Redwood City holds tree decorating contest

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.

Community organizations, businesses and youth groups today will decorate trees in downtown storefront windows to compete in the Hometown Holidays Community Tree Decorating Contest, Redwood City officials said.

Contestants will adorn 5- to 7-foot artificial trees provided by the Redwood City Downtown Business Group with lights and dozens of ornaments between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The winning tree will be chosen by the public. People can cast their votes in multiple downtown locations.

Redwood City's Hometown Holidays celebration will be held rain or shine on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., city officials said.

This year's festivities will feature vendor booths, a petting zoo, pony rides, a snow patch and a stage for live music.

A children's parade will start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a tree-lighting ceremony at 5:45 p.m. and a fireworks display at 5:50 p.m.

Winners of the Community Tree Decorating Contest will be announced at the City Council's meeting on Jan. 9, 2012.

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