Those attending the annual Los Gatos tree lighting experienced a joyous night as the historic fir tree lit up the night at the Los Gatos Town Plaza Park. Although the weather brought a chill in the winds and occasionally a few drizzles, the yearly event withstood any force of nature.
Unfortunately, the weather caused a cancelation of performances by Joyful Sounds Brass Quintet, the Fisher Middle School band, and Los Gatos Ballet. Even without the planned entertainment, the spirit of the Los Gatos townspeople saved the day as the crowd put on their own performance by singing holiday carols.
Senior Katie McEnroe made her way downtown for the event, but was momentarily delayed due to traffic and searching for parking. Although the traffic and parking was frustrating, she expressed that “experiencing the Christmas tree and seeing the lights turned on brought Christmas festivities to light.”
Mayor Marcia Jensen arrived to recognize those selected for the Youth Citizens of the Year Awards at 6 PM and performed the honor of switching the tree’s lights on. Freshman Sasha Agrawal and senior Alexandra Grey were among the multiple young adults selected for the awards. Jensen chose Agrawal to be one of the parade leaders for Los Gatos’s annual Christmas Parade and recognized her dedication to volunteering, as she actively participates in organizations including student council and leadership, as well as a variety of charities. The mayor called Agrawal “very creative,” as she both dances and plays the piano. Jensen also announced Grey as a parade leader. The mayor spoke of Grey’s passion for drama, theater, acting, and volunteering. A Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten, Grey has recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is similar to a Boy Scout Eagle Award. Agrawal and Grey, among others, commenced the parade with the blow of their whistles.
Shortly after, Santa arrived in style on a classic fire truck along with the Santa Clara County Fire Department and the Los Gatos Police Department. People gathered in line to take pictures with Santa as well as admire the fire truck he used for a sleigh when making his entrance. The free popcorn and hot cider kept people warm and content as the crowd continued to sing holiday carols.