The city of Pleasanton has unveiled the schedule for its weeklong virtual holiday celebration early next month that will culminate with the Dec. 5 debut of its tree-lighting ceremony video recently recorded downtown.
Forced to cancel the traditional Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter order, city officials pivoted to a series of special events with social distancing in mind, including a holiday sweater contest on social media, a holiday lights tour map of town, and of course, the video produced with Tri-Valley Community Television.
"The pre-recorded live broadcast will feature holiday cheer and entertainment from the award-winning a cappella group, Business Casual, and the annual tree-lighting countdown with the City Council and special guest Santa Claus," city spokeswoman Cindy Chin said in a statement Tuesday.
City officials announced last month that it would be shifting toward a socially distanced celebratory model in light of the pandemic, including canceling the in-person parade down Main Street for the second year in a row they pulled the plug on the 2019 event due to inclement weather.
The newly confirmed five-day celebration will begin on Dec. 1, with the city encouraging people to share their favorite holiday cookie recipe (with a photo and brief explanation) on social media, tagging the city's official accounts.
The next day, the city is hosting a virtual holiday sweater contest, calling on residents to wear their favorite holiday sweater or attire and again share with the city via social media on Dec. 2. Library and Recreation Department staff will decide a winner.
On Dec. 3, the city wants people to share on social media about their favorite holiday movie, and even consider organizing a watch party at home with the family or remotely with friends or extended family.
Launching on Dec. 4 will be the city's "Holiday Lights List," which will provide residents with a catalog of residential holiday light displays to drive by through Dec. 27. In order to register to appear on the list, people should sign up via www.hometownholiday.com by next Friday (Nov. 27).
The "Virtual Hometown Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting" television special will premiere on TV30 at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, as well as online that evening at www.tv30.org.