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Christmas Events in Fresno 2018

We’ve collected all the best Christmas events in Fresno and put them here for you, all in one place. They are listed by order of date. Did we miss any? Let us know


One Enchanted Evening

Enjoy a family friendly, old fashioned holiday open house in Old Town Clovis on Thursday, November 15th from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. The event will include hot chocolate served by Santa’s Elves, groups of carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday lights and festive holiday shopping at unique local stores. For more information, visit their Facebook event page. For more holiday events happening in Old Town Clovis, visit their website.


Jingle Jam in the Park

This is a completely free family friendly event put on by Sierra Vista Mall on Friday November 16, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.. There will be a snow show, tree lighting, horse drawn carriage rides, visit from Santa, kid’s dance party, holiday crafts and other activities. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.


Paint Some Christmas Themed Art with Pinot’s Palette

While Pinot’s Palette is an adult venue, they also offer pop-up family paint experiences at many other locations such as Dave & Buster’s, Round Table Pizza, and Hobby Lobby. Christmas themed paintings start as early as November 15th and will continue all season long. Visit their website’s calendar or their Facebook events page to see the many fun Christmas themed options.  


Santa Photos at River Park

Get a 5 Minute, Private Photo Session with Santa and your little ones. Photo sessions start November 17th, and you can start booking your appointment as early as November 12th on their website




Christmas Lights

From Christmas Tree Lane, to Candy Cane Lane, and the newest Santa Claus Lane, These three locations will get you in the Christmas mood. Don’t forget the Hot Chocolate! Some neighborhoods will turn their lights on as early as November 23rd. We’ve got all the details for you including walking days and location maps here.  




Zoo Lights at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo

During the Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s annual Zoo Lights Event, the entire Zoo is transformed into a magical, winter wonderland, fully decorated and strung with miles of holiday lights! Enjoy holiday music, live entertainment, festive treats and beverages for adults and children. The event is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nights from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. starting November 23rd through December 30th.

Free photos with Santa Claus are available between November 23 – December 23rd.

Ticket Information: (Children 1 and under are free)

Members: $7 adults, $5 children (ages 2-11)

Non-Members: $9 adults, $7 children (ages 2-11)
Tickets can be purchased at the door or on their website.

Christmas in the City

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust is Hosting Party for the Parkway #48 (A Fundraiser event that helps support the River) called “Christmas in the City”. The event will take place on Saturday December 1st from 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Guests will meet at the River Center, and hitch a bus ride to San Francisco for Christmas shopping at Neiman-Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom and Macy’s.  There will be hot beverages and pastries before boarding the bus and lunch on your own. Union Square is full of glittering holiday displays and the fanciful store windows will delight you as you shop. You’ll meet back at the bus and dinner will be available for purchase as you make your way back home. Tickets are $50 for members, and $55 for non-members and can be purchased on their website. For more information, visit their Facebook event page


Clovis Children’s Electric Parade

Join the Old Town Clovis Kiwanis in celebrating the holidays with the Clovis Children’s Electric Christmas Parade. Thousands attend this family-friendly event every year to see the lights, marching bands, cheer squads, horses, cars and more in Old Town Clovis. The parade starts at 6:30 P.M. on Saturday, December 1st on Clovis Avenue in Old Town Clovis.

For more information go to our webpage.


Breakfast with Santa at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Advanced Tickets are likely required for this event that takes place on Saturday December 1st from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. (Seating is limited to 300 guests). Breakfast and Hot Cocoa will be served with Santa at the Kopje Lodge inside the zoo, overlooking the Savanna. Other activities include cookie decorating.

Ticket Information

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Member:
Adult: $22
Children: $15 (ages 2-11)

Adult: $25
Children: $18 (ages 2-11)

Children 1 and under get in for free.

Downtown Fresno’s 89th Annual Christmas Parade

This year’s parade will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. On Fulton Street in Downtown Fresno. The theme this year is Future Christmas.

More information is available at the downtown Fresno Website.



Living Nativity

On December 14th & 15th from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., Life Cathedral Church of God will be hosting a Living Nativity. There will also be Carolers, a Petting Zoo, Food and Music available. Life Cathedral is located at 6865 N. Maple, Fresno 93710. More 

information is available here.



Santa’s Sleighland

Playland Fresno is hosting a Santa’s Sleighland, a magical Christmas experience and a chance to ride the rides at night! Visit with Santa, take photos with the characters, enjoy the train ride, and enjoy the unlimited rides that evening. The dates are  December 14th and December 21st, from 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Tickets start at $12, if purchased before December 9th, and can be purchased on their website or Playland ticket office.




Journey to Bethlehem

Bethany Church in Fresno will be putting on their annual Journey to Bethlehem event, an immersive and interactive walk through event that tells the story of the birth of Jesus. The event will take place in the evenings from Tuesday December 18th, through Friday December 21st from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.. More information will be available soon on their Facebook page.  




Good Company for Christmas

Our local Good Company Players are putting on an original Christmas Play ever Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until December 23rd at the 2nd Space Theater in the Tower District. The play is self-described as “a delightful smorgasbord of holiday cheer, old and new”. The play is rated G. Tickets are $18 for students and seniors, and $20 for general admission. Tickets are available on their website, or by calling the box office at  (559) 266-0660.

About Jenni Solla

Jenni and her family have lived in Fresno since 2010. Jenni believes that Fresno is not only a great place to live, but has also seen it grow and improve over the years she's lived here. Together with her husband Nathan, she is a founding partner at WorldLight Media LLC, a creative web design and marketing firm that has been in business for over 13 years and is headquartered in Fresno. Nathan and Jenni have two children, Their oldest is 14 and has been diagnosed with Autism. Their youngest is 12 years old. Things Jenni loves about Fresno: The sunshine, traffic (or lack there of), the small town feel combined with the big city conveniences, the local food, and her church.