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Carol of Lights Festival Brightens Up Downtown Campbell

Hundreds come out to downtown Campbell Saturday evening to play in snow, pet animals and take a picture with Santa.

Hundreds of families came out to downtown Campbell Saturday evening to celebrate the holidays while attending the Downtown Campbell Business Association's Carol of Lights festivities.

Dozens of children played in the miniature snow park at the corner of Campbell and Central avenues.

The snow was provided and transported by local icemakers, the Glacier Ice Company.

Campbell resident Nicole Dixon said she and her husband brought their three children to downtown Campbell so the entire family could enjoy the holidays with Campbell's small-town feel.

"It's the small town fun," Dixon said. "We have the little 'main street' with friendly people and the events here are very family-oriented. Campbell is the cutest, smallest town in the Bay Area."

According to festival security coordinator Jim Zien, more than 100 members from the The Home Church in Campbell volunteered to help with security and traffic enforcement.

The Campbell Kiwanis Club provided a Santa Claus and backdrop for families to take pictures and handed out complimentary apple cider and coffee cake provided by .

There were free pony rides for children and a petting zoo that included guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits and a pig provided by My Pony Party. Entertainment was provided by the Orchard Valley Chorus, Pat Miller Music School, , and .

Some of the other activities featured the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad Steam Engine, bounce houses and face painting.

The festival is produced by the Carol of Lights Committe and is funded through major sponsorships and individual donations.

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