watsonville plaza tree lighting 2018
A decorated Aptos Blue redwood tree stands in the Watsonville Plaza in 2018 after city officials flipped the switch on the holiday lights spread throughout the area. File photo by Erik Chalhoub

The Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, scheduled for 5pm on Nov. 17, has been canceled due to predicted thunderstorms and rain, said Jessica Beebe, recreation supervisor at Watsonville Parks & Community Services.

The main switch to turn on the thousands of lights around the plaza and on the 40-foot Sequoia tree will still go on this evening, minus the ceremony which had included a visit from Santa. 

The annual Santa Tour on Dec. 13-15, where Santa and his elves and others tour area schools and parks with their mobile musical performances, is still in the works.

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