The City readies for holidays

At a time of the year when most still consider themselves out of range from the initial holiday season fusillade of shopping sales and holiday jingles, The City is organizing and preparing its supplies.

The Recreation and Park Department is growing more than 1,000 poinsettias, more than 200 cyclamen and 200 primrose at its Golden Gate Park nursery to place around the 200 parks, department spokeswoman Rose Dennis said.

Rec and Park staff have already begun meeting to plan the holiday events The City puts on in November and December, she said.

“We did meet with Santa literally on Wednesday because we had to make sure his wardrobe is appropriate,” Dennis said. Heaven forbid Santa should have a Janet Jackson moment.

If he were to have a wardrobe malfunction, he could hide behind the estimated 38-foot tall holiday tree being brought in from Burny, to stand in Civic Center Plaza. To withstand any wind and weather, a 50,000-pound platform will anchor the tree, Dennis said.

Nearly 13,000 lights will decorate the sycamores and holiday tree on Civic Center Plaza as well as Uncle John’s Tree near McClaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park, Dennis said. Uncle John’s Tree will be lit on Nov. 29.

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