Hundreds of Turlock residents gathered downtown on Friday, November 23rd, for the 14th Annual Festival of Lights. The event, which transitions the Thanksgiving Holiday to the Christmas Season, proved to have another successful year with many vendors, friends and family joining together for the celebration.
This year’s traditional Christmas Tree Lighting at Central Park, located on the corner of Golden State Boulevard and Main Street, experienced some minor technical difficulties, however, the light show that followed was well worth the minor delay. After Mayor John Lazar addressed the community and thanked the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association, he counted down for the tree lighting. While many attendees waited with anticipation, the lights on the tree would not turn on.
“Whenever you try something new, you’re bound to run into a few hiccups,” stated Downtown Property Owners Association Coordinator Dana McGarry.
After a minor delay, workers at the event fixed the technical problem. Christmas music filled the park while the tree lit up for an amazing music-synchronized light show, featuring popular Christmas classics such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Carol of the Bells, and much more.
The event, which ran from 4pm to 9pm, also featured free horse carriage rides through the downtown area, food vendors, craft vendors, and informational booths for many non-profit organizations.
Friends and families walked together all across Main Street with kettle corn and hot chocolate in hand, enjoying each other’s company, and ready for the Christmas Season.
Turlock Downtown will host the upcoming 34th Annual Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade, a magical nighttime lighted holiday parade, that will illuminate Historic Main Street on December 7, 2012, at 6:30pm.
City Prepares for Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade