FAIRFIELD — The Candlelight Caroling and Christmas Tree Lighting downtown on Friday night could take its cue from a Hollywood classic – “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Neither rain nor cold could keep scores of people from marking the annual holiday event that included Santa climbing down off a Fairfield Fire Department truck and arriving to cheers and song in front of the 50-foot Christmas tree at Madison and Texas streets.
Fairfield Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro made a two-sentence speech. “It’s great to see everybody coming out,” said Vaccaro, who added, “Now let’s get that tree lit.”
A 10-second countdown soon followed and at 6:18 p.m. the tree lit up.
Carol Warren, owner and director of the Danc-Sing Stars Studio, told the crowd, “Rain or shine we’ve done this for years and years.”
The Missouri Street Theatre Carolers, the first of several musical groups that were part of the event, sang songs including, appropriately enough, “Frosty the Snowman.”
“The performers,” said Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, “were undaunted.”
A light snowfall sometimes comes to the community and Price said after the tree lighting, “It’d be a nice touch if we get a little dusting.”
Fairfield resident Joe Stofle, 38, who spent a decade in St. Louis where he boxed, was born and raised here. Whatever the Northern California weather might bring, the Armijo High School graduate noted, the Midwest would marvel at the mild conditions.
“This is nothing compared to St. Louis,” Stofle said.
Vallejo resident Michael Tuck held a candle, kept comfortable with hot chocolate and agreed with that assessment.
“This is balmy for them,” he said.
Moreover, Tuck said, temperatures here are trending upward.
“It’s warmer than it was Tuesday,” he noted.
The Christmas tree lighting, a Fairfield tradition, was interrupted in 2010, although a ceremony, sans tree, took place. Officials attending the Friday event included Councilwoman Pam Bertani, City Manager Sean Quinn and state Assemblyman Jim Frazier.
Frazier spoke about going up and down the city streets walking and talking with local businessmen and businesswomen.
Mayor Price praised the Fairfield Main Street Association, which billed the event as the chance to share the small-town feel of downtown Fairfield.
He told people gathered for the event that, “This is what Fairfield was meant to be. People coming together.”
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