One year after the pandemic turned the beloved community tradition to an at-home streaming affair, a festive crowd gathered once again in person at the to celebrate the annual lighting of the holiday tree in the center of town. Wednesday night’s event was hosted by the Piedmont Beautification Foundation and featured caroling from the Piedmont High School Troubadours a cappella group, the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, and — perhaps the biggest draw of all — a visit with Santa Claus.
Official festivities kicked off with a warm welcome from Mayor Teddy Gray King and a cheery greeting from Santa, who urged youngsters to drop him a line in his special mailbox. At the appointed hour, special Make-A-Wish guest Maika Ting had the important job of flipping the switch, and the audience gave a cheer to see the towering Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) suddenly crowned in light. Volunteers from the Piedmont Garden Club and city’s Public Works crew had installed the lights earlier in the week.
This is the time of year to send a lasting Holiday Greeting to friends, family, and neighbors by contributing to Piedmont Beautification Foundation. Please consider a donation to any of the funds: PBF General Fund, PBF Endowment Fund, Sport Facilities Maintenance Fund, or our current Safe Routes to School Project. Learn more about ways to support PBF HERE.