Todos Santos Plaza
Willow Pass Road (between Mt. Diablo & Grant)
Downtown Concord kicks off the holiday season with Santa's Grand Arrival, followed by holiday entertainment, the Mayor's Sing-Along, and Concord's Official Holiday Tree Lighting. From the city that brought cost saving measures in 2009 by using a municipal tree dubbed the Charlie Brown Tree because of its spindly appearance, scant decorations and faded brown branches, a new live tree is expected to occupy center stage at the holiday tree lighting ceremony as it did in 2010. What went wrong in 2009? Well water the city uses to keep the grass around the tree extra green caused the tree to turn extra brown, possibly because of boron in the water.
Santa arrives around 4 p.m. on a bright red fire truck and listens to kids' holiday wishes. Parents are welcome to bring a camera or opt for a professional photo available for a fee.
On-stage entertainment begins at 5 p.m.
with school choirs and community
entertainment on stage, followed by a
holiday sing-along and traditional
The Todos Santos Business Association may be sponsoring carriage rides from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the First Presbyterian Church around the corner from the plaza on Colfax Street. Call hotline for details, or keep fingers crossed!
In 2009 when the community tree was
used as the Christmas tree, there was
such an outpouring of community spirit,
and the story touched a nerve nationwide
with people from many states that it's
been hard to live up or down that
memorable year. In 2010 a
donated live Blue Spruce, measuring 12
to 15 feet replaced Charlie Brown to
become Concord's official Holiday Tree, decorated and placed near the Todos Santos stage. When the tree
reaches an appropriate height, it will
be planted in Todos Santos Plaza and
used each year as the Holiday Tree.
Emcee for the tree lighting in the past has been a Channel 7 news anchor. Events sponsors include the Todos Santos Business Association, Contra Costa Times, KKDV radio and Astound Broadband.
Todos Santos Plaza is enjoys free parking in two municipal garages. The Grant Street Garage entrance is on Salvio Street between Grant and Colfax streets. The Todos Santos Parking Center entrance is on Salvio Street between Galindo and Mt. Diablo streets.
For information about downtown events, visit concordfirst.org or call the hotline at (925) 671-3464
Other fun community events held throughout the seasons include the annual Halloween celebrations.