TWENTYNINE PALMS — Hundreds of residents turned out Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, to watch a rejuvenated winter light parade, listen to music, eat cookies and drink hot chocolate, help light the community Christmas tree and watch Santa Claus arrive by helicopter.
The evening, held on Adobe Road in front of city hall and at Veterans Park north of city hall, was the result of the combined efforts of several local civic groups working with the city of Twentynine Palms.
The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club, taking over from the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, organized the light parade, with Lori Cosgriff keeping entries organized at the starting point on Joshua Drive and Adobe Road and Gary Daigneault standing in the middle of Adobe Road in front of Veterans Park announcing the event.
Both sides of the road there were packed with residents who waved and cheered as close to 30 colorfully-lit entries moved by.
After the parade, residents enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate served by members of Soroptimist International of Twentynine Palms, with help from the Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club.
The listened to a mini-concert by students from Knott Sky Park Pre-School and members of the Spirit and Truth Worship Center Praise Team.
They enjoyed hay rides up and down Adobe Road provided by the First Assembly of God Church.
Just before 6:30 they helped Mayor McArthur Wright conduct the final countdown before the official lighting of the community Christmas tree.
A little after 6:30 they watched Joi Ride, a new helicopter touring business coming to Twentynine Palms, deliver Santa Claus by helicopter, which landed on Adobe Road in front of Veterans Park.
After arriving, Santa and his elves set up on the stage where the Knott Sky Park Pre School student had performed and sat for photos with his young admirers.