It only happens twice a year -- an event so large and so popular that lierally the entire town of Benicia comes downtown for a feel-good experience that words and even pictures can't describe.
The first is the annual July 3rd Torchlight Parade. The other takes place this Friday night in downtown Benicia.
I'm talking about the annual Holiday Open House, which is organized by the hard-working people from the Benicia Main Street Program (the same folks who put on the always-popular Farmer's Market and a host of other events throughout the year).
From 6-9 pm this Friday (Dec. 4th), First Street will be closed to traffic as townsfolk descend on the downtown area to stop by the various business for a cup of apple cider, a bag of popcorn, some holiday cookies or maybe even a visit with Santa. And it's all complimentary.
There's always musical entertainment up and down the street -- holiday carolers, brass ensembles, and other musicians. Plus, two wine-tasting gardens and holiday wagon rides. And, the Benicia Fire Department usually rolls out its vintage fire truck all decked out in holiday lights.
The best part of the annual December holiday walk is that it provides an opportunity to stop and chat with neighbors, friends, and other familiar faces. It's almost like stepping into a Dickens novel.
For more details, contact Benicia's Main Street Program.
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