Town & Country Village Mall tree lighting set for November 25

November 17—It will be the brightest night of the year at the Town & Country Village shopping center when it hosts its annual tree lighting.

This free annual tradition brings families, pets, and merchants together for an afternoon of holiday fun.

SafeFurr Place Animal Rescue and Kern County Animal Services will kick off with a pet parade from the Village Pet Market to the Christmas Tree at 3:30 p.m.

Area owners who wish to separate their pet to participate are encouraged to register by emailing [email protected] (Pets must be kept on a leash during the parade.)

Other activities and treats for the whole family will include free photos with Santa (inside Albertsons), tours with Olaf, balloon animals courtesy of Shriner Clowns, face painting , selfie and coloring stations, holiday treats and hot chocolate from the Salvation Army canteen.

Performances will include the Centennial High Carolers, Panama Buena-Vista Strolling Strings, St. Philip Youth Music Ministry Singers, Penn Point Dance Academy, and holiday music and party with B-Town Sounds.

Weather and conditions permitting, the City of Bakersfield Fire Department will host the official lighting at dusk.

The festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. on November 25 at the center, 8200 Stockdale Highway at Coffee Road.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Shriner Hospitals for Children and the Salvation Army.