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.
When: 6-9 p.m., tonight.
Where: Wells Fargo Bank parking lot off Highway 88 and Jack Tone bypass in Lockeford.
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.
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.