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Santa Run added to downtown Christmas
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A 5 kilometer Santa Run on Saturday, Dec. 2, has been added to the downtown Christmas holiday festivities as a fundraiser for the City of Manteca’s centennial celebration next year.

It is the latest event in the two-day Christmas in the Park celebration being staged by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce and the Manteca Parks & Recreation Department on Dec. 1-2 at downtown Library Park.

Those registering by Monday, Nov. 20, will receive a collectible Santa T-shirt featuring Manteca’s centennial logo. The entry fee is $20. Advance registration takes place at the Parks & Rec office, 252 Magnolia Ave.

Participants are encouraged to wear Christmas attire.

Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. at Library Park. The run begins at 7 a.m.

For questions, call 456.8600 or 823.6121.


Christmas in the Park

The two-day Christmas in the Park is Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Both days will feature craft and food vendors, carolers and live music, a Christmas décor competition, children’s activities, and “reindeer” rides.

On Friday, Dec. 1, there will be an outdoor showing of the classic “A Christmas Story” at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec.2, there will also be a snow hill to frolic on as well as an appearance by Disney princesses.

Vendor booths are $50 for non-profit, $75 for homemade crafts, and $100 for commercial. The non-food booth fees all go up $25 after Nov. 10.

Food booths are $200 with the fee going up to $250 after Nov. 10.

Fees for the decorating contest are $20 for commercial tree or scene, $15 for non-profit tree or scene, and $10 for a family tree.

Application forms for the booths and decoration contest can be found at


Holiday parade Dec. 2,

The 45th annual Manteca Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade takes place Saturday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m.

It starts at Library Park and heads east down Yosemite Avenue to Garfield Avenue on the east side of Manteca High.

This year’s theme is “Christmas Movie.” 

The deadline for entries is Monday, Nov. 20. The entry fee is $50. Trophies go to first place winners while second and third places will receive ribbons.

Parade entry forms can be found at

For additional information  contact the chamber at 823-6121.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email