Downtown Extravaganza Events

Celebration of Lights Parade

Saturday, December 3, 2022

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 October 31, 2022. 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. 

Annual Breakfast With Santa

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Breakfast with Santa returns this year to the Modesto Senior Citizens Center (211 Bodem Street) from 8:00 -11:30 am. Tickets are $10.00 each. Please contact the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department to purchase tickets or become a sponsor. 

Downtown Tree Lighting- December 3

Immediately after the parade join us in Tenth Street Plaza to light the Christmas tree.  Approximately 7:30pm. 

Rockin' Holidays- December 3-23rd 

Rockin’ Santa & the Rockin’ elves, rockabilly musicians, lights, fun, & food & enjoy the sounds & snow. Bring the family!

  • Located in 10th Street Plaza in downtown Modesto
  • Celebrate Rockin’ Holiday with the World’s Tallest Pixel Light Tree, Rockin North Pole and Live Music!
  • Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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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