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A Sparkling Display at Night of Lights

Half Moon Bay's annual tradition kicks off the start of the holiday season with a tree lighting, parade and a whole lot of Coastsiders swathed in twinkling lights.

Every year the Night of Lights begins at 6 p.m. the first weekend in December with the tree lighting at Mac Dutra Park on Main Street.

An hour later, the streets give way to holiday revelers ready for the parade and dressed in festive attire like Santa hats, reindeer antlers, and twinkling lights. As usual, the parade begins with Half Moon Bay's fire trucks and police cars, then the  band and organized groups such as the Girl Scouts, , Cougars Pop Warner Football team, and the Coastside Mother's Club, and more.

Children make their way down Main Street on scooters and on foot, pulling wagons, or driving battery-powered cars. Floats with Farmer John, tractors, and an old-fashioned fire truck guiding Santa to his special seat for photos and wish lists are always part of the old-fashioned, small town charm.

Here are some photos from this year's Night of Lights parade, where snowflakes falling on Main Street, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and strolling carolers are all part of the festivities.

Half Moon Bay Patch wants to spotlight your Night of Light photos. If you have photos from the tree lighting and/or parade, please upload them to this article by clicking on "Add Your Photos." Add photo credits and captions (optional).

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