Christmas events in the Valley

Sunbirds share their favorite Christmas events

As the fall season comes to an end and winter approaches, the Christmas season begins. FPU Sunbirds both enjoy going out to places like Christmas Tree Lane and staying at home having a white elephant game with friends.

In the Fresno and Clovis area there are a few standard things to do with friends in the Christmas area. There’s Christmas Tree Lane, Candy Cane Lane, and even the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Lights.

Freshmen Annika Klassen has gone to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Lights and has found it enjoyable. Klassen looks forward to going to the Zoo Lights with friends every year.

“The Zoo Lights at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo is something me and my friends like to go to, and we always take hot cocoa to drink as we walk through the zoo,” Klassen said.

Along with the Zoo Lights there’s also the traditional Christmas Tree Lane. However, sophomore Adam Lopez has a twist on how he likes to spend his time at Christmas Tree Lane. Lopez enjoys going on nights where you can walk Christmas Tree Lane instead of driving through it.

“Sometimes not all your friends fit in one car, but you want that ‘traditional’ Christmas Tree Lane experience, and being able to go walking through it with a big group of friends is so much fun,” Lopez said.

Lopez continued to explain how his friends take a speaker to play Christmas music to sing along to as they walk through Christmas Tree Lane and have mugs of hot cocoa.

Senior Amanda Reyes attends FPU but lives in her hometown Visalia. Every year the city of Visalia puts on a parade called Candy Cane Lane Parade.

“It happens on Main Street, and a lot of schools and organizations participate in the parade,” Reyes said. 

The Candy Cane Lane Parade will take place on Monday, December 2nd at 7pm in downtown Visalia.  

Another local Christmas event to go to is the live nativity scene in Riverdale, called The Living Nativity. 

The Living Nativity is essentially a retelling of the Christmas story told in the Bible. As you drive through, you’ll see different scenes from the story of Jesus’ birth with live actors and animals.

The Living Nativity takes place at the Riverdale Assembly of God church off of the corner of Marks and Mt. Whitney. The dates for this event are on December 22nd-25th from 6 to 9pm. 

The Zoo Lights and Christmas Tree Lane are great things to do if you want to go out somewhere with friends. However, there’s also the alternative of having a Christmas Party, or Friendmas, at someone’s house to celebrate the season.

Sophomore Marislaysis Flores enjoys getting together with friends and enjoying each other’s company for the Christmas Season.

“I love getting to play white elephant with friends and spend time with everyone while listening to Christmas music,” Flores said.

Whether you are going out to the Christmas Tree Lane to celebrate Christmas or having a Christmas Party with friends, there’s always something fun and exciting to do to celebrate the Christmas season!

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