Seasonal Celebrations

Seasonal Celebrations


Photos with Santa Claus in Fresno

• North Pole’s most famous resident will be at Santa HQ located in Fashion Fair Mall’s Center Court through December 24th. Santa HQ will be joined by the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Center of Fresno from 6-8 p.m. on December 4th, 11th, and 18th for the hearing impaired. Santa will also be joining Kids Club from 10-11:30 a.m. on December 11th. 645 E. Shaw Avenue. 224-1591

• Enjoy the Santa Claus Experience in front of the IMAX and Edwards Theaters in Riverpark through December 24th. Families will enjoy those coveted minutes with St. Nick! 250 Paseo Del Centro. 437-4855

Photos with Santa in Clovis

• Find Santa for a holiday photo opportunity through December 24th, hours vary, call for more information. Children with special needs are invited to join for Santa Cares on December 2nd from 9-11 a.m. Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa on December 8th from 8-10 a.m. Santa storytime is at 10 a.m. on December 5th, 12th, and 19th. Pet photos with Santa are December 9th and 16th from 6-8 p.m. Sierra Vista Mall, Clovis and Shaw Avenues. 299-0660

Photos with Santa in the North Valley

• Enjoy photos with Santa through December 24th at the Merced Mall, hours vary, call for more information. 851 W. Olive Avenue,
Merced. 209-723-3981

Photos with Santa throughout the South Valley

• Make a date with Santa through December 24th at the Visalia Mall, hours vary, call for more information. 2031 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. 733-3898

• Santa Claus will be at the Hanford Mall for photos through December 24th, hours vary, call for more information. Don’t miss pet photos on December 3rd and 10th from 4-8 p.m. 1675 W. Lacey Boulevard, Hanford. 583-1200

Check out our calendar  for times and dates when you can catch Santa at the library for a quick picture!


Breakfast with Santa at Bass Lake—Bring your little ones to meet Santa and his elf on weekends in December. Enjoy a brief visit with Santa, followed by a family breakfast with a view of the beautiful lake! December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd. Hurry, tickets sell out! Call for time and ticket information. Ducey’s on the Lake, 39255 Marina Drive, Bass Lake. 692-8857

Breakfast with Santa at Chaffee Zoo—Join Santa Claus for a delicious breakfast and photo opportunity December 1st from 8-10 a.m.! Then decorate a cookie and enter to win tickets to ZooLights! Tickets: $15-$25. Seating is limited. Fresno Chaffee Zoo, 894 Belmont Avenue, Fresno. 498-5910

Breakfast with Santa in Clovis—Meet Santa and enjoy a pancake breakfast on December 8th from 8-10 a.m. at Sierra Vista Mall. Tickets available at the Customer Service Booth. Tickets: $7-$10. Seating is limited. 1050 Shaw Avenue, Clovis. 299-5070

Breakfast with Santa in Kerman—Kick-off the holiday season at Breakfast with Santa in Kerman! Enjoy a delicious breakfast, make a holiday craft, and have your picture taken with Santa! $10/person. December 8th, 9-11 a.m. Tickets on sale at Kerman Community Center. 15100 W. Kearney Plaza, Kerman. 846-9383

Breakfast with Santa in Lemoore—On December 2nd from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a picture with Santa for $5. Children will also enjoy shopping for their family and the craft corner for extra charge. Tickets: $7-$30. Lemoore Recreation Center, 721 W. Cinnamon Drive. 924-6767

Breakfast with Santa in Oakhurst—Be sure to bring the whole family to the Oakhurst Community Center on December 1st from 7:30-11 a.m. to enjoy breakfast with Santa. Kids will enjoy crafts following breakfast. Tickets: $5-$15. 39800 Fresno Flats Road, Oakhurst. 658-5656

Brunch with Santa in Visalia—Grab your hat and gloves and join Santa for breakfast! Then kids ages 4-21 can visit with Santa after breakfast and take a twirl on the rink. December 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 8-10 a.m. Tickets: $5-$10. Tickets are limited and are first come, first serve. Garden Street Plaza, Downtown Visalia. 713-4365

