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Holiday Luminaria Sales Are a Major Fundraiser for Boy Scouts

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For almost 45 years, Novatans have enjoyed a tradition unique to California. Each year, Novato Boy Scout Troops sell luminarias to thousands of homeowners to raise holiday spirits and raise funds for their community service projects, camps and trips.

The cost is $8 for 10 luminarias. Families typically purchase 20-30 of the sand-weighted brown bags with candles stuck in them to insure their neighborhoods glow starting at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Each scout troop services a different area of Novato and can be contacted to take orders for luminarias or donations as shown below. 

Troop 42: Services downtown to West Novato, north of Novato Boulevard and the  Presidentials neighborhood surrounding Novato High School. Click here for a downloadable order form or e-mail luminarias@novato-troop42.org.
Troop 82: Services Ignacio, Loma Verde, Hamilton and Bel Marin Keys. E-mail  carolbharris@comcast.net,
Troop 200: Services downtown Novato to West Novato, south of Novato Boulevard. Click here for a downloadable order form or e-mail j.d.rooke@gmail.com.

Kelly Ward December 24, 2010 at 01:02 AM
Does anyone know where I can go to see the luminarias? I heard from someone that Novato is the place to go to see entire neighborhoods lined with luminarias. What is the best place? Please give cross streets so I can plug that into my GPS. Thanks and Merry Christmas. Kelly in Martinez
Barbara Madrid December 24, 2010 at 05:45 PM
Kelly: San Marin Drive exit off 101. San Marin Drive itself is usually pretty lit up--San Carlos Way, off San Marin is a good long stretch to see the lights. Of course, rain is expected (or at least, wind) so I'm not sure if it will happen. If not, the alternative is for residents to do it on Christmas night.
Kelly Ward December 25, 2010 at 12:36 AM
Thank you so very much Barbara! I have my luminarias all set out, waiting for it to get a little darker so we can light them. Then we are headed off to Novato. Merry Christmas!
Scounselman November 22, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Barbara and Kelly, please visit the Novato Luminaria Project 2011 page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Novato-Luminaria-Project-2011/307199442642972. A volunteer from the community has offered to fly over Novato (weather permitting) on Christmas Eve to shoot photos and footage of our beautiful luminaria-lit town from the sky! We hope this encourages the entire community to buy luminarias and take part in what is sure to be an amazing display.

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