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Stocked Full of Cheer: Your Easy Guide to the Best Holiday Family Fun in Stockton, California

These are the must-see Stockton stops for your out-of-town guests.

The holidays are a special time in Stockton. The town is aglow with festive energy as everywhere you look seems to be celebrating. Even the fact that things are running a bit differently this year isn't dampening Stockton's cheer. Read on to see the best ways to have some holiday fun!

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center has been a local favorite for over 6 decades featuring specialty shops, unique dining experiences, and plenty of holiday cheer for the whole family. What makes it even more special is the snow! As if by magic, snow will fall on the brick walk every day this month from 5 to 9 pm. Santa will also make appearances when he will be chauffeured through Lincoln Center from 1 - 4pm! Here's the dates he'll be stopping by:

Saturday, 11/27
Saturday, 12/4
Sunday, 12/5
Saturday, 12/11
Sunday, 12/12
Saturday, 12/18
Sunday, 12/19

Miracle Mile

Since Miracle Mile is home to all things boutique in Stockton with its variety of vibrant shops and restaurants, it's also become the go-to location for much of the community's #shoplocal activity. One visit and you'll see the entrepreneurial spirit that courses through the small businesses here. Find small boutiques filled with fashion, local creations, sweet treats, and beautiful works of art. Can't wait to go? Take a virtual tour for yourself!

Photos with Santa at Weberstown Mall

Jolly old Saint Nick will be stopping by the Weberstown Mall for his annual visit to the families of Stockton. From November 26 to Christmas Eve, you'll be able to pack up the kids, head to Weberstown, and take a photo with Kris Kringle himself. Also, for children on the autism spectrum and those with related sensory sensitivities, Photos with Sensitive Santa will be taking place on Sunday, December 5.

Christmas Lane

"Christmas Lane" truly is a display you need to see to believe, happening between December 1 through 31, from sundown to 9 pm. This sparkling Stockton tradition has been delighting residents and visitors for over 40 years. Thanks to dedicated homeowners who collectively put on an amazing display of lights and decorations each year, there is an abundance of holiday cheer in north Stockton. This show takes up the 1400 block of Meadow Avenue, just west of Pershing Avenue. Be sure to wear your mask and help maintain safe distancing from other Christmas light-lovers, and prepare to be mesmerized!

"A Christmas Story" at Stockton Civic Theatre

The outstanding talent at the Stockton Civic Theatre kickoff the holiday season with their performance of the holiday classic "A Christmas Story." From November 17 through December 19, catch that Christmas cheer as they present the trials and tribulations of the Parker family, and little Ralphie yearning for his dream Christmas gift - the Red Ryder BB Gun.

Downtown Stockton

Another example of just how vibrant our local business scene is in Downtown Stockton. Here you'll find an array of ethnically diverse eateries to satisfy any craving (even the pickiest little eater). Enjoy delicious cuisine at any of our amazing restaurants, then go for a leisurely stroll at sunset on the waterfront promenade to enjoy multiple examples of public art.

Also, sail away with the festive spirit as the Stockton Yacht Club and Roger Hahn sponsor the 38th annual Lighted Boat Parade in Downtown Stockton. Bring the family down on Saturday, December 4 and experience the bright lights as the decorated boats and yachts sail around the Downtown Stockton Waterfront.

Embrace the foodie lifestyle

The amazing food scene spreads beyond Downtown Stockton. The city benefits from a rich and flavorful dining experience. Do you want a place with good food, a place that shows off Stockton well, and a place where anyone in the party will be able to find something to eat? See the best restaurants in Stockton or you can message us 7 days a week for assistance on shopping, dining, and things to do in Stockton, California.

Special note: Invite your friends and family back to Stockton January 14-23, 2022 to partake in Stockton Restaurant Week! To whet your appetite, follow Stockton Restaurant Week on Facebook, or visit for mouth-watering food coverage. Also, don't forget to tag your foodie pictures with #StocktonRestaurantWeek for your chance to when a gift certificate at a participating local restaurant."

Take Part in the #StockedFullOfCheer photo contest

You know you've got that holiday spirit. Your Christmas cookie game is on point, you have the best ugly sweaters, and you know all the spots in town with the best lights. Why not take part in our photo contest? Every day of the month has a theme. Post a photo matching the theme on Instagram using our #StockedFullOfCheer hashtag. You could get featured in the gallery below, and even win prizes including Stockton merchandise and restaurant gift cards. Free stuff for celebrating? That really does sound like Christmas!

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