Christmas-Themed Events in Central California: List of Valley Parades, Fairs, Trees, and Light Shows



FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – This is the most wonderful time of the year in Central California – a time of holidays and togetherness, Christmas gifts and lights, family and festivities.

Across the valley, organizers are preparing to bring communities together for events, from parades and light shows to winter wonders.

Gather your family and friends and visit these events this holiday season:

Monday, November 29

VISALIA CANDY CANE LANE SHOW
6.30 p.m., downtown Visalia

The beloved South Valley Christmas Parades return for their 75th year. Community floats and marching bands will fill the streets of downtown Visalia for the Candy Cane Lane Parade. Authorities canceled the parade last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wednesday December 1

OPENING OF THE LITTLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE OF FRESNO
6 p.m., avenue Van Ness and Shields

Fresno’s Christmas Tree Lane has a tradition that dates back 99 years. Each year in December, North Van Ness Boulevard in Fig Garden becomes a one-way street lined with hundreds of trees and homes all decked out for the holidays. Visitors can walk the 2 mile stretch from Shields to Shaw until Christmas Day. There will be no walking evenings this year.

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SANGER TREE LIGHTING
6:30 p.m., downtown Sanger

Along with lighting, the event will feature Christmas carols, Christmas messages, the Light Up Our Sanger Houses contest and the arrival of Santa Claus. Refreshments will also be served.

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Thursday and Friday 2-3 December

NOL DE REEDLEY IN THE PARK
5-8 p.m., Pioneer Park, Reedley

The Reedley Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event, which will include train and pony rides, a 6.15 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony, photos with Santa Claus and an electric farm equipment parade on Friday.

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Thursday 2 December

NOL DE MADERA PARADE OF LIGHTS
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Madera city center

The Madera Downtown Association and Madera Evening Lions Club are hosting the 28th Annual Christmas Candlelight Parade, during which illuminated vehicles will travel along Yosemite Avenue between A and E Streets.

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TULARE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARADE
6 p.m., downtown Tulare

This year’s theme is Prancer’s slumber party. Everyone is welcome to come in their pajamas and watch the floats in K and M streets and Tulare Avenue. You can also enter your own float!

CORCORAN CHRISTMAS PARADE
6.30 p.m., downtown Corcoran

The Corcoran Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade will include a parade, tree lighting, food, craft and information stalls, and a visit with Santa to the gazebo.

Friday 3 December

BIG FRESNO HOLIDAY LIGHTS FAIR – OPENING
5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Fresno Exhibition Center

Fresno Fairgrounds will once again transform into a magical winter wonderland for the return of the Holiday Fantasy of Lights show from the Great Fresno Fair! Participants will drive through the fairgrounds and enjoy over 450 displays of Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music, tasting treats from local food trucks and more. New this year, there will be two special walking evenings.

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ZOOLIGHTS – OPENING
5-8 p.m., Fresno Chaffee Zoo

For this annual community tradition, the entire zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland, fully decorated and dotted with miles of Christmas lights! Enjoy shows, festive treats and drinks for adults and children, free holographic glasses with every ticket purchased (while supplies last), and free photos with Santa Claus.

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CHRISTMAS PARADE AND WINTER PARTY FROM THE CARUTHERS ROOM
3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Caruthers Fairgrounds

The event will have craft and food vendors as well as a Christmas parade.

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Saturday 4 December

STREET OF THE RUE DE NOL MERCED
5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Main Street, downtown Merced

This is the second year that the town of Merced has held a ‘Reverse Christmas Parade’, where floats, vehicles and performers line up and visitors drive past.

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NOTE: This list is growing. Other events will be added soon.

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