The Winter Magic celebration in downtown Mount Shasta features games for kids, live music and performances, vendor booths, a bake sale and hot drinks along the 400 block of Mt. Shasta Blvd., in and around Parker Plaza. Later this evening, the downtown tree will be lit and Santa Claus will visit.

More fun for everyone is the plan for the 2015 Winter Magic celebration scheduled for today, Friday, Nov. 27 in downtown Mount Shasta.

It starts at 11 a.m. with the Reindeer 5K Walk/Run and ends with the traditional tree lighting ceremony and visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Winter Magic's schedule of events from 1 to 5 p.m. features games for kids, live music and performances, vendor booths, a bake sale and hot drinks along the 400 block of Mt. Shasta Blvd., in and around Parker Plaza.

Stores in town will be giving raffle tickets to their customers who make purchases Nov. 27. Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Mullins will begin drawing winning tickets for prizes donated by local businesses at 4:30 p.m.

Businesses will be open for downtown holiday shopping during Winter Magic, an event sponsored by volunteers in collaboration with the City of Mount Shasta, Mt. Shasta Fire Association, Mountain Runners, Crystal Geyser, Mount Shasta Area Newspapers, and Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s downtown tree was supplied by the Mt. Shasta Ski Park and was put into place at city plaza by Erickson Construction, with help from A Cut Above, according to Mullins.

Both the 300 and 400 blocks of Mt. Shasta Blvd. will be closed for the festivities

Reindeer Walk/Run

All are invited to “wear your ugliest holiday sweater” and walk or run the 5K Reindeer route the morning of Nov. 27.

Check-in starts at 10 a.m., and the run begins at 11 a.m. Cost to register is $15.

A few medals and prizes for winners will be awarded, according to Mullins.

Vendors, entertainment and a Kids Zone

Live entertainment, fun for kids and vendor booths will continue from 1 to 5 p.m. downtown at and around Parker Plaza, which will be lit for the holidays.

A Kids Zone will feature a candy cane hunt, bean bag toss, cutouts for picture taking, a crafts booth, face painting and a special appearance by movie-themed characters.

A series of live performances at Parker Plaza will begin at 1 p.m. with Mount Shasta High School’s drama class.

A puppet show by ePuppets.com is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by more performances.

Hot chocolate and hot drinks for adults will be available.

Tree Lighting

Santa and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and Santa’s elves will arrive during the Tree Lighting celebration at the downtown city plaza.

The celebration is scheduled to begin with choir singing at 5:45 p.m. The tree lighting will follow, then keep your eyes open for Santa Claus.

Donations and raffle prizes

Mullins said more businesses than ever have contributed to this year’s holiday celebration.

Many have donated prizes for a raffle that is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Stores in town will be giving raffle tickets to their customers who make purchases Nov. 27, so “the more you spend, the more chances you have to win,” said Mullins.

Businesses making monetary and/or gift contributions to Winter Magic 2015 include: Mt. Shasta Ski Park, Crystal Geyser, Scott Valley Bank, Shasta Brown, Inc., Gene Erickson Trucking, Inc., Erickson Construction, Brown’s Northstate Resources, Rich Toreson Insurance, Edward Jones, Studio B, Eric & Donna Dyck, Sacred Mountain Spa, The Fifth Season, Ron’s Furniture, Pepsi Cola Bottling, Mountain Song, Say Cheese Pizza, Vivid Salon, Jon Thomas Fine Jewelry, The Tree House, Seven Suns, Bistro 107, Kevin Lahey Photography, Mt. Shasta Ambulance, Edward Jones, Solano’s, Mt. Shasta Resort, Shasta Inn, Strawberry Valley Inn, Suzie’s Clothing, Language Quest, Soul Connections, Wasayak’s Hearst Corporation, Exquisite Jewelry, Lake Siskiyou Campground/Reynolds Resort, Lilys Restaurant, The Coffee Brake, Snow Creek Studios, Ramshaw’s Ace Hardware, Mercy Medical Center, Tire Factory.