Candy Cane Hunt in Madera—Enjoy a candy cane hunt, meet Santa, participate in crafts, and play games! December 15th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. John Wells Youth Center, 701 E. Fifth Street, Madera. 661-5495

Carriage Rides and Holiday Open House in Visalia—Hear holiday tunes played by strolling musicians and take a ride on our horse drawn carriage down Main Street in downtown Visalia 5-8 p.m. December 6th, 13th, and 20th this holiday season. $10 for 4 people. Santa photos $5 each. Downtown Visalia, 732-7737

Carriage Rides in Clovis—Take a horse drawn carriage ride through the beautifully decorated streets of Old Town Clovis with the jolly man himself along for the ride from 1-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through December 30th. 298-5774

Christmas at Fresno Flats—Join for the annual Christmas at the Flats December 2nd from 12-5 p.m. Enjoy the bake sale, soup bar, Christmas market, carolers, and more, all with a Victorian feel! 49777 School Road, Oakhurst. 683-6570

Christmas at Kearney Mansion—Step back in time for a Victorian turn-of-the-century holiday open house 1-4 p.m. on December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Kearney Mansion decorated for the holidays and browse the Kearney Museum Store for gifts reminiscent of Christmas past. Tickets: $6-$10. $5 per car entrance fee to the park. 7160 W. Kearney Boulevard, Fresno. 441-0862

Christmas at the Longhorn—Load up the friends and family and head to Longhorn feed for shopping, children’s activities, raffles, Christmas trees, and more on December 22nd from 1-6 p.m. Free to attend. 5092 N. Academy Avenue, Clovis. 999-6774

Christmas at the Park in Corcoran—On December 20th, Corcoran will be hosting a Christmas caroling throughout the town from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy free fire-roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, hot chocolate, Christmas caroling though the streets, and hay rides. Christmas Tree Park, Whitley and Chittenden Avenues, Corcoran. 992-4514

Christmas Fun in the Garden—Celebrate the holidays at the Clovis Botanical Gardens on December 8th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy shopping, ornaments, and photos with Santa. $10 per family. 945 N. Clovis Avenue, Clovis. 298-3091

Exeter’s Christmas Open House—It’s fun to be in Downtown Exeter on December 6th, 13th, and 20th from 5-9 p.m. as merchants open doors wide and welcome families for festive fun. Have your photo taken with Santa, enjoy holiday caroling, and free old-fashioned fire truck and carriage rides! 592-2919

Gingerbread Wonderland in Fresno—This is a fun and engaging event for individuals, families, and groups of all kinds regardless of age or experience. Chef Caroline will show you how to create a gingerbread house masterpiece that can be eaten or displayed! Then enjoy a free photo with Santa! Proceeds from this fun events benefits Fresno’s resource and referral agency for child care: Central Valley Children’s Services Network. December 13th and 14th from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. December 15th from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Authorized Vac & Sew, 5233 N. Blackstone Avenue, 93710. 456-1100

Half Dome Ice Skating in Yosemite—Families will love skating under Half Dome as they enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Yosemite Valley. Open weekdays 1:30-7 p.m. and weekends 12-9 p.m. Tickets: $3.75-$9.75. Yosemite National Park. 209-372-8333

Holiday FAMily Day at Fresno Art Museum—Don’t miss art projects, face painting, an art treasure hunt, food, and musical entertainment. December 9th from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will both be by from 12-2 p.m. 2233 N. First Street, Fresno. 441-4221

Holiday Open House in Fig Garden—Spend the day in style on December 1st. Bring the family for festive activities, complimentary photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and horse-drawn carriage rides from 1-3 p.m. All activities are located at the Christmas tree and are free! Fig Garden Village, 790 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno. 412-5296

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in Fish Camp—Dash through the snow on a horse-drawn open sleigh this year! Glide through the Yosemite valley in a winder wonderland. This event is a wonderful outing and photo opportunity! December 21st through the January 2nd. Tickets: $22-$35. Hourly from 9-5 p.m. Reserve in advance. Weather dependent. 1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp. 692-8985

