It’s not winter in a small town unless you have a parade to celebrate the season, and local residents will be treated to two Christmas parades and a New Year’s Eve parade this year.
This Friday, the City of Exeter Parks & Recreation Department will hold its annual Christmas Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. down Pine Street in downtown Exeter. This year’s theme is “Christmas in the Future” and will feature 26 entries. The deadline for entries was Nov. 28. For more information, call 559-592-5262.
The parade through the foothills continues next Friday, Dec. 14 with the Lindsay Community Christmas Celebration. Sponsored by the City of Lindsay and Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, the celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a Lighted Vehicle Christmas Parade from the Olivewood Shopping Center down Hermosa and Mirage Avenue to City Hall. $100 will be awarded to the vehicle with the best light display. It is followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. in front of City Hall, 251 E. Honolulu St. in Lindsay. Following the tree lighting is the eagerly anticipated Santa Night, where Santa arrives at the Lindsay Police Station atop a shiny fire truck to hand out presents to every girl and boy. All of the events are free and refreshments and cookies will be served. For more information, call 559-562-4929.
It’s not exactly a parade in Woodlake, but Santa’s sleigh will pull around the Community Christmas Tree after it is lit on Friday night. The Woodlake Christmas Tree Lighting, sponsored by the Woodlake Fire District, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodlake Fire Station, 216 E. Naranjo Blvd. in Woodlake. Hot chocolate, coffee and pastries are served. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call 559-564-2181.
Doo Dah Parade on New Year’s Eve
The Exeter Lions Club will close out 2012 by kicking off its New Year’s Eve Celebration with the Doo Dah Parade. Not sure what a Doo Dah Parade is? That’s because it can be whatever you want it to be. Doo Dah parades are a chance to come up with the most comical, creative and crazy parade entry ideas. And thanks to Ben Weldon State Farm Insurance Agency, your crazy idea could earn you some serious cash. Weldon’s sponsorship of the parade allowed the Lions Club to offer $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Schools, churches, businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to enter a float.
To register, go to Ben Weldon State Farm Insurance Agency, 151 S. E St., Suite B in Exeter. For more information, call the office at 559-592-2202.
After the parade downtown will be filled with lots of fun options including bounce houses, face painting, caricatures and balloon characters for the kids as well as R/C cars for kids of all ages.
For the adults there will be beer garden and wine bar from 6-11 p.m. and DJs playing music from 8-11 p.m. As you might expect from the Lions Club, there will also be a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time to celebrate the coming of the New Year on New York time, midnight Eastern Standard Time. Following fireworks is a “Dancing Under the Stars” contest to keep everyone warm and moving through midnight in Exeter.
About 10 restaurants will be open in the downtown area from 5-10 p.m. on Dec. 31. There will also be street vendors offering hot beverages throughout the evening. A 20-by-40 foot tent with space heaters and wood fire barrels will be available to keep warm. After midnight, the Lions Club is offering RV parking at Ben Weldon’s parking lot at the corner of Pine and Maple streets.
To register for RV parking, call Ben Weldon State Farm Insurance Agency at 559-592-2202.