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Two holiday events showcase Historic Folsom
By: Don Chaddock/The Telegraph
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The holidays take center stage this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, in Historic Folsom. Sally Howard, marketing director for the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, said next Friday’s tree lighting and holiday bash will draw about 3,500 people to the Historic District. “It’s a quaint holiday celebration which is free to the public,” she said. “There will be great entertainment, free wagon rides and a little bit of Christmas snow, Disneyland style.” She said there will be more than 1,000 luminaries lighting the streets, a visit by Santa and outdoor ice skating. “The holiday tree will be lit by the mayor and other dignitaries at 7:30 p.m.,” she said. “It’s a family friendly holiday tradition for a lot of people.” Howard warns drivers the new parking structure could fill up quickly so they should park in the Wal-Mart parking lot, or the Glenn light rail station, and hop on the free shuttle. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the free shuttle will also include the Sunrise light rail station until 10 p.m., she said. Families will find plenty to do, according to Howard. “We’ll have several different choirs performing and some ‘Holiday in the Hills’ characters from Stage Nine Theater,” she said. “There will also be complimentary face painting, muffins and hot chocolate.” Saturday’s holiday fair, running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., has been running more than 40 years. In the case of rain, the fair will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7. “The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair has been around for some time,” Howard said. The event features free admission, free parking and live entertainment. For Jim Snook, owner of Snook’s Chocolate Factory and Ice Cream Shop on Sutter Street, the events are a great way to showcase the town to visitors. “It introduces so many people, if they haven’t been here before, to the Historic District. It’s a great draw. The hope is it will introduce people to the different shops and restaurants that are down here,” he said. He said it brings a lot of people to town and more show up every year. “Both are huge, especially the Friday night (tree lighting), because it is one of those branded events,” he said. “The Friday night event has a lot going on. We have entertainment (and) four pedicabs taking people around. The snow machines throw out a fake snow that looks neat because you have the horses and the wagon.” Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 5 6 to 9 p.m. Mayor Eric King will light the tree at 7:30 p.m. at Folsom Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. Park at Wal-Mart or Glenn Light Rail Station to take free shuttle. Features wagon rides, pedicabs, live music and more. Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire Saturday, Dec. 6 Rain date: Dec. 7 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Event runs along four blocks of Sutter Street and will feature live entertainment, gifts and more. Historic Folsom Outdoor Ice Skating Rink Through Jan. 25 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Adults: $8 Children, seniors: $5 Skate rental: Additional $2