Hundreds visited Downtown Turlock on Friday night to kick-off the holiday season and celebrate the 16th annual Festival of Lights.
Vendors, and cars this year, lined Main Street as everyone waited for the big event of the night, the lighting of the Christmas tree in Central Park.
Mayor John Lazar had the honor of leading the countdown to the lighting for his eighth and final year.
Upon the lighting of the tree, Turlock had officially transitioned from the Thanksgiving to the Christmas holiday season.
While hundreds gathered around the tree to watch the lighting, and many more walked up and down Main Street to check the many vendors, not all thought the Festival of Lights shined very bright.
The main complaint from those who attended was the traffic on Main Street, as the City of Turlock only blocked the small portion of East Main Street between First Street and Golden State Boulevard. Vendors, however, were lined up all along Main Street between Thor Street and Broadway Avenue.
“As a Vendor there I was extremely disappointed in the fact that east side of main was not blocked off the vendors on this end got very little foot traffic,” Lisa Michele Piffero commented on the TurlockCityNews.com Facebook page.
Despite the complaints, the Christmas spirit was present at the Festival of Lights with locals enjoying coffee or hot chocolate in the lit up Downtown.
If you missed out on the Festival of Lights, make sure you make it to the 36th annual Downtown Turlock Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m.