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The annual Winters Holiday Tractor Parade and Festival is coming back this year with fun for the whole community. The two-day event has family-fun events scheduled on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3.

For this year’s festivities, the City of Winters teamed up with Bay Area Pop Up Events to plan and organize all the details to provide a fun, safe family-friendly experience.

All of the event information is available at winterstractorparade.com.

Friday, Dec. 2
The festivities are kicking off on Friday, Dec. 2 starting at 2 p.m. with the Holiday Marketplace in Rotary Park and along Downtown Main Street. The Holiday Marketplace features vendors and children’s activities. Later that evening there will be live entertainment from Winters school bands, the annual Winters Tree Lighting Ceremony, and a special meet-and-greet event with Santa and friends.

Road closures
On Friday, Main Street will be closed from Noon from the Rotary Park driveway to Second Street until 10 p.m. City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa said the Railroad Avenue and Main Street intersection will be closed beginning at 3:30 p.m. and will reopen when it is safe for pedestrians to cross safely unassisted.

Schedule of events
Rotary Park (Railroad Avenue and Main Street)
From 2 to 9 p.m., the Holiday Marketplace will feature face painting, a hands-on tie-dye activity, local vendors with holiday gifts and toys, and holiday music.

Main Street (from Elliot Street to Second Street)
From 2–9 p.m. enjoy: food vendors and food trucks featuring a variety of cuisines, the Holiday Marketplace with more holiday-themed exhibitors, Solano Jumps with inflatable attractions and a petting zoo with Friendly Pony Parties and Barnyard Pals.

The Winters Downtown Business Association is hosting this year’s Hot Cocoa Crawl and Elf Hunt from 4 to 7 p.m. at local businesses along Main Street.

Back at Rotary Park, from 5 to 5:45 p.m., the Winters Middle School and Winters High School bands will perform at the Gazebo. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

Families can attend a meet-and-greet with Santa and friends at the Gazebo immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony until 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3
More festive activities are being hosted on Saturday, Dec. 3 starting at 10 a.m. in Rotary Park and at 2 p.m. at Winters City Park prior to the start of the annual Holiday Tractor Parade on Main Street.

Road closures
On Saturday, Trepa said road closures will begin at Noon in the Downtown area and will extend down to accommodate the tractor staging areas and pedestrian foot traffic. Food trucks, vendors and portable toilet stations will be located alongside streets along the parade route from Haven Street down to Morgan Street. In her Nov. 18 Friday update, Trepa requested Main Street property owners to not tape off the street in front of their property for their exclusive use. “Everyone is welcome to set out chairs to reserve a spot along the public street. Please do not block sidewalks,” Trepa said.

Schedule of events
Winters Community Center (201 Railroad Ave.)
Winters Friends of the Library is hosting its annual Family Holiday Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Winters Community Center. The event features family-fun activities including student music performances, crafts to make and buy, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, and adult and children’s books for purchase.

Rotary Park (Railroad Avenue and Main Street)
Outside in Rotary Park, the Holiday Marketplace will be back from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. featuring: face painting, a hands-on tie-dye activity, local vendors with holiday gifts and toys, holiday music, plus food trucks and food vendors.

Winters City Park (between Fourth Street and Haven Street)
Family-friendly fun is happening at Winters City Park from 2 to 9 p.m. featuring: food vendors and food trucks featuring a variety of cuisines, the Holiday Marketplace with more holiday-themed exhibitors, Solano Jumps with inflatable attractions and a petting zoo with Friendly Pony Parties and Barnyard Pals.

Tractor Parade
The Holiday Tractor Parade begins at 6 p.m. starting from Haven Street down to Morgan Street. This year’s parade features more than 30 entries. A full listing is available at https://tinyurl.com/56htnc3f.

Families can attend a meet-and-greet with Santa and friends at the Gazebo immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

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