Visit Visalia is getting ready for the end of year celebrations


New this year is ‘Christmas on the Farm’, December 4 – January 2 at Vossler Farms. The farm will go from its popular fall pumpkin patch and corn maze to a family-friendly vacation wonderland that features a real outdoor skating rink, Santa’s train, a magical night-time magical lighted hay walk, tours with Santa, the Grinch and more.

In December, shop the “Holiday Open Houses” every Thursday night before Christmas in downtown Visalia, as merchants extend their hours of operation for shoppers looking for the perfect gifts for loved ones. Enjoy the ambiance of strolling along the sidewalk past the storefronts and beautifully decorated trees adorned with thousands of white lights.

Horse-drawn carriage rides in the city center will also be offered. Without rushing into the snow, the jingling bells on the horses’ reins will certainly uplift the Christmas spirit as they click along Candy Cane Lane (aka Main Street) lit with twinkling lights.

Enjoy a seasonal drink or a festive meal in the stylish Vintage Press restaurant. Not only are their drinks and food spectacular, but the decorations will put you in the holiday mood. Dining at this iconic restaurant is a treat any time of the year, but especially during the holidays.

Santa Claus returns to the Visalia shopping center to take family photos during the holidays. The mall will also host sensory experiences with Santa Claus, especially for customers with autism on December 5 and 12.

A visit to Visalia wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Take a guided snowshoe walk through the groves of giant redwoods and enjoy a little family snow game. Plan your visit for Sunday, December 12, and gather around the General Grant Tree. The National Park Service lays a wreath at the base of the giant sequoia, which is a living sanctuary for the men and women of the armed forces. This solemn and touching tree ceremony takes place every year, regardless of the weather. The “Trek to the Trees” takes place on the second Sunday in December each year, but you can visit it anytime.

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