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Christmas community celebrations ready to go across the Modesto, Mother Lode regions

in Community/Events/News

Come Friday, it will be time to put down the leftover turkey and grab on to your yuletide spirit.

That’s when communities across the Modesto and Mother Lode regions begin celebrating the Christmas season, with plenty of festivals, parades and tree lightings planned.

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Giving Tree provides gifts for elementary children

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The Giving Tree has returned to Stanislaus State after a two-year hiatus. This initiative helps the campus community give back to children in need.

Sponsored by Associated Students, Inc. and the University Student Center, the tree was placed in the University Student Center in mid-November and decorated with 90 tags bearing the requests of children at three Turlock elementary schools. Within a few days, all but nine tags have been taken by students, faculty and staff members who will buy the requested items and return the unwrapped presents to the Student Center by Dec. 13.

“It gives students, faculty and staff a chance to give back to local kids,” said ASI Leadership Graduate Assistant Collin Gage. “Associated Students and the Student Center want to give back to the community, and this is a very practical way to do it.”

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‘Grumpy Grams’ deliver Christmas jeer

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Name of business: Grumpy Grams by Turlock’s Ranch of Horror

Type of business: Hand-delivered messages and gifts

Location: Turlock

Hours: Grams can be booked for Dec. 10 through 12 and Dec. 17 through 19

Contact information: Call or text 209-947-8999 or message Ranch of Horror on Facebook to book

Specialty: Christmas entertainment with a twist

History of business:

Christmas in Turlock just got a lot greener. 

Ranch of Horror may be known for hosting a spooky haunted house each Halloween, but the Turlock business is becoming just as popular for its holiday gram services. This Christmas, one particularly grinch-like delivery man is making waves as he visits Turlockers bearing gifts — even though his heart is three times too small.

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Turlock Together seeks community support

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Turlock Together, in partnership with the Salvation Army, is hosting their annual Christmas Food Boxes program to help local families at the holidays.

The program is running now till Dec. 12. Individuals who would like to sign up are welcome to come to 893 Lander Ave between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Despite pandemic, City and community offering Christmas cheer

in Holidays

The holidays may look and feel different this year, but there are still countless ways to kick off the Christmas season throughout Turlock this weekend. 

First, a decades-old tradition will be replaced with a socially-distanced spectacle this Friday as the City of Turlock hosts its first-ever Christmas Cruise at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4, carloads filled with community members will have the chance to drive through “A Night of Lights on Display” — an event that Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Director Allison Van Guilder hopes will fill the void left behind by the cancellation of Turlock’s annual downtown Christmas parade due to COVID-19. 

“The Christmas Cruise will be a COVID-safe holiday event for the community at a time when there are so few options available,” Van Guilder said. “We appreciate the businesses and organizations who are working hard on their displays to spread much needed holiday cheer this year…. We hope all who experience the Christmas Cruise will gain a sense of hope and happiness this holiday season.”

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Community-wide lights tour aims to spread Christmas cheer

in Holidays

As the community copes with the cancellation of its annual downtown Christmas parade, the City of Turlock has come up with yet another way for residents to spread holiday cheer despite these dismal times.

Homes, neighborhoods and businesses can share their Christmas spirit with passersby this winter by registering to be a part of the 1st Annual Turlock Holiday Lights Tour. City Council member Nicole Larson said that as she saw nearby communities promoting their own home decorating contest during Halloween, she thought the idea could be executed here in Turlock during the holidays and give the community something safe and fun to look forward to during the coronavirus pandemic.

“This year has created unique challenges for us all and has caused us to sacrifice some of our favorite holiday traditions. However, we can think of this as an opportunity to create new traditions!” Larson said. “...Every year Turlock’s festively decorated homes seem to get better and better. This is a fun way to show off their best holiday spirit through a community-wide competition. And who wouldn't want bragging rights of ‘Best Decorated House’ in town?”

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