Festive Things to Do in Stockton, California this December | Visit Stockton

Festive Things to Do in Stockton, California this December

Get in the spirit with these holiday happenings in and around Stockton, California this December.

The holidays are approaching and we can't hide our joy for all the fun things happening in and around Stockton! Our city is definitely Stocked full of ways to celebrate the events of the upcoming holidays. One of the hardest things to do is pick what you’ll actually be doing!!

Here are the best things to do, selected by Visit Stockton, this holiday season.

1. Find Santa Claus

Ho! Ho! Ho! Where is Santa? Well, Santa Claus has landed at your favorite Stockton shopping centers! During Santa’s brief time away from the North Pole, children can stop by to whisper their wish list and then have their magical moment captured with Santa in his winter wonderland. Santa will be making a few stops at our favorite shopping centers: Sherwood Mall and Weberstown Mall. Need more places? Here is a list of places where you can track him down in Stockton this holiday season.

2. Holiday Festival and Craft Fair

On December 1st drop by the Holiday Festival and Craft Fair wearing your favorite holiday sweater. You will get to enjoy complimentary hot cocoa or cider at this FREE holiday event for kids and adults! Eat, drink, shop, win and be merry at this fun and creative community event held at the Elkhorn Banquet Hall. Be sure to get your photo with Santa!

3. Tamale Dinner & Donation Drive

El Concilio will be holding a tamale lunch and dinner at the Stockton Civic Auditorium on December 6th. Join the community in helping put food on the table for families in need. There will be delicious food, live entertainment, dancing and a chance to take photos with SANTA! The Navidad en el Valle tamale event raises funds to be able to help out families in San Joaquin County this holiday season. Bring your crew to enjoy a delicious tamale meal and help give back to the community at large!

4. Watch Cirque Dreams Holidaze

The New York Daily News hailed this performance as 'electrifying' - you don't want to miss the Cirque Dreams Holidaze Christmas Broadway musical performance. It will be an evening full of singing, dancing and more. This energy-packed performance comes to the Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre on December 6th. It will be full of holiday spirit, featuring the warmth of classic holiday songs such as: "Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Jingle Bell Rock" in a groundbreaking production!

Tip: Check out other awesome holiday performances happening in December at the Bob Hope Theatre.


On December 6th the Pacific Choral Ensembles will be hosting a wonderful night of music, with a holiday twist! This night of music held at the Cathedral of the Annunciation, is extra special as it will feature a trio of talent: the Pacific Choral conducted by Dr. Yejee Choi, the St. Mary's High School Choir conducted by Joshua Landin, and the Edison High School Choir conducted by Mel Sugitan. Be sure to catch this performance!!

6. Embrace the holiday season outdoors

Get into the holiday spirit by visiting the Weber Point Events Center on December 7th for a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Lighted Boat Parade spectacular! Festivities at Weber Point start as early as 4 pm and will include an evening of live caroling, horse carriage rides for the kids, and a light show under the canopy. Be sure to locate your favorite viewing spot, as festively decorated boats and yachts will arrive at approximately 6 pm!

Bonus: Stockmarket is happening in conjunction with the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony! It's the perfect place to find unique, locally-crafted goods to gift this holiday season.

7. NCAA Men's Water Polo Championships

Bring your holiday cheer poolside, as you root on your favorite National water polo team as they compete in the semi-finals on December 7th and the final championship game on December 8th held at the University of the Pacific Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Center!


The Stockton Symphony’s beloved Holiday POPS performance is taking place on December 15th - you'll get to sing-a-long with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Along with the voices of the Stockton Chorale will be the internationally renowned, Mark O’Connor Band. Don't miss this special holiday concert!

Other Events Happening in the Area:

Dell’osso Farms Annual Holidays on the Farm

From December 14th - January 4th, stop by the winter wonderland at the Holidays on the Farm at Dell'Osso Family Farms! Sled down the snow mountain, fly across the zip lip, skate across the ice rink and snap a photo with Santa - plus SO much more fun for the whole family.

Festival of Trees

Ever wondered what 60+ uniquely decorated trees would look like - you're in luck! Stop by the annual Festival of Trees holiday extravaganza, happening on December 7th and 8th at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum at Micke Grove Regional Park. Step back into time at this family-friendly holiday event, where you will get to explore 8 historical exhibits and four historic buildings, including the famed 1866 Calaveras School. Take a close look around to find museum volunteers dressed in pioneer and victorian clothing. There will also be a load of children’s activities, food and the chance to take photos with Santa!

Discover more holiday-related events by visiting visitstockton.org/events. Check out the largest events calendar in the area to plan your holiday activities!

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