An estimated 3,000 people strolled through Turlock’s historic downtown enjoying holiday festivities including the lighting of Turlock Downtown’s Christmas tree in Central Park.
Despite the off and on rain, many came out to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.
Starting around 4:30pm, people began shopping downtown stores, taking the free horse and carriage rides, getting their picture taken with Santa, browsing street vendors, and eating at the downtown restaurants.
Mayor John Lazar led the countdown to the 7pm Christmas tree lighting as more downtown visitors were just beginning to arrive.
Mary Ann’s Food Garden, Vintage Market, Main Street Antiques, and other downtown businesses had patrons coming through until around 9pm.
Turlock Downtown Property Owners Executive Director Trina Walley wanted to remind everyone that the free carriage rides, photos with Santa, and late night shopping would continue every Friday night until December 18th.
Mayor Lazar invited everyone back downtown for Friday’s December 4th Lights on Parade beginning at 6:30pm (activities starting at 4:30pm).
Vintage Market Girls (5 of 14) – LtoR Cynthia Torosian, Lesa Clausen, Teresa Soderquist-Benedict, Julie Christenson, Kim Jonson.
View some of the pictures taken during the 2009 11th Annual Festival of Lights in the TurlockCityNews.com Photo Gallery (must be a registered user and logged in to access the Photo Gallery or see the link under the Entertainment section). If you have any pictures you would like to submit to be included, email them to email@example.com.
Turlock Downtown Lights on Parade December 4th at 6:30pm
Turlock DowntownHoliday Friday Night Lights:
November 27th to December 18th
Free Carriage Rides 4:30pm – 8:30pm
– Carriage stops along Main Street
Free Photos with Santa 5:00pm – 7:00pm
– Mercantile Mini Mall (inside next to Marry Ann’s Food Garden), 200 West Main Street