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Ripon Christmas Light Parade set for Dec. 10
pizza parade
Pizza on Earth by Lucca Winery was one of the floats in recent years featured in the Christmas Light Parade in Ripon.

The Christmas Light Parade in Ripon is still a go.

According to Ripon Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kelly Donohue, the annual holiday event scheduled Thursday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. will be a stationary parade at the Mistlin Sports Park, 1201 River Rd.

“This is a free drive-thru event,” she said, indicating the spectators as the ones that will be on the move.

The parade floats will stay parked in one place.

Changes to the parade were necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past, the Christmas Light Parade took place along the historic downtown streets.

Applications for the stationary parade are being accepted through Friday, Dec. 4.

Cost is $25. All entries must be illuminated and carry a positive theme – respectful and non-controversial – with music being strongly encouraged.

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Virtual Tree of Lights

The Hospice of San Joaquin’s Tree of Lights, in an effort to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, will go virtual this year.

This 32-year-old holiday tradition has been lighting up communities throughout San Joaquin County. The Ripon Tree Lighting, for example, took place in recent years at the Ripon Veterans Wall.

Each light represents a loved one who has touched the lives of friends and family.

The virtual tree can be seen at the Hospice of San Joaquin website ( or via social media (Facebook).