Smokey Bear poses with parade participants on the United States Forest Service, Cal Fire, and Bureau of Land Management float last year. File photo

Don’t miss the Magical Country Christmas event

It’s time for cold weather, warm jackets, fireworks and, of course, Santa.

Join the hundreds of people who fill the streets of Uptown Susanville for the annual Magical Country Christmas event from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 for the enticing Christmas Parade, impressive firework display, hot toddy walk, Toys for Tots collection and tree lighting.

The event, presented by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, Historic Uptown Susanville Association, city of Susanville and Lassen County, draws large crowds to Uptown Main Street for the festive evening.

Attendees can trek to Uptown Susanville to enjoy live holiday-themed entertainment, watch the many floats and see Santa in the parade of lights and watch a majestic display of fireworks at the top of Main Street above the Elks Lodge.

Additionally, adults attending the cheerful Magical Country Christmas event may visit seven local businesses participating in HUSA’s third annual Hot Toddy Walk.

Tickets for drinks will be available for purchase at Sierra Desert Properties, Serendipity Salon, Salon 705 and Sierra Jewelry and a variety of hot alcoholic concoctions will be available at those four businesses and Country Cleaners, Cruise ‘N’ Games and Margie’s Book Nook.

“It’s cold in Susanville and this is having something a little warm for the adults,” said HUSA President Melanie Westbrook, of the Hot Toddy Walk. “It’s great to see everyone out and you get that very nice, cozy Christmas (feeling).”

One ticket is good for one drink. Beer will also be available for purchase — along with hand protecting HUSA beer coozies.

Additionally, Uptown merchants also stay open later allowing people to start, or finish holiday shopping during the event.

Main Street will be closed to through traffic.

For more information about Magical Country Christmas, call the Chamber at 257-4323.