TRI-VALLEY -- The holiday season kicks off in the Tri-Valley on Friday with the lighting of Danville's majestic 350-year-old oak tree.

Next week, the holidays will get their official start in Dublin with the Nov. 29 lighting of the city's tree.

Pleasanton and Livermore will kick it off with their annual holiday parades on Dec. 1.

And tree lightings in Alamo on Dec. 2, and in San Ramon on Dec. 7, will bring out residents for warm community events full of carols and other activities.

Danville's event begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday on Diablo Road downtown. The tradition began 36 years ago when town residents first gathered around the tree to watch it come alight.

The San Ramon Valley High School Chorus and the Danville Girls Chorus will perform starting at 5:15 p.m. The tree lighting is at 6:15 p.m. Father Christmas will be there and so will the "Snow Angel," who will sprinkle fairy dust on the tree to make it light up.

At 6:30 p.m., Danville cabaret troupe the Reel Blondes, dressed as brightly wrapped holiday gifts, will escort Father Christmas and the Snow Angel through downtown with the community following behind. Downtown shops will be decorated for the season and merchants will be offer hot cocoa, cider and tea.

Entertainers Alma Desnuda, Rundown Radio, The Monte Vista Beauty Shop Quartet, California Spirit Elite and Studio 8 Dance & Performing Arts Center, the Danville Community Flute Ensemble, East Bay Dance Company, Pacific Boy Choir Academy, America's Best Karate and the San Ramon Dance Academy will perform.

For more information on the Danville event, call 925-847-4400.

Dublin

Dublin's annual lighting of the community tree will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, near the fountain. The Dublin school district children's choir and the Dublin High School jazz band will perform. Refreshments will be served and Santa Claus will make a visit.

Livermore

Both Livermore and Pleasanton will paint the town red and green with their annual holiday parades on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The 17th Annual Downtown Livermore Holiday Sights & Sounds parade will run down First Street, from M Street to McLeod Street, beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 1. The parade lasts about an hour and features local marching bands, displays and a special appearance by Santa Claus. The ceremonial lighting of the holiday tree follows at First Street and South Livermore Avenue. For more information, visit www.livermoredowntown.com or call 925-373-1795.

Pleasanton

Pleasanton's Hometown Holiday parade and tree lighting will also be on Dec. 1, and will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Main Street. The parade will be led by a local high school marching band.

The ceremonial lighting of the tree by the mayor follows at around 6 p.m. in front of the Museum on Main. The event includes a community sing-along and a visit from the big jolly man himself. Main Street will be closed starting at 3:30 p.m. for the festivities.

To learn more, visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

Alamo

Sunday, Dec. 2 is Alamo's time to shine at the Alamo Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting Festival.

The annual event will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Andrew H. Young Park, 3000 Danville Blvd., Alamo. Local schools will perform Christmas carols, there will be hot chocolate and an arts and crafts section for kids.

Santa Claus will be the star of the show, and will hear the wishes of children and will pose for photos.

Barrels will be set up to collect nonperishable items for the Contra Costa Food Bank.

San Ramon

San Ramon's event event begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Bishop Ranch One, 6111 Bollinger Canyon Road.

The event features several family activities running from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., to include live music and entertainment on two stages, sleigh rides, a snow play area for kids 12 and under, photo opportunities with Santa, vendors selling refreshments, and One Warm Coat and Food Bank of Contra Costa will be accepting donations.

A 70-foot white fir tree light up at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the San Ramon event, call 925-866-0100.

Reporters Jeremy Thomas and Denis Cuff also contributed to this story. Contact Jason Sweeney at 925-847-2123. Follow him at Twitter.com/Jason_Sweeney.

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