Christmas is a time for family’s to come to gather, but it is also a time for communities to come together.
Each year the foothill communities offer a cornucopia of fun and festive events for just kids, just adults and all of the relatives in between. So put on your warm socks, mittens, beanies and coats and head out into to the cold with new friends at these heart warming events sprinkled throughout the foothills.
Dec. 1 – 16th annual Children’s Christmas Store, sponsored by the Exeter Fossils, from 8 a.m. to Noon at its new location Eastside Tabernacle, 958 E. Elm St. in Farmersville. Store is for children ages 5-14 to shop for their family members with gifts averaging less than $1. Proceeds benefit various projects throughout the Valley and in Farmersville. Call 559-592-3315.
Dec. 1 – 53rd Annual Lindsay Hospital Guild Breakfast at the Lindsay Memorial Building, 775 N. Elmwood Ave. in Lindsay. Join them for food, fellowship and a tradition of festive centerpieces and table setting. Proceeds benefit the Guild’s scholarship fund for Lindsay and Strathmore High School graduates. Call 559-562-2335.
Dec. 1 – The Exeter Kiwanis Club annual “Spirit of the Holidays” wine tasting, from 4-7 p.m., at the Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. in Exeter. There is also a Christmas tree auction, wine tasting, silent auction and raffle drawing. Proceeds benefit communit projects througout Exeter. Tickets are $50 per person. Call 559-592-2919.
Dec. 1 – Lemoncove Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon, sponsored by the Lemon Cove Women’s Club, 11 a.m. at the historic Pogue Hotel. Lunch is served at noon followed by a Card Party. Lunch tickets are $15 per person. Call MonaWyatt at 559-397-4465.
Dec. 2 – 43rd annual Country Craft Fair, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Post 94, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. in Exeter. Proceeds benefit programs for Valley veterans. Call Jean Lillich at 559-592-5376.
Dec. 2 – The Lindsay Presbyterian Church is presenting Handel’s Messiah, with orchestra and chorus at 6:30 p.m., at the church, 351 E. Hermosa St. in Lindsay. Attendees are asked to make an offering. Call 559-562-4966.
Dec. 6 – 2nd Annual Christmas Home Tour, presented by the Exeter Woman’s Club, from 4:30-8 p.m. at four homes in Exeter. Tickets are $15 presale or $20 the night of the event. Call 559-799-3641 or visit www.exeterwomansclub.com.
Dec. 6, 13 & 20 – Exeter Holiday Open House, sponsored by the Downtowen Merchants, from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Exeter. There will be antique fire truck rides, caroling, and local holiday shopping. Santa Claus will be available for photos at Mixter Park (Pine and E streets). Call 559-592-2919.
Dec. 7 – Woodlake Christmas Tree Lighting, sponsored by the Woodlake Fire District, 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. Call 559-564-2181.
Dec. 7 – Exeter Christmas Parade, presented by the City of Exeter Parks & Recreation Department, begins at 6:30 p.m. down Pine Street in downtown Exeter. This year’s theme is “Christmas in the Future.” Call 559-592-5262.
Dec. 7 – Lindsay Community Christmas Celebration, sponsored by the City of Lindsay and Lindsay Chamber of Commerce. 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. Call 559-562-4929.
Dec. 7 – Farmersville Community Christmas Celebration, 6 p.m. at Vetarans Park, Farmersville Boulevard south of Walnut Avenue. Children can sit on Santa’s lap and share snacks. There is no charge to attend. Call 559-280-8115.
Dec. 7 and 8 – Lemon Cove Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by Sequoia Union PTC, from 1-4 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Lemon Cove Memorial Building right next to Sequoia Union Elementary School on Avenue 324. Proceeds benefit school field trips. Call Catherin Doe at 559-597-9846.
Dec. 8 – “Christmas At The Gallery” Art Auction & Show from 4:30-7:30 p.m., at the Exeter Courthouse Art Gallery & Museum, 125 S. B St. in Exeter. Tickets are $40 per person, raffle tickets are also available for $10 each or three for $25. For more information, call the Exeter Chamber of Commerce at 559-592-2919.
Dec. 9 – “Tuna Christmas” dinner and a play, at the Ice House Theatre in Visalia. Tickets are $20 per person and are available from any Woodlake Kiwanis Club member. Call Sally Pace at 559-805-3975.
Dec. 13-16 – Santa’s Sleigh Ride through Woodlake, presented by the Woodlake Fire District, each night in a different part of the city. Santa comes to every neighborhood with a police and fire department convoy to hand out candy canes and spread holiday cheer. There is no cost. Call 559-564-2181.
Dec. 14 – Exeter Woman’s Club Nutcracker Ball, dinner and dance featuring Run4Cover, from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Woman’s Club’s Clubhouse, 201 N. Kaweah Ave. in Exeter. Proceeds benefit the maintenance of the 1924 Clubhouse. Call 559-909-4135 or visit www.exeterwomansclub.com.
Dec. 14 – Tulare County Symphony and Holiday Concert, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Visalia Fox Theater in Downtown Visalia. Call 559-732-8600, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tcsymphony.org.