7th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
This free event will be held on Sunday December 3, 2017 at the Hercules Community Center at 2001 Refugio Valley Road from 5:00pm-7:00pm; Santa will arrive, and light the tree, at 5:15pm.
Throughout the evening, there will be entertainment from local singers, instrumental and dance groups, as well as cookies and hot chocolate provided by local non-profit organizations. Santa will be available for picture taking; parents are encouraged to bring their own camera to memorialize the event.
The event is being sponsored by the Holiday Tree Lighting Committee. The committee is made up of Non-Profit Organizations, Service Clubs; and individual citizen volunteers. Prior to 2008 the City of Hercules sponsored the Tree Lighting, and several other community events. In 2008 Hercules was facing severe shortfalls. It was necessary to cancel all City Sponsored events. In 2011 a group of volunteers, headed up by Chief Bill Goswick, put together a plan to “Turn the Holiday Lights Back on in Hercules."
The event in 2011 was held at City Hall, using the big pine tree in front of the building. All the lights and supplies were donated. There was also a tree donated for City Hall. Since there were no ornaments for the tree the community was asked to bring ornaments to the event. Over 200 people came to the event, and over 100 families brought ornaments. Each family personalized their ornaments and hung them on the tree. Each year those ornaments placed on the City Hall tree to commemorate the “relighting” event.
In 2012 the tree, in front of City Hall, died and the Tree Lighting Event was moved to the Community Center. The Tree Lighting is still sponsored, planned, and staffed, by volunteers. It was decided to continue the Ornament Tradition” by providing ornaments for children to personalize and hang on the Community Center Tree.
There will be barrels for collecting canned food for Contra Costa Food Banks. There will also be barrels for new, unwrapped toys, to be donated to the Salvation Army. Clean warm coats will be donated to the Bay Area Rescue Mission, serving West Contra Costa County
All Hercules residents are encouraged to come out on December 3rd and kick off the 2017 Holiday Season.