Grab those mittens and hats and celebrate the holidays at the 11th annual Magical Country Christmas in Historic Uptown Susanville.
From 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Uptown Susanville will transform from the ordinary Main Street into a winter wonderland. Complete with the annual Santa’s Grand Entry Parade and concluded with a festive show of fireworks, the anticipated event draws thousands of local residents, families and even visitors to the area.
According to Historic Uptown Susanville Association President David Teeter, the event helps showcase the community.
“That’s always the goal – to draw people to this community … It’s also something that shows our best side,” he said.
Magical Country Christmas Chair Julie Brown agreed.
“It’s starting to really pull people from all over,” she said. “It seems like it’s getting bigger and better every year.”
Main Street, which is closed to thru traffic for the parade and festivities, puts on a winter show with lights and warm smiles accompanied by warm drinks.
Wreaths, made by the Lassen High School FBLA team and put up by the Lassen High School Interact Club, will adorn Uptown.
A new feature to the annual event is a Hot Toddy Walk, where four businesses will showcase four different hot alcoholic businesses. Sierra Jewelry will have a wicked hot cider, Iron Horse Gym will feature hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps, Susanville Real Estate will sell an Irish Coffee and Honey Lake Fire Arms will have a traditional hot toddy. Tickets to purchase the drinks will be available near the Bank of America parking lot.
There will also be Coors Light beer for sell near Elise’s Barber Shop, with a coozie included.
“We’re just trying something new,” said organizer Kerri Cobb, adding the Hot Toddy Walk was inspired by wine walks in Uptown.
Magical Country Christmas will feature the Christmas parade, starting around 6 p.m., live entertainment, food, the Toys for Tots drive, the Christmas tree lighting and fireworks, roughly around 6:30.
To Teeter, all facets of the event are great, but he enjoys the tree lighting and fireworks the best, as they illuminate the Susanville Elks Lodge at the top of the hill.
Brown said staying with the same fireworks vendor for ten years has allowed the show to grow annually.
“They just give us more fireworks every year,” Brown said. “Every year it gets better and better.”
Entry forms to join the parade to apply to be a vendor during the event must be returned to the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce by Wednesday, Nov. 30.
For the parade, entries must have a Christmas theme are encouraged to have lights. Horses are not permitted and may not include a Santa.
The forms are available on the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce website.
The Chamber of Commerce, Historic Uptown Susanville Association and the City of Susanville present the Magical Country Christmas event.