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Get ready for a month of holiday fun

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Auburn does quite a good job of decking the halls with plenty of holiday cheer. Grab your calendar and mark down a few dates. Dec. 4 There is no better way to kick off the holiday season than by checking out Auburn’s Festival of Lights parade, which takes place the evening of Saturday, Dec. 4. The parade typically includes 100-110 festively decorated floats and draws a crowd of 15,000 or more, said Steve Galyardt, parade chairman. “It’s an amazing thing to put together,” Galyardt said. “It’s just so much fun.” The parade starts at 5:30 p.m., following the City of Auburn’s Christmas tree lighting, which takes place at 5 p.m. at Central Square in Downtown Auburn. The parade begins at the corner of Lincoln Way and Cherry Avenue in Downtown Auburn. Floats cruise Lincoln Way, turn left at the clock tower and take High Street, left onto Auburn Folsom Road and another left to end at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. As always, parade planners save the best for last, closing out the Festival of Lights with Santa Claus, who rides on the final float of the night. Today is the last day to submit entry forms for the parade. Call (530) 885-5616, ext. 0, for information about entering the parade. Dec. 5 The Gold Country Food and Toy Run takes place Dec. 5 in Auburn. Riders meet at 10 a.m. at Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive, Auburn, and hit the road at 11 a.m. All motorcycles are welcome, but be sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy. This is a rain-or-shine event. Call (530) 885-5556 or (530) 885-4044 for more information. Dec. 7 Sing Hallelujah as the Auburn Symphony once again presents its annual Messiah Sing-Along, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Placer High School auditorium, 275 Orange St. Tickets for the performance are $20, or $10 with ID-carrying students. Group discounts are available. Call (530) 823-6683 for more information. Dec. 10-12 Get into the holiday spirit by catching Auburn’s old-time radio production of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” directed by Glenda Gonzales on stage at the State Theatre. Shows will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. The State Theatre is located at 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. See www.livefromauburn.com or call (530) 885-0156 for more information. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 Soak up some holiday cheer with the 24th annual Old Town Country Christmas, which takes place from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. The streets of Old Town Auburn come alive with Christmas spirit complete with crafters, artists, food vendors, roasted chestnuts, a bonfire, the Thunderfoot Cloggers and Scottish Dancers, Santa and his elf, the Sugar Plump Fairies, the Auburn Band Brass Ensemble, pony rides, InSync Dancers and Pamelot School of Dance, hay rides and more. Call (530) 888-1585 or see www.oldtownauburnca.com for more information. Dec. 16 and Dec. 19 The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center brings some wacky holiday cheer to the big screen with “A Christmas Story,” shown at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets are $8 for both showings, which take place at the State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way. The box office opens 90 minutes for showtime. Attendees can make a night out of it by grabbing a pre-film dinner, available for $8 at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Call (530) 885-0156 for more information. Tell the Journal about your upcoming holiday events by e-mailing features@goldcountrymedia.com.