Updated: Jan 4, 2021
Sometimes all it takes to turn your mood around is a warm drink, holding a family member's hand to keep warm, and thousands of twinkling lights shining bright in the chilly night air. When challenging times arise, it makes a world of difference to be fully present with your family, and focus on being intentional with those around you. The simplicity of making homemade cookies with your children, crafting ornaments, or leaving a care package and note for a neighbor have never meant more. Another favorite, is simply walking (or driving) with Silver Bells or Jingle Bell Rock playing on the radio, taking in the colorful glow of Christmas lights. We have searched out the 9 best local places to view Christmas lights across Lodi, Escalon, Oakdale, and Modesto- don't forget the hot chocolate!
Lodi Drive Through Light Extravaganza- 12/11/2020, located at the Lodi Grape Festival+Event Center, 5-9PM. More info at https://www.visitlodi.com/events-calendar/drive-through-christmas-light-extravaganza/
Stockton Christmas Lane- Now-12/31 from sun down to 9PM. This North Stockton neighborhood near Lincoln Center, off Pershing, hosts an entire block of 1400 Meadow lane. Stunning neighborhood lights each year.
Christmas Lights on Atlas Court benefiting the Center for Human Services- 12/1-1/8 Lights run 5:30-9PM on Sunday-Thursday, and 5:30-11PM Friday-Saturday. Center for Human Services is requesting gift cards for Target, Walmart, and Amazon.
Ripon Christmas Light Parade- 12/10, 6-9PM located at Mistlin Sports Park (1201 River Road)
Escalon Christmas on Main Drive Through Parade 12/12, 3-8PM; Santa will be at the end of the parade route.
2020 Celebration of Lights Cruise Parade. 12/5/2020, On 10th Street in Modesto, ending at the 10th Street Plaza. Begin on I Street. https://www.facebook.com/events/362746394934802?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%7D
Home for Christmas Light Experience- Now-12/24, a drive thru light experience with tunnel, and music. 6-9PM everyday, Friday and Saturday require reservations. 4242 Coffee Road in Modesto. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/115583733560147/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%7D and order tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/home-for-christmas-lights-experience-tickets-128796807719
Light up a Life Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony- 12/16 @ 5PM. Ceremony may be viewed on Community Hospice Facebook Page, and will be a Facebook Live video. Donate to community Hospice through our Grinch Charity Campaign at NickCaton.com
Stanislaus County Fairgrounds Christmas Cruise- 12/4, Free event, vehicles may enter the North parking lot off Soderquist Road. Turlock Firefighters local 2434 will be collecting new toys and non perishable foods.
Does your family have a favorite spot you love to see Christmas Lights- or even a fun tradition you'd like to share? Head over to my Instagram @TheNickCaton and let us know! Feel free to tag me in your social media posts if you check out any of the suggestions! Merry Christmas and enjoy.