Community residents can get into the holiday spirit in a big way this weekend, with plenty of family-friendly fun to usher in the season.
Coming up on Saturday, Dec. 1 it’s the traditional Christmas on Main program, sponsored by the Escalon Chamber of Commerce. In case of a major rainstorm, events will be postponed a day until Sunday; any postponement will be listed on the Chamber and City Facebook pages as well as posted online by The Times.
Saturday’s festivities are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. with the opening of booths and decorating of the “giving trees” in the city’s Main Street Park.
All the activities are centered in and around the park and also include musical performances, a Parade of Lights, children’s crafts and activities, holiday shopping at the variety of vendor booths, and the traditional fire pits for the making of s’mores. Entertainment on the schedule includes: El Portal Middle School Band at 3 p.m.; Reflections at 3:45 p.m., Escalon High School Choir at 4:15 p.m. and PowerHouse Dance Studio will present a performance at 4:45 p.m.
The Parade of Lights takes to the parade route starting at 5:30 p.m. with Santa due to arrive at 6 p.m. for photos and visiting with children.
Meanwhile, Christmas at Grandpa’s Barn starts its two-weekend run this week, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 and then again from Dec. 7 through 9. Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday hours noon to 4 p.m.; the barn is at 17693 Enterprise Road, Escalon. Vendors will set up both inside and outside the barn, with clothing, jewelry, locally produced honey, succulents, metal artwork, spices, soaps, lotions and more.
Escalon Public Library will be open on Saturday for its first of the month Science Saturday program at noon, with kids encouraged to come and enjoy making an indoor obstacle course. The library is also planning Winter Wonderland on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.; families are encouraged to come and make a snow globe and enjoy holiday crafts and snacks.