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

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 on Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Learn more.

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!

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!

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). Check out to lay out a good plan. Currently, restaurants are offering either take-out and/or outdoor seating, giving you the freedom to grab your food and go for a leisurely stroll at sunset on the waterfront promenade to enjoy multiple examples of public art.

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 15-24, 2021 to partake in Stockton Restaurant Week! To whet your appetite, follow Stockton Restaurant Week on Facebook, or visit for mouth-watering food coverage.

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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