The 2012 holiday season in downtown Napa officially begins this evening, when newly-reelected Mayor Jill Techel lights the Christmas tree in Veterans Memorial Park.
The 6 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony will be accompanied by hot chocolate, cookis and entertainment, according to a Facebook posting for the event.
Once the tree is alight, revelers are invited to stroll up First Street, taking in the latest new window displays in the third annual Art on First exhibition, which transforms vacant storefronts into art installations.
Pause on the way at Wildcat Vintage Clothing to hear a live band, and then continue to the Gordon Huether Gallery for a wine reception with the artists and arts supporters.
The Grand Hand Gallery and the Napa County Historical Society are among the other downtown Napa establishments staying open late Wednesday for the holiday crowds.
Napa on Ice welcomes skaters until 10 p.m. Click here for locations where you can buy discount tickets.
The next big 2012 holiday event downtown is the Napa Christmas parade, coming up Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.
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