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Merriment on Main will return this year

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Santa Claus waves to the thousands of people gathered on Main Street as he soars above downtown Vacaville after the Christmas tree is lit at the 2019 Merriment on Main ceremony. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the local holiday tradition was canceled last year, but it will return this year. (File Photo -- Joel Rosenbaum)

Yes, Vacaville, there will be a Merriment on Main this year.

Despite the annual Christmas celebration getting canceled last year for the first time in its 38-year history due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be back on Nov. 30 with entertainment and vendors along Main Street and — of course — the lighting of the tree by Santa Claus.

Lisa Rico, a member of Merriment on Main’s Board of Directors, said the decision was made Wednesday after learning it would be permitted under California and Solano County regulations.

“Once they released what was gonna be allowed for what they call ‘mega events’ for the state, then the decision was pretty easy,” she said. “The only reason that we didn’t have it last year is because we were not allowed to have it last year.”

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Merriment on Main will look, feel different this year

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Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic

VACAVILLE — The city’s annual Christmas celebration, Merriment on Main, will happen this year with no spectators.

The board of directors for the event announced Monday that the 2020 event would be a pared-back event, with a decorated and lit tree, as always.

The board called it another casualty of Covid-19.

“There is simply no way we can safely gather up to 15,000 people on Main Street and stand shoulder-to-shoulder to watch the tree lighting,” event organizers said in a press release. “Thus, it’s impossible to have a public ceremony or the typical program.”

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