Local businesses and townspeople go all out in dressing Petaluma for the holidays, generating a great deal of enthusiasm within the community.

This sesquicentennial year, the excitement runs high as the community prepares to put the finishing shine on the yearlong celebration of Petaluma?s 150th birthday. The colorful lights, imaginative decorations and the excitement of viewing the spectacular entries attract lots of visitors to Petaluma who will get an extra treat this year as the 150th birthday celebration contributes to the traditional festivities.

During the holiday season, downtown Petaluma, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is traditionally abundantly lighted as businesses compete for decoration honors. Many of the homes in neighborhoods throughout the city are lavishly decorated too. For more information about how to enter the City of Lights Driving Tour competition, call the Petaluma Visitor Center at 769-0429.

To request a free City of Lights Driving Tour Map, send a business size SASE to: Petaluma Visitor Center, Depot Building, 210 Lakeville St., Petaluma 94952. Maps are usually available by the first Friday in December.

For more information about Petaluma's holiday events, call the Petaluma Visitor Center at 769-0429, or toll free (877) 273-8258 or visit the Web site at www.visitpetaluma.com.