The holiday season is here and calendars are filling up with a large variety of events and activities for your family to participate in to make the season that much more special. Here is your guide to Holiday festivities:
Bass Lake Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair
The Fifth Annual Bass Lake Arts & Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23-25 at the Pines Village at Bass Lake.
Among the different arts and crafts there will be jewelry of all kinds including fused glass, sterling silver, and beadwork, candles, scroll saw woodworking, yard items, photography, sewing, and scarves. There will be food and Live music. Admission and parking is free.
Bass Lake Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights Saturday
Bass Lake's Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights will be held at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, in The Pines Village. In addition to the parade and tree lighting, pictures with Santa will be available and a raffle will be held with the proceeds going to the Yosemite High School band.
Details: (559) 642-3121.
Toys for Tots event at Queen's Inn Wine Bar
The Idle Hour Winery, 41139 Highway 41, will hold a toy collection and fund raiser at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at The Queen's Inn Wine Bar. Admission is $10 per person or a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to enjoy fine wines.
Details: (559) 683-4354.
Coarsegold Tree Lighting Nov. 30
The Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Coarsegold Tree Lighting ceremony with activities beginning at 5 p.m. and the tree lighting at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, in the Coarsegold Historic Village. Children's photos with Father Christmas will be available.
Community Center Breakfast with Santa
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the Sierra, the Breakfast with Santa event at the Oakhurst Community Center was attended by more than 800 people last year. The Dec. 1 event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the same location. Kiwanis members will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausage and ham, coffee and orange juice.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Children's Museum of the Sierra.
All children attending will have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Sierra Tel will provide each child with books and the Mountain Bear Fan Club will provide a stuffed animal for every child that has been nice during the past year. Volunteers and staff from the museum will assist children with Christmas crafts.
Assisting with the event will be the Yosemite High School Key Club, the Soroptimist Club and Boy Scout Troop No. 341.
Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B. Breakfast: Adults $6, children 6-12 $3, 5 and under free. Details: Children's Museum of the Sierra, (559) 658-5656.
Toys for Tots event
The Marine Corps League will hold their annual Toy Roundup for Toys for Tots 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Old Mill Shopping Center (Vons). The Yosemite High School cheerleader and pep teams will hold a bake sale during that time with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots.
Details: Mike and Brenda Perreira, (559) 658-6311.
North Fork Christmas Bazaar at Town Hall
The North Fork Town Hall Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 with more than 50 vendors featuring a large variety of unique gifts including jewelry, handmade ornaments, jams, quilts, woodworking crafts toys and books. 33060 Mono Road (228), North Fork.
The North Fork Boosters will provide breakfast burritos and homemade cinnamon rolls in the morning and a spaghetti lunch in the afternoon. The North Fork Women's Club will be selling desserts, coffee and hot chocolate throughout the day.
A new toy drive for the North Fork Children's Parade and Party Dec. 15 will also be held at the bazaar. Those who bring in a new, unwrapped toy for the drive will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win a couple of nice Christmas baskets.
Details: Sheri Pinkerton (559) 841-8488.
Oakhurst Community Tree Lighting Dec. 1
The Oakhurst Community Tree Lighting event will take place on the north-east corner of Highway 41 and Crane Valley Road (426) at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Hot dogs will be provided by Century 21 Ditton Realty, coffee by Starbucks, hot cider and cocoa by Gold Country Water, cookies by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce and children's books from Sierra Tel.
Pony rides will be available for $2 and children are invited to participate in free pine cone decorating.
A construction crew from Sierra Tel travelled above Bass Lake last Friday to fine the perfect tree near Beasore Meadows. The 60-foot White Fir was cut, trucked to Oakhurst and placed in front of Ditton Realty - Century 21 on the north-east corner of Highway 41 and 49.
"The comment I hear the most about the community tree lighting event is that it reminds them of a Hallmark Movie or a Norman Rockwell painting," said Rima Runtzell of Sierra Tel. "It is truly a special way for the entire community to kick off the holiday season. I even know a couple who travel from Fresno each year to enjoy the Christmas carols and hot cocoa."
Details: (559) 642-0313.
Meadowlarks Christmas party
The Sierra Meadowlarks annual event for the residents of the Oakhurst Healthcare and Wellness Centre will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
The public is invited to participate in the cookie walk, and purchase baked goods, jams and pickles, and crafts. A raffle will also be held.
Oakhurst Living Center, 40131 Highway 49, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-4792.
Old fashioned Christmas at Fresno Flats Dec. 2
The annual Christmas at Fresno Flats, sponsored by the Sierra Historic Sites Association, will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, at Fresno Flats Historic Park & Village, 49777 School Road (427).
Children and the young in heart will greet Father Christmas when he arrives, bringing hearty good cheer and joyful season's greetings to all.
