It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go! The City of Pleasanton will soon be twinkling with Christmas lights decorating our historic oaks and store fronts on Main Street. Plus, our Pleasanton River Park will soon be filled with 90 Christmas trees each uniquely and creatively decorated by sponsoring businesses and nonprofits. The 28-foot City of Pleasanton Christmas tree will soon go up too. Come celebrate the spirit of the season December 4 and 5 with the festive Hallmarkesque Christmas Festival—Merry on Main.
This festival celebrates what is loveliest about the season—community, tradition, generosity and so much shared joy. The Merry on Main festival offers different delights and experiences for kids of all ages 0-99 from Victorianstyle carolers singing your favorite Christmas songs to ice slides, shopping, food trucks, entertainment, Kid Zone and so much more.
Entry to Merry on Main is free to the public as are most of the activities. The only fees are for food and drink and shopping plus $5 entry fee at the Merrier on Main concert Saturday night. Merry on Main has made tickets available via Event Bright for several events including for the Live Production of The Christmas Story and for Merrier on Main with Brad Jenschke & Neon Ranch. Tickets for The Christmas Story are free and tickets for Merrier on Main with Brad Jenschke are only $5 each. Tickets are encouraged as social distancing rules and regulations will be followed so seating is limited for The Christmas Story and attendance is limited at the concert. To reserve your place go to www.eventbrite.com/e/merry-on-main-tickets 129327601337–.
The Merry on Main festivities begin at the Pleasanton River Park, Friday, at 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. and continue in downtown Pleasanton, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ending with the Pale Rider Memorial firework extravaganza and the Lighted Christmas Parade sponsored by DOCUmation.
Christmas Tree lighting
At 5:30 p.m. Friday evening at the Pleasanton River Park, the Pleasanton High School Band will treat the community with Christmas music under the 28-ft. Christmas tree. Merry on Main’s official start will be with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. A winter wonderland of 90 beautifully -and creativelydecorated trees sponsored by local businesses will be festively displayed nearby. At 6 p.m., there will be two ice slides with free entry open for play. Come hungry as food trucks will line the park to satisfy all your cravings.
Got Talent Show
The Merry on Main’s Got Talent show will begin at 6:30 p.m. under the River Park Main Pavilion at the Pleasanton River Park. This year there are two different categories age 5-15 and 16 plus. Country Girl Designs has donated the prize money for each group-1st $300, 2nd $200 and 3rd $100. Rockstar Rancher Brad Jenschke will be the MC for the night. The participants represent a wide range of talent. This is a fun event to attend with your family. There will be lots of open space outside to come with your family unit and social distance. The top winner will have an opportunity to perform on the Merry on Main Stage in downtown Pleasanton on Dec. 5.
Little Miss Merry on Main
The 2nd Little Miss Merry on Main pageant sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Pleasanton begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Stage on Main. The event will feature Atascosa County girls ages 7-10. Come out and support these future women leaders as they vie for Little Miss Merry on Main.
The Kid Zone will be located at the Woman’s Club, 321 Main Street. The Kid Zone area will be open from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature live reindeer, ice slide, face painters, train rides, elf shelf and so much more.
The Christmas Story – The Reason for the Season
For the first time this year, a live production of The Christmas Story—The Reason for the Season will be held at the Plestex, Screen 1 at 1:30, 3 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 5. This live production puts Christ in Christmas and features actors who play Jesus, Joseph, Mary, Peter, Herod, the Wise Men, Nicodemus and more from the Bible. Tickets are encouraged as social distancing rules and regulations will be followed so seating is limited. To reserve your seat go to www.eventbrite.com/e/merry-on-main-tickets 129327601337–.
The Bike Parade starts at 1 p.m. with easy sign up at www.merryonmain.org. Age groups are at the parent’s discretion, but suggested ages are as follows: Wagons: 0-2 years old, Trikes: 3-6 years old, Bikes: 7+. A bicycle with training wheels will be considered a trike. Parents are encouraged to walk on the sideline if their child needs assistance. The participants will ride down the right side of Main Street to the Woman’s Club (at Main and College Street) then turn and return to the Main Stage on the left side of the street. Judges will score in three categories: theme, creativity and originality. Wagon and Trike participants may receive help from an adult; bike participants are encouraged to decorate on their own. Costumes will be considered part of the decorations.1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies will be awarded to each age group.
Gingerbread House Contest
Gingerbread House Contest judging begins at 1:30 p.m.. To pre-register go to www.merryonmain.org. All entries must be turned into the Main Stage at Merry on Main Saturday, Dec. 5, between 10- 11 a.m. Judging will be based on audience interaction. Contest winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. from the Main Stage. Categories: Most Creative • Most Delicious Looking • Largest Structure • Most Festive.
Pale Rider Memorial Firework Show and Lighted Christmas Parade
Don’t miss the 10-minute spectacular “Pale Rider Memorial Firework” event, the perfect show-stopping family entertainment for the night’s end.
The Lighted Christmas Parade sponsored by DOCUmation starts at 7 p.m.
Parade route will be published in the Dec. 2 issue of the Pleasanton Express and will be on the Merry on Main Street Facebook page.
Merrier on Main
A new addition to Merry on Main, is a concert with Brad Jenschke and the Neon Ranch. The concert will be held at the Pleasanton River Park Main Pavilion. Food trucks and beer will be available. Please go to www.eventbrite.com/e/merry-on-maintickets 129327601337– to purchase tickets.
Jessica Tom, coordinator for the upcoming Merry on Main weekend in Pleasanton, invites the public to lend a hand and volunteer. Volunteers help provide the fun. You can assist with the ice slide, event set up, tearing sets down when an event is over, judging, parade lineup and more. To be a volunteer at Merry on Main, send an email to email@example.com or visit their website www.merryonmain.org.
Thank you again to the generous sponsors who have made this Christmas festival for the whole family possible. Please show your support of these businesses and organizations.
Gold Level: City of Pleasanton, Pale Rider Memorial Fireworks, Salt River Services, Country Girl Designs and DOCUmation
Silver Level: Paisley’s, Wilco Peanut Co., Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Pleasanton Express
Red Level: Linebarger Attorneys at Law, Republic Services, Wells Construction, Brush Country Dental Center, Café Chris, Tone Rangers and Temper Services
Green Level: Woman’s Club of Pleasanton, ACT Theater Group, and Pleasant Perk Coffee House