Seasonal Celebrations 2020
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!
Please call the phone numbers or visit the websites provided to verify that the event you plan to attend is still scheduled to take place.
Candy Cane Lane in Clovis—Celebrate the holidays with a drive or walk down Cindy Lane, off Peach and Alluvial Avenues, December 1st–25th. 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. There will be no walk nights this year. 348-9200
Fantasy of Lights in Fresno—Join for some holiday cheer to close out the year at the first-ever Big Fresno Fair’s Holiday Fantasy of Lights Show from December 3rd–January 3rd. Closed Christmas Day. Drive through the winter wonderland with 450 light displays all while enjoying Christmas music, hot cocoa, and more from 5–9 p.m. $20 per vehicle Monday–Thursday, $25 per vehicle Friday–Sunday. Plan to buy tickets in advance. Ticket prices go up $5 per vehicle at the gate. Fresno Fairgrounds, 1121 S. Chance Avenue, Fresno. 650-3247
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 18th–20th from 6–8 p.m. Approach from the North entrance. Bethany Church Fresno, 9161 N. Maple Avenue, Fresno. 434-2500
Making Spirits Bright in Fresno— Celebrate Christmas with Fresno Pacific University’s drive-through Christmas experience on December 4th and 5th from 6–8 p.m. The main campus will be full of lights and Christmas decorations and visitors will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas from their vehicle. There will be coffee and hot chocolate, hand-outs for kids, and other special surprises, Donations of canned food items will be accepted for the Sunbird Food Pantry. While the event is free, the university requests that everyone RSVP at fpu.edu/makingspiritsbright. Please enter the campus from Butler Avenue onto Willow Avenue. Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Fresno. 453-3677
Oakhurst Community Christmas Tree Lighting—Kick off the holiday season on December 5th from 6 p.m. with a celebration in Oakhurst. This year will look a little different, but Christmas isn’t canceled! Please plan to wear and face mask and socially-distance yourself. Public restrooms will not be available. 40307 Highway 41, Oakhurst.
The Living Nativity in Fresno—Come experience the reason for the season through this fun drive-thru event. Enjoy scenes, live animals, caroling, and more! December 11th and 12th from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Life Cathedral Church of God, 6865 N. Maple Avenue, Fresno. 299-4747
The Living Nativity in Riverdale—Drive through this spiritual, outdoor Christmas production. December 22nd-25th from 6-9 p.m. Riverdale Assembly of God, 2813 W. Mt. Whitney Avenue, Riverdale. 867-3503
Tree Lighting at CrossCity Christian in Fresno—Families are invited to this free event in the courtyard. Enjoy a candle lighting ceremony, cookie decorating, and ornament decorating! December 5th at 7 p.m. CrossCity Christian Church, 2777 E. Nees Avenue, Fresno. 323-9675
Zoolights in Fresno—A fun family event 5–8 p.m. on December 4th–6th, 11th–13th, 18th–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: $6–$10. Fresno Chaffee Zoo, 894 W. Belmont Ave., Fresno. 498-5920
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 on Fridays and Saturdays up until Christmas. Check oldtownclovis.org for times and final details. 298-5774
Holiday Party at Fresno Bully Rescue in Sanger—Bring the whole family, including fido, for treats, cookies, hot cocoa, apple cider, and more! Take a dog-friendly photos all while benefiting a good cause! December 12th from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. This will be an open-air event with social-distancing. All dog must be on leashes. Fresno Bully Rescue, 11740 E. Belmont Avenue, Sanger. 276-7611
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. Weekends in December through December 20th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Train tickets: $4. Photos with Santa will be available the first three weekends from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tree sales will be available from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., daily through December 13th. Pajama Christmas Nights are December 1st–12th, 14th–19th, and Dec 21st–23rd. All dates are tentative. Please call for details. Hillcrest Farm, Reed and Adams, Reedley. 638-2762
A Festival of Lessons and Carols in Fresno—An old favorite goes virtual as Fresno Pacific University presents “God So Loved the World—A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” the annual program of Scripture passages and seasonal carols woven together. Enjoy this year’s event free in the comfort of your own home. The program is based on a Church of England service first performed in 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge University. The presentation will be available for viewing now through December 27th and will feature eight FPU music ensembles performing a wide range of historic and contemporary music. Register for free tickets at lessonsandcarols2020.eventbrite.com. Fresno Pacific University. 453-3677
Christmas Carol Sing-Along!—Join for a joy-filled Christmas Carol Sing-Along on December 2nd at 7 p.m., live-streamed! Put on your favorite Christmas sweater, have a cup of cocoa and plate of cookies, get in your favorite chair and tune in! We’ll be singing many favorite carols and no singing experience is required! A link with the Christmas music will be provided. Gather with family and send FPC a picture of you all joining in on the fun! First Presbyterian Church, M and Calaveras Streets, Fresno. 485-6460
Children’s Christmas Inside Out Parade in Tulare—On December 4th, join for a family cruise at this unique inside out parade. Drive through the fairgrounds to view beautifully decorated displays that celebrate Christmas starting at 6:30 p.m. Tulare County Fairgrounds, 620 S. K Street, Tulare. 685-2350
Fresno’s Downtown Christmas Parade—The 91st annual Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade is on December 12th from 5–8 p.m. This year’s parade will be a reverse parade, with participants decorating on-street parking stalls on Fulton Street between Tulare and Tuolumne Streets. Families will be able to drive down Fulton Street to experience the parade from the coziness of their car. Downtown Fresno. 490-9966
Sanger’s Toyland Parade—This year, the Toyland Parade will look a little different. We will light up the town on December 5th from 5–7 p.m. 14th Street will hold a beautiful display of our traditional floats that the community can enjoy from their cars as they drive through. For more information please contact the Sanger Chamber, 875-4575
PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Photos with Santa Claus in Fresno
• North Pole’s most famous resident will be at Fashion Fair Mall’s Center Court through December 24th. Closed on the 7th. Rest assured, the elves have made every effort to provide a memorable and contact-free experience. A visit with Santa is always free. Photo packages are available for purchase. Hours vary, visit fashionfairmall.com/santaphotos to make a reservation. Availability is limited. Fashion Fair Mall, 645 E. Shaw Avenue. 224-1591
• Make this holiday magical with a virtual visit to the North Pole! Enjoy a visit with Santa, a storytime with the Claus Family, personalized videos, and more! Visit jinglering.com for reservations and more information. Fig Garden Village, 790 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno. 412-5296
• Holiday Magic Studios is excited to offer a fun, interactive, and safe experience for all families this season! Book your private photo session with Santa at holidaymagicstudios.com. Availability is limited. River Park, 250 E. Paseo Del Centro. 425-4015
Photos with Santa in Clovis
• Find Santa for a holiday photo opportunity through December 24th, Monday–Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 12–6 p.m., and Christmas Eve 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Santa will be taking a break December 7th–9th. Availability is limited. Visit cherryhillprograms.com/covidguidelines for reservations! Sierra Vista Mall, 1050 Shaw Avenue, Clovis. 299-0660
Photos with Santa in Visalia
• Make a date with Santa through December 24th at the Visalia Mall, in Fashion Court. Monday–Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 12–6 p.m., and Christmas Eve 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Reservations are required. Visit visaliamall.com/en/events.html for more information and reservations. Visalia Mall, 2031 S. Mooney Boulevard., Visalia. 733-3898
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