Downtown Livermore's Annual Home for the Holidays Celebration will kick off at noon today with activities scheduled through the evening hours.
From noon to 4 p.m., there will be snow at Lizzie Fountain, sponsored by Marcel Orthodontics, horse drawn carriage rides throughout downtown and a holiday performance stage at the Flagpole Plaza featuring local performing arts groups. Shopping specials will be available at downtown retail locations.
The day continues with the 16th annual Livermore Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade and Tree Lighting event starting at 6 p.m. The parade will feature local marching bands, music, light displays and, of course, Santas Claus. The lighting of "Bruce Sprucetree" will follow the parade at the corner of First Street and South Livermore Avenue.
This year, Livermore Downtown Inc. will be honoring Linda Barton as Grand Marshall. She is retiring after 10 years of service the Livermore City Manager. She was instrumental in the downtown revitalization project and in establishing Livermore as a destination for tourism and business investment.
Parade announcers at the main stage at Flag Pole Plaza for the evening festivities will be Livermore Councilman Jeff Williams, who also serves as the council's liaison to Livermore Downtown Inc. board of directors, and Anna Kagarakis, host of Slice of Life Tri Valley on Tri-Valley Community Television.
The announcers on First Street tween J and K streets will be Police Chief Steve Sweeney, and Bryan Fagundes of BTProductions and the DJ with KAT Country.
Announcing at the L Street stagewill be Livermore's new City Manager Marc Roberts and KKIQ's Faith Alpher.
Announcing from the M Street Stage will be Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Superintendent Kelly Bowers, and Anthony McPeake of Anthony McPeake Insurance, whi is also past president of Livermore Downtown Inc.