In a new tradition, there will be a Children’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at 4:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, on the south side of the Fort, near Robin Oates Real Estate office.

Idyllwild Town Hall children will decorate the tree. Town Hall is looking for pie tins to use as decorations. The children will sing carols and there will be free hot apple cider, as well as a visit from Santa.

Some local shops will stay open late that evening and the Chamber of Commerce encourages locals and visitors to get a jump on holiday shopping in Idyllwild.