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. Read on to see the best ways to have some holiday fun!
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 every half hour starting Saturday, November 26 through Saturday, December 1 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:
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!
Jolly old Saint Nick will be stopping by the Weberstown Mall for his annual visit to the families of Stockton. From Thursday, December 1 through 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 4.
"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. Prepare to be mesmerized!
The outstanding talent at the Stockton Civic Theatre kickoff the holiday season with their performance of Lionel Bart's "Oliver!" Based on the classic Charles Dickens' novel, "Oliver!" is performing live on the SCT stage through December 18. Catch this classic story with you and yours while supporting Stockton's performing arts community.
Note: The next performance will be held on Thursday, December 1.
This annual event at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum at Micke Grove Regional Park is a spellbinding holiday season tradition. The Festival of Trees features more than 60 uniquely decorated Christmas trees, children’s activities & crafts, entertainment, food, photos with Santa, historical exhibits, and demonstrations of handcrafted work from pioneer times. The memorable event takes place December 2-4 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Note: December 2 is Senior Preview Day only, for those who have trouble in large crowds.
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.
For the holiday season, Downtown Stockton has an array of events—all happening on the same night. It all kicks off Saturday, December 3 with the Stockton Holiday Parade, starting at 3pm in front of the Children's Museum of Stockton. The parade will wind through downtown and end up at the Weber Point Event Center, just in time for the City of Stockton's Annual Holiday at the Point Tree Lighting ceremony.
Then, sail away with the festive spirit as the Stockton Yacht Club and Roger Hahn sponsor the 41st annual Lighted Boat Parade in Downtown Stockton. Hang out after the parade and tree lighting to experience the bright lights as the decorated boats and yachts sail around the Downtown Stockton Waterfront.
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.
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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