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Tree Lighting, Art Parties Tonight in Napa

Thanksgiving Eve will be doubly festive in downtown Napa, with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. followed by the opening of the third annual Art on First exhibition.

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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Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Looks like downtown is the place to be Wednesday evening! The tree is up, the skaters are skating and the shop-owners are decorating their businesses. The Art on First windows are still covered up - we'll see them unveiled that night.
Christy Bors November 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Hope to see you there L!

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