Seasonal Celebrations 2022

In search of some festive family fun this holiday season? After finding the perfect Christmas tree and sipping some hot chocolate while decorating to your family’s satisfaction, don’t miss these seasonal celebrations. We’ve done the work for you and found the best of what the Central Valley has to offer. This guide lists activities for the whole family, including light displays, celebrations, tree lightings, parades, and more!

Festivities

Breakfast with Santa at Bass Lake—Bring your little ones to meet Santa weekend mornings in December. Enjoy a brief visit with Santa, followed by a family breakfast with a view of the beautiful lake! December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th from 8–11 a.m. Hurry, tickets sell out! Registration required. Tickets: $8–$25. Kids 12 and under receive one free pancake with an adult breakfast purchase. Ducey’s on the Lake, 39255 Marina Drive, Bass Lake. 642-3131

Breakfast with Santa in Lemoore—On December 10th from 8–11 a.m. enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa! Kids will also enjoy pictures with Santa, crafts, and more! Tickets: $10. Lemoore Recreation Center, 721 W. Cinnamon Drive. 924-6744

Breakfast with Santa in Oakhurst—Bring the whole family on December 3rd from 7:30–11 a.m. to enjoy breakfast with Santa, kid activities, holiday music, and photos with Santa. Tickets: $8. Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Fresno Flats Road, Oakhurst. 683-5854

Candlelight Tours in Porterville—The Zalud House comes alive with the holiday spirit featuring special seasonal displays, vintage decorations, and more. The guided tours and refreshments are sure to provide an enjoyable evening for the whole family. December 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th from 6–8 p.m. Tickets: $1–$3. Zalud House, 393 N. Hockett Street, Porterville. 791-7695 or 782-7548

Carriage Rides in Clovis—Take a free horse drawn carriage ride through the beautifully decorated streets of Old Town Clovis from 1–4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 18th. 298-5774

Carriage Rides in Visalia—Hear holiday tunes played by strolling musicians and take a ride on the horse-drawn carriage along Candy Cane Lane from 5–8 p.m. December 10th, 15th, and 22nd this holiday season. Tickets: $5 per 4 passengers. Kids 4 and under are free. Across from Fox Theatre, Downtown Visalia. 732-7737

Christmas at Kearney Mansion in Fresno—Step back in time for a Victorian turn-of-the-century holiday! Take a guided tour of the beautifully decorated trees and historical photos through the decades on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Meet Santa at the Mansion on December 3rd from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Enjoy the elegance of a holiday tea party on December 10th at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets: $8–$10, $50 for tea party. Kearney Mansion, 7160 W. Kearney Boulevard, Fresno. 441-0862

Christmas at River Park—Find holiday fun all month long at River Park! Enjoy train rides, a Christmas light show through December 27th from 5–9 p.m., Santa photos, live music on the weekends from 12–3 p.m., snow from Thursdays–Sundays from 5–9 p.m., and a Hanukkah celebration on December 18th from 4–6 p.m., and so much more. Follow River Park on social media for updated information for all their December happenings. River Park, 71 E. Via la Plata, Fresno. 437-4855

Christmas at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp—Get building at the Gingerbread Decorating Workshop on December 12th and 23rd from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Tickets: $95. Join Santa for a jolly holiday breakfast on December 22nd from 8–10 a.m. Tickets: $30–$65. Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, 1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp. 692-8974 or 683-6555

Christmas at the Flats in Oakhurst—Join the annual Christmas at the Flats December 17th from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Enjoy the Christmas Market, interactive stories, live music, kids crafts, pictures with Santa, and more—all with a Victorian feel! Free! Fresno Flats Historical Village & Park, 49777 School Road, Oakhurst. 683-6570

Christmas at the Park in Corcoran—Families will enjoy this event featuring a lighted trailer to take guests caroling downtown. Plus, enjoy free hot dogs, hot chocolate, and marshmallows! December 15th from 6–7:30 p.m. Christmas Tree Park, 1040 Whitley Avenue, Corcoran. 992-4514

Christmas at the Plaza in Visalia—Celebrate the holiday season with pictures with Santa, a Christmas Market, festive food, carriage rides, and more on December 10th. Pictures and train rides run from 12–3 p.m., family fun from 12–4 p.m. Garden Plaza, 101 S. Garden Street, Visalia. 732-7737

