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By Chris Murphy

The holiday season is coming soon so better plan ahead and get things on your calendar.
One of Modesto’s best traditions, the Dickens Faire is now The McHenry Mansion Christmas Fair, with a new date and new longer hours and has moved to the last Saturday in November on the 26th. Please note this!

The entire street in front of the Manson is closed to traffic and vendors booths feature a unique and interesting assortment of Christmas items, jewelry, food, crafts and other offerings for sale. It’s a great place to do some early holiday shopping. View the McHenry Mansion in all of its Christmas finery from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Musical entertainment will occur throughout the day. Father Christmas will be handing out candy canes. Horse-drawn wagon rides, which are a popular reminder of a by-gone era, will be available for a nominal fee. There will be activities for children.
Saturday, November 26, 2022.
15h St. Modesto

Modesto on Ice
Ice skating in Downtown Modesto is the glitter sprinkle on a great holiday season. ModestoView and Sierra Pacific are sponsors again this year for this great family and fun event. ModestoView will be showcasing local skaters and the fun through the season and Sierra Pacific is sponsoring the Skate Shack! Skating sessions are daily from from November 19 all the way through mid January. Ticket sales start November 1 and can be purchased on-line. Please take time to do this before you get there as you can even sign the waiver in advance so you can skate faster once you arrive. There will be many theme nights, group skates and it is really easy to learn how to skate. Of course, the hot cocoa and the snacks at the rink is amazing and it is always nice on the ice with the huge covered tent.
Sign up, do your waivers and schedule your ice time at<>
11th & K Street

Rockin Holiday Preview
December will be here before you know it and you need to plan it out now. Thanksgiving is the 24th, so after you enjoy your family, run the Turkey Trot and shop local for Black & Pink Friday, it is time to get into the holiday groove and begin to celebrate. The Graffiti USA Museum, ModestoView, Collin’s Electric and Sierra Pacific present Rockin’ Holiday! Retro Rockin’ decorations will appear in 10th St. Plaza beginning December 1. The Rockin’ Tree lighting extravaganza will be right after the Modesto Holiday Parade on December 3rd. This year the Rockin’ Tree will be brighter, there will be twice as much Rockin Snow and the Rockin’ North Pole will host Rockin’ Santa and the Rockin’ Elves with Rockin’ Music each Thursday, Friday and Saturday .
Dec 8, 9 10, 15, 16, 17, 22 & 23 from 7-9 pm.
See all the latest info at @rockinholiday on Facebook and Instagram
#snowiscomingdec3 #classicmodesto

Sinatra at the State – December 1
The Rat Pack is back for the annual holiday show featuring Matt “Sinatra” Henderson, Dave and David Halverson and Ann Kline. This is a free community event that welcomes all people for a fun afternoon of holiday favorites. There will be a special tribute to our veterans and there will be a very special guest.
So grab yourself a State-tini and enjoy an afternoon of crooning at 2 pm
State Theatre
1307 J Street, Modesto

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 theme of the 2022 Parade is the Holidays Through the Decades. So pick a decade and enter your float. Parade begins at 5:30 on December 3rd after the Holiday Farmer’s Market.
Enter the parade here:
Volunteers are needed, so if you can sign up, that would be great.

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 XXXXXXXXXX

These are just a small preview sample of the amazing things happening this season. There are amazing holiday shows at the Gallo and the State in December and we will have a full list by then. Check for updated info and new holiday things do to.

Let Us Know! If you know of something else going on, email us ASAP and we ill add it to our calendar<>

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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.