Editor's note: This story contains a corrected listing for the Zoo Lights event at Micke Grove Zoo.
This weekend, you’ll have many choices when it comes to celebrating the Christmas season in the Lodi area. There will be religious-oriented and secular performances that range from concerts to Christmas plays and live Nativity scenes.
Here is a list of public events:
Lodi Parade of Lights: The Downtown Lodi Business Partnership will present the 17th annual Parade of Lights — a magical holiday parade that illuminates the streets of Downtown Lodi beginning at 6:17 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Lights, floats, marching bands, dance groups and themed vehicles will entertain thousands of viewers on a one-mile route that begins on Locust Street and continues down Church Street, Lodi Avenue, School Street and Locust Street.
The theme is “Miracle on School Street — Honoring Hometown Businesses.”
A brilliantly lit horse-drawn carriage kicks off the festivities, featuring Grand Marshal Vern Weigum. There will be a new Reindeer Run at 6 p.m. Registration is $5, and you can register at the Lodi Public Library community room, 201 W. Locust St.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
“Journey to the Manger”: Christ’s birth will be celebrated by a theatrical event, “Journey to the Manger,” today and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Home Church, 11451 N. West Lane, Lodi. The production will explore why Christmas is celebrated and why it causes people to decorate their houses and spend hours at the mall — even though Jesus was born more than 2,000 years ago. Church officials say you will laugh, be touched and come alive with hope after seeing the production.
First Friday Art Hop: Holiday art from local artists will be featured from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi. It will be held at other venues as well. There will be holiday pieces by artists Patti Wallace, Karen Dilard, Suzanne Rawlins and Gaylynn Saunders.
Friday and Saturday
“Journey to Christmas”: A live Nativity with six scenes with actors, animals and an interactive Bethlehem village between 7 and 9 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2400 Oxford Way at Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Each tour will be about 20 minutes.
Zoo Lights: Micke Grove Zoo will be transformed into a holiday wonderland of twinkling lights, games, crafts, wagon rides and refreshments. Have your family photo taken with Santa from 6 to 8:30 p.m. this weekend and Dec. 14-15. Guests may bring a donation of canned food to benefit the Emergency Food Bank. The zoo is at 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi. Admission is $10 for people 11 and older, $5 for ages 2-10 and free for children under 2.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Christmas Drive-thru: Sixth annual event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Zion Reformed Church, 105 S. Ham Lane, Lodi. More than 20,000 Christmas lights, fully illuminated 70-foot-high Christmas tree, plus wreaths, angels, candy canes, poinsettias, “The 12 Days of Christmas” and live Nativity scene with live animals. More than 3,000 attended last year. Enter through the north parking lot.
A Cash Country Christmas Show: Celebrate Christmas early with the Man in Black as local musician James Garner channels the lyrics, voice and moves of Johnny Cash at Joe’s Bar and Grill, 18690 N. Highway 88, Lockeford. Garner brings solid country music, featuring himself on guitar and vocals. Denis Colleret will play lead guitar, Rick Duncan is on bass and Steve Hutton on drums. The evening starts with cocktails, then dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: are $50 each.
Saturday and Sunday
Hill House Christmas open house: The Lodi Historical Society will hold a Christmas open house on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hill House Museum, 826 S. Church St. Tours will be given, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
Christmas concert: The Lodi Community Band will present its annual Christmas concert at 2 p.m. at the Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theatre at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi. 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. Admission is free.
Crafting with Santa: The Galt Youth Council will entertain children from kindergarten through fourth grade with games, crafts and a healthy snack from noon to 5 p.m. at Chabolla Community Center, 610 Chabolla Ave., Galt. Each child will get a free picture with Santa. Admission is $2 if registered or $5 at the door. To register, call the Galt Parks and Recreation Department at 209-366-7180.
“Sing Gloria”: The event will feature the church choir, live music and drama, will be held at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services at Temple Baptist Church, 801 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi.
“Angel Voices”: A Christmas concert with choir, visuals and chimes will highlight an audience sing-a-long of several familiar carols and “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah,” presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the chapel, 1510 W. Century Blvd., Lodi.
Singers and musicians from LDS churches in Lodi, Galt, Ione, Jackson and San Andreas will perform in celebration of Christ’s birth. Galt resident Carolynn Baker, a recently retired Lodi Unified School District music teacher, has conducted the choir for more than 12 years.
The Galt Youth Chimers will open the evening. The choir will be accompanied by Leilani Cook and Lynnette Russell of Galt on the organ and piano, and Ruth Anderson of Lodi on the violin. Visuals to be shown during the performance are being prepared by Ann Kerr of Woodbridge.
Lodi Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorale: “It’s Christmas, Christmas, Christmas,” at 7 p.m. at Zion Reformed Church, 105 S. Ham Lane. Robert Tan is the director. A free will donation will be accepted.
“The Nutcracker”: The Lodi Ballet, under the direction of Judy Pittman, will present the classic Christmas play “The Nutcracker,” at 7 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi. Admission is $16 for adults and $11 children under 12, students with identification, seniors over 62 and groups of 10 or more.
Holiday High Tea and Tour: After a story-filled tour of the holiday decorated National Register house, enjoy delicious tea, tea sandwiches and confections in the parlors and dining rooms of the Inn at Locke House, 19960 Elliott Road, Lockeford, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $29.95. They may be purchased by calling 209-727-5715 or visiting www.theinnatlockehouse.com.
“Believe” concert: “Believe,” a Christmas concert, will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 21-22 and at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at First Baptist Church, 267 N. Mills Ave., Lodi The concert will feature a 70-voice choir, full orchestra, solos and ensembles playing variety of carols from classical to pop and a capella. Admission is free.