Ice Skating in Visalia—Enjoy the ultimate outdoor entertainment experience in Visalia. This unique and fun skating experience is on synthetic ice surface which makes skating easier and safer for all ages. Join for the free skate nights on December 6th, 13th, and 20th. Tickets are limited and must be claimed in advance at 120 S. Church Street. Normal tickets: $10. Open Saturdays and Sundays only December 1st-16th, then open daily from December 22nd-January 13th. 2-8 p.m. Garden Street Plaza, Downtown Visalia. 732-7737

Old-Fashioned Christmas Candlelight Tours in Porterville—The Zalud House comes alive with the holiday spirit featuring special seasonal displays, vintage decorations, and yuletide piano music. The guided tours and refreshments are sure to provide an enjoyable evening for the whole family. Select weekends in December, call for dates. 6-8 p.m. Tickets: $1-3. 393 N. Hockett Street, Porterville. 782-7548

Santa Lucia Festival in Kingsburg—December 1st is a day of family-friendly events from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Swedish Village of Kingsburg. Enjoy music, food and craft booths. Of special interest for children, is the Gingerbread House competition at the library, the arrival of Santa Claus, and dancing around the Christmas Tree. And don’t miss the Festival of Lights Parade at 5:30 p.m. 897-1111

Santa’s Village at Holmes Playground—Enjoy winer carnival games, make holiday crafts, and decorate cookies on December 7th from 4-7 p.m. Don’t forget to snap a photo with Santa! Free for all ages! 212 S. First Street, Fresno. 621-PLAY

Steam Trains in Reedley—Experience the magic of moonlight stream train rides in this cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Weekends in December from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $4. Hillcrest Farm, Reedley. 638-2762

Tenaya Lodge Ice Skating in Fish Camp—Tenaya’s sparkling, white ice rink measures an expansive 80 feet and is open for day and evening sessions. Enjoy warming up around the fire pit and enjoying the beautiful scenery. 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m., and 5-8 p.m. Tickets: $16. Weather dependent. 1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp. 692-8985

Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree—December 9th at 2:30 p.m. chartered buses make the annual trip to the Kings Canyon National Park from Sanger. Seasonal activities include the Jubilation Singers, Sanger High School Choir, a non-denominational Christmas Message, and a War Memorial Ceremony delivered at the base of the General Grant Tree. Don’t delay, call Sanger Chamber of Commerce now for information and reservations. 875-4575


Candy Cane Lane in Clovis—Celebrate the holidays with a drive or walk down Cindy Lane, off Peach and Alluvial Avenues, December 1st-25th from 6-10 p.m. Over 100 homes are elaborately decorated with lights, displays and yard art guaranteed to thrill children and adults alike.

Christmas Tree Lane in Fresno—See all of the elaborate light displays and Christmas scenes that transform the houses of Fresno’s Van Ness Boulevard into a magical holiday event beginning December 1st continuing through December 25th. The lane will be open from 6-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Walk nights are December 1st and 11th. 348-9200

Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade in Selma—Plan to be on High Street for the tree lighting, parade, craft and food booths, and a chance to see Santa. December 1st from 5:30-8 p.m. Santa will be in attendance for pictures with all the girls and boys! 891-2235

Christmas Tree Lighting in Chowchilla—The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on December 1st at 5:30 p.m. at Robertson Blvd., Chowchilla. 665-8615

Christmas Tree Lighting in Clovis—School choirs sing holiday carols as Santa arrives by trolley at this annual event December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. to light the giant Christmas Tree with the Mayor. Enjoy refreshments and be sure to bring your camera for a picture with Santa! Clovis City Hall, 1033 Fifth Street. 324-2780

Christmas Tree Lighting in Tulare—Don’t miss the lighting of Tulare’s Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. December 6th at the corner of K Street and Tulare Avenue. Parade will follow.

