On Friday, December 10, the annual Light Up Our Landmark Trees on Main Street, an 80-year tradition lit up the sky. This year the Mission Trees were veiled in a new lighting concept.
The festivities began at 6pm with ballet and the community choirs singing your favorite Christmas songs in front of Mission Basilica San Buenaventura. At 7pm, Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava, and Pastor Tom Elewaut of the Mission Basilica welcomed Santa Claus. When Santa lit the trees, the magic began with snow and festive music.
The twin trees are national landmarks and designated as Millennium Trees by the State of California and the Federal Government in 2000. Planted circa 1880 there are two stories about the origin of the trees. Regardless of their origan, these trees are a tradition to downtown.
CAN-Trees lined Figueroa Plaza in support of Food Share.