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Start of the season
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Alexis Valpey, 4, gets her face painted at a booth on Main Street. - photo by MAEGAN MARTENS / The Journal

The holiday season officially began Friday with the Festival of Lights. Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock to watch the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Central Park, while enjoying free activities such as pictures with Santa Claus and horse-drawn carriage rides.