Community of Lights in Ahwahnee—Enjoy two acres of lights and decorations every Friday and Saturday from December 7th through December 22nd. Santa will be present Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. weather permitting. Cider and hot chocolate around the camp fire at The Grove, 42461 Hwy 29, Ahwahnee. 683-7911

Oakhurst Community Christmas Tree Lighting—Kick off the holiday season on December 1st at 4 p.m. with a celebration in Oakhurst. There’s music, storytelling, bounce houses, entertainment, gift books, cider, and cookies, and the big man himself all ready for pictures! 40307 Highway 41, Oakhurst. 683-7653

Santa Claus Lane in Clovis—Families will love driving or walking Santa Claus Lane to see this computer animated light show featuring 34 festive houses through New Year’s Eve. Light concessions and pictures with the big man himself will be available as well. 6-10 p.m. 3100 Block of Indianapolis in Clovis near Gettysburg and Locan.

Zoolights, Holiday Lighting Extravaganza—A fun family event 5-8 p.m. on December 2nd, 7th-9th, 14th-23rd, and 26th-30th. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is transformed into a magical world of lights where families can stroll trough brilliantly lit pathways, take a photo with Santa, and enjoy live entertainment. Tickets: $5-$9. 894 W. Belmont Ave., Fresno. 498-5920


A Festival of Lessons & Carols in Fresno—Kick-off the holiday season with this annual Christmas concert at First Presbyterian Church, December 2nd at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $5-$10. 1540 M Street, Fresno. 453-2267

Big Music, Small Space in Fresno—Enjoy an evening of wind chamber music at 7:30 p.m. December 7th at Ashley Auditorium, McDonald Hall. $5 admission. FPU Main Campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Fresno. 453-2267

Fresno Pacific University Handbell Choir—Enjoy a holiday performance by the Pacific Bronze handbell choir at 7:30 p.m. December 5th at Ashley Auditorium, McDonald Hall. $5 admission. FPU Main Campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Fresno. 453-2267

Golden West High Holiday Concert—Join the performing arts department of Golden West High School for an evening of traditional and non-traditional holiday songs and music. December 15th from 7-9 p.m. L.J. Williams Theatre, 1001 W. Main Street, Visalia. 730-7300

Joyeux Noel in Fresno—This ever-popular Christmas concert features the premier of “Christmas Visions” set with chamber orchestra. Enjoy carols from Scotland, England, Burgundy, plus a sing-a-long with the orchestra. December 7th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10-$20. University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Avenue, Fresno. 439-8807

Percussion Ensemble Concert in Fresno—Enjoy the beats and rhythm of the season in December 4th at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church. Tickets: $5. 4884 E. Butler Avenue, Fresno.

San Joaquin Chorale Concert in Fresno—Featuring a Christmas Cantata, this show is perfect for the season. December 15th at 7 p.m. at Butler Church. Tickets: $10-$15. 4884 E. Butler Avenue, Fresno. 453-2267

TubaChristmas in Fresno—Families will want to head on over to Manchester Center to enjoy a tuba concert of Christmas music December 1st from 12-2 p.m. Don’t miss tuba-tooting at it’s finest! 1901 E. Shields, Fresno. 227-1901

Visalia Chamber Holiday Concert—Join for this 11th annual holiday concert on December 3rd from 7-9 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit by listening to top choirs in the area. Tickets: $8. L.J. Williams Theatre, 1001 W. Main Street, Visalia. 303-8787

Walking the Winter in Fresno—Enjoy this formal concert featuring a musical journey of the season on December 7th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-$8. Fresno City College, 1101 E. University Avenue, Fresno. 442-4600

Winter Magic Concert in Fresno—The Fresno Community Concert Band presents their annual holiday concert. There will be music for the whole family! 3 and 7 p.m. on December 2nd. Tickets: $7-$14. Shaghoian Concert Hall, Clovis North High School, 2770 E. International Avenue, Fresno. 440-9429


Children’s Christmas Parade in Tulare—On December 6th the beautifully tree-lined historical streets of downtown Tulare are the backdrop for the 63rd annual Cinematic Christmas Parade. Enjoy live entertainment, free cookies and hot chocolate, holiday market, and more! Tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the parade. Downtown Tulare. 685-2350