Christmas Avenue in Visalia—Families will enjoy this free event on December 2nd from 6–8 p.m. and December 3rd and 4th from 5–8 p.m. Walk through a Christmas light show and enjoy music, a live nativity, and more! Gateway Visalia, 1100 S. Sowell Street, Visalia. 732-4787

Christmas on the Farm in Visalia—Celebrate Christmas on the farm with ice skating, the Candy Express Train, hayrides, and more! Tickets: $2–$15. Open through January 8th, daily 2–9 p.m. Vossler Farms, 26773 S. Mooney Boulevard, Visalia. 909-5929

Christmas Open House in Fresno—The trees will be lit, the bells will be hung, and the shelter cats and dogs will be practicing their caroling—howling and meowing! Celebrate the holidays, enjoy desserts, a raffle, and more! December 10th from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Animal Compassion Team, 2789 S. Orange Avenue, Fresno. 779-4062

Christmas Train & Holiday Display in Tulare—This large-scale display features three decorated trees and an elaborate running train set—a delight for kids of all ages and free! Open Thursday–Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tulare Historical Museum, 444 W. Tulare Avenue, Tulare. 686-2074

Country Christmas at Form Farms in Lindsay—Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Grinch on December 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tickets: $15, kids 2 and under are free. Enjoy Christmas music, food vendors, a petting zoo, crafts, photo ops, and more! Ford Farms, 22827 Road 180, Lindsay. 577-0445

Holiday Open House in Fresno—Join on December 3rd from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. for festive activities, rides from the Polar Express, free Santa photos, strolling carolers, and more! Most activities will take place near Pottery Barn. Fig Garden Village, 790 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno. 412-5296

Holiday Party in Sanger—Bring the whole family—including fido—for treats, photo opportunities, vendors, and more! Take a dog-friendly photo with Santa for $10, all while benefiting a good cause! Free entry! December 10th from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Fresno Bully Rescue, 11740 E. Belmont Avenue, Sanger. 276-7611

Kitty Christmas Merry Mutts in Fresno—Support the animals and enjoy shopping, food, a Christmas tree raffle, bake sale, open house, pictures with Santa from 3–4:30 p.m., and more! Entry is free, photos are $10. December 17th from 2–6 p.m. Valley Animal Center, 3934 N. Hayston Avenue, Fresno. 233-8690

Santa Lucia Celebration in Kingsburg—December 3rd is a day of family-friendly events from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Enjoy music, food, and craft booths. Of special interest for children, is the Gingerbread House exhibit, visiting with Santa Claus, and dancing around the Christmas Tree. And don’t miss the Festival of Lights Parade down Draper Street at 5:30 p.m. Swedish Village, Downtown Kingsburg. 897-1111

Santa’s Village in Fresno—This free, family event features games, crafts, food, Santa, and maybe even some snow! December 3rd from 2–4 p.m. Teague Community Resource Center, 4718 N. Polk Avenue, Fresno. 578-8991

Steam Trains in Reedley—Experience the magic of moonlight stream train rides in this cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Kids will also enjoy play areas and trails. December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets: $5. Hillcrest Farms, 6943 S. Reed Avenue, Reedley. 638-2762

Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree in Kings Canyon National Park—On December 11th at 2:30 p.m. chartered buses make the annual trip to the Kings Canyon National Park from Sanger. $85 per seat. Don’t delay, call Sanger Chamber of Commerce now for information and reservations. 875-4575

Winter Open House in Squaw Valley—This free event is fun for the whole family and full of wild wonders! Mark your calendars for December 17th and head on up to the Creek at 11 a.m. Gates will close at 1:30 p.m. for the final tour of the day. Critter Creek Wildlife Station, 36710 Sand Creek Road, Squaw Valley. 338-2415

Winter Wonderland at Gateway in Fresno—Join for festive ice skating with holiday displays in the lobby and on the ice! December 17th–January 8th. Times vary daily, visit website or call for available session times. Tickets: $16. Gateway Ice Center, 2473 N. Marks Avenue, Fresno. 277-2233

Winter Wonderland at Storyland in Fresno—Enjoy a magical day filled with activities and play! Meet beloved characters, take free photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, enjoy fresh snow for sledding, build a snowman, enjoy crafts, live musical performances, and more! December 17th and 18th from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets: $10. Storyland, 890 W. Belmont Avenue, Fresno. 486-2124

