local charity organizations in the RLE community!

There are 4 showings:
12/9 @ 2pm benefiting Rio Linda Elverta FoodCloset
12/15 @ 7pm benefiting Rio Linda/Elverta Historical Society
12/16 @ 2pm RLHS Leadership
& 7pm RLHS AVID

(50% of all ticket sales will go directly to the Druckhammer family fund:https://www.youcaring.com/katheydruckhammerandherchildrenjeniferchristian-993909)

TIckets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. They are available for purchase online through https://riovertacarol.brownpapertickets.com/ (a small service charge applies) or with cash from RLECT or any of the charities involved.

Finally, at 6pm is the eagerly anticipated Second Annual Rio Linda Hometown Christmas Light Parade.

The same group who brings us the Country Faire is bringing us a real hometown Christmas light parade and tree lighting to our community.

That’s right! All the entries will be lit with Christmas lights! Horses, dogs, cars, trucks, The Rio Linda High School Marching band and even Santa himself.

After the parade, join us at Depot Park for Santa, caroling, and the traditional lighting of the Depot Building and an even BIGGER Christmas tree than last year!

Last year, It’s estimated that over 2,000 people gathered along M Street to watch the parade which featured the Rio Linda High School Marching Band, Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost, Sacramento’s own Ghostbusters and the Liberty Ministries parade train, covered in over 20,000 lights and shooting out “snow” along the parade route.

There were RVs camped out in the library parking lot to watch the parade. Community members who live along M street hosted parade parties. This year, we’re going ALL THE WAY down to MarVal Plaza. Go big or go home!

The parade kicks off at 6pm, leaving Westside Elementary on West 2nd Street. It will continue south to M Street where it will hang a right and follow M Street all the way down to Oak Lane. This will be followed by the lighting of the Community Christmas tree, which will be a beautiful 20 foot tall fir donated by the people at Rio Trees.

To become a participant, or to volunteer, visit http://rlechristmasparade.riolindaonline.com/

For more information, contact Tabitha Worth at 916-910-4900, or John Todd at 916-289-6436, or email to RLECHRISTMASPARADE1@GMAIL.COM

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