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Holiday Celebration Offered Saturday
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Christmas on Main will be celebrated in Escalon on Saturday, Dec. 5 with festivities including a holiday light parade, fire pits for making s'mores, and a visit from Santa Claus.

Sponsored annually by the Escalon Chamber of Commerce, chairperson for the event this year is Robert Swift. He said the celebration is shaping up well, with several booths being offered this year with a variety of goods and activities.

And while in the past, people typically came in to town just before the parade, the variety offered this year, Swift said, deserves a closer look.

"There are a number of booths this year, a lot of kid's activities, people may want to show up earlier," he said.

Vendor booths will open at 3:30 p.m. and include craft ornament making at the Guaranty Bank booth, the AVID club from Escalon High School booth selling candy apples, brownies, candy canes, and hosting a children's game, while Katie's Bows will offer kids jewelry, children's shirts and bows.

Also, the Escalon Outlaws booth will feature popcorn, snacks, and nachos, People to People will sell poinsettias, mistletoe, and do face painting, with the Escalon Chamber booth featuring a spinning prize wheel and s'mores. Lynette Delk "The Looney Bin" will have canned jelly, fresh fruit and crafts, Escalon Animal Shelter booth will have information, animal adoption, and donation cards, the Kiwanis Club will serve up hot coffee, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies. The Key Club from Escalon High will have a coloring booth for kids, Heck of a Deal will have a booth with a variety of dollar store items, Escalon Covenant Church will have baked goods and information and Lorina's Edible Garden will feature crafts and gifts.

Swift said a Toys for Tots collection box will also be set up for the evening, so any residents that want to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to that effort can do so.

The Parade of Lights will start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and follow the traditional parade route, forming on Coley Avenue. It will move from there to First and then on to Main Street. All entries in the parade - except emergency vehicles, which already have lights - must be adorned with some type of holiday lighting, Swift noted. Parade entries are taken up to the start of the event, though early sign-ups are preferred.

Special guest for the evening, Santa Claus, is due to arrive at 6 p.m. and will meet with children to hear their holiday wishes. There will also be fire pits for roasting marshmallows to make s'mores and there will be hay rides and a variety of musical entertainment.

For more information about the event or how to get involved, contact Swift at 595-5013. Booths typically stay open until about 8 p.m., weather permitting.