Winter Wonderland Ice Rink in Hanford—Enjoy family fun, photos with Santa, food, ice skating, and more! Open through January 8th, weekdays 4–9:30 p.m. and weekends 12–9:30 p.m.—winter break hours vary. Tickets: $16–$65. Civic Park, 400 N. Douty Street, Hanford. 585-2525

Music

A Festival of Lessons & Carols in Fresno—Join for this free program that is filled with carols and celebration on December 4th at 3 and 7 p.m. Hosted by Fresno Pacific University. First Congregational Church, 2131 N. Van Ness Boulevard, Fresno. 453-3677

A Grateful Christmas in Fresno—It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! Join for this festive holiday concert on December 3rd at 3 p.m. Tickets: $14. Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Avenue, Fresno. 440-9429

Christmas in Mexico Folklorico Show—Enjoy this cultural event at the Satellite Student Union on December 10th from 4–6 p.m. Tickets: $5–$15. Fresno State, 5241 N. Maple Avenue, Fresno. 278-4240 0r 278-4115

Choral Wintertide Concert in Fresno—Hear holiday music from around the world including Christmas carols, Kwanzaa principles, and more! December 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5–$8. OAB Auditorium, 1101 E. University Avenue, Fresno. 442-8221

Classy, Brassy Christmas in Fresno—On December 11th at 3 p.m. families can enjoy, “Classy, Brass Christmas” presented by Fresno Pacific University. Featured ensembles include the Pacific Brass student group and FPU Faculty Brass and Friends. Admission is free. Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Fresno. 453-3677

Holiday Choral Concert in Fresno—Listen to the sounds of the season on December 4th from 2:30–5 p.m. Tickets: $6–$10. Fresno State, Concert Hall, 5241 N. Maple Avenue, Fresno. 278-2654

Home for the Holidays in Fresno—This annual musical celebration features an evening of seasonal favorites on December 17th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30–$86. William Saroyan Theatre, 848 M Street, Fresno. 445-8100 or 261-0600

Jazz Composers Orchestra Holiday Concert in Fresno—Families will enjoy this holiday jazz program at 7:30 p.m. on December 5th. Tickets: $10–$15. FCC Theatre, 1101 E. University Avenue, Fresno. 442-8221

Tuba Christmas in Fresno—This fun holiday celebration will feature tuba performances, Santa, crafts for kids, food trucks, and more! December 17th from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuba performances are at 12 and 1 p.m. The New Manchester, 1901 E. Shields Avenue, Fresno. 227-1901

Winter Magic! in Fresno—This Youth Orchestras of Fresno concert is accessible to everyone: general admission tickets are free of charge, and premium reserved seats are available for $10–$15. December 4th, 3–5:30 p.m. Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Avenue, Fresno. 480-269-7652

Lights

Candy Cane Lane in Clovis—Celebrate the holidays with a drive or walk down Candy Cane Lane, through December 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! Off Peach and Alluvial Avenues, Clovis.

Christmas in the Park in Reedley—This two-day event will be filled with vendors, entertainment, and holiday cheer on December 1st and 2nd from 5–8 p.m. The Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on December 1st and the parade will be on December 2nd. Pioneer Park, Eight & G Streets, Downtown Reedley. 638-3548

Christmas Lighting Festival in Lindsay—Enjoy the tree lighting from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on December 1st at City Hall. Following the ceremony, enjoy entertainment, warm drinks, treats, and more! Lindsay City Hall, 251 E. Honolulu Street, Lindsay. 562-7102

Christmas on Merced Street in Fowler—Watch the town light up on December 3rd, with activities from 4–6 p.m. and the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Merced Street, Between S. 6th & S. 5th Streets, Fowler. 834-3113

Christmas Tree Lane in Fresno—Drive down Van Ness Boulevard and see all of the elaborate light displays and Christmas scenes that transform the houses 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. From Shields to Shaw, Fresno. 348-9200

Christmas Tree Lighting at CrossCity in Fresno—Families are invited to this free event in the courtyard. Enjoy a candle lighting ceremony, cookie decorating, ornament decorating, and photos with Santa! December 2nd from 6–9 p.m. CrossCity Christian Church, 2777 E. Nees Avenue, Fresno. 323-9675

