Tree of Lights Honors Loved Ones During the Holiday Season

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)
In past years, crowds of local residents have gathered in Village Square to watch the tree lighting. Unfortunately, this year will not include Santa Claus arriving by fire truck.

    Hospice East Bay Tree of Lights proudly celebrates their 35th annual Tree of Lights in 12 local communities including Orinda.
    The Orinda celebration takes place Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Bank of America in Village Square. The grand old oak tree in the middle of the square will once again be aglow with lights in memory of loved ones. While the school choir will not be performing this year, there will be music, poetry and the reading of the names of those memorialized on the tree.
    Hospice East Bay’s Tree of Lights provides a way for families and friends to honor their loved ones and find solace in the symbolism of light. Funds raised by the ceremonies allow hospice to provide compassionate end-of-life care to terminally ill patients.
    For more information and to purchase a memorial light, visit

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