City holds annual holiday festivities

Gilroy Downtown Business Association will host the annual Gilroy Holiday Parade, Doggie Dress-Up and ceremonial Christmas tree lighting Saturday, December 2, from 2:30pm to 7 pm. This year’s Holiday Parade Grand Marshal is Siena Arioto, whose team was the top earner for the South Bay MDA Muscle Walk, with $15,344 raised.

The Christmas tree lighting will be performed by Siena and Santa Claus and will honor the Star of Light award recipients, to be announced that night.

This is always a great event, and gets better each year. The parade is inspirational and fun and the whole day is a great chance to meet neighbors and get ready for the festival season.

You can take photos with “Santa Paws” benefiting the South County Tail Waggers between noon and 2pm at the intersection of Monterey and Fifth streets

The Doggie Dress-up will begin at 2:30 pm at the intersection of Monterey and Fifth Streets.

Vendor booths will be open 2:30- 7pm on Fifth Street

The Main Stage performances will take place from 3-5pm.

The parade begins at 5:30pm and will be emceed by Mark Turner and Jane Howard.

The tree lighting will immediately follow the parade, at the intersection of Monterey and Fifth Streets.

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