Christmas Tree Lighting in Clovis—Join this annual tree lighting on December 5th from 6:30–8 p.m. Enjoy music, holiday cheer, and special guests from the North Pole! Free event and free parking. Civic Center, 1033 Fifth Street, Clovis. 325-2000

Christmas Tree Lighting in Coarsegold—Enjoy the tree lighting, live music, a craft fair, and a chili cook-off on December 10th from 10 a.m.–7 p.m.  Tickets: $5–$10. Coarsegold Historic Village, 35300 Highway 41, Coarsegold. 683-3900

Christmas Tree Lighting in Madera—Bring the whole family to join for the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree on December 2nd from 5:30–8 p.m. Enjoy photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, holiday cheer, carriage rides, and more! Free! Tesoro Viejo Town Center, 4150 Town Center Boulevard, Madera. 462-8860

Frost Fest in Porterville—Come together for 7 nights of community fun at this light park, with food, displays, music, a snow zone, Santa, s’mores, and more! December 15th–18th and 21st–23rd from 5:30–9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Porterville Fair, 2700 W. Teapot Dome Avenue, Porterville. 359-3226

Holi-Drones in Clovis—Families will love this Christmas-themed, drone light show that runs every hour from 6–8:30 p.m. on December 6th, 7th, and 8th, weather permitting. Enjoy live music, food trucks, craft vendors, and free pictures with Santa! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this spectacular show. Tickets: $5–$15. Clovis Rodeo Fairgrounds Parking Lot, 748 Rodeo Drive, Clovis. 877-559-7593

IllumiNature in Fresno—This all new experience features handmade Chinese lantern displays illuminated throughout the Zoo—many designed in various animal shapes and sizes. Guests will enjoy other specially themed areas including nature, Christmas, and Lunar New Year. Plus, delicious holiday-inspired food and drinks, live entertainment, and photos with Santa through December 23rd. December 1st–4th, 8th–11th, 14th–23rd, 26th–30th, and into January. Tickets: $18–$20. Fresno Chaffee Zoo, 894 W. Belmont Avenue, Fresno. 498-5920

Journey to Bethlehem in Fresno—This live, drive-thru event takes you back to the very first Christmas. Drive through the Marketplace of Jerusalem and the Village of Bethlehem on your way to see the newborn king. December 16th–18th from 6–8 p.m. Approach from the North entrance. Bethany Church Fresno, 9161 N. Maple Avenue, Fresno. 434-2500

The Living Nativity in Riverdale—Drive through this free, spiritual, outdoor Christmas production. December 22nd–25th from 6–9 p.m. Riverdale Assembly of God, 2813 W. Mt. Whitney Avenue, Riverdale. 867-3503

Parades

Children’s Christmas Parade in Porterville—“Here We Come A-Caroling” for the Christmas parade on December 1st at 7 p.m. Watch this festive parade roll through the town. Main Street, from Danner to Olive, Porterville. 784-7502

Children’s Electric Christmas Parade in 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 3rd from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Clovis & Pollasky, Old Town Clovis. 323-8091

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Chowchilla—Join this 1st annual parade on December 3rd at 6 p.m. on Robertson Boulevard. Following the parade, is the tree lighting and ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park around 6:45 p.m. Through 9 p.m., don’t miss the meet and greet with Santa, holiday stations, and more! Veterans Memorial Park, 600 W. Robertson Boulevard, Chowchilla.
665-8615

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Corcoran—Enjoy this annual holiday parade December 1st at 6:30 p.m. Kids can meet Santa, enjoy food, crafts, hot chocolate, and the tree lighting. Whitley Avenue, Corcoran. 992-4514

Christmas Parade in Selma—Plan to be at Lincoln Park for the parade, craft and food booths, and a chance to see Santa. December 3rd from 5:30–8 p.m. Santa will be in attendance for pictures with all the girls and boys! Lincoln Park, McCall & Rose, Downtown Selma. 891-2235

Christmas Parade in Tulare—Don’t miss this fun parade at 6:30 p.m. on December 1st featuring “I Spy Santa”! K & M Streets, Tulare Avenue, Downtown Tulare. 685-2350

Downtown Christmas Parade in Fresno—The 93rd annual Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade “Songs & Stories of Christmas” is on December 3rd from 1–4 p.m. After the parade, head to Mariposa Plaza for the ceremonial tree lighting. Fulton Street, Downtown Fresno. 490-9966

