Stockton celebrates Christmas in July at historic Pixie Woods

Santa Claus visited Stockton early again this year, landing at Pixie Woods’ annual Christmas in July celebration on Saturday.

While Santa Claus was the main attraction, the event also included train, boat and carousel rides, arts and crafts, shaved ice, a magic show and a visit from pixies.

“We liked it a lot,” Lodi resident Sarah Lapp said.

Lapp said she visited the park as a child, but hadn’t been back as an adult until Saturday.

She was among the hundreds of San Joaquin County residents who attended the event, which has been held annually for more than 30 years.

Camila Gomez, 6, near, of Stockton, and McKenna Wright, 3, of Manteca, ride on the carousel at the Christmas in July event at Pixie Woods on July 23.

Lapp and Joanna Brown, also of Lodi, decided to take their children to Christmas in July together. They said they were happy to enjoy time outdoors with their children, who range in age from 1 to 4.

Brown said it was her first time visiting Pixie Woods, which opened in 1954. She said she appreciated the layout of the park and the activities offered to children.

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