Truckee kicks off holiday season with Bud Fish Tree Lighting |

Truckee kicks off holiday season with Bud Fish Tree Lighting

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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, The Town of Truckee and The Truckee Rotary joined forces to hold their annual holiday events, the Downtown Holiday Festival and lighting of the Bud Fish Christmas Tree. Prior to this year both organizations had held the events separately. and#8220;It makes sense to make the Bud Fish Tree a part of the entire holiday festival,and#8221; said TDMA President Alyssa Westenburg. Rotary representative Brinn Talbotexpressed similar sentiment. Both were thrilled with the large turnout citing more than 400 families in attendance.

The event began with Truckee school children decorating trees along Donner Pass Road in downtown as they have done for the last 25 years. Following the tree decorating, everyone gathered in the newly renovated front area of the Train Depot for holiday entertainment, children’s activities, and a visit with Santa, of course. and#8220;We are really excited to unveil the improvements to the front of the Train Depot. It is such a key location and part of the downtown, providing a place for meeting and social gatherings such as this event and Truckee Thursdays. Additionally, those who utilize the depot for transportation purposes will be really happy with the improvements,and#8221; said Westenburg.

The event culminated with the Bud Fish Tree lighting ceremony. The TDMA acknowledged the Truckee Town Council Members in attendance, Richard Anderson, Mark Brown and congratulated newly appointed Joan Jones, who had just taken over as the Mayor of Truckee. Next, Cathy Harry, president of Rotary, led the ceremony culminating with the lighting of the Bud Fish Tree. Bud Fish was a long time Truckee resident and charter Rotary member. He was a forester who provided Truckee with a beautiful Christmas tree-for many years. When he died of cancer, the Rotary began providing the tree as a tribute to him. Memorial tree ornaments were purchased-for a donation to honor cancer survivors or pay tribute to the lives lost to the disease. All proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Truckee

In addition to the Bud Fish tree, the entire downtown was illuminated. The roundabout at the west end of downtown near Burger Me! is decorated with red and white candy cane like lighting on the poles. The majority of trees in the downtown are embellished with white lighting delivering a festive and holiday feel. and#8220;The downtown looks amazing when it is all lit up and we are so proud of how it turned out. The white lighting will remain up through the winter months and is organized and funded by the downtown merchants association,and#8221; explained Julie Huck, TDMA treasurer and owner of Gratitude’s. Huck has been responsible for coordinating the holiday lighting of downtown on behalf of the TDMA for the last three years and compliments the lighting company, Truckee locals, Starlight Enterprises, for doing a professional and amazing job.

For more information about the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association and their events and services, contact

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