Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. on December 3rd, and the tree lighting usually happens between 6:20 and 6:40 p.m.
Merriment on Main has been a Vacaville tradition since 1983, decorating and lighting the community Christmas tree on Main Street on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Starting in 2018, the event was turned over to a non-profit organization owned by the community with a Board of Directors of local volunteers and civic leaders to plan and carry out the event. We'll see you there for holiday fun!
Warm-up during the chilly evening by heading down to Vacaville Museum at 213 Buck Avenue for steaming hot onion soup, a Merriment on Main tradition! Then, wander through Downtown to enjoy performances from local choirs, dancers performing classic carols and timeless pieces on stages scattered throughout the area.
Want to skip the hassle of parking? On December 3rd, starting at 5:00 PM and continuing until 9:00 PM, those who wish to avoid the parking hassle during the Merriment on Main event can simply take a City Coach shuttle. It’s free! The pick-up spots are on Davis Street at the Park and Ride, the Vacaville Ice Sports on Porter Way, and downtown at E. Main St and Wilson St. The buses will arrive and depart these locations every 15 minutes.
Festival of Trees
While you’re Downtown, don’t forget to stop in at the Festival of Trees and enjoy the three-day festival, which kicks off with a Gala Dinner the Monday after Thanksgiving, magically transforms the Vacaville Skating Center on Davis Street into a glowing gallery filled with 50 exquisitely decorated, full-size Christmas trees, plus another 50 table-top mini-trees - all for sale to the highest bidder.
The holiday showcase also features a bazaar of finely crafted gifts and homemade baked goods; regular visits and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus; and entertainment by talented musicians, choral groups and performers.