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BargainView – Santa Baby

By Monica Barber
Santa Baby!

It’s a time-honored tradition that Ms. M visits her favorite man in red and his best lady: Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus! I simply love to catch up with people and it’s a treat to get a peak at the naughty and nice list. This year I stopped by Santa’s HQ in the Vintage Faire Mall to see Santa and discuss his upcoming appearances in Modesto; Check out McHenry Village all month long and The Modesto Senior Citizens Center on December 6th. Since Santa knows you all love giving, he suggested you might enjoy some inexpensive fun between shopping for gifts.

Remember, remember the 6th of December. A red-letter day as Modesto heralds the arrival of Christmas joy that promises to delight at no extra cost. Start your morning off right with the Dickens Faire at the McHenry Mansion. Carriage rides with Hot Chocolate should warm your spirits. Continue the day with the Celebration of Lights Parade at 5:30 pm. Follow as it weaves through downtown until you find your way to a Winter Wonderland including Mr & Mrs Claus and some good ol Rockabilly. Located in Downtown Plaza, Modesto’s Rockin Holiday kick’s off with music and fun that continues throughout the month of December. Dickens Faire: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., (209) 549-0428. Rockin Holiday & Celebration of Lights: Parade -5:30 at the corner of 14th & I. Kickoff party – 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. (209) 577-5344

The Christmas season wouldn’t feel right without a bit of naughty. If you think you haven’t made Santa’s list then you should definitely try! Have fun with the annual SantaCon Pub Crawl on December12th at Firkin and Fox. Enjoy drinking as or alongside Jolly Old Saint Nick and toast all his good work! 21+ only.

A must see for the Holiday season is the Nutcracker. The classic ballet presented by Central West Ballet dances its way onto the Gallo stage for your viewing pleasure this month. Invite your friends and family to enjoy this traditional Christmas delight! Tickets and dates:

Stepping into the past can be a tantalizing treat. Stop in at the Mchenry Mansion for a Candlelight Tour December 19th-21st. Walk through a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy a glimpse into historic Modesto. It’s a beautiful treat for nostalgia aficionados.

Close out the month with a New Years Party! Wave 2014 goodbye with fun at The Boardroom’s NYE Hollywood Masquerade Party. Toast the year with champagne, good company and great sounds at this event. Info: Call: 409-8665 or

I’m not naming names but make sure you’re on the right list with Santa! Happy Holidays! xoxo, m.



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