The Good, the Glad and the Ugly of holidays in Visalia

Visalia holidays include “Good Vibrations” with the Beach Boys, glad tidings from the Candy Cane Lane Parade and an Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – Visalia residents looking for a unique holiday experience won’t have to go far to find it this holiday season. 

Earlier this month, Visit Visalia announced three can’t-miss itineraries allowing visitors and locals alike to experience the best in local food, culture, adventure—and holiday spirit. The seasonal itineraries, “Hoppy Holidays,” “A Very Visalia Holiday” and “Holiday Harmonies.”

“Visit Visalia is looking forward to the influx of visitors coming to enjoy a truly unique holiday experience,” said Nellie Freeborn, Visit Visalia executive director. “Our quintessential American heritage, mix of family friendly activities and access to winter adventure make Visalia the perfect destination for a California road trip.”

Located in central California with easy access to major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, Visalia is the most robust city near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

“A Very Visalia Holiday” itinerary includes a goodie-filled walk through downtown on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30 followed by a front-row seat at the 74th Annual Candy Cane Lane Parade on Dec. 2.

“Hoppy Holidays” itinerary lets visitors wear their most Instagrammable ugly sweater and pub crawl through Downtown Visalia on Dec. 14. 

“Holiday Harmonies” provides an opportunity to groove to the iconic, legendary Beach Boys in a concert on Dec. 5 at the famous Visalia Fox Theatre.

Visitors are encouraged to book their stay directly through the Visit Visalia website for exclusive promotions at Concert tickets can be purchased through Visalia Fox Theatre.

Here are a few more details about events included in these exciting itineraries:

Attend the 74th Annual Candy Cane Lane Parade

Add to the wonder of the season with the 74th Annual Candy Cane Lane Parade  in December. As the longest-running nighttime parade in the Central Valley, the Candy Cane Lane Parade boasts all the favorites, including a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade takes place down Main Street and features dancing, music, characters and a small-town spirit you can only experience in Visalia.

Enjoy the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in Downtown Visalia

Make new memories with the Instagram-worthy Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. It’s the third year for this annual tradition. Join the Crawl on the second Saturday of the month in downtown Visalia. Known for its craft breweries and specialty taps, Visalia is making a name in the beer scene. With all the sips you’ll enjoy, this tour is as unique as the ugly sweater you arrive in.

See the Beach Boys’ Concert “Holidays, Harmonies and Hits”

The official, legendary band famous for songs such as “Surfin’ USA,” “Kokomo” and “Good Vibrations,” is coming to Visalia’s Fox Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 5. The Beach Boys show, “Holiday, Harmonies and Hits,” is at 7:30 p.m. at Visalia Fox Theatre, a popular destination in Central California since 1930, noted for his history and charm. The live performance will feature legendary pop songs, as well as classic holiday hits. Tickets are on sale at

For more information or to book your stay, please visit:

See the Snow

Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sequoia National Park receives as much as 40 to 45 inches of precipitation each year. Winter season, from December to May, often offers visitors a deep blanket of snow. Check the current weather conditions before making the trip.  If snow has fallen, visitors can participate in free snowshoe walks as well as the quintessential snowball fights and snow angels. Play in Sequoia National Park, then head back to warm and cozy accommodations in Visalia.

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