Tehachapi Hometown Christmas, Dec. 3 – Happenings & Special Offers
November 19, 2022
"The idea came from within our community. We were approached with the idea to have a Christmas festival of sorts on Green Street, like what we do for Farmers Market," said Key Budge, from the City of Tehachapi. "A few of us from the city got together and thought about how we could enhance what occurs in Downtown Tehachapi during the holidays."
A Tehachapi Hometown Christmas will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. Timing of this event fills a gap between Christmas related events in the downtown area. The Rotary Club kicks off the day with a Christmas breakfast, the Historic Train Depot hosts photos with Santa along with a bake sale, the Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Christmas Parade on F Street and that is followed by the Christmas Tree lighting at the Depot.
We will close Green Street between Tehachapi Blvd. and F St. and host a Christmas-themed makers market. There will be ornament making, kids games, carolers, musicians, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, a reading of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Alex Zonn and a visit by Santa before he joins the parade.
We are inviting local businesses to offer specials, discounts and sales, and encourage people to shop local and at our small businesses. We are inviting local eateries to create a Christmas Parade to-go family meal. We are also inviting our nonprofits to come out and set up a booth for their holiday programs.
Children will be able to write letters to Santa, take part in a Christmas coloring station, free ornament making, free hot cocoa, hand painted Christmas goods, a Christmas-themed selfie area, live nativity scene, THS Jazz Marching Band will stop by and play a couple of Christmas tunes, Christmas light tour booth, canned food drive, craft booths, musicians and more to come!
Thank you to our media sponsor The Loop newspaper and facilities sponsor Waste Mangement Tehachapi.
Look for the updated schedule at the city's Facebook page: City of Tehachapi, CA Government. More information will be added before the event so be sure to check online to see what else is happening on Dec. 3. Several local restaurants and businesses will be offering specials that day.
Events and offers from local businesses are subject to change. Street closures on Dec. 3 can be found on the city of Tehachapi's Facebook page.
Tehachapi Hometown Christmas, Dec. 3 – Happenings & Special Offers
Other Christmas happenings on Dec. 3
8 to 10 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa Free Family Event at 410 W. D St.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Photos with Santa at the Depot at 101 W. Tehachapi Blvd. Hosted by Friends of the Depot. Picture packages. Bake sale for donations.
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Christmas Book Market at Tehachapi Library
12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. – Enjoy a free showing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at Hitching Post Theatre, 201 S. Green St.
Tehachapi's Hometown Christmas on Green Street
2 to 3 p.m. – Live music
2 to 5 p.m. – Carolers
2 to 5 p.m. – Live Nativity
3:30 to 3:45 p.m. – Ugly Sweater Contest in Centennial Plaza
3:45 to 4 p.m. – "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" read by Alex Zonn in Centennial Plaza
4 to 5 p.m. – Take a selfie with Santa & Mrs. Claus in Centennial Plaza
4:30 to 5 p.m. – Tehachapi High School Jazz Band at the corner of Green and F Streets
5:30 p.m. – Tehachapi Christmas Parade (on F St.)
6:30 p.m. – Christmas Tree Lighting at the Depot Museum
7:30 p.m. – "A Christmas Story" at the BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St.
Local vendors and downtown businesses will have gift items for sale, discounts, games and treats during the Hometown Christmas event:
Chicago Title – Will host a Letters to Santa writing booth. There will be a post office box for the letters to be mailed to Santa. Each child will receive a personal reply to their letter from Santa, himself.
Tehachapi Vineyard Church – Enjoy FREE hot cocoa and coffee from their Mobile Meal Trailer.
Discover Tehachapi – Will be sharing information about their free Christmas light tour, sharing recipes using local brews and wines and selling gift cards.
Betty Baldwin – Will be selling hand-painted Christmas items.
The Semerenko Team – Will have a small craft booth with photo ops.
Knights of Columbus – Will be collecting canned non-perishable food.
Tehachapi High School Art Club – Check out the trophy display table. The art club will be repurposing old trophies to be given to the winners of the Christmas parade, ugly sweater contest and business window decorating contest.
TVAA/Gallery 'N' Gifts – Enjoy their Christmas Selfie Booth.
Girl Scouts – Two kids game booths with prizes.
Marty Pay Insurance – Will be collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.
Happy Creations by CM – Will have handmade Christmas gifts for sale.
Tehachapi Police Department – Visit their information booth.
Rotary Club – Enjoy the Kids Christmas Color Station and Face Painting.
TehachaPie – Will be selling pies, whole and prepackaged slices.
Miramar International Tehachapi – Will be hosting a game/activity with prizes.
Tehachapi Salvation Army Bell Ringers will be ringing their bells.
Healthy Hippie Trading Co. – Will be selling local apple cider (frozen), pre-made gift baskets of Ha's apple products, and stocking stuffers of handmade jewelry and crystals.
Kern County Animal Services – Look for their informational booth about their services and photos of their adoptable animals. They will have a drawing for a gift basket.
Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate – Fill out Christmas cards to local senior citizens.
Brett Featherstone – Is selling an assortment of homemade Christmas gifts all priced at $20 and under. Kids can stop by for a free candy cane.
Church of Latter-Day Saints – Enjoy their Live Nativity located in front of the Stray Leaves building on Green Street.
Calliope Music Studio – Carolers will be strolling down Green Street singing carols.
Adventist Health – Is sponsoring live music/Pip the Penguin in Centennial Plaza.
Tehachapi Art Center – Is providing ornaments for kids and adults to decorate along with hot chocolate, cider and cookies at the store. Look for the red door in the parking lot, behind Centennial Plaza, and come on in.
Wild Roots – Offering 20% off entire purchase on Dec. 3. They will be open later for the Christmas tree lighting.
Markos D1 Salon – Will have an earring promo: Buy one, get one 50% off on Dec. 3.
Mud Hut 2 Go – Buy 3, Get 1 Free Christmas ornaments, Dec. 3. Open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Karen's Boulevard Shoppe – 10% OFF porcelain dinnerware on Dec. 3
Nannette Keller – 10% off small fashion scarves on Dec. 3.
Oak Tree Art Antiques Etc. – No sales tax on Dec. 3.
Darlene's Real Swell Toys – 10% off entire purchase on Dec. 3.
Mountain Music – Enjoy live music in their studio, and purchase music gifts.
Simply Perfect Gifts and Décor – Holiday gifts will be available, ask about their specials.
Funky Junk – 10% off entire store (excluding candy and soda). They will be giving out candy canes and light up accessories to the first 250 children starting at 4 p.m. on Dec. 3. Open to at least 8 p.m.
A Mystical Cottage – free cocoa and candy canes during the parade, 20% off storewide. 25% off for veterans and first responders with valid ID.
Local Restaurant Specials
Local restaurants will be offering specials during December 3. At the time of this publication, the below information is incomplete.
Look for updated information at the city's Facebook page: City of Tehachapi, CA Government.
Kohnen's Bakery – German Christmas Cookies, German Christmas fruit and nut loaf.
Red House BBQ – Family Dinner Special.
Also offering dinner specials: Gracian's, Village Grill, 4 Seasons Café, and Kelcy's Restaurant.
More restaurants to be added soon.