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Ice & snow fun returns to Lathrop this month
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LATHROP — The forecast for Thanksgiving weekend in Lathrop: Icy conditions with snow.

That’s when Dell’Osso Farms rolls out the third edition of Holidays on the Farm.

The main attractions are snow tubing on Mt. Dell’Osso, ice skating, and a mile-long drive-thru light show featuring hundreds of holiday scenes.

The fun all starts on White Friday - the day after Thanksgiving.

Instead of frantically driving around searching for bargains are fighting the traffic to hit the ski slopes, Holidays on the Farms offers tubing on manmade snow daily during its 37-day run.

The tubing is $16.50 for a 90-minute session that starts every two hours. An on-line reservation (www.holidaysonthefarm.com )  is advised as there are limited slots available for drop-in tubers.

Ice skating is also available. Friday through Sunday prices are $12 with skates for those 8 and older and $10 for those younger. It is $2 less on other days.

There’s a bunch of other free things to do whether it is browsing the general store where kids can tell Santa their Christmas wishes while sitting with him in an old-fashioned sleigh or taking photos of kids sticking their heads through Christmas artwork with the faces cut out.

Zip lines will be open at $6 a ride or two for $10.

The 500 light scenes are than can be accessed by a hay ride that includes blankets at $5 per person, driving through it in a car on weekdays for $10 or weekends for $12 or via the Dell’Osso Express for $3 per person.

There are also selling Christmas trees at what Susan Dell’Osso described as “Home Depot pricing.”

Among the free attractions is the ability to see real reindeer.

You won’t find many real ones in California. The reason is climate and their susceptibility to disease. That is why there are two fences around their pens and why you can’t pet them. There are misters in case the temperatures climbs above the mid-60s.

Dell’Osso can rattle of a bunch of interesting reindeer facts that will be part of story boards around the enclosure. Reindeer are the only antlers were both the male and female grow antlers. You can hear a clacking sound when they walk that is produced by a tendon in the hooves which helps them travel in deep snow.

They have 23,000 hairs per square inch with the hollow hair under layer helping keep them warm while the upper layer wards off the cold. As for their noses, they feature nasal turbinate bones that increase the area inside the nostrils significantly. That way the reindeer’s body heat warms cold air before it heads to the lungs.

The Holidays on the Farm runs from Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 1. Hours vary.

For more information visit www.holdiaysonthefarm.com