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Holiday Happenings Around the 209
Lodi Festival of Trees10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 San Joaquin County Historical Museum, 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi

Twenty-fifth annual Festival of Trees will include family holiday fun with over 60 decorated Christmas trees, entertainment hourly, shopping, children's crafts, Santa and dessert included with ticket in Victorian Tea Room. General admission $10; children (2-12) $1; under 2 years free. Advance purchased tickets save $6 parking fee waived. For more information, call Museum office at 209-331-2055.

Manteca Christmas in the Park5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 2 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 3 Library Park, 320 W. Center St., Manteca

The Manteca Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the City of Manteca to present “Christmas in the Park.” The two-day event will feature ice skating, Christmas tree display competition, “reindeer” rides, pictures with Disney Princesses, live music, caroling, food and vendor booths. For more information, visit

or call the Manteca Chamber at 209-823-6121.

Modesto Celebration of Lights Parade5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 Downtown Modesto

The celebration of lights parade will make its way past the historic McHenry Museum and Mansion, followed by the Courthouse, as it marches through the heart of downtown. Brightly illuminated floats, colorful marching bands, motorcycles, fire trucks, horses and clowns will highlight the rich culture and hospitality of the city of Modesto. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 15th and I streets. For more information, contact the Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Department at 209-577-5344.

Sonora Christmas Parade5:30 p.m. Nov. 25 Downtown Sonora

The 36th annual Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade will be held the Friday after Thanksgiving as per tradition. What makes this parade special is a combination of a charming small town holiday event that incorporates residents of all ages in a beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills setting. It's one of the largest holiday parades in the Mother Lode region.

Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 Main Street Turlock

The 38th Annual Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade with make its way down Main Street this year with the theme of "Superhero Style." Every year on the first Friday of December Main Street is transformed from a quiet downtown shopping area into a bustling holiday destination . Hundreds line the streets in anticipation of the annual Turlock Christmas Parade. Locals and visitors alike flock to Turlock every year to enjoy the music of marching bands and admire the dozens of holiday themed floats that make their way down Main Street.

Hilmar Farmers' Parade of Lights Festival5:55 p.m. Dec. 3 Downtown Hilmar

The Hilmar Holiday Farmers' Annual Parade of Lights Festival is sponsored by local companies, organizations, and churches and features illuminated tractors, wagons, and various vehicles. The event is designed to promote fundraising for local Booster clubs, local churches, and allow businesses to show their community pride with jovial spirit.

Merced Hometown Christmas Parade3 p.m. Dec. 3 Downtown Merced

The Active 20-30 Club of Merced will present the 22nd Annual Hometown Christmas Parade with a theme of "Christmas Through the Decades."