Shop Locally and Boost Our Economy
By Jennifer Mullen, CVB
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Modesto will be dressed for the holidays. Parades, family traditions and spectacular events are just a few of the ways to celebrate.
It will be a Rockin’ Christmas parade in downtown, with brightly illuminated floats and marching bands. Better wear your mittens, we hear it will be snowing in the 10 St Plaza after the parade.
Enjoy the wonderful spirit of Christmas, as several churches will have very special events such as a Live Nativity performance, Holiday Candlelight, featuring spectacular music from the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Choir and a Community Nativity Festival with over 300 nativity scenes.
Santa Claus is coming to the historic State Theatre for the Kids Celebration of Christmas. The State will be transformed into a winter wonderland.
The McHenry Manson will be decked out in its holiday finest and will host a Dickens Faire, Christmas Tea and Candlelight Tour.
Holiday Pops Concert with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra featuring Christmas classics, carols and medleys and the Central West Ballet’s,holiday favorite, The Nutcracker will have a variety of delightful performances at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
A trip to Modesto means fabulous foods at one of the many locally owned restaurants with menu’s that feature produce, oil, vinegars, meat and cheeses from local farms. Gift Certificates to those restaurants are a great opportunity to give loved ones a well-deserved night out and delicious meals.
It also means great gifts for the foodies in your life. Our community’s love affair with food takes many forms. Attractive holiday gift packaging and shipping make it easy to give a local taste to family, friends and business associates near or far.
Check out some of the great local products that we produce that would make the perfect gift like: Beekman Beekman Honey, Clayton’s Coffee, Bella Viva Dried Fruit, Blue Diamond Almonds, Classic Wine Vinegar, Fiscalini award winning Cheeses, Roberts Ferry Nut Co, Sciabica Olive Oil, Stewart and Jasper Nuts and much more.
Throughout our diverse shopping areas, independently owned jewelry stores, art galleries, antique stores and boutiques are overflowing with unique gifts that blend modern and traditional. The results are functional, ornamental, wearable and even edible works of art that will not only brighten the holidays of those on your list, but will help keep money flowing in the local economy.
What stocking would be complete without merchandise from our own Modesto Nuts Baseball team, always a fan favorite.
During this season of gift giving, remember it is also important to volunteer. Local non-profits contribute significantly to the quality of our community and can use all the help they can get during these challenging times. Consider a monetary gift or volunteer some of your time. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated and you’ll feel terrific for helping out.
So do yourself and our community a favor this year by shifting a bit more spending to your local merchants, service providers, artisans, entertainment and others. Along with helping your neighbors and community you may just find “going local” a far more relaxing and enjoyable experience, one that rewards both you and our community.
For a complete listing of all holiday events: visitmodesto.com