Winter in Fresno
Show me the snow!
That's right, SNOW! Only in our unique climate and location can you ski at one of our world-class ski resorts, and then take a short drive to any of our several golf courses for an afternoon on the links. Then again, why not enjoy one of our great holiday celebrations?
Skiing & Snowboarding
Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Region offers amazing skiing and snowboarding opportunities for skiers at any level. Sierra Summit at Huntington Lake and Badger Pass in Yosemite feature groomed runs, freestyle parks, off the beaten-path trails for downhill and cross-country enthusiasts, and all the lessons and rentals needed to conquer the mountain.
Fresno's residents love lighting the way for holiday visitors! Christmas Tree Lane, located in Central Fresno between Shields and Shaw Avenues, has about 140 homes and 300 trees decorated for the season. Candlelight Christmas on Huntington Boulevard features one mile of decor between First Street and Cedar Avenue. Neighbors wrap the lampposts to resemble glistening red candles topped with golden halos and over 100 homes, as well as the "Nation’s Tallest, Living, Lighted and Decorated Christmas Tree."
Downtown Fresno also hosts two great events on one weekend: Christmas in the Park and the Annual Fresno Christmas Parade. From carnival rides, a crafts fair, marching bands and festive floats, these two events are sure to get you in the holiday mood.
Hmong New Year
Each year, thousands of people come to Fresno for a week-long celebration of the Hmong New Year. During the celebration, the largest of its kind in the U.S., attendees can learn about the Hmong culture, language and heritage. Our celebration includes entertainment events such as talent shows, pageantry, dance contests, and a singing competition for all to enjoy. In addition, vendors will come from all over the country and abroad to sell arts, crafts and ethnic foods. This event is a stunning example of Fresno's diversity.
Rogue Performance Festival
The Rogue Performance Festival celebrates Fresno's arts and entertainment community. Molded after the fringe festivals that have become popular worldwide, the Rogue showcases independent performers and artists in a friendly, affordable, and creative setting.
“Think about it as this swirling circus of originality and creativity that magically appears once a year to tickle, inspire and fire the imagination … unabashedly celebrating and stretching the wonders of the possible.”
Escape the stress of everyday work and life to experience all the beauty of a truly spectacular areas. Imagine relaxing in front of a flickering fireplace and sharing beautiful mountain vistas near Huntington and Shaver Lakes.
Or, enjoy the calming atmosphere of our quaint, country towns like Kingsburg on Santa Lucia Day, the first Saturday in December. The sidewalks of Draper Street are filled with arts and crafts along with specialty home baked goods, gourmet items, and Swedish entrees. There is even a Gingerbread House Competition!
Eagle Watching at Millerton Lake
Every winter a population of majestic Bald Eagles escapes the severe cold of northern Canada for the winter paradise of Millerton Lake. Park Rangers offer 3 hour guided tours on weekends in January and February.