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2023. Holiday Preview

Holiday Preview
By Chris Murphy

It’s the season to get into the spirit of the season and it will be here before you know it. Take a look at some of the really cool happenings coming up and things happening in November. Check out our round up of Holiday events and if you don’t see yours, please send us the info at<>

Sing a Long Messiah
Do you want to sing along with one of the most famous pieces of choral music ever? Bass-baritone Rich Colla will return to this year’s “Messiah” Singalong. Rich is much in demand as a soloist and is also widely known as the artistic director and conductor of the Opus Handbell Ensemble which has traveled the world performing under Rich’s direction. Join your fellow vocalists on Nov. 19 to sing along with Rich and the chorus. The “Messiah” singalong is free of charge to participants; however, please consider a freewill donation which ALMOST covers the cost of the program. If you would like to assist or sponsor, please contact Denise Nordell, via facebook or at<>
November 19. 3 pm
Trinity Presbyterian<>

Modesto on Ice
Ice skating in Downtown Modesto is back! ModestoView and Sierra Pacific are proud sponsors again for the re-opening of this great family and fun event. Skating sessions are daily from November from November 18 all the way through January 15th. There will be many theme nights, group skates and it is really easy to learn how to skate. Of course, the hot cocoa and snack bar at the rink is amazing and it is always nice on the ice with the huge covered tent. You can sign up, do your waivers and schedule your ice time at<>

Rockin Holiday is coming soon.
December will be here before you know it and you need to plan it out now. It is time to get into the holiday groove and begin to celebrate. 10th St Plaza is transformed into a rockin’ winter wonderland for all to enjoy.

The amazing Rockin’ Tree lighting will be right after the Modesto Holiday Parade on December 2 at 7:00pm featuring Rockin’ Snow, Rockin’ North Pole, the amazing Rockin’ Holiday Tree and of course, Rockin’ Santa and the Rockin’ Elves. Make sure you bring the family for the FREE Rockin’ Santa picture and Rockin’ Holiday photo ops.

Dec 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23rd from 7-9 pm.

This is a free family event thanks to awesome sponsors like Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group, Collins Electric, Beard Land, Visit Modesto, Modesto DID, Gary Nelson Law, Brenden Theatres Downtown Modesto Partnership & of course ModestoView.

See all the latest info at @rockinholiday on Facebook and Instagram #snowiscomingdec4 #classicmodesto

Be in the Parade
This is one of Modesto’s great holiday traditions and it would be a great idea if you were in the parade and even build a float or light up your vehicle. The 2023 parade theme is “Toys Trains and Candy Canes”. The Parade will be on December 2 at 5:30 after Holiday Farmer’s Market and Breakfast with Santa.
You can get your parade entry here.<>

Ring the Bell
Salvation Army needs you to help keep the holidays bright for those in need. You, your family or your business can sign up to be a bell ringer at

Community Christmas Tree –
Are you busy, our of time, but still want to help families in need make a special Christmas? Please head to Vintage Faire Mall, and visit the Community Christmas Tree. There are over 200 families that could use your help. Shop for a gift and drop it off, or donate and they will shop for you. It is so easy to make a special day for someone that needs it. 2nd level over Santa Village. Thank you to the Modesto Sunrise Rotary and Soroptimist Clubs for their great efforts.
November 24 – December 18. 10 am – 8 pm
Donations Mail to: Community Christmas Tree
PO Box 578639
Modesto, CA 95357
OR Venmo at: Community-ChristmasTree

Let Us Know!
Get your event in the ModestoView Calendar
If you know of something else going on, email us ASAP and we will add it to our calendar<>

About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.