Thursday, December 1, 2016

Clovis Children's Electric Christmas Parade

If you have been to the Clovis Children's Electric Christmas Parade you know it is very cold, but has fun lit-up floats. The parade is from 6:30pm-8:30pm on December 3rd. 

I found that when I went a while back with toddlers-I was unprepared. It was colder than I expected and we couldn't see well because it was surprisingly crowded. Bring gloves, scarves, and blankets in addition to dressing warm. If you are in it for the long haul, come early and camp out your spot. Some people begin camping in the morning, but 4pm-4:30pm is probably early enough.

Walking vendors often sell light up toys and headbands to help you join in the festivity.

This is a free event sponsored by the Old Town Clovis Kiwanis

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway by CCParent

Hey, if you're a parent, you have likely suffered in some pediatricians or dentists office and been happy to discover Central California Parent Magazine. They offer a calendar for local kids/family events among other parenting articles and more.

This month they are offering a 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway online. One entry per family, and you can enter for each day- which means, if you want to enter for each contest, you need to send in 12 separate entries. So it takes a minute, but the best thing about local giveaways is you have great odds. Good luck!

Central California Parent Magazine: 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gingerbread Village at the Fresno Airport

Tomorrow evening, December 1st, 2016 from 6:30pm-8pm you can visit Santa at the Fresno airport to enjoy free photos with Santa and his elves.

Enjoy holiday cookies, hot chocolate, refreshments and entertainment by Clark Intermediate-Sotto Voice Choir and Roosevelt School of Arts Choir.

There will be an appearance by the Gingerbread Man.

Parking is free with validation.

The airport is located at 5175 E Clinton Way Fresno CA 93727

Fresno Christmas Parade

December 3, 2016, is the 87th Annual Downtown Christmas Parade in Fresno, California.

It takes place from 11am-1pm

The parade will begin at H St and Inyo and will travel to Mono, to Van Ness to Kern and then down Kern.
If you have questions you can email

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chosen Frozen Yogurt and Low Sensory Meeting with Santa

Direct from the Simpletix Chosen Frozen Yogurt Event description:

A visit to Santa at the local mall is a time-honored tradition for most families.  However, if your child has sensory issues or special needs of any kind, you know that the noise, lights, long lines, and crowds, make for a stressful outing.  

Chosen Yogurt is hosting a private event on Saturday, December 10th, beginning at 10 am for families with children who would benefit from a low-key meeting with Santa while enjoying some frozen yogurt! 

The 1 hour time slots are by reservation only and cost just $5 per family including a small cup of frozen yogurt for everyone! We will eliminate crowds, silence the music, lessen the choices, and increase the staffing to ensure a pleasant experience.  Story time, a simple craft, and a take-your-own photo opportunity will also be provided.

Get your Chosen Frozen Yogurt Tickets- $5 per family at

Chosen Frozen Yogurt is located on Chestnut near Shepherd

Phone: (559) 299-2595

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fresno Cultural Arts District Park Grand Opening Celebration

Celebrate the opening of the brand new Cultural Arts District Park with live entertainment, food trucks, artist exhibits, and local beer.  

December 1, 2016 from 4pm-8pm

Starting at 4 PM, Trey Tosh takes the stage, followed by a dedication ceremony at 5 PM with Mayor Swearengin, then Rockville closing out the night until 8 PM. 
This event is open to the public and welcomes all ages. 

Visit Facebook for updates. Questions? Call (559) 320-1120

Cultural Arts District Park is located at 1935 Calaveras St. Fresno, CA 93721

Friday, November 25, 2016

Santa on the Train- a Fresno to Hanford and back again

Sorry this is last minute, if you can't make it, at least you can plan for it next year!

This is the message from the Facebook event.

Bring the kids to meet Santa at the Amtrak San Joaquins Station in Downtown Fresno on November 25! Santa will arrive at 10am for photos, hot cocoa and cookies. Then, go on an adventure with Santa on Amtrak San Joaquins! 

You can board the 710 southbound train with Santa at 11:44am – you will arrive in Hanford at 12:19pm! 
You can head with Santa to the Hanford Carnegie Museum to light the Christmas tree, too! 
If you bring a can of food with you, you'll get a free photo with Santa! Santa will be at the Hanford Carnegie Museum until 2pm. 
Look for Amtrak San Joaquins & Santa at the Downtown Hanford Christmas Parade at 6pm! 

Make sure you purchase your tickets for the 710 southbound train at - this is the train Santa will be on. If you're planning to return back to Fresno by train, don't forget to buy your return tickets, too. There are afternoon and early evening northbound trains from Hanford to Fresno:

717 northbound train departs Hanford at 2:47pm and arrives in Fresno at 3:22pm
719 northbound train departs Hanford at 5:05pm and arrives in Fresno at 5:43pm
703 northbound train departs Hanford at 7:46pm and arrives in Fresno at 8:23pm

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Santa Claus Lane

Santa Claus Lane is a 16 house subdivision in Clovis, California, that coordinates their lights to music to put on a fun festive show from 6pm-10pm each night.

The first walking night is tomorrow, November 25, 2016, and this is a nice alternative if your kids are little and you are not up to the time commitment that comes with Christmas Tree Lane (first walking night Saturday,December 3rd, second and last Tuesday, December 13th). Other alternatives for walking and lights include Candy Cane Lane (aka Cindy Lane) and Huntington Blvd along with other smaller displays.

Happy Christmas!