It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas across Fresno County. There are plenty of family-friendly celebrations taking place to mark the season. A lot of the towns within Fresno County are hosting tree lightings and parades. We’ve put together a list to help you plan your holiday fun!
Thursday, December 5th
Reedley Electrical Farm Equipment Parade
7 p.m. in downtown Reedley
Reedley is called the “Fruit Basket of the World” and to celebrate the town’s unique culture and heritage they host an agriculture themed Christmas Parade. Tractors and antique vehicles will be lit up in their holiday best. The theme of this year’s parade is “Holiday Movies.”
Friday, December 6th
Caruthers Chamber Winterfest and Christmas Parade
Winterfest: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Caruthers Fairgrounds
Parade: 6:30 p.m.
The Caruthers Chamber of Commerce is hosting a big Christmas event at the Caruthers Fairgrounds. In addition to the 20th annual Christmas Parade, there will be a winter celebration featuring food, crafts, and a Miss Snowflake Princess Pageant.
“This event like many others in Caruthers is unique because it is a grassroots event,” said Eric Hamlin the Winterfest Coordinator. “It’s all about the local community. Caruthers is a community of townspeople who genuinely like each other and enjoy a chance to celebrate our town.”
Saturday, December 7th
Fresno Christmas Parade
1 p.m. on Fulton Street in downtown Fresno
It’s a milestone year for the Fresno Christmas Parade. In honor of its 90th year, the parade’s theme is “9 Decades.”
Floats will be decked out in retro gear celebrating the decades from the 1920s to the 2000s.
Clovis Children’s Electric Christmas Parade
6:30 p.m. in Old Town Clovis
The Old Town Clovis Kiwanis puts on a big show every year. Thousands are expected to attend the parade which has become a holiday tradition for many families.
“It’s a free event that we put on for our community to give back to all those organizations and people who have helped us with our service projects,” said Rochelle Latona, parade coordinator with the Old Town Clovis Kiwanis. “The parade will have school bands, horses, lots of different cars and float, all decorated with lots and lots of lights.”
Fowler’s Christmas Tree Lighting
Festival: 2 p.m. in downtown Fowler
Tree Lighting: Dusk
The city of Fowler hosts an annual street festival and tree lighting ceremony in the center of downtown.
“It’s a great annual tradition here in the city of Fowler, that families look forward to,” said Yvonne Hernandez, event organizer. “It’s like a great homecoming. People can come and shop, eat great food, listen to live music and get pictures with Santa and the grand finale is lighting the tree at dusk.”
Sanger’s Toyland Parade
11 a.m. on Academy in downtown Sanger
For the 72nd year, a huge Christmas event is taking place in downtown Sanger. The annual Toyland Parade celebrates all things holiday. There will also be vendors, arts, crafts, and kid activities to take part in as well.
Sunday, December 8th
Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree
2:30 p.m. at Kings Canyon National Park
With fresh snow, it will be a winter wonderland at the General Grant Tree for the 93rd annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree.
Entrance fees to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be free on Sunday to allow people to experience the celebration of the Nation’s Christmas Tree.
The Sanger Chamber of Commerce offers chartered bus trips to the event, some include lunch and dinner. To learn more call the Sanger Chamber at 559-875-4575.
Saturday, December 14th
Kerman Night Christmas Parade
Holiday Gift Fair: 4 p.m.
Parade: 6 p.m. in downtown Kerman
The 23rd annual Pageantry of Light Christmas Parade takes place on Madera Avenue from C to G Street. This year’s theme is “Country Christmas.” In addition to the parade, there will also be a craft and gift fair.