This December Lone Pine will be deviating from the norm and ditching tradition for a new community event.
Rather than hosting the annual Christmas Parade this Dec. 3, the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department to unite the community as they kick off the holiday season.
“We just wanted to do something new,” Chamber of Commerce Director Kathleen New said.
Rather than the Christmas Parade this year, Santa Claus will ride into town on a Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department truck promptly at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, “because reindeer only work on Dec. 25,” New said.
Santa Claus will head right over to the VFW Hall behind McDonald’s on Main Street to hear what local youngsters want for Christmas and to pose for photos with the youth.
New said a professional photographer will be available to take photos and the VFW will be handing candy out to youngsters.
“From there we’re going to hop a wagon ride to the museum for a party with crafts, prizes, drawings and live music,” New said.
At the museum’s Christmas party, New said residents can create their own, unique holiday decorations. They will also have an opportunity to win prizes through drawings, while enjoying live music and food.
New said it is currently unclear who will be performing at the museum.
She said the museum will be serving appetizers throughout the afternoon and wrap the whole thing up with a showing of “Miracle on 34th Street” in the museum’s theater.
“Everybody is kind of excited about it,” New said. “Every year the VFW hands out candy, but this year we just wanted to try something new and get the locals over to the museum because a lot of people haven’t seen it and don’t know what a beautiful museum we have.”
New said some residents have expressed interest in having a Christmas parade. She said the Chamber of Commerce will not be organizing that effort should it emerge, however, if anyone is interested in putting it together, she said she would be more than happy to show them how.
“The important thing is to be in Lone Pine by 1:30 p.m. for Santa,” New said. “Also, we may have a surprise visit by the Citizen of the Year, but that hasn’t been confirmed.”