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10th Annual Bishop Ranch Holiday Tree Lighting Is Thursday

Festivities will include sleigh rides, live music and the lighting of a 65-foot holiday tree.

A towering 65-foot tree has been one of San Ramon’s enduring holiday landmarks.

Every year for the past decade, a magnificent tree has stood in front of Bishop Ranch One. Soon it will be lit with more than 60,000 lights.

The 10th Annual Bishop Ranch Holiday Tree Lighting takes place Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 6111 Bollinger Canyon Road.

Everyone in the community is invited to this free event. Festivities will include sleigh rides, live music on two stages and the lighting of the giant tree.

Santa will be there as well as vendors selling hot chocolate and other refreshments. There will be activities for the kids, including a play area with real snow for children 12 and under.

The San Ramon Valley Rotary Club will be accepting donations for One Warm Coat, and is requesting coats as well as sweaters and other clothing, blankets and bedding, which will be distributed to local and East Bay charities.

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano will also be at the event, collecting nonperishable food items during the event. Protein-rich canned food is especially needed.

The annual tree-lighting event has grown from 300 attendees in 2002 - its inaugural year - to upward of 3,000 attendees expected this year.

After the holidays, the tree will be turned into mulch and used on the grounds at Bishop Ranch.

For more information, please call (925) 866-0100 or visit www.bishopranch.com/amenities/events.shtml.

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