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Chamber, City, Barn Host Holiday Festivities

Escalon Chamber of Commerce is hosting its home decorating contest and is asking residents to drive by several festive, decorated homes and vote for their favorite.

Voting should be done by Monday, Dec. 14 at

Those participating in the contest are: 22550 Arthur Road, 1940 Coley Ave., 1840 California St., 1512 Tracey Lane, 562 Northwood St., 1241 Sierra Drive, 1566 Judith Way, 17257 Steinegul Road, 1533 Oakwood Drive, 1577 Countrywood Lane, 1972 Judith Way and 472 Palomino Court.

First, second and third prizes will be awarded.

This weekend features a couple of special events; as the City of Escalon, along with the Escalon Lions, Escalon Kiwanis and Escalon Sunrise Rotary are teaming up to offer a ‘Drive-In Movie Night’ on Friday, Dec. 11.

Two showings of ‘A Christmas Story’ are planned, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Officials said social distancing guidelines must be followed; those attending must remain inside their vehicle or in the bed of a truck. Large vehicles must park in the back.

The movie is scheduled to be shown in the Quality Service, Inc. parking lot at 2996 McHenry Ave., opening at 5:30 p.m.

Space is limited; it will be first come, first served. The local Cub Scouts are scheduled to sell popcorn at the event.

On Saturday, Dec. 12 there will be a modified Christmas on Main Street, featuring a ‘drive thru’ Parade of Lights.

Planning committee members said the event will be similar to a ‘Christmas Tree Lane’ style, as the parade floats will be stationary and parked on one side of Main Street. The street will be shut down to one-way traffic, and those viewing the parade floats will be in their vehicle, driving by the entries.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m.

Main Street businesses are planning to decorate their storefronts and sidewalks to complement the various lighted holiday float entries. There will not be any activities in the Main Street Park; the drive-thru parade is the only event scheduled.

Also for the holidays, Lorina’s Edible Garden along Enterprise Road will stage “Christmas at the Barn” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. with a variety of vendors.

Saron Lutheran Church, which was planning its annual Kris Kringle Market as an outdoor event, has now canceled it due to the revised regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic lockdown in effect for the region.