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Santa Clarita lights up the main street

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By Chris Torres

Signal editor

After the clock struck 6:30 p.m., the noise from the crowds intensified with the impatience to see Old Town Newhall Main Street lit up by Christmas lights.

Santa Clarita Mayor Bill Miranda counted down from five while Councilor Cameron Smyth flipped the switch to in-person turn on the city’s first ceremonial Christmas tree lighting since 2019 .

After hosting the annual event virtually last year, Santa Clarita City Council was able to host Light Up Main Street in person on Saturday outside the Old Town Newhall Library to ring in the holiday season.

Cameron Smyth, Santa Clarita Councilor, left, flips the switch and Mayor Bill Miranda, right, watches the giant Christmas tree lights come on to kick off the Light Up Main Street event in Santa Clarita, Calif. On Saturday, November 20. 2021. Chris Torres / The Signal

“After a virtual event last year, it’s wonderful to be back in person to celebrate with all of Santa Clarita,” said Miranda.

Hundreds of families gathered on Main Street to witness the tree lighting ceremony and to participate in multiple holiday-themed activities, including writing letters to Santa, feeding real reindeer and taking photos with Santa Claus and the Grinch.

Anahita Perez, a resident of Santa Clarita and mother of two, said the COVID-19 pandemic had taken a toll on her family’s well-being and that by hosting the event in person again, it had done wonders for his sanity.

“It helps create a sense of normalcy after these past two such chaotic years,” Perez said.

Mayada Boulos and her daughter Jennifer take a photo with the Grinch at the Light Up Main Street event in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Chris Torres / The Signal

Perez also said his family came to the Light Up Main Street event to take photos with Santa, but haven’t been able to do so since 2019.

The event also included a pit with real snow for the kids to play, giving them a rare opportunity in Santa Clarita. Food trucks, craft tables, and vendors lined the streets with live musical performances by rock band Electric Vinyl playing in the background.

Despite the activities, food and photo opportunities, Margarita Mercado-Martinez, a first-time attendee at Light Up Main Street, said the best part was seeing the giant 25-foot-tall Christmas tree. high and the main street light up with Christmas. lights.

“[The lighting ceremony] was very magical, ”said Mercado-Martinez. “See whatever gets you in the Christmas spirit. I will definitely be back next year. ”

(Left to right) Guillermo Perez, his children Carter and Charlotte, and his wife Anahita take a photo with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on Main Street during the Light Up Main Street event in Santa Clarita, Calif. On Saturday November 20, 2021. Chris Torres / The Signal
Luciana Benitez inserts her written letter to Santa Claus into the North Pole mailbox during the Light Up Main Street event in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Chris Torres / The Signal
A woman films the Hart High Show Choir Carolers on Main Street for the Light Up Main Street event in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Chris Torres / The Signal
Dino Gregorio helps his daughter Victoria shoot a bow and arrows for the archery activity at the Light Up Main Street event in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Chris Torres / The Signal
A group of people join in the dance to the live music performed at the Light Up Main Street event in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Chris Torres / The Signal
Douglas Farnworth, an ice sculpting artist with North Hollywood Ice Company, shapes a reindeer with ice during the Light Up Main Street event in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Chris Torres / The Signal
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Margarita Mercado-Martinez raises her hands in celebration after winning the curling game at the Light Up Main Street event in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Chris Torres / The Signal