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BigView – Tis the Season to Celebrate

The BigView
By Chris Murphy

Tis the Season to Celebrate
The weekend after Thanksgiving when the leaves turn and the excitement in the air turns festive. Whether is it the holiday parties, the new snow on the ground or the anticipation of winter break, there is just a cool feeling in the air. We are getting ready for Warren Miller Ski films, The Ill List and of course the festive nights of Rockin’ Holiday and the excitement of Modesto on Ice, ugly sweaters and spiked hot cocoa with family and friends makes it all special. There is so much happening and a million places to be, so we are to help.

Apres Skate
A night on the town means a night on the town. If you are going to get all spiffed up to head downtown to go ice skating, you need to think about what you are doing to do before, especially after skating. This is what we call Aprés Skate. You had a great time, skated singles and doubles, and now it is time to relax, with a special holiday cocktail, and enjoy downtown Modesto. Right around the corner from Modesto on Ice is our own Rockin’ Holiday, were you can meet up with Rockin’ Santa and experience the Rockin’ Snow and the Rockin’ Tree. You can catch a movie at the Brenden Theatres in the new comfy recliners after a nice dinner at Fuzio, Ralston’s Goat or Graffiti Dogs. You can walk down 11th St and find so many tasty options, or walk over to the Gallo Center, Prospect Theatre or The State Theatre for a show. If you are skating late, you just might want a nice nightcap with friends and Uber home. Don’t forget, there is live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Rockin North Pole Stage in 10th St Plaza. No matter what, spend the day, or the evening in downtown and find something new to do.

Modesto On Ice –
Open Daily until January 21.
(209) 300-3693
1131 11th St, Modesto, CA 95354
There are many theme days including Pond Hockey an

Turlock has Ice Skating at Fields of Ice at RAM Farms. Fields of Ice is open daily until January 21. There is no reason to miss out on the skating and you can also pick up your Christmas Tree there too.
716 N. Daubenberger Road Turlock, CA 95380

DoMo Promo
Everybody wants a good deal right? You can enjoy Aprés Skate, or Rockin Holiday even more at a session of Modesto On Ice with the DoMo ProMo This is a coo wristband you can buy at Modesto On Ice that gives you all-day skate and discounts at participating downtown businesses. Such a deal right. So give yourself a gift this season.
Learn more here:

12 Days of Star Wars
Modesto is the birthplace of George Lucas and the home of Star Wars, so it is only fitting that we have our own special version of the 12 Days of Christmas. You know the tune so clip out and save this special #ModestoUSA version of this loved seasonal song. Get your droids, jump on the Millennium Falcon and start singing.

Amazing Holiday Performances
There are some shows that you just can’t miss this during the holiday season. The Central West Ballet production of the Nutcracker is a rite of passage for any dancer in our area and this is a great Christmas performance that gets you in the spirit and there are some good matinee shows. One of the biggest shows to hit Modesto has been the Brian Setzer Christmas Rocks Tour on the 20th and the Dave Koz Christmas on the 21st. There are some other really good shows at the Gallo Center. Check

Holiday Movies at the State
We hope you love holiday Christmas movies like we do. The State Theatre is your hook up this season for the classics like Christmas Vacation, Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th St and even Nightmare Before Christmas. There is something for every member of the family and when winter break hits, you have your movie playlist all set. Get your tix in advance at

12/01 7:30 pm Face of Winter
12/04 7 pm A Christmas Carol
12/17 6 pm Elf
12/18 12 pm Miracle on 34th Street
12/18 6 pm Nightmare Before Christmas
12/19 1 pm The Polar Express
12/19 7 pm Bad Santa
12/20 1 pm A Christmas Story
12/20 4 pm Elf
12/20 7 pm Die Hard
12/21 1 pm National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
12/21 4 pm Nightmare Before Christmas
12/21 7 pm Edward Scissorhands
12/22 10 am Miracle on 334th Street
12/22 4 pm A Christmas Story
12/22 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
12/23 11 am The Polar Express
12/23 5 pm It’s a Wonderful Lifre
12/24 12 pm It’s A Wonderful Life
12/24 3 pm Elf

Giving and Believing
I believe. Really. I believe in the spirit of giving and fellowship for the Holidays, and I confess, I never stopped believing in Santa Claus. This probably explains a lot about why we wanted to decorate downtown along with our own house. We want to spread the holiday cheer as much as possible and invite everyone to enjoy a Classic Downtown Modesto and experience Rockin’ Holiday and all that downtown has to offer.

But in this spirit of giving, it is always a goal to find something unique and special for your friends and family and above all, something local that means something and carries a special message. There are no shortage of options this season and we even have a special 12 Days of Christmas deal that you can check out on page 18. All you have to do is take your entry to Rockin’ Holiday on December 22.

Giving Local
Let’s check out some special things that come from right here in our area. Here are a couple of our faves.


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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.