Downtown Christmas Parade in Lemoore—Streets will be lined with a variety of vehicles, floats, entertainment, and more for “Christmas in Toyland” on December 3rd at 6 p.m. D Street, Downtown Lemoore. 216-0505

Downtown Christmas Parade in Madera—Enjoy this Christmas Light Parade on December 1st from 6–7 p.m. Yosemite Avenue between A & E Streets, Downtown Madera.  706-0862

Electric Light Parade and Tree Lighting in Dinuba—”A Night Under the Stars”–themed parade steps out at 5:30 p.m. on December 3rd in Downtown Dinuba, E. Tulare Street through S. L Street. Following the parade is the Holiday Tree Lighting at the Entertainment Plaza, 289 S. L Street. Downtown Dinuba. 591-2707

Electrical Farm Equipment Parade in Reedley—Come early to downtown Reedley on December 2nd for a good spot to see this parade “Christmas Stories” where tractors, buses, combines, and many antique vehicles will be all lit up with Christmas lights. Parade begins at 7 p.m. G Street, Downtown Reedley. 638-3548

Merry Mountain Christmas Parade in Mariposa—This historic foothill town’s parade begins at 5 p.m. in Old Town Mariposa on December 10th. After the parade, follow Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Historic Courthouse for pictures, free cocoa, food, a bonfire, and more! Old Town Mariposa, 209-966-2456

Toyland Parade in Sanger—Bring the kids to this fun, kid-friendly festive parade in Downtown Sanger December 3rd at 11 a.m. Parade route begins on 12th and Academy, Sanger. 875-4757

Tulare Christmas Parade in Tulare—On December 1st, the beautifully tree-lined historical streets of downtown Tulare are the backdrop for this annual parade. Enjoy “I Spy Santa” with the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the parade. Downtown, along K Street, Tulare. 685-2350

Winter Fest and Christmas Parade in Caruthers—Join this annual event on December 2nd from 3–9 p.m. The light parade begins at 6:30 p.m. After the parade, head to the fairgrounds for an evening of vendors, food, pictures with Santa, and more! Caruthers Fairgrounds, 13599 S. Raider Avenue, Caruthers. 203-0399

Don’t forget to take a picture with Santa!

Photos with Santa in Fresno

• North Pole’s most famous resident will be in Fashion Fair Mall’s Center Court through December 24th. Hours and breaks vary. Santa Cares runs from 10–11:30 a.m. on December 4th. Bring your favorite fur friends to experience the magic from 4–7 p.m. on December 5th. Visit fashionfairmall.com/holiday for hours, reservations, and pricing. Fashion Fair Mall, 645 E. Shaw Avenue. 224-1591

• The man in the red suit will be at the mall for meet and greets and photos through December 24th. Find him at the North end of the mall near Azkara & Cricket. Visit thenewmanchester.com for hours, reservations, and pricing. The New Manchester, 1901 E. Shields Avenue, Fresno. 227-1901

• Enjoy this real Santa experience with no lines and lots of holiday cheer! Open through December 24th. Visit holidaymagicstudios.com for time options and to make your required reservation. Email support@holidaymagicstudios.com for hours, reservations, and pricing. River Park, 180 Paseo Del Centro, Fresno. 425-4015

Photos with Santa in the North Valley

• Santa Claus is coming to town! Head to the mall for Santa photos through December 24th. Paws & Claws pet photos are on December 5th from 4–7 p.m. Visit mercedmall.com/events for hours, reservations, and pricing. Merced Mall, 851 W. Olive Avenue, Merced. 209-723-3981

Photos with Santa in the South Valley

• Make a date with Santa through December 24th at Fashion Court, near Macy’s. Children with special needs are invited to Santa Cares Day for a sensory-friendly experience on December 4th from 9–10 a.m. Take paw-fect pictures with your dog or cat and Santa from 4–7 p.m. on December 5th. Visit visaliamall.com for hours, reservations, and pricing. Visalia Mall, 2031 S. Mooney Boulevard, Visalia. 733-3899

• Santa Claus will be at the Hanford Mall for photos through Christmas Eve. Call for hours, reservations, and pricing. Hanford Mall, 1675 W. Lacey Boulevard, Hanford. 583-1200