Brace your elves, the holiday season is upon us. Things are about to get a lot more merry and bright as towns throughout the county flip their switches and light their menorahs. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches? Well, let's have a look.
Thursday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Strongs Creek Plaza in Fortuna holds its Holiday Open House, with tree lighting at 7 p.m. (free).
The Season of Wonder and Light in Arcata kicks off Friday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Plaza with stories, songs, blessings and the lighting of the trees (free).
Saturday, Dec. 5, several celebrations take place from Willow Creek to Rio Dell. The Community Tree Lighting happens at 5 p.m. at the Community Commons in Willow Creek. Enjoy the lighting of the tree, Christmas carolers and hot chocolate (free). If you're in Eureka, swing by the Inn for the local holiday favorite, the Eureka Inn Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. (free). Heading south a bit, you'll find the skies lighting up with holiday sparkle at the Rio Dell and Scotia Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting Ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. with Christmas carols, Santa handing out candy canes and tree lighting at 6 p.m. (free).
On Sunday, Dec. 6, take the picturesque drive out to Ferndale to enjoy cookies and cocoa and see the huge spruce at the end of Main Street light up at 5:30 p.m. (free).
In Arcata on Sunday, Chanukah on the Plaza takes place at 4:30 p.m. There'll be a menorah lighting, dreidels, music, raffle, face painting and more (free).
And on Wednesday, Dec. 9 the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor's Center in Weott features homemade treats and caroling at 6 p.m., with the tree lighting and a visit from Santa at 7 p.m. (free).
That ought to brighten things up.