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Christmas Liturgies

Deacon Dave Rezendes' Christmas light display

For many people in the East Bay, if not the entire San Francisco Bay Area, Christmas isn't Christmas unless they have visited the Casa del Pomba Christmas display at Deacon Dave Rezendes' house in Livermore. Now in its 35th year, this Christmas tradition is open to visitors from near and far until Jan. 1

Located on "Deacon Dave's" front yard at 352 Hillcrest Ave., Livermore, the display opened Dec. 2 with a candlelight procession that made its way down the blocked-off street. Members of the community, including choirs from St. Michael Parish and Trinity Church, led the deacon and Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Rezendes home, where a blessing of the lights took place before visitors were invited to walk through the yard.

The display will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The gates may close during inclement weather, although every effort will be made to leave the lights glowing. There is no admission charge.

Donations collected in the coins toss, ponds and at the door are for Santa's Secret Service, a program that provides a visiting Santa, carolers and gifts to area nursing homes, shelters and hospitals. For more information visit www.casadelpomba.com or the Casa del Pomba Christmas page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/casadelpombachristmas).

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