'Twas the night of the tree lighting, and all through the town, not a face in the crowd had arrived with a frown. There was music and mistletoe, hot chocolate and sweets, a visit from Santa and plenty of treats. The 30-foot tree had a mile-high star and the lights all aglow could be seen near and far.
Oakley residents turned out last weekend to officially welcome the holiday season with the annual tree lighting ceremony at City Hall. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the popular event featured music by the Freedom High School Choir, the Contra Costa County Youth Chorus and the St. Anthony's Quartet.
It was a perfect night, said event organizer Doug Hardcastle. There were pictures with Santa, cookie decorating for the kids and hot chocolate for everyone. It was an excellent evening.
It was also an evening for giving. Donation bins were set up by the Delta Lions Club and the Marine's Toys for Tots organization.
The Friends of Oakley Organization also set up bins outside City Hall to collect toys and non-perishable food donations for needy families. The newly-formed group, with the help of Brentwood Community Chest, will provide food and toys for up to 100 families in Oakley, Knightsen and Bethel Island this holiday season.
Donation bins will also be located at Raley's, Bank of the West, Lucky's, Round Table Pizza and Diamond Hills Athletic Club until Dec. 15.