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Some 40 or 50 people, including Council members Anna Choteau and Geoff Ellsworth, center, gathered on Friday evening for an annual lighted Christmas bike ride through St. Helena streets. It was sponsored by St. Helena Cyclery.
These youngsters are ready for December's lighted Christmas bike ride that wound through St. Helena and ended up at the Carnegie Building, where Santa Claus lit a Christmas tree.
St. Helena City Manager Mark Prestwich was in a holiday mood on Friday for the lighting of St. Helena's Christmas tree at the Carnegie building. We're certain his sport coat will be in great demand this season.
The St. Helena High School Jazz Band played Christmas music in the Carnegie Building following the lighting of the Christmas tree on Friday, Nov. 30.
The ice skating rink opened at Lyman Park over the weekend and it was packed with youngsters learning to skate and fathers helping them. The rink is open from now through Dec. 28. Hours are 4-8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.
A large group of cyclists, both young and old, rode lighted bicycles through the neighborhoods of St. Helena on Friday evening, looking at homes decorated with Christmas lights and shouting Christmas greetings to everyone they saw.
The bicyclists ended up at the Carnegie Building, just in time for Santa Claus’ arrival on a firetruck and just in time for him to throw the switch to light the Christmas tree in front of the building. Inside the Carnegie Building were musicians from the St. Helena High School Jazz Band, cookies, hot cocoa and sips of wine for older revelers.
The events marked the beginning of the holiday season for St. Helena. At night, the downtown trees are lit up, storefronts have Christmas displays and there’s an ice rink at Lyman Park, which is open through the end of the month.