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.

Click here to see December 2020 events happening in Stockton.

The holidays are here again and while a lot of things look different this year, we wanted to show you the best ways you can still get your holiday spirit on.

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

1. Find Santa Claus

Some of the experiences may be different, but Santa will still be appearing at places throughout Stockton this season. He will be at the Sherwood Mall from 11 am to 5 pm every day. He'll be at Weberstown Mall every day in December starting on the second. They're also offering virtual meetings with the big guy, so kids can give him their list while maintaining social distancing. Santa will be chauffeured through the Lincoln Center on select days throughout the month, while snow will fall every day in December from 5 - 9 pm.

2. Visit the Tree of Lights

The Hospice of San Joaquin holds an annual ceremony where people honor those who made an impact in their life by donating a Christmas light in their name. This year's event was held virtually, but the tree is still standing in its traditional location on Pacific Avenue. The display is made all the more beautiful when you realize the meaning behind the dazzling lights on display. You can learn more about them with a Memory Board showcasing the names the lights honor.

3. Take in a show, while staying in

Many people enjoy taking in a show or two during the holidays. It seems that the magic of theatre is magnified by the spirit of the season. Though many performances are currently paused, the Stockton Civic Theatre has created their first virtual production. You can see the show The Last Five Years in the comfort of your own home for just $20. It's a fantastic way to both enjoy the talents of our local artists while also supporting the theatre.

4. Watch a sunset

Sure, Christmas lights are beautiful, but it's hard to compete with the color and scenery provided in a Stockton sunset. The waterfront provides so many opportunities for an epic photo, and the holidays are a perfect time to slow down and take a moment to take stock on how gorgeous our town can be. When you do get those images, don't forget to use our #VisitStockton hashtag so we can revel in the beauty along with you.

5. Take part in the #StockedFullOfCheer photo contest

Speaking of photos, we're holding a month-long photo contest on Instagram. Each day of the month has its own theme, such as "Ugly Christmas Sweater" or "Christmas Lane". You can share photos on Instagram matching the theme using the #StockedFullOfCheer hashtag, and have a chance to win various prizes, including Visit Stockton merchandise and gift certificates to local restaurants.

6. Visit the Makers Market

The Hatch Workshop is going outdoors with their Makers Market Dec. 12 and 13. The event is billed as being "open-air and covid-conscious," meaning all precautions will be in place to ensure the event is as safe as it is inspiring. The market will feature food, music and local makers and artisans doing what they do best, creating unique crafts and handmade gifts. It's a terrific way to support our local makers and artisans while also getting some names crossed off of your shopping list.

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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