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Stockton holiday boat parade set for sail
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Weber Point in Stockton lights up for the Winter Extravaganza planned for Saturday, Dec. 7. - photo by Photo Contributed

The hyacinth along the Deep Water Channel has been cleared in preparation for the 33rd annual Stockton Delta Reflection Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.

This holiday event returns for its 31st year, featuring festive holiday lights on watercrafts convening at Buckley Cove near Light 36 at 5 p.m.

The big gathering takes place at about 6 o’clock at Weber Point Event Center, 221 N. Center St.

The boat light parade is hosted by the Marina West Yacht Club, and is a staple of Stockton holiday season.

The best viewing can be had anywhere in and around the waterfront. Admission is free.

Boats enter downtown and pass the Stockton Marina to Weber Point, circling McCloud Lake near the Lexington hotel while returning to Buckley Cove.

Perhaps the best location to catch the boat parade is the north shore behind the Banner Island Ballpark, south at the Waterfront Warehouse, or Weber Point.

For more information, call Lynn Hahn at 209-477-7653.

Other holiday events in the Stockton area include:

Winter Extravaganza

This free community event is also scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Weber Point Event Center, 221 N. Center St., at 4 p.m.

Live music along with refreshments – sales for food and drinks by Starbuck’s – glow sticks, and a Christmas photo booth are available.

For more information, call Uyn Do at 209-320-2311.

A Christmas Carol

What’s the holiday without Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol?”

The final week of the musical directed by Joseph Toon will take place on Sunday (Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m.), Thursday (Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.), Friday (Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (Dec. 7, 1 p.m. / 7:30) at the Stockton Civic Theater, 2312 Rosemarie Lane.

This is version is based on the extravaganza that ran for 10 years at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Cost is $25 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $15 for child or student.

For more information, call 209-473-2424 or log on to

Zoo Lights, Festival of Trees

This 25th annual event will again transform the Micke Grove Zoo into wonderland filled with thousands of lights, games, crafts, treats and, of course, a photo with Santa Claus.

Those attending Zoo Lights can bring a can of food to donate to the Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin or an unwrapped new toy to Friends Outside while getting a chance to enter into a drawing for a special prize.

Zoo Lights is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 1), Friday (Dec. 6), Saturday (Dec. 7), and Sunday (Dec. 8).

The regional park is located at 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd.

Cost is $10 for those age 14 and older, $5 for guests 3 through 13, and free for kids under age 3.

In addition, the 22nd Festival of Trees at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum is set for Saturday (Dec. 7) and Sunday (Dec. 8), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featured will be more than 60 uniquely decorated Christmas trees coupled with children’s activities, entertainment, food, and photos with Santa.

General admission is $10, and children age 2 to 12 will be admitted for $1 each.

For more information, call 209-331-2010 or log on to

White Christmas

The 1954 classic starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kate will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 8) at the Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St.

“White Christmas,” which also stars Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney, is presented by Fox40 and Friends of the Fox, and features song of Irving Berlin.

Cost is $4 and $8.

For more information, call box office at 209-373-1400.

Holiday Follies

The Long Theatre at the University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Avenue, will celebrate the holiday season with performances from the Theater Arts Ensemble.

Included will be guest artists, theJuline Regional Youth Ballet.

Performances is scheduled for Friday (Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.), Saturday (Dec. 7, 2 p.m.) and Sunday (Dec. 8, 2 p.m.)

Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and under.

For more information, call Ashley Bonda at 209-946-2116 or e-mail


209 Staff Reporter