Family friendly activities for Dec. 5

There’s a lot of fun stuff happening in San Joaquin County this weekend, including several family friendly events. Here’s a look at what’s happening locally for the first weekend in December.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oak Park Senior Center in Stockton, 730 E. Fulton St., unique gifts, handcrafts and art will be on sale. The center is located behind Billy Hebert Field at Oak Park and features 20 vendors, in addition to crafts from seniors at the center. Here’s the flier for more information.

4th Annual Holiday Stroll: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the public is invited to take a stroll along the Miracle Mile, visit the shops, enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, drink hot chocolate and cider and enjoy the holiday atmosphere. The event includes a 6 p.m. tree lighting at Tuxedo Court & Pacific Avenue, live performances from Tuba Express and Purpose Driven Praise Choir, carolers and the Torres Mairachi Band. Here’s the flier for more information. You can also find out more about the stroll by visiting the official Web site of the Miracle Mile Association. The above photo, thanks to Ian Hill, is a toy on display at With Garden Flair, a Miracle Mile business.

Holiday Light Parade and Civic Center Tree Lighting: The holiday parade begins at 6 p.m. through downtown Tracy, beginning at 6th Street and Central Avenue, then winding through downtown Tracy to Civic Center Plaza. The event includes live entertainment, carolers, children’s activities, photos with Santa and a tree lighting immediately following the parade. The event is expected to end at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit the City of Tracy Web site.

Srambl’z Kountry Kitchen grand opening: The former Maxim’s location at 3380 N. Tracy Blvd. in Tracy is now Srambl’z Kountry Kitchen, billed as a “fun place to eat” (see previous blog entry about the closure of the former business). The menu for the location includes a $3.49 Pyramid breakfast where you pick your three items, the regular breakfast line-up, skillets, omelets, breakfast burritos, Mom’s meatloaf, country fried steak and liver and onions. Prime rib is on the menu Fridays and Saturdays after 4 p.m. The restaurant celebrates its opening Dec. 5 with free shirts for the first 100 patrons, raffle prizes, a bouncy house, prize wheel and clowns. Scrambl’z is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. For information, call (209) 832-4059.

Santa’s Cottage: Janet Leigh Plaza, across from City Centre Cinema 16,  in downtown Stockton will be transformed into Santa’s Cottage from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, when the jolly big man himself drops by for a visit. Santa will be a regular at the plaza now through Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

City of Stockton Annual Holiday Tree Lighting: At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Mayor Ann Johnston will light the City of Stockton’s tree at Weber Point Event Center. The event features the honors choir from Cesar Chavez High School and the city’s All-City Youth Choir. Visit the city’s Web site for more information.

Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade: The Marina West Yacht Club is expected to make it’s way into the downtown Stockton’s McLeod Lake at about 6 p.m. for its 30th Annual Lighted Boat Parade. The parade is a spectacular site and is a rain or shine event.

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