Children’s Electric Christmas Parade in Old Town Clovis—Usher in the holiday spirit with spectacular holiday floats glittering with lights as they make their way through the streets of Old Town Clovis on December 1st beginning at 6:30 p.m. Old Town Clovis. 270-0929

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Corcoran—Enjoy this annual holiday parade December 6th at 6 p.m. at Whitley & Chittenden Avenues. Kids can meet Santa, enjoy food, free candy bags, and enjoy the tree lighting. Downtown Corcoran. 992-4514

Dinuba’s Christmas Light Parade and Tree Lighting—”Blast from the Past”  The parade steps out at 5:30 p.m. on December 1st in Downtown Dinuba. You’ll see floats, marching bands, wheels, equestrian, and more! Following the parade is the Holiday Tree Lighting at the Entertainment Plaza, 289 S. L Street. A visit from Santa is sure to thrill the kids! 591-5940

Exeter’s Christmas Parade—This special parade on December 7th starts at 6:30 p.m. on Pine Street. Families will enjoy the sparkling lights, floats, marching bands, singing, dancing, baton groups, animals, and Santa! Downtown Exeter. 592-5262

Fresno’s Downtown Christmas Parade—This 89th annual Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade “Future Christmas” is on December 8th from 1-3 p.m. Enjoy performers, marching bands, organizations, and more! Parking is free! Fulton Street, Downtown Fresno. 490-9066

Huron’s Christmas Parade—Floats plus Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire engine, rain or shine, at 12 p.m. on December 8th. The parade route is from 9th to Lassen Avenue, Lassen to Myrtle Avenue into the Keenan Community Center parking lot. Carnival, food booths, music and games. Festivities to follow parade from 1-3 p.m. 945-2241

Kerman’s Parade and Pageantry of Lights—Get in the holiday spirit for “Santa’s Workshop”! December 8th at 6 p.m. Welcome Santa Claus to Kerman and join in a fun evening of dancing lights and Christmas music. 846-6343

Lemoore’s Christmas Parade—Be on D Street in Lemoore on December 1st at 6 p.m. for the wonderful sights and sounds of Christmas at this family-friendly parade. This year’s theme is “A Very Super Christmas”, don’t miss it! 924-6401

Lindsay’s Christmas Celebration—Lighted vehicle Christmas parade at 6 p.m. on December 14th at the Lacey Memorial Building. Santa will arrive at the Lindsay Police Department on with a toy for every child. Enjoy cookies, cider, and more. Downtown Lindsay. 562-4929

Merced Hometown Christmas Parade—Head to Merced to usher in the holiday spirit with “A Christmas Around the World” on December 1st at 3 p.m. Enjoy vendor booths on Main Streets all day and entertainment at 11 a.m. The parade begins at 3 p.m. 209-384-7092

Merry Mountain Christmas Parade in Mariposa—This historic foothill town’s parade begins at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street on December 8th. Enjoy free cocoa, hotdogs, popcorn, and a bonfire! Don’t forget to take a picture with Santa! 209-966-2456

Reedley’s Electrical Farm Equipment Parade—Come early to downtown Reedley on December 6th for a good spot to see this parade “Home Sweet Home” of tractors, buses, combines, and many antique vehicles all lit up with Christmas lights. Parade begins at 7 p.m., get there early for food and festive fun! Downtown Reedley. 638-5484

Sanger’s Toyland Parade—Bring the kids to this fun, kid-friendly festive parade on 7th Street in downtown Sanger December 1st at 11 a.m. Stay and enjoy the Christmas Fest activities after the parade. And don’t miss your chance to take a picture with Santa! 875-4575

Winter Fest and Christmas Parade in Caruthers—Join for the annual Winter Fest and Christmas Parade on December 7th from 3-9 p.m. on Tahoe Street. Enjoy art, crafts, food, entertainment, carnival rides, raffles, and more at the Caruthers Fairgrounds! 203-0399

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