After Mount Shasta’s annual Thanksgiving Day Meal on Thursday, Nov. 23, at the city park, the town will officially start the holiday season with Friday’s Winter Magic Celebration.

New to Winter Magic is the Chamber of Commerce Hometown Holiday Light Parade on Mt. Shasta Blvd., which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Nov. 24.

Winter Magic begins with the Reindeer Walk/Run Friday morning and includes downtown entertainment, food, hot drinks, shopping, a town-wide merchant window decorating contest, and prize raffle drawing.

After the Light Parade, Santa will visit and the tree lighting will be held at the city plaza.

Reindeer Run to benefit ‘Feed the Kids’

Mount Shasta’s annual Reindeer Walk/Run is set to begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24 beginning at Studio “B,” located at 321 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. in downtown Mount Shasta.

Pre-registration cost is $10 per person at Studio “B.” Day of event registration is $15 per person.

New this year for the walk/run is free admission for children age 10 and under, and Santa will be handing out candy canes. All participants are encouraged to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters or costumes.

Event organizer Brenda Floyd-Hall, owner of Studio “B,” has pledged a portion of the upcoming walk/run proceeds to help feed children in Siskiyou County through Great Northern Service’s “Feed the Kids” program.

Proceeds will also be donated to buy more lights for a festive downtown.

Great Northern’s Siskiyou County food program will once again focus on feeding children, especially in the summer months when school food programs are not available in 2018 and 2019.

“An unimaginable 31.8 percent of children under age 18 in Siskiyou County do not know where their next meal will come from,” said GNS Development Director Marie-Josée Wells. “We are so appreciative of all the businesses and individuals like Brenda that help prevent children from going hungry in Siskiyou County.”

GNS’s long and short-term goals include: to not let one child go hungry in Siskiyou County; and to raise at least $5,000 from caring locals to help feed kids and their families during the upcoming North State’s Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28 at www.NorthStateGives.org.

“Even though the 5K Reindeer Walk/Run is enjoyed by everyone, I am really focused on children this year,” said Floyd-Hall. “I want as many children as possible to show up with their smiles and to also help disadvantaged children through Great Northern’s programs.”

To help feed the kids in Siskiyou County, community members can donate during North State Giving Tuesday on Nov. 2 by going online at www.northstategives.org between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., select Great Northern Services, and donate any amount.

All monies go to the Feed the Kids campaign. North State Giving Tuesday is brought to the community by Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Redding Bank of Commerce, and United Way of Northern California.

To donate any time of the year, or to volunteer to help kids, contact Wells at 530-938-4115, extension 121.

To find out more about additional GNS Siskiyou County community services go to www.gnservices.org, or call 530-938-4115.