City Lights Xmas Tree

Dec 11,2018

The City of Alameda kicked off the holiday season with a festive celebration at City Hall last Saturday. City officials, the poets laureate and several musical performers entertained a festive crowd. Children enjoyed free candy canes and visits with Kris Kringle himself.

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File photo. The New York Sun’s 1897 letter: “Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus” has proved true as a former California news reporter will attest.

Kids’ Letter Leads to Meeting Real Santa

Dec 23,2015

In 1973 I was a reporter for a small town California newspaper. One of my jobs that year was to read “Dear Santa” letters that children sent to the newspaper and select the best ones for publication. 

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Homeowners on Christmas Tree Lane (Thompson Avenue between High Street and Fernside Boulevard) didn’t disappoint again this year. For a series of photos from the street,

Happy Holidays to Our Readers

Dec 24,2020

Well ladies and gentlemen, we’ve almost made it. Perhaps the worst year in anyone’s memory is heading for the history books just as fast as it can. With the arrival of 2021 we can look forward to reversing the damage 2020 did to our nation’s health and economy.

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Unprecedented Need

Dec 24,2020

Alameda photographer Maurice Ramirez captured the line of cars approaching Alameda Food Bank station at Alameda Point on its last day open before Christmas. The need this holiday season is beyond what anyone could have expected.

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Maurice Ramirez Photography

Caroling on Webster Street

Dec 20,2019

Carolers of all ages joined in the fun as the West Alameda Business Association hosted Santa on Webster last Friday. Here, the festive bunch performs outside Cafe Jolie where Santa was holding court.

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Original art by Colin Close.  Santa wants to make sure everyone has a equal shot at enjoying the Christmas spirit; comprised of: beauty, love, altruism, compassion and kindness, or BLACK.

Santa Helps Christmas to Evolve

Dec 20,2019

Alternate Facts News (AFN) reported today that officials within Santa’s Workshop will soon reveal details of major changes to the celebration of Christmas. Apparently, the changes were prompted by an evangelist Christian’s partisan political speech.

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Mike Lano

Xmas Tree Lane Opens

Dec 07,2017

The crowds were out on Thompson Avenue, ahem, excuse me, Christmas Tree Lane again last Saturday, to start off one of the Island City’s treasured annual holiday traditions.

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Mike Lano file photo &nbsp&nbsp Mayor Trish Spencer will once again join the Mistletones for the city’s annual kickoff of the holiday season this Saturday, Dec. 2.

Tree Lighting, Other Fun Slated for this Saturday

Nov 30,2017


Opportunities to eat, shop and be merry in Alameda abound this Saturday, Dec. 2. From this year’s first Hot Cocoa Crawl to the East End’s Christmas Tree Lane, the Island City has lots to offer for a festive holiday experience.

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