Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center announces the 27th annual Christmas tree lighting and open house on Wednesday Dec. 12. The festivities start at 6 p.m. with homemade treats, and lots of hot coffee, chocolate and cider. Join in Christmas caroling with the Mad Jazz Choir from South Fork High School.

The gift shop will be open for holiday shopping and both authors of Humboldt Redwoods State Park will be available for book signing.

Santa will arrive by fire truck at 6:45 p.m. to light the tree and visit with the children. There will also be a canned food collection so please bring a can if you can.

The Visitor Center is located just south of Weott on the Avenue of the Giants. Call (707) 946-2263 if you have questions.