Oceanside rings in the holidays with tree lighting ceremony

December 18, 2012 by  

Oceanside officially kicked off the holiday shopping season with a tree lighting ceremony on November 29 during Sunset Market. Mixed in with Sunset Market’s 140 retail, food, and produce vendors were a variety of fun activities and Christmas decorations.

Those in attendance could enjoy a horse and carriage, a train ride, kids’ crafts, and an inflatable slide. Santa arrived on the scene later in the evening via fire engine. Mayor Jim Wood, local dignitaries, and Santa then led a countdown to the lighting of the huge tree in the downtown plaza. The tree stands at an incredible 35 feet, and children gathered under it after the lighting ceremony to visit with Santa and share their Christmas wishes with Mr. Claus.

As Oceanside greeted the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony and other fun activities, local business owners prepare for holiday shopping crowds. Local printing companies are likely to be kept busy as business owners use banner printing, poster printing, and other means of advertisement to announce sales and special holiday deals. Many stores and retailers are also likely to need additional catalog printing during the holiday shopping season.

The city of Oceanside has held its annual tree lighting ceremony for six years running now. The first such ceremony was held in 2007 when Sunset Market first opened. The market, which occurs on a weekly basis, started with only 70 vendors. Nearly twice that many vendors now sell at the weekly market on a regular basis.