Father Christmas (Wayne Boring), Santa's grandpa, is looking forward to talking with all the children in the community.
"Rather than asking children what they want for Christmas, I like to ask them to tell me the best deed they performed during the past year," Father Christmas said. "I tell them I will pass that information along to Santa."
Visitors will enjoy tasting a variety of 21 delicious soups with rolls, drinks and Christmas cookies.
The 100-year-old buildings will be opened for visitors to enjoy the old fashioned Christmas decorations throughout the vintage houses.
Miniature horses will arrive with their owners, Sue and Dave Weinert of Diamond W Ranch, to the delight of all the children.
Park docents will offer a favorite activity for all children -- Christmas candle making. A sale of homemade baked delights will be available in the museum. Kiss-the Cook mistletoe and pomegranate Christmas balls will be available for stocking stuffers.
Choral music with Kurt and Monika Moulin and the Morninglory Singers to be followed by the Chambermaids choral group with Jackie Byers and the Oakhurst Lutheran Church Bell Choir. A raffle will be held for a Christmas Dinner in a Box from Raley's and a table-top decorated Christmas tree.
Details: (559) 683-6570
Christmas craft show
The annual Christmas Craft Show, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mariposa, will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec.1 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds on Highway 49.
There will be more than 85 local crafters participating and showing everything from art to handcrafted wood items. Soroptimists will show off their culinary skills at the "Country Cafe." There will be a daily door prize and a raffle of various items and baskets. Admission and parking are free.
Boys & Girls Club Christmas Tree Auction
The 11th Annual Christmas Tree Auction hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Pines Resort in Bass Lake. More than 25 groups and organizations from the Mountain Area are participating this year.
An online auction is also available at biddingforgood.com.
More than 200 items will available for bid in a silent auction beginning at 3 p.m. followed by the live fully decorated tree auction at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $30 per person or four for $100 and includes hors d'oeuvres and champagne.
Christmas Home Tour
Mountain Community Women's annual Christmas Home Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Six beautifully decorated homes will be toured and participants will also enjoy a festive lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Center, Road 425B.
The event is for adults only. All proceeds go to benefit and maintain the Oakhurst Community Center. Suggested donation is $17.
Tickets are available at Kraft & Lee Insurance in Raley's shopping center or by calling Joanne at (559) 692-2947.
Children's Christmas Parade & Party
The North Fork Boosters will host the 15th Annual Christmas Parade & Party "Elf-n-Magic" on Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade starts at 2 p.m. at Hank's Automotive in downtown North Fork and ends at the North Fork Town Hall, 33060 Mono Road (228). The Christmas party starts immediately following the parade at Town Hall and includes a visit from Santa Claus, who will hand out gifts for children along with cookies and refreshments.
The party is free and it is $5 to enter in the parade.
Details: Parade information, or to enter in the parade, call Pat Brown at (559) 877-7590. Party information, Cathey Thornburg, (559) 676-7766.
Martha's Market Christmas Boutique
Martha's Market will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at ECCO.
There will be artisans and craftsmen and specialty children's Christmas wear available as well as photo ops for the children. Lunch will be provided by ECCO staff.
Donation is $6 in advance and $7.50 at the door. The event is presented by the Ladies of Christ Church-Anglican. Proceeds benefit the needs of various community organizations.
Elks Lodge children's Christmas party
The Oakhurst Elks Lodge is hosting a free Christmas party for under-privileged Mountain Area children from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Elks Lodge, 42484 Highway 41, Oakhurst, across from the old Mountain House Restaurant on Highway 41.
The party will include a holiday dance program and visit from Santa Claus. Each child will receive an item of clothing, stuffed animal and a book.
To make a donation to help the Elks purchase items for the party, checks can be made to the Oakhurst Elks Lodge #2724 with a notation that the money is for the Children's Christmas Party, and can be mailed to P.O. Box 2569, Oakhurst CA 93644.
Details: Oakhurst Elks Lodge, (559) 683-2717
Christmas Carol Program 'Winter Rose'
For the third consecutive year, more than 50 singers from local area church choirs, including New Community United Methodist Church, Oakhurst Lutheran Church and Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, will come together with an orchestra for two performances of a beautiful Christmas program at 4 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41. all with accompaniment from a live orchestra.
The free concerts will be under the direction of Cathy Walker, choir director at Sierra Vista Church.
Details: Cathy Walker, (559) 683-6742, firstname.lastname@example.org. phone at (cell) 906-3068 or (home) 658-7376.
Winter Charity Concert
A Winter Charity Concert to raise money for World Vision to help African children at risk of starvation will be held at Coarsegold Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.
The winter benefit concert will include bands and choirs from Rivergold and Coarsegold elementary schools, led by music instructor Christel Biasell.
Donations are appreciated but not required. Details: Christel Biasell, email@example.com