It’s not Christmas in Ridgecrest without ...

Ann Cousineau

It’s not Christmas in Ridgecrest without ...Whether it’s holiday music, decorations, food or just plain fun, Ridgecrest Christmas traditions are alive and well again this year, drawing the attention of longtime residents and newcomers alike.

It seems the mere mention of events like the Elks’ Christmas Parade and the city’s Christmas Tree Lighting causes eyes to light up. Flickering excitement bubbles over as the December calendar advances.

Impromptu “reunions” pop up without planning or thought, especially at Santa’s Art Shop where shoppers and vendors alike erupted into giggles and shouts at the sight of people they had not seen a year of two.

The same effect occurs at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation’s Light Up a Life evening, where people hug as they gather to sing every year and find new acquaintances and old friends unexpectedly joined in a common purpose — remembering folks no longer here.

Other will agree that a Ridgecrest Christmas wouldn’t be complete with roaming the Indian Wells Valley to see unique and complex Christmas light displays including the Wizard of Oz House on Church Street, and the City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting early in the month.

Concerts and choir performances also abound during this season, along with various live dramatic performances including “The Nutcracker” and “A Living Nativity.”

Story First Published: 2012-12-19