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  • Mount Shasta to fill Black Friday with 'Winter Magic'

  • Mount Shasta’s day-after-Thanksgiving tree lighting ceremony is scheduled to be held at Parker Plaza for the first time this year.
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  • Mount Shasta’s day-after-Thanksgiving tree lighting ceremony is scheduled to be held at Parker Plaza for the first time this year.
    Organizers say they are keeping a traditional theme while expanding the town’s “Winter Magic” event.
    Scheduled for Nov. 29, it will include a visit from Santa and his friends, carolers, and performances by the Mount Shasta Children’s Choir and Mount Shasta Children’s Theatre.
    The 300 and 400 blocks of Mt. Shasta Blvd. will be closed to traffic from 1 to 7 p.m. Fire pits and bales of straw will be located at various spots in the area for those who want to warm up and/or enjoy a roasted marshmallow or two.
    Stores will be offering sales and specials for holiday shoppers, said Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce president and Winter Magic committee chair Brett Waite.
    A tree will be lit at Parker Plaza at 6 p.m. following performances by the Mount Shasta Children’s Theatre, under the direction of Wendy James at 4:30 p.m. and a performance by the Mount Shasta Children’s Choir performance at 5:45 p.m.
    Ryder Emerson will lead a quartet of musicians singing carols throughout the downtown area, and the Mount Shasta High School Cheerleaders will be performing.
    Santa Claus will arrive courtesy of the Mount Shasta City Firefighters to meet children at City Hall Plaza at 3 p.m. He will return immediately following the tree lighting ceremony.
    Mount Shasta City Manager Paul Eckert and his wife Julie will be selling festive drinks for adults and children. Proceeds from drink sales will go back to the Winter Magic event, Eckert said.
    Non-alcoholic hot apple cider and hot chocolate will be available.
    For adults, the Eckerts plan to offer hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps, Irish coffee, hot cider with caramel vodka, and Nordic Glogg (a spicy mulled wine).
    If there is snow, a snowman making contest may be included in the festivities.
    “This will be a fun event for all and an opportunity for the community to see what local merchants and business are offering for the holiday season,” Waite said.
    Winter Magic is sponsored by volunteers in collaboration with the city of Mount Shasta, the Mt. Shasta Fire Association, Mountain Runners and the Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce.
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