Celebrate the Christmas season in Pleasanton, at this Saturday’s free Merry on Main Event on Saturday, Dec. 16. The all-day, family-friendly event is being sponsored by the Downtown Pleasanton Merchants Association and the City of Pleasanton.
City’s Santa 5K Run
Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Facilities Director Greg Leach invites everyone to dress up in their fastest Santa outfit (or other holiday attire) and participate in the City’s Santa 5K Run. It will kick-off the day’s festivities, with registration at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Pleasanton Civic Center-Freedom Center (in front of Wow Wee’s Shaved Ice). The race will start at 8 a.m. and is free.
The Santa 5K Run will run north on Main Street, then runners will enter the River Park. It will run towards the Bensdale bridge, then loop the pecan orchard, then exit the park. Next it will run south down Main Street towards the finish line.
Food and craft vendors, the train ride and bounce house will set up at 10 a.m.
Holiday Cookie Contest
Cookies for the Holiday Cookie Contest can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Merry Main Tent. Cookies must be homemade, not purchased. You must list the ingredients with your entry. Half a dozen cookies are required to be judged and judging will be based on taste and presentation.
Judging for the Holiday Cookie Contest will be at 12:30 p.m. and winners will be announced at 1 p.m. Please note, only one entry per participant, please. Those entering must be present at the time of judging. For any other questions, please call 830-570-2782.
Frozen characters and Snow!
Then at 1 p.m. characters from Frozen will arrive.
Chances are, your children were not expecting to see snow again anytime soon after last Thursday’s wintery surprise. However, they will have that opportunity again at the snow-filled play area, starting at 2 p.m. Other events at 2 p.m. include a performance by the dancers of Ms. Tera’s Tap ‘N Toes and the arrival of Mickey, Minnie, the Ninja Turtles and Paw Patrol.
Ugly Sweater Contest
This Saturday is also your chance to show off that ugly sweater, at the Ugly Sweater Contest. Sign up at the Merry Main Tent when you arrive. You must be wearing your sweater. Sweaters may be judged on creativity, uniqueness or simplicity. All ages are welcome.
Judging for the Ugly Sweater Contest is at 4:30 p.m. and winners will be announced at 5 p.m.
All day events
Merry on Main Event coordinator Laura Calvert said there will also be a variety of all day events. There will be a Christmas tree farm, in which vendors will donate a tree every 30 minutes to needy families. Other events being held all day are pictures with Santa Claus, train rides, arts and crafts for the kids and bounce houses. Music will fill the air and gifts will be given away every 30 minutes plus every hour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. a $100 gift card will be given away. The Downtown Pleasanton Merchants Association will also be handing out children’s gifts as well.
Ice Fights, Night Parade
Then at about 6 p.m. get ready for the excitement of the Ice Fights, as ice sculptors showcase their skills. Watch as they compete and transform blocks of ice into beautiful creations and works of art.
The Annual Christmas Lighted Parade will follow the Ice Fights, starting about 7 p.m. The parade is sponsored by the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Posse, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pleasanton. Parade watchers will delight in seeing an array of local businesses and organizations, as they deck out their cars and horses in their Christmas lights and holiday best.
Please see map for the entire parade route. First, second and third place awards will be given.