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Christmas in Lodi From music to parades, don’t miss these 10 holiday events

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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 7:14 am

1. Zoo Lights combines holiday spirit and exotic animals

Micke Grove Zoo has been transformed into a holiday wonderland for all ages. Bring the entire family and enjoy twinkling lights, games, crafts, wagon rides and refreshments. Have your family photo taken with Santa to commemorate Christmas season 2012. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Guests may bring a donation of canned food to benefit the Emergency Food Bank.

When: Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1; Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8; and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15.

Where: Micke Grove Zoo, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi.

Information: 209-331-2010, www.mgzoo.com.

2. Festival of Trees decks the halls at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum will deck all the halls for this year’s 21st annual Festival of Trees.

This family event launches the holiday season on Dec. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum located in Micke Grove Park south of Lodi.

It’s a step back in time to walk onto the festive museum grounds with historic buildings, displays and docents dressed in vintage Victorian and pioneer clothes. The museum’s seven exhibit buildings will be brimming with more than 60 festive trees, each decorated according to a unique theme by different individuals and groups throughout San Joaquin County.

When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2.

Where: San Joaquin Historical Society, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi.

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General admission tickets are $8 and $1 for children 2 to 10 years old. Children under 2 are admitted for free.

Tickets: Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance at the Music Box in Stockton or Lodi or by calling 209-331-2055 or 209-953-3460. By getting tickets in advance, the $6 parking fee in the park is waived.

Information: 209-331-2055, www.sanjoaquinhistory.org.

3. Listen to the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West

The Commanders Jazz Ensemble, part of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, is swinging into Lodi for a free concert at Hutchins Street Square Performing Arts Center on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Senior Master Sgt. Rick Thorp, The Commanders carry on the American musical tradition of traveling big bands. The band will perform traditional jazz, bop and swing, Broadway favorites, popular tunes, Latin rhythms and patriotic songs.

When: Monday, Dec. 3.

Where: Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi.

Time: 7 p.m.

Tickets: Free.

Although the concert is free, tickets are required and can be reserved at the Hutchins Street Square box office or by calling 209-333-6782.

4. Get bundled up and watch the Festival of Lights in Downtown Lodi

The Downtown Lodi Business Partnership is presenting the annual Parade of Lights — a holiday parade that lights up the streets of Downtown Lodi. The lights, floats, marching bands, dance groups and themed vehicles will entertain Lodians on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:17 p.m. along the streets of downtown. The one-mile route begins on Locust Street and continues down Church Street, Lodi Avenue, School Street and Locust Street. A lit horse-drawn carriage will kick off the festivities featuring the grand marshal. The spectacular parade concludes with holiday cheer from Santa Claus riding atop a Lodi fire truck. Over 50,000 people of all ages line the streets of downtown.

When: Thursday, Dec. 6.

Where: Downtown Lodi.

Time: 6:17 p.m.

Tickets: Free.

Information: 209-369-8052, www.downtownlodi.com.

5. A holiday First Friday Art Hop

One of Lodi’s favorite events, the First Friday Art Hop, is going holiday-themed in December. Hutchins Street Square will feature holiday pieces by artists Patti Wallace, Karen Dilard, Suzanne Rawlins and Gaylynn Saunders.

When: Friday, Dec. 7.

Where: Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi. Other venues will participate as well.

Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Information: 209-333-5550, www.lodiarts.org.

6. Journey to Christmas nativity

Walk through six live scenes and witness actors and animals depicting the birth of Jesus. Also enjoy an interactive Bethlehem village, holiday cookies and hot drinks.

When: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8.

Where: St. Peter Lutheran Church 2400 Oxford Way, Lodi.

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Information: 209-333-2223, www.stpeterlodi.org.

7. A Cash Christmas

Celebrate Christmas early with the Man in Black as local musician James Garner channels the lyrics, voice and moves of Johnny Cash. Garner brings solid country music, featuring himself on guitar and vocals, Denis Colleret on lead guitar, Rick Duncan on bass and Steve Hutton on drums.

The evening’s event starts with cocktails, then dinner and the show.

When: Saturday, Dec. 8.

Where: Joe’s Bar & Grill, 18690 N. Highway 88, Lockeford.

Time: Dinner is at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $50 each.

Information: www.joesbarandgrill.us, www.cashtribute.net.

8. Strike up the band

The Lodi Community Band will be giving its annual gift to the community with a free Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theatre. Their special selections will include “A Most Wonderful Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” “Patapan,” “A Kenton Christmas,” “March of the Toys” and “A Cambridge Carol.”

The Lodi High School Symphonic Band will also perform in the grand finale.

When: Sunday, Dec. 9

Where: Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi.

Time: 2 p.m.

Tickets: Free admission.

Information: www.lodicommunityband.com

9. Lodi’s own ‘The Nutcracker’

Nothing says Christmastime like a showing of “The Nutcracker.” Lodi Ballet, under the direction of Judy Pittman, is presenting the classic play at Hutchins Street Square.

When: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15.

Where: Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi.

Time: 7 p.m.

Tickets: Adults, $16; children under 12, students with ID, seniors over 62 and groups of 10 or more, $11.

Information: 209-333-5550, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com, www.loditickets.com.

10. Holiday high tea and tour

Enjoy a story-filled tour of the holiday-decorated Locke House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy tea, sandwiches and confections in the parlors.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16.

Where: 9960 Elliott Road, Lockeford.

Time: 1 p.m.

Tickets: $29.95.

Information: 727-5715.

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