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Festive Holiday Events in Fresno

Take a break from the winter blues and spend a wonderful family vacation in Fresno. From pictures with Santa Claus at River Park to the annual downtown parade, Fresno is a festive destination for celebrating the holiday season with friends and family. Get into the season's soulful spirit with performances of The Nutcracker or enjoy a joyful holiday journey down the Madera Wine Trail. Season's Greetings from Fresno.

Fresno Things to See and Do

  • Best Santa Pictures at River Park

    Snap a picture with Santa and his sleigh at the River Park Shopping Center in Fresno. Kids love the magical colors and decorations at Santa's Village Shops in the courtyard. Glide through the season's festivities at Santa's Magical Skating Rink, with ice imported from the North Pole. You can tell Santa what you want for Christmas, from Nov. 29 - Dec. 24.
  • The Nutcracker

    Treat your family to the spectacular holiday classic - The Nutcracker - featuring the acclaimed Sacramento Ballet and Fresno Ballet Theatre. See a breathtaking cast of 100 dancers bring to life the Christmas tale of the Mouse King and toy soldiers as the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky transcends your spirit. The Nutcracker will be performed at the William Saroyan Theatre Nov. 30 - Dec. 1.
  • Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade

    Celebrate Christmas with your favorite classic storybook characters. Starting at Fulton Mall, the annual Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade is a cheerful holiday tradition with marching bands, floats, music and costumed revelers through the streets of downtown. Themed "A Storybook Christmas," the parade takes place on Dec. 10 and is followed by an evening tree lighting ceremony at City Hall.


  • The Vintage Press

    Experience one of Central California's most elegant holiday dining experiences. With four intimate dining rooms and the best wine list in the area, The Vintage Press serves classic American cuisine with fresh local ingredients that reflect the season. Savor the filet mignon with cognac mustard sauce, pistachio-crusted king salmon or their seasonal whole roasted baby pumpkins stuffed with spicy smoked chicken.
  • Campagnia

    Share a holiday table with loved ones at Campagnia, a chic Fresno restaurant that serves an eclectic menu of California cuisine in the Woodward Park neighborhood. Sip delicious wines and indulge in the succulent Rack of Lamb or Chef Floro's Grilled Pork Chop - the perfect way to savor the foods and flavors of the season. Throw a holiday party in the banquet room or beautiful garden atrium.
  • Madera Wine Trail's Holiday Spirit Weekend

    Enjoy a jolly wine tasting journey down the Madera Wine Trail on the Holiday Spirit Weekend, Nov 9th and 10th. Sample wines at the wineries on the Madera Wine Trail, including Birdstone Winery, Pacific Crest Winery and Westbrook Wine Farm. This festive weekend offers live music, local art, delicious food and holiday gift shopping. Pick up wine to share with friends over the holidays.


  • River Park Shopping Center

    Fresno's River Park is a stylish holiday shopping destination with fabulous stores, shops, restaurants and seasonal events. Shop for the perfect holiday dress or Christmas gift at stylish stores, like Ann Taylor, Kaur Boutique, Macy's, Wet Seal, REI, Old Navy, and Marshalls. Invite your friends or colleagues to share a holiday dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House, Yoshino or the Yard House.
  • Fashion Fair Mall

    When you crave fashion, food and fun, this mall is your passport to holiday shopping joy. Fashion Fair Mall offers wonderful department stores, national retailers, specialty shops, and hip restaurants in the heart of Fresno. Shop for the hottest holiday styles at Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lucky Brand, Gap, Buckle, M.A.C., Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21. Host a holiday dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, or Fleming's Prime Steakhouse.
  • Sierra Vista Mall

    With its colorfully glowing fountains, beautiful landscapes and outdoor concert space, Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis is a lifestyle destination for holiday shopping, dining and entertainment. Anchored by Target, Sears, and Kohl's, this cool shopping center features over 85 stores and restaurants, including Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret and Sunglass Hut. Check the Customer Service Booth for holiday shopping sales.
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