Downtown Extravaganza Events

Celebration of Lights Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Celebration of Lights LogoJoin us for the biggest community event of the year, our annual holiday parade in downtown Modesto. Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on I and 14th Streets. Parade entry applications will be accepted until capacity is reached or November 12th, 2019. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Crystal Creamery. 

Volunteers are crucial to the success of this amazing event. Visit the volunteer page for more information on how to get involved. 

Traffic and parking in downtown Modesto will be heavily impacted for the parade.  Please watch for "No Parking" Signs and plan extra time to get to your destination.  Road closures will begin as early as 1:00 PM and will remain closed until approximately 8:00 PM. For a map of the road closures, please see the attached document. 

Family Friendly Events

Join us for a Full Day of Family Friendly Events on December 7, 2019.

Annual Breakfast With Santa

Hosted by the City of Modesto and North Modesto Kiwanis.  Start the day off with a delicious pancake Breakfast with Santa at the Senior Center, 211 Bodem Street in Modesto. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, milk, juice, coffee, live music, crafts for the kids, story time with Mrs. Claus and of course, a visit with the big guy! 

Tickets are available at: VisitModesto Office, 1008 12th Street, City Hall- 1010 Tenth Street- suite 4400, and the Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem Street. 

Dickens' Faire 

From 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., take a step back in time at the Dickens' Faire  on 15th Street between I and J Streets. The McHenry Mansion will be fully decorated as a Victorian Christmas and there will be crafts and activities for the kiddos at the McHenry Museum. 

Modesto Certified Farmers Market 

Join the iconic Farmers Market on 16th Street between H and I Streets from 8:00AM-12:00PM.  Pick up fresh produce, treats and some great holiday gifts! 

Downtown Tree Lighting & Rockin' Holidays 

Immediately following the parade is the traditional Rockin' Holiday tree lighting in Tenth Street Plaza, 1010 Tenth Street, Modesto.


Become a Sponsor!

Want a great way to highlight your business?  

Your business will benefit in many ways including high visibility, media coverage, strong consumer audience (over 12,000 attend the parade), employee awareness, team building and motivation, build consumer and brand loyalty, and community relations and it is a lot of fun!!!  

For more information on becoming a sponsor contact Sandy Wolfe, 209-577-5340 or email in your Sponsorship Form.

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