Del Norte is decking its halls this season with a vast array of festivities to get even the scroogiest into the holiday spirit.
Here's a roundup of upcoming events, including several opportunities to help out the less fortunate:
Festival of Trees
Saturday marks the Crescent City Emblem Club's 19th annual Festival of the Trees at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.
This year, the club is honoring longtime member Billie Myers, the brainchild of the event that has grown into the largest and most successful fundraiser for the club.
Decorated trees, large and small, are donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals and are raffled off during the event. Last year the event drew 370 people and 64 trees were donated. All proceeds go to local charities, Wounded Warriors and scholarships.
Tree raffle tickets cost $1 each or six for $5. There's a separate raffle, with tickets costing $5 apiece, for the "gift certificate tree" (valued at approximately $1,400). Luncheon tickets cost $15. They all can be purchased through Friday at McPherren's Tax Service, Wendy's Beauty Salon and at the fairgrounds from 2 to 7 p.m., as well as the day of the event.
In addition to the lunch, there'll be a fashion show put on by Chere's Boutique, door prizes and a variety of silent auction items to bid on.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon.
Call Ellie at 954-2640 for more information.
Boutique at restaurant
There's something new on the menu at Fisherman's Restaurant.
More than a dozen local artisans will be dishing up their finest wares Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. during a Holiday Boutique set in a festively decorated lounge, complete with refreshments and a gift basket giveaway.
Items for sale will include photography, fused glass, mosaics, note cards and sea treasures.
Fisherman's Restaurant is located at 700 Hwy. 101 South, at the entrance to the harbor. For more information, call Tiffany, 465-3474.
The Soroptimists' Christmas Bazaar gives shoppers yet another chance to score some unique gift items Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 810 H St.
A plethora of vendors will sell handmade items, jewelry, quilts, bird feeders, fused glass, holiday decor and baked goods. Admission is free.
Bring your appetite to the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner to be held from noon to 2 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.
Diners can expect all the traditional dishes: turkey, stuffing, yams topped with marshmallows, green beans, potatoes with gravy, and what no Thanksgiving can be without: desserts!
The dinner is free and open to the public.
Downtown light parade
Santa's Light Parade will illuminate the streets of downtown Crescent City on Friday, Nov. 29, beginning at 6 p.m.
The route starts at Fifth and H streets and makes its way to Third, hanging a left and stopping at Tsunami Plaza.
Upon arrival, audience members young and old will delight in the tree lighting ceremony while enjoying hot cocoa, cookies and entertainment.
From there, kids can walk a block to visit with Santa at his headquarters (aka Andrew's Green Ark Pet Store) with wish lists in hand.
Call Cindy for more information at 464-9526.
Lighthouse center boutique
Artisans and crafters alike have been gearing up for the annual Lighthouse Community Center's Christmas Boutique scheduled for Nov. 29andndash;30 at 2455 Oliver St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Tamales will also be available for sale.
On Nov. 30, kids can have breakfast with Santa from 9 to 10 a.m. at the center. Call 464-2825 for more information.
Bazaar at fairgrounds
Three days of shopping galore await patrons at the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds Dec. 6andndash;8.
The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There'll be plenty of arts, crafts and baked goods.
Call the fairgrounds for more information at 464-9556.
Quilt Guild bazaar
Lighthouse Quilt Guild's Quilt Bazaar is scheduled for Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Andy Flynn Memorial Hall, 201 Del Norte St.
A wonderful selection of beautifully crafted quilts and other handmade gifts created by true experts in the field will be available for purchase.
And while you're there you can also design a block for a wounded soldier quilt, which will be sent to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
For more information call Debi at 458-4407.
In its 24th year, the Candlelight Walk, sponsored by Redwood Parks Association, offers participants a chance to venture through a forest of ancient redwood giants along a trail lined with luminarias.
The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. It's about 36 miles south of Crescent City, but worth the trip.
A ranger will lead strollers through the woods to a warm campfire to hear stories told by the North Coast Storytellers Association, then return to the Visitor Center for refreshments as well as a silent auction and Dutch raffle.
Suggested donation for the event is $10 per person or $12 per family. For more information call 465-7327.
Habitat For Humanity's annual Yuletide Tea at the Anna Wulf House is a holiday favorite.
On Dec. 8, three tea times are offered: 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., at 622 J St. Served with a pot of tea will be savory sandwiches and seasonal treats.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Ruth at 458-3205. Proceeds to benefit Habitat For Humanity.
On Dec. 8, the Curry/Del Norte Orchestra Guild will bring together local musicians for an afternoon of auditory delight.
Some of the world's most beautiful music by renowned composers will be performed by the guild and conducted by John Webster from 3 to 5 p.m. at Elk Valley Rancheria, 2332 Howland Hill Road.
Tickets are available at Del Norte Office Supply or at the door for $10 for adults. Admission is free for students through grade 12.
Choirs give concert
Who can resist the sweet strains of children's singing?
The recently formed Pacific Music Guild presents a Christmas Concert by the North Coast Chorale and Crescent City Children's Choir on Dec. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. at Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St.
A variety of pieces will be performed, including the "Little Drummer Boy" and Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Del Norte Office Supply or at the door.
Crescent City Art Walk
If you still haven't found something for everyone on your gift list, the Crescent City Art Walk on Dec. 13 will offer ample opportunities.
New this year will be an Art Walk Market, sponsored by the Business Improvement District, where a variety of local artists and artisans will have tables set up with unique items to sell.
The market will be in the Mason Mall from 4 to 7 p.m. There'll be free refreshments along with wood-fired pizza and tamales for purchase.
Winter dance concert
Del Norte High School Dance students will perform a "Dancing in a Winter Wonderland" show Dec. 13-14 at 7 p.m. at Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.
The Del Norte High School Madrigal Dinner has always been a popular event, and with three performances being offered, there's bound to be one to fit into your busy holiday schedule.
The Madrigal Choir will transport the audience back several centuries, dressed in their lord and lady attire, as they perform a concert fit for a king.
Show times are Dec. 13 and 14 at 6 p.m. with a matinee at noon on Dec. 14 at Elk Valley Rancheria, 2332 Howland Hill Road. Evening performances cost $30 and the matinee costs $25. Presale tickets are required and will go on sale Nov. 27 at Del Norte Office Supply. When purchasing tickets, showgoers must provide their dinner choice: chicken, beef or vegetarian.
Choir and band concert
Another Del Norte High School production will be the annual Winter Choir and Band Concert in the school gym Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
The performance is a conglomeration of the Performance Choir, the Women's Ensemble, the Madrigal Choir, the Concert Band, the Stage/Jazz Band and the Steel Band.
Call the school for more information at 464-0260.
Help for the needy
Holiday food and gift baskets will be available for those in need from Rural Human Services and the Lighthouse Community Center.
Rural Human Services at 286 M St. will be accepting applications from Nov. 25 through Dec. 12. Applicants will be notified Dec. 16-17 if they have been chosen as a recipient. Photo ID and proof of income are needed to apply. The food boxes will be distributed Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Kim at 464-7441 for more information.
The Lighthouse Community Center will not distribute food in its Christmas baskets, but there'll be a gift for everyone in the household. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 30 and baskets distributed the week of Dec. 16.
Give the center a call at 464-2825.
Both venues will gladly accept donations of food and/or cash to help spread holiday cheer.
Reach Laura Wiens at firstname.lastname@example.org.