Christmas is Coming! Enjoy the Season with Valley Voice’s Calendar of Events

December 5: Exeter Town Lighting

Exeter Grinch (formally the Visalia Grinch) doing the honors and countdown at our first Exeter Christmas Open House at 5:30pm. The light show will continue through the holidays and will dance along with music tuned into your car radio. Donation opportunity of funds and non-perishable foods for the Exeter Food Closet.

December 5, 12 and 19: Exeter 28th Annual Christmas Open House

Every Thursday between Thanksgiving and Christmas –from 5:00 – 9:00pm. Downtown shop owners offering one of kind gifts, holiday refreshments, Carolers, free horse drawn carriage rides, old fashioned fire truck rides, and a visit with Santa. Info, Exeter Chamber of Commerce (559) 592-2919, email [email protected] Visit www.ExeterChamber.com.

December 5, 12, & 19: Visalia Holiday Open House

There will be carriage rides, pictures with Santa, ice skating, train rides and lots of shopping in Downtown Visalia from 5-8 PM. Come to our office and donate a small stuffed teddy bear. In return they will get four free skate night tickets they can use during Holiday Open House.

December 6: Visalia Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree Auction

Join us as for our black tie gala we “Put on the Glitz” at the Visalia Convention Center. Celebrate the meaning of Christmas by supporting our Community through local Charities. VIP at 6:00 PM, General Admission at 7:00 PM. Electronic bidding for trees and silent auction items, wine tastings, food samples from the Central Valley’s best restaurants, and dancing. http://www.visaliachamber.org/christmastree for tickets

December 6 and 7: 15th Annual Holiday Marketplace

Holiday Marketplace with 100 vendors selling gifts, crafts and treats.  Dec 6th 6pm-8pm, tickets $5 for the VIP Night includes  hors d’oeuvres, raffles and entertainment while you shop. Dec 7th 9am-2pm, free. Visalia Naz. 3333 W Caldwell Ave. Visalia

December 7: Spirit of the Holidays

Hosted by the Exeter Kiwanis Club. The Premier Wine Tasting Event in The Central Valley. Premier Wine – Hors d’oeuvers – Raffle – Silent Auction – Live Auction. Semi-formal Dress Requested. 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Exeter Veterans Memorial Building 324 N Kaweah Ave, Tickets $60.00 call Art Zschau  559 306-6144

December 7: Downtown Lemoore Christmas Parade

Kings Dental Group, SoCal Gas, Best Western, Grocery Outlet are hosting this years Lemoore Christmas Parade at 6pm, Downtown Lemoore. Info [email protected]

December 7: Ice Skate Visalia Opening Day

Glide into the holiday season through the ultimate outdoor entertainment experience. The synthetic ice surface at Garden Street Plaza makes skating easier and safer for all visitors. Admission is only $10 and includes skate rental.

December 7: Kids Christmas Carnival

Photos with Santa, an interactive Nativity scene, bounce houses, games and more will keep young ones entertained. Hot chocolate bar and cookie decorating. The Kids Christmas Carnival is at Gateway Visalia, located at 1100 S. Sowell St., Visalia, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

December 8: Springville Historical Museums Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas

Come learn how to spin and weave, watch real Blacksmiths at work, learn about the frontier days and its ways. Back country cookers will be whipping up some warm delicious treats, the sounds of Christmas. Huge assortment of cookies, hot apple cider and coffee.  Sponsored by the Tule River Historical Society at the museum located 34902 Hwy 190, Springville from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Dec. 8: Rockin’ Rudolph 5K Run

The community is invited to participate in a 5K Run/Walk in downtown Hanford, starting at 8:30 a.m. A kid’s run begins at 8:20 a.m. Open to the community. Festivities include a holiday costume contest with prizes. Adults $35 plus $3 fee; kids $15 plus $2.50 fee. Register at RunHanford.com. Information: 559-537-0760.

December 8: Annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree

Sequoia National Forest, The Annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree 2:30-5 p.m, activities include singers from a choir or performance group, a non-denominational Christmas Message, and a War Memorial Ceremony all delivered at the base of the General Grant Tree. Chartered buses leave from the Sanger Chamber of Commerce office. Reservations can be made at the Sanger Chamber at 559-875-4575.

December 8: Sequoia Symphony Performs Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Performance of Handel’s “Messiah” 3 p.m. at the Visalia Fox Theatre. Tickets $25-$50 at the symphony office, 208 W. Main Street, Suite D, downstairs in Montgomery Square. Student prices are $10. Tickets are also available at 732-8600 or go to www.sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com.

December 9: Evans & Sontag: A Train Robbers’ Story

On 210 Connect will host a special evening of history and music when historian Terry Ommen will present Evans & Sontag: A Train Robbers’ Story, 7:00pm. Lon Hannah of the Sons of the San Joaquin will debut his new song “The Ballad of Sontag & Evans.”  Information: (559) 739-9010 or https://www.facebook.com/210Connect

December 9-13th: The Elvengers: Dawn of the Awakening!

