The line-up for the 35th annual event is: the All Seasons Orchestra at 12:30 p.m., Humboldt Harmonaires at 1:15 p.m., Humboldt Accordionaires at 1:45 p.m., Scotia Band at 2:15 p.m., Ferndale Community Choir at 3:00 p.m., College of the Redwoods Concert Band at 4:00 p.m., Tuba Christmas at 4:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Choir at 5:00 p.m., Fortuna High School Music Department at 5:30 p.m., and Finale at 6:00 p.m.
The concert ends at 6:15 p.m. with an audience sing-along finale featuring Silent Night and the Hallelujah chorus. Don’t worry about knowing all the words, the audience is backed by many of the day’s choir singers and lyrics are on the program.
The festival is free but several charitable groups benefit from donations at the event: refreshments benefit the Fortuna Junior Academy and cash donations are accepted for the Santa’s Sleigh toy and clothing drive. Patrons can help by contributing to St. Joseph’s Pantry Shelf ~ Fortuna holiday food drive. Non-perishable food donations can be left in bins inside the River Lodge.
Overflow parking is available behind the Best Western Country Inn on Alamar Way.
Admission to the festival is free. Fortuna's River Lodge Conference Center is on Riverwalk Drive on the west side of Highway 101. If travelling on Highway 101, take the Kenmar exit, west on Riverwalk Drive, one-tenth mile to the conference center. For information call the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce at 707-725-3959 or Fortuna Business Improvement District at 707-725-9261.
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