Just as the temperature continues to sink holiday hearts and season spirits are lifting up in anticipation of Christmas.
Charitable organizations prepare to feed, clothe and shelter the hungry. Residents purchase gifts for children who would not otherwise have a present on Christmas morning. Businesses extend their hours in the hopes that the shopping season will keep their doors open the rest of the year.
The following is a list of Christmas and holiday activities throughout the foothills:
Holiday Open House
Exeter’s downtown merchangts offer shoppers the unique experience of an old-fashioned Christmas from 5-9 p.m. Thursday night on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. A horse drawn carriage can take oyou on toru of downtown where carolers fill the air with holiday cheer. Festively decorated windows attract shoppers invited ot come our of the cold for some hot cidrer, cookies and other refreshment. At Mixter Park, at the corner of Pine and E streets, Sant awaits to write down yor Christams list. You may also take a picture with Santa with your own camera or $1 donation to have a Polariod take for you. The city and chamber are aking shop employees to use off street parking, such as city lots, so that customore can park right in front of stores.
Exeter Tree of love & Toy Box
The Exeter Fire Department and Ministerial Association will place a “Tree of Love”at Mixter Park during the first Christmas Open House on Thursday, Dec. 1. The tree will be adorned with wooden ornaments ebgraved by Inspirtations in Laser with teh age of sex of an underprivileged child. Resdients are asked to take the ornament off the tree, buy a new toy for a child matching the descripiton, wrap it and deliver it to the Exeter Fire Station, 137 N. F St. Residents may also drop off any new gift as part of the annual Toy Box drive. Gifts may be dropped off at the fire department up to Dec. 24 to be delivered on Christmas Eve to children who otherwise would not receive a girft this year. For more information call the Exeter Fire Department at 592-3714.
Woodlake Tree Lighting
The Woodlake Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is held on the first Saturday night of each December. This year’s will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Woodlake FIre Station, 216 E. Naranjo Blvd. Organized by the Woodlake Volunteer FIre Departmetn, residents gather to sing carlo, join in a community proayer and enoy cookie, poporn and hot chocolate. For more infromtaion call the Woodlake Fire District at 564-2181.
Wonderful holiday floats file into downtown Exeter ofr teh annual Christams Parade at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 The theme of this year’s parade is “A Christmas to Remeber.”
Spirit of the Holidays
The Exeter Kiwanis LCub’s annual wine tasting, silent auction and Chrismas Tree Auction from 4-7 p.m. The Kiwanis Club has selcted a fine array of other varieties and brands from thorughout the state from Paso Robles to Napa to the Shenandoah Balley for its 11th annual fund-raiser Spirit of the Holidays, from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Exeter Memorial Building.
Children Christams Store in Farmesville
The Exeter Fossilis will hold their annual Children’s Christmas Store on Dec. 3.
The children-only store has gifts ranging from 5 cents to a little more than a $1, allowing children to buy gifts for their entire family, friends or teachers. As always, gift wrapping is free. All children old enough to shop with litter supervision are invited to enjoy the moring while their partents wait outside. Little shoppers will be sent back out to parents once they are finished with their purchases. The Christmas Store will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church, 457 N. Gene St. in Famresville, which has graciously donated the use of its building. The Ivanhoe Nazarene Church also donated their time to make hundreds of crafts for this shop. Wal-Martwas aslo a major contributor to this year’s store.
The store isopen from 8 a.m. until everything is gone or noon at the latest. If anyone whished ot volunteer his or her help that morning, call Barbara Fowler at 592-3315 or Loretta Havner at 594-5854.
Lemoncove Holdiay Bazaar
The bazzar willb e from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Lemoncove Memorial Building on Avenue 324 off of Highwya 198. Bring your kids to enjoy a Kid’s Kraft table where little ones can make a gifts or ornament! Also new is gift wrapping . Local artisans specializing in beadwork , wood painitng, wreaths, jewelry and Christmas trees will have booths along with the usual incredible bargains on Chrismas gifts. Enjoy a cup of gourment coffee, a treat from the goodie table, and visit with teh artisans. Also and win a professionall decorated mega wreath! Sponsored by Sequoia Union PTC. For information call Melanie Hill at 592-8101 or Catherine Doe at 597-9846.
Exeter County Craft Fair
The County Craft Fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Exeter Veterans Meomiral Builiding located at 324 N. Kawha Ave. (Highway 65). This free event is sponsored by the Amercia Legion Auziliary, which will provide chili dogs, hot dogs, desserts, and drinks at a nominal cost. Table are $20 each. All vvendors are urged to reseve their tables as soon as possible. Please contact Betty Carmona at 592-4311 or Rose Harris at 592-2972.
Lindsay Tree Lighting
Looking for a hometown Christmas Tree Lighting celebration? Lindsay welcomes the public to a tree lighting program at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at City Hall. Santa, cookies and hot cider will enhance the traditional event. Locall school children will also decorate teh city Chirstmas Tree with school-made ornaments at the begining of the cermony. For more information, contact the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce at 592-4929
Christmas at the Gallery
Original miniature works of art will be auctioned at his gala event, begining at 5 p.m. on Satruday, Dec. 10. The Courthouse Gallery of the Arts is located at 121 South B St. Tickets are $20 and are available at teh Exeter Chamber of Commerce, 101 W. Pine St. or the Courthouse Gallery.
Lindsay Santa Night
The Lindsay Police and FIre Departmetns welcome local Lindsay youth to the 15th annual Santa Night year, Santa, played by Mayor Ed Murray, will greet children and pose for Christmas phots with younger kids at 5:30 p.m.. on Friday, Dec. 16 at teh Lindsay Police Department The event is free and all local grammar school children are invited to attend. Each are made available through generous donations from local organizations and individuals. For more infromation or to donate toys, time or money; contact Figueroa at 596-2511. Last year’s festiviteies welcomed more than 1,200 children.
Farmersville Tree Lighting
The communitywill gather for prayer, caroling and refrshments at teh Kiwanis Club’s annual tree lighting ceremony between 6-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at Veterans Park, near Walnut Avenue and Farmersville Boulevard and Visalia Road, is now Claus will also be there to sit with children, find our if they have been naught or nice, and to ask what they would like for Christmas.
Santa’s Sleigh Ride through Woodlake
The Woodlake Boluntter Fire Departmetn’s engin pulls Santa and his sleigh through each neigborhood frou nights in December to give kids chance to tell Santa what they want fro Christmas. This year Santa will ride through town from about 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 18-21.
Lindsay Angel Tree
This year, the LIdnsay Chamber COmmerce revives the spirit of the Holidays with the return of of the “Angel Tree.” For those interested in impoving Christmas for and underprivilege child, the Chamber will accept $10 donations that will go to the purchase wrappig and delivery of a new toy a needy child on Christmas. Each donation will be proudly displayed in the form of a paper angel to be hung on “Angel Tree” at the Chamber of COmmerce office located at 133 W. Honolulu, Suite E. For more information or to donate, call the Chamber 562-4929.