The Creative Centers are excited to invite you to this year’s Christmas play Santa’s naughty and nice list has grown lopsided with humans joining the naughty side at an alarming rate. The play runs the week of December 9-13th, in our Jon Ginsburg Gallery, 410 E. Race Ave., Visalia. Tickets  at https://the-creative-center.ticketleap.com/elvengers or Courtney Brooke  (559)733-9329

December 12: Hanford Candy Cane Christmas Charity Dinner

The Chambers annual charity fundraiser where local charities to fill tables with gifts and give these charities a chance to raise money through opportunity drawings. Hanford Civic Auditorium 400 N Douty, 6:00pm. The dinner by Pardinis of Fresno. Tickets $50 and there is also a no-host bar at the event. Contact Joey Joslin   559.707.5139

December 12:”Art Spans The Ages”,

The Heritage Art Gallery at Tulare Histoorical Museum presents the opening reception for the art from the artists of the Tulare Senior Center on December 12 from 5-7pm.  The reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibition runs through January 4, 2020. Info Tyler Caffee, Historian

December 13: 1st Annual Mighty Oaks Chorus “Christmas Special”

Popular Christmas songs sung by chorus and quartets, Audience sing-a-long of traditional songs, The Fountain Christian Church 1023 N. Chinowth, Visalia  6 PM to 8 PM. Christmas cookies, cake, Apple Cider, coffee, $10 – adults, FREE for children age 12, and under. Tickets: 280-5715 – Dee Baughman, 901-4615 – Bud Case

December 14 – 17: 120th Annual Christmas Bird Count

The nation’s longest-running community science bird project fuels Audubon’s work throughout the year. Join a team or count backyard birds! No experience needed. Contact Rose Bonar for dates and places. [email protected]>

December 14: Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

Make new memories with the Instagram-worthy Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. It’s the third year for this legendary, annual event. Join the Crawl on Saturday 4:30 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Visalia. Known for its craft breweries and specialty taps, Visalia is making a name in the beer scene. With all the sips you’ll enjoy, this tour is as unique as the ugly sweater you arrive in.

December 14 and 21: Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, skating and a visit with Santa 8:00am – 10:00am. $10 per person or $5 per person for breakfast only. Tickets at Anthony Community Center (345 N. Jacob Street). For information [email protected]

December 14: The Gadabouts Christmas Party

Join us for a morning of fun with another wonderful Christmas Get-together at the Senior Center  10:00 am.  Lots of food, raffle prizes. Donations of new gifts are appreciated!  310 North Locust St. Visalia. Info Barbara Davis,  President (559) 732-5066

December 14 – 15: It’s a model railroad Christmas

Members of the Visalia Electric Railroad Modelers and Historical Society December 14th   10AM-8PM and Dec 15 11AM -4PM at the Sequoia Mall Visalia, will share with your family the excitement of model trains. We will be displaying several layouts including HO and N scales.  Club members enjoy answering questions. Contact Cheryl 733-7742 for ore info.

December 14: Lindcove Annual Fruit Display and tasting

Taste more than 100 citrus varieties that are grown at Lindcove 9:00 – 12:00. Citrus enthusiasts can have their citrus questions answered by Master Gardeners and  UC Extension personnel.  Copeland Conference Center @ UC Lindcove, 22963 Carson Avenue, Exeter. $5 and $10 bags of freshly picked citrus for sale.

December 19: An Irish Christmas

The Visalia Fox Theatre at 7:00 P.M. Features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by Riverdance Principal Dancer Caterina Coyne, World Champion Dancer Tyler Schwartz and Connor Reider Tickets range from $12 to $54. VIP Meet & Greet Pre-Show Reception. Purchase tickets at FoxVisalia.org, call 559-625-1FOX or visit our box office at 300 W. Main Street in Visalia

December 31: Exeter Woman’s Club New Years Eve Celebration

The Exeter Woman’s Club, 201 S. Kaweah Ave is hosting a New Year’s Eve Celebration with a no host bar and hors d’oeuvres at 8:00pm with a Midnight champagne toast, dancing to rock band – Run 4 Cover.  $50.00 per person on sale at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. Info Sara K De Jager, 559 909-4135

January 18 & 19: Tule Gem & Mineral Society 2020 Gemboree

64th Anniversary. Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Exeter Veterans Memorial Building, 324 North Kaweah Avenue. www.tulegem.com

January 23: 2020 Micari4Supervisor Dinner Fundraiser

Larry Micari WANTED for Tulare County Board of Supervisor, District 1 Dinner Fundraiser! Music by “Banded Heart”, VIP Pre-Event (tickets required), Dinner and Auction. 5:00-6:00pm. VIP Pre-Event (wine, hors d’oeuvres and social hour), 6:00-7:00pm Supporters Social Hour and 7:00pm Dinner, Whitney’s Wild Oak Ranch, Exeter, Contact: Micari4supervisor.com for tickets or Beth Micari [email protected] or 559-280-7546

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