Santa Claus is scheduled to appear at the First Friday fifth anniversary celebration 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.
Stores will remain open until 8 p.m., many with special offers. The event will feature an “Elf on the Shelf” scavenger hunt and live music at various locations on Main and State streets. Performers will include Sunday Seven at Le Boulanger, In the Pocket at Chase Bank, Influx at Gallery 9, Celtic Harmony at Enchanté Boutique Hotel, Mollie and Scott at Linden Tree Books, Mars at Nature Gallery, Foggy Memory Band at the Costume Bank and Fully Funded, the Mountain View Madrigals and Bullis Charter School’s Sonore Choir at Veterans Community Plaza.
“Our Sunday Seven band loves playing at First Friday because it brings joy to the folks who come by to hear us, and we have fun playing music together as a group,” said Bob Stanfield of Sunday Seven, which has played since First Friday events began. “It is fun to get people participating with singing, dancing and smiling while we play.”
Santa will arrive at Veterans Community Plaza on the American Legion Train at 6 p.m. Children can sit on Santa’s lap, tell him what they want for Christmas and ride around town on Santa’s train.
“Los Altos First Friday has created lasting hometown memories for my son Ryan, who attends Blach Intermediate School,” said Los Altos resident Grail Nitsch. “Every month Ryan looks forward to getting with his friends downtown on First Friday. It’s just such a wonderful downtown community event.”
First Friday, the only year-round monthly event in downtown Los Altos, was the brainchild of Joe Eyre, executive director of Los Altos Community Foundation. With support from Los Altos Forward – a program of the foundation – First Friday took off and continues to grow in popularity.
“First Friday gives us an opportunity to see customers with their families,” said Dianne Edmonds, co-owner of Linden Tree Books. “We endeavor to arrange evening activities the whole community can enjoy. We always look forward to the extra two hours – and it’s a beneficial time for people to pick up gifts for those weekend birthday parties.”
First Friday’s fifth anniversary after-party is scheduled 8-9 p.m. at Nature Gallery, 296 State St. Admission is free and open to the public.
The First Friday Committee seeks volunteers to help plan future First Friday events. Meetings are scheduled 6-7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Nature Gallery.
For more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org.