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Pleasanton Holiday Celebration

A child talking to Santa

One thing everyone at the apartment homes in Pleasanton knows is that this little town knows how to get down for the holidays. You might first think that it’s smaller size (Pleasanton has a population of about 83,000 spread over a 24-square mile area) might preclude it from being able to throw a properly riveting celebration. Longtime residents, however, know that nothing could be further from the truth.

You see, the annual Hometown Holiday Celebration comes around every December, and with it comes a substantial amount of winter cheer. This is the time when the citizens of Pleasanton flock to Main Street for parades, marching bands, musical entertainment, and event a grand finale tree lighting. If you think this year just might be your time to attend, be sure to read up on some of these details beforehand.

What The Hometown Holiday Celebration Is All About

We already touched on the basics, but before we get into the specifics on the action at the Hometown Holiday Celebration, let’s get those details about the date and time out of the way first, shall we? The festivities will be taking place on December 12, from 3:30PM to 7:30PM right on Main Street. The parade portion of the event starts at 5:00PM, and the tree lighting ceremony at 6:45 PM. In case of rain, the event organizers have worked out an entire alternate lineup as to when the events will be scheduled.

Pretty straightforward so far, and while you might be excited about the Christmas tree lighting ceremony (the Mayor himself will be there to light the tree!) the parade is where many others get the most bang for their proverbial buck at this particular celebration. If you’re just content to spectate, you need only show up on time and enjoy the show. If you’d like to participate, however, there’s a bit more work you’re going to have to do to make the most of it.

First things first — you’ll need to sign up for entry in the parade itself. The online form is simple enough to fill out, and if you’ve already got your group together, answering all the questions will be a cakewalk. If you’re a band or similar kind of parade entertainment, getting things together should also be easy. Just practice your songs, work on your choreography, and be prepared to put on a show on the big day. If you intend on including a float too, though, now is when the real work begins.

You’ll need to design and build your float, of course! Maybe you’ve already got some design ideas in mind? Perhaps you’ll need to draw some inspiration from others to get your creative juices flowing? Either way, there are two main questions you’ll need to ask yourself before you get started, according to Krista Lessard of the Parade Float Supplies Blog: how big is your float, and how elaborate is its design? These two main considerations will affect everything else in the process:

“The answers to these questions will help determine your budget and the materials you need to make your ideas come to life, whether it is to create something grand in order to win a parade float contest or just to come up with something basic to show your group’s participation. Alternatively, instead of building floats from scratch, you can create an awesome one with complete kits and work on it immediately.”

There are other questions to ask yourself in preparation, of course, “where you’re going to build it” being one of them. Floats can take up a lot of space. The maximum size of yours will dictate the size of the space your need, or, alternatively, the size of the space you can secure will dictate the size of your float. Be sure you can find a workspace suitable to your goals before you get started building.

Next, you’ll need materials, which the blog was also kind enough to list out (at least in their most basic form). Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Low-boy Trailer or Hay Wagon
  • Chicken wire and pieces of wood
  • Floral Sheeting
  • Fringe & Skirting
  • Festooning
  • Props, Decorations & Separates
  • Letters & Numbers
  • Paint & Painting Kit
  • Tape, stapler and other adhesive materials

And with that, you can finally get underway building your float and decorating it to your specifications. Remember that this is a procedure that takes time and dedication, so consider working out a schedule for you and your group that will put you on course to having everything completed before the parade. If you need some examples on doing it the right way, try reading this float building guide from Valley Decorating, or checking out this Vlog tutorial courtesy of Kyle Ramsden.

As for the parade itself, you’ll want to make sure you follow all of the rules so you can get your float down to the parade ground on time and not disrupt the flow of the event. Be sure to read over the parade FAQ first, then reach out to the hotline if you have any questions prior to the event. Also, take some time to go over the Parade Participant Drop-Off Information as well. This will show you where to go (and when) if you’re going to be taking part in the parade.

Regardless of whether you’re in the parade or simply watching, though, it’s sure to be a great time. Bring the family, and bring in the month of December like no other town in the East Bay can — Pleasanton style!

Part of What Makes the Apartment Homes in Pleasanton Feel Magical

It’s fun celebrations like this that make Pleasanton feel like such a wondrous place to be. Not the only part, mind you, because communities like Vintage have a bit of magic all their own. Take a look at the spacious residences and fabulous amenities, and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about — you might even have to do a “double take” to make sure you’re seeing it right. Ready to make this your new home in the East Bay? Be sure to drop us a line to learn more about our floorplans and availability.