The Brock family Christmas Lights which literally dominated the scene for weeks during this time of the year is gone for good. But there are still some in the Family City that’s worth a gallon of gas to see and admire with the kids tow, or just for your own personal windshield viewing.
It’s slim pickings as far as elaborate, jaw-dropping a la Brock Christmas lights go. But there are a number of viewing destinations to delight heart and soul and to catch the Christmas spirit.
However you plan your windshield tour in Manteca, try not to miss the one giant Christmas tree that never fails to make an appearance. That’s the Community Christmas Tree at the Civic Center on West Center Street.
Here are a couple of “extreme Christmas outside decorations,” as one Manteca Bulletin reader put it, where you and/or the children can stand in awe and, perhaps, capture a photo or two using the delightful scene for backdrop. The first one is at the 600 block of Bonanza Way in Discovery Creek off Button Avenue in northeast Manteca. The other is located at Cinnamon Teal in the French Collection residential neighborhood. The street is off Mission Ridge. If you take Mission Ridge from South Main Street, take Locust Avenue and make a left on the first street to your left which is Cinnamon Teal. The house is hard to miss since it’s literally stands out in the neighborhood. The outdoor décor transports you into an Alice in Wonderland-type of scenery, but here, you will be met by a wide array of gingerbread structures and characters. Unleash your imagination as you admire the view.
At Higton Street off North Union Road just west of East Union High School is an outdoor decoration that entertains you as well with the song, Feliz Navidad, and dancing lights. For a patriotic flavor, head over to Acacia Street just behind the Golden Valley Credit Union. The American flag in red, white and blue Christmas lights stands out in the darkness in front of the house above the front windows. A real flag standing on a flag pole in a flood of light invites one to perform a salute.
There are a few outdoor Christmas decorations that are worthy of a glance even in the daylight. One of them is found on Hansen Street in the old residential section of Manteca just east of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on East North Street. The décor, a nativity tableau, reminds everyone that Christ is “the reason for the season.”