CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS SAFELY IN CONCORD

THE HOLIDAY SEASON MAY BE A BIT DIFFERENT THIS YEAR, BUT THERE ARE STILL WAYS TO MAKE IT SPECIAL. FROM SAFE SHOPPING AND TAKING IN THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS, TO ZOOM CALLS WITH FAMILY AND GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, HERE ARE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN CELEBRATE THE SEASON JOYFULLY WHILE STAYING WELL AND SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES

Bring Home a Fresh Tree – Nothing says the holidays are here like the scent of fresh pine wafting through your home. Choose yours at any of these locations.

Send Santa Some Love – Writing to Santa is extra important this year and kids can get their letters delivered directly to the North Pole by taking them to the special mailbox at the Willow Pass Community Center. Better hurry, though – they need to be in by 5pm on Tuesday, December 8. Visit Letters to Santa for all the details.

Shop Concord Gift Cards – Give the gift of shopping joy while keeping it local. The City of Concord and the Concord Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer the Shop Concord gift card for use at any participating business in Concord. Plus, get a bonus gift card with every gift card you buy for $20 or more. 

For details, visit: Shop Concord Gift Cards

Virtual Succulents & Sips - Make a beautiful succulent holiday wreath with the Veranda team – virtually! Purchase your garden kit in advance for $25, then pick it at The Veranda on December 15th between 5pm-7pm. Full video instructions on how to assemble your wreath can be found that night on The Veranda’s Facebook page.  

Learn more: the-veranda.ticketleap.com/succulents-and-sips-virtual-event/

Visit the Visit Concord Store – Keep it Concord with great gift ideas and fun stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. Take advantage of the holiday special throughout December with $5.00 off any purchase of $20 or more, plus a free Santa hat while supplies last. All proceeds go to local non-profits and you can use your Shop Concord gift card for all purchases. 

Visit: https://visit-concord.square.site/

Do More Holiday Baking – Tis the season for treats, and baking cookies, cakes and pies is a great way to spend time together at home. If you’re short on time or just looking for something special, stop by Alpine Pastry and peruse their selection of beautifully embellished holiday goodies. Alpine Pastry

Help Others in the Community - Help out fellow community members who may be struggling during the holidays, by making a donation or volunteering with any one of Concord’s great non-profit organizations. Check the events page on the Visit Concord website for upcoming opportunities. These groups do so much good and all help is greatly appreciated. 

Cruise the 'Hood –Take a night drive and check out The Lights @ Life Church and King’s Valley on Clayton Rd and some of the festively lit homes and neighborhoods in Concord: Concord Christmas Lights.

Support Concord Restaurants – Pick up some tasty takeout or dessert at your favorite Concord eatery and settle in for a cozy night of holiday movie watching.  - Visit Concord Restaurant Guide

The Lights @ Life Church and King’s Valley Photos from Kings Valley/Levi Nortune

Shop Safely – Concord shopping centers are safely open for business this holiday season. Check websites for modified holiday hours and safety procedures before you head out:  Sunvalley Shopping CenterThe VerandaThe Willows

Take a Night Trek Through the Garden of d’Lights – Head over to the Ruth Bancroft Gardens in nearby Walnut Creek to experience magical botanical sculptures illuminated by lights and lasers. Runs through December 20, advance ticket purchase only. Ruth Bancroft Garden of d'Lights

Some Family Time – Even you can’t be together, you can still get together virtually. Schedule a holiday Zoom or FaceTime call with everyone in your family – the next best thing to being there. 

Happy Holidays from Visit Concord