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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2007 10:00 pm | Updated: 2:04 pm, Fri Dec 30, 2011.

The holiday season will be in full force this week with three major events taking place in four days.

The largest event promises to be the Downtown Lodi Parade of Lights, which will begin at exactly 6:17 p.m. on Thursday. The week also includes the lighting of the Hospice tree tonight in Lockeford and Galt's Lighting of the Night Christmas Parade on Saturday night.

The Parade of Lights, with countless lighted floats, will begin at Pine and Hutchins streets and wind throughout Downtown Lodi. Highlights include the Budweiser Clydesdale horses and Santa Claus riding from the top of a fire truck.

Dave Bender from KOVR-13 News will be the grand marshal. Judges will be Lodi Police Chief Jerry Adams, City Councilman Phil Katzakian and News-Sentinel Publisher Marty Weybret. The parade is sponsored by the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership.

Cowboy Christmas Hospice tree lighting
When: 6-9 p.m., tonight.
Where: Wells Fargo Bank parking lot off Highway 88 and Jack Tone bypass in Lockeford.
Information: 727-3142

Downtown Lodi Parade of Lights
When: 6:17 p.m., Thursday.
Where: One mile going east on Pine Street from Hutchins Street, south on Church Street, east on Lodi Avenue, north on School Street and west on Locust Street back to Hutchins Street.
Information: 369-8052.

Lighting of the Night Christmas Parade
When: 6:30-9 p.m., Saturday
Where: All over Galt, starting at the Galt Market on Meladee Lane. Includes much of Lincoln Way, C Street, Elm Avenue and Oak Avenue on the west side of town, and Carillion Boulevard and Walnut, Vintage Oak and Lake Canyon avenues east of Highway 99.
Highlights: Live Nativity scene from 7-9 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Walnut Avenue and Carillion Boulevard; Santa Claus in River Oaks School auditorium, 905 Vintage Oak Avenue.
Information: Call Patrice Moreno, 329-5642, or Debra Wells, 327-9817.
Source: News-Sentinel staff.

Tonight, Santa Claus, the Mokelumne Mounties and the Clements Buckaroos will join three other organizations at Lockeford's Christmas Hospice tree-lighting ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will be hosted by the Hospice of San Joaquin, Wells Fargo Bank and the Clements-Lockeford Chamber of Commerce. Mokelumne firefighters will raffle off two children's bicycles. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

And on Saturday, Galt's Lighting of the Night Christmas Parade will go all over town, hitting most of the main residential and commercial streets. It will begin and end at the Galt Market on Meladee Lane and Caroline Avenue.

Activities will be held at River Oaks Elementary School and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 5:00 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2007.


    First those of you complaining are probably the same ones that complain about the kids at the movie theater. The city is having a good ol parade at least 1 since festival 1 is no longer. As far as parking in front of your drive way if your home go ask them to politely move before they get settled and as if you haven't known about the parade since last year.Plan Ahead

  • posted at 6:36 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2007.


    Please be respectful of the neighborhoods, yards, homeowner's properties, etc., and throw your own trash away when you are done eating, etc. Every year I have to clean up your messes - garbage, fast food bags and soda cups left strewn around the neighbor's lawns, gutters, driveways, etc. We are coming to watch your parade, and how disrespectful is it to leave your trash on our lawns? Plenty disrespectful and rude too.

  • posted at 6:34 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2007.


    Please, float drivers, etc., please don't park in front of homeowner's driveways on an unmarked street. I sure don't appreciate trying to leave my home to get to a meeting - not everybody can make it to the parade due to life's demands - only to find a huge float blocking my driveway and the driver refusing to leave because they are waiting for their turn in the parade line.

  • posted at 6:32 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2007.


    having their 30th annual Singing Christmas Tree Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - Sunday's performances are in the afternoon and in the evening.

  • posted at 2:31 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2007.


    The "No Parking" signs were up early this morning in the neighborhood. I appeal to all people who will be driving in the neighborhood to SLOW DOWN! Every year we see too many cars speeding down the streets AFTER the parade. LPD & Partners need to direct traffic & slow the traffic down before there is a fatality.



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