SUISUN CITY— With temperatures rapidly descending toward freezing, thousands crammed into downtown Suisun City to share some holiday cheer at Christmas at the Waterfront, Saturday.
Festivities lasted much of the afternoon and well into the evening, but they culminated with the lighted boat parade in the harbor and the lighting of the Christmas tree on the waterfront.
Everywhere around Harbor Plaza beaming children raced from area to area eager to take advantage of the games and rides.
For the kids there was a bounce house, pony rides and a small motorized train offering rides around the harbor.
Still, the cold was at the front of some minds as dozens at a time gathered around a bonfire tended by the Suisun City Fire Department.
“It’s freezing,” said Julie Pagliero of Fairfield, as she made her way toward the bonfire with her kids.
It was a fun night for the youngsters, who didn’t seem to mind the cold as much.
“For me it’s been the boats, the licorice. It’s been everything. It’s so fun,” said Cecilo Vega, 12.
He also enjoyed being near the fire.
“We got up close to it and it was burning hot,” Vega said.
Aiyana Pagliero, 11, also enjoyed the night’s entertainment.
“The boats, the licorice, and then the bonfire here,” she said.
For mom, it was mainly about keeping up with them.
“I’m just following them where they want to go – breaking my pockets,” Julie Pagliero said.
Solano County Supervisor Skip Thomson, whose district includes Suisun City, took in the festivities with his wife Gail.
“We came down sharing the evening with our friends. Had dinner at a local restaurant,” Thomson said. “We come here every year. It’s always fun, they do a good job.”
Gail Thomson agreed.
“It was beautiful,” she said of the parade, in which boats decorated with Christmas lights and other holiday props circled the harbor to the delight of the crowd.
“Skip and I enjoy coming down here. It’s fun,” she continued. “(We’re) anxious to bring our grandson next year. It’s a little too cold for a 1-year-old.”
“Right over there is the place to be, I have a feeling,” Skip Thomson said pointing toward the crowd gathered around the bonfire.
Even with the cold, the atmosphere remained light and festive.
“This is a lovely evening. And the weather cooperated,” Gail Thomson said, referring to the rain that hit the region Friday night.
Along with the parade and the tree, Santa Claus visited with children, while families took rides on horse-drawn carts and feasted on the treats served up by street vendors and local restaurants.
Also enjoying the spoils of the night were brothers Dylan and Gavin Pyle, who scored a pair of light-up swords, similar to Star Wars lightsabers.
Asked his favorite part of the night, Dylan, 13, said simply, “These,” as he brandished his sword.
The boys did get to see the tree lighting.
“It was good, but we were way over there,” Dylan said.
His brother was excited about the rides.
“The train, I got to ride on it,” said Gavin, 7.
The brothers were there with their grandmother, Linda bright of Fairfield.
“It’s an annual tradition,” Bright said.
After the parade and tree lighting, Mobility, the rock band component of the Air Force Band of the Golden West, entertained in front of the giant fireplace next to the Lawler House.
The Crystal Middle School choir and jazz band followed Mobility, concluding the live entertainment for the night.
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