Santa arrives into town and greets the parade watchers during his Grand Entry Parade during the Saturday, Dec. 3 Magical Country Christmas event. Photos by Makenzie Davis

Magical Country Christmas welcomes season, lights up the sky

Jaclyn Fierro and Dominic Fierro pose by the Christmas Tree during the Historic Uptown event.

The air was crisp and biting, but flowing through the air was a bit of holiday magic during the Magical Country Christmas event on Saturday night, Dec. 3.

Local residents and visitors alike trekked to Historic Uptown Susanville for the annual event.

“It went excellently,” said Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Director Patti Hagata.

Live entertainment including dancing and singing delighted the crowds, which seemed to be in the thousands, and youth even watched as Santa arrived in his Grand Entry Parade.

The parade featured a variety of floats, all decked out in festive lights, decorations and accompanied by smiling faces.

As Santa made his way at the end of the parade reaching the unlit tree, it lit up in front of the Susanville Elks Lodge, with an impressive display of fireworks.

Hagata said there were no issues during the event and remarked she was still receiving calls from people positively commenting on the occasion.

New this year was the Hot Toddy Walk, which featured four different alcoholic drinks at four locations.

A local firefighters passes out candy to youth during Santa’s Grand Entry Parade.

“It went surprisingly well,” said Hagata, noting it was kind of a last effort to help get people into businesses.

She noted the walk would probably be expanded next year since more businesses have already expressed interest in participating.

With the success of another Magical Country Christmas, Hagata noted the chamber’s gratitude to the city, the Susanville Police Department, the Susanville Fire Department and Susanville Public Works, who all play a role in ensuring the event comes together smoothly.

Additionally, Hagata said, “We certainly appreciate the community’s support … It’s a nice way to end the year.”

Two girls spread Christmas cheer on the back of a fire truck during the parade.