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A VERY VISALIA HOLIDAY

Holidays in Visalia

“Visalia [is] the perfect base camp for Kings and Sequoia,” according to a recent article in InsideHook. “Visalia is the launchpad for expeditions into Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks — and all the spectacular views, towering trees and interpretive nature trails they offer … you’ll find lovely lakes, bouldering spots and some of the Central Valley’s tastiest food (plus a surfeit of locally brewed beer).”  

Add in the most festive holiday events in the state, and you have the perfect trip. Here are the insider tips on what to include in your winter season itinerary. 



Holidays, Harmonies and Hits

The official, legendary band famous for songs such as “Surfin’ USA ,” “Kokomo” and “Good Vibrations,” is coming to Visalia’s Fox Theatre on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The Beach Boys show, Holiday, Harmonies and Hits, is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are currently on sale. 

The Beach Boys’ concert will be at Visalia Fox Theatre, a popular destination in Central California since 1930, noted for his history and charm. The live performance will feature legendary pop songs, as well as classic holiday hits. Tickets are on sale at FoxVisalia.org

Visit the “Nation’s Christmas Tree”

From Visalia, visitors can create their own trek to the “Nation’s Christmas Tree.” Officially proclaimed in 1926, the General Grant Tree is the most iconic symbol of the holidays. Located in Kings Canyon National Park, the General Grant is the second largest tree in the world. (Second only to The General Sherman located in the connecting Sequoia National Park.) President Coolidge designated this marvel as the official Christmas tree of the United States. Each year—for almost a century—a ceremony takes place where the park rangers place an official wreath upon the tree and share a Christmas program

See the Snow

Located in Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sequoia National Park receives as much as 40 to 45 inches of precipitation each year. Winter season, from December to May, often offers visitors a deep blanket of snow. Check the current weather conditions before making the trip.  If snow has fallen, visitors can participate in FREE Snowshoe Walks, as well as the quintessential snowball fights and snow angels. Play in Sequoia National Park, then head back to warm and cozy accommodations in Visalia. 

Shop Small Business Saturday

Visitors will be able to fulfill all their magical wishes in Downtown Visalia, including sampling some festive foodie dishes and shopping local. Check out Main Street on Small Business Saturday, for everything from jewelry to home goods. 

Attend the 74th Annual Candy Cane Lane Parade

Add to the wonder of the season with the 74th Annual Candy Cane Lane Parade  in December. As the longest-running nighttime parade in the Central Valley, the Candy Cane Lane Parade boasts all the favorites, including a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade takes place down Main Street and features dancing, music, characters and a small-town spirit you can only experience in Visalia. 

Enjoy the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in Downtown Visalia

Make new memories with the Instagram-worthy Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. It’s the third year for this now-annual tradition. Join the Crawl on the second Saturday of the month in Downtown Visalia. Known for its craft breweries and specialty taps, Visalia is making a name in the beer scene. With all the sips you’ll enjoy, this tour is as unique as the ugly sweater you arrive in. 

From brews to views, Visalia is the ultimate festive destination. 

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