Christmas Tree Lighting Events

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Well we are about half way through November so that means it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I know it seems a bit early but many of the Holiday season’s events are already starting. Just like Christmas Tree Lightings at many malls and other city locations. Some lightings also feature a very special guest that’s right the big man in the red suit himself, Santa! So here are some awesome tree lighting events to check out.

Riverside County

Temecula Promenade

Saturday November 21st

The fun begins at 6pm with pre-lighting activities. Santa will be making his debut at the mall during this event. There will be two large screens up so attendees can catch a clear view of the magic. This will be a very magical evening with Snowfall, Fireworks and music. For more information visit promenadetemecula.com

The Shops at Dos Lagos

Saturday November 21st

Come early to enjoy a family fun screening of the Polar Express. The movie will be played for FREE at 10am in the Dos Lagos Luxury Theaters. Then in the evening enjoy a very special tree lighting event. There will be crafts, face painting, ballon artist and entertainment for kids to enjoy. And watch the skies because Santa will be making his arrival there that night! The tree lighting fun starts at 5pm. For more information visit
shopdoslagos.com

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Sunday November 29th

Take a holiday trip out to Temecula’s Wineries for a fun family tree lighting event. Special performances by Murrieta Dance Company and RCC Chambers Singers, who will be dressed up in vintage costumes. There will be a viewing of Disney’s Frozen. Enjoy some coco, wine and snacks available for purchase at the concession. Catch a tractor ride through the holiday lite vineyard. And be sure to spot Santa and some of his elves as they will be making appearances. This wonderful is FREE to attend be sure to check it out! For more information visit
southcoastwinery.com

Temecula Duck Pond

Thursday December 3rd

Come join the 18th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be special treats and live vocal performances. And a special visit from Old Saint Nick! Guest help countdown to a very special tree lighting at 7pm. This is a great tradition put on by the city of Temecula. For more information visit
temeculaevents.org

Menifee Town Center

Saturday December 12th

Menifee will be throwing quite a tree lighting celebration from 4pm to 8pm. There will be live entertainment and a outdoor holiday movie playing. As wells as a very fun Elves Ornament workshop where you can make a special holiday keepsake. Plus there will be a kids snow play zone! Vendors will be there selling delicious treats and holiday crafts. And of course see and take a photo with Santa. For more information visit cityofmenifee.us

Orange County

Fashion Island

Saturday November 13th – January 3rd

Enjoy nightly tree lightings starting November 13th until January 3rd. With the help of some Disney magic watch the lights twinkle and glitter to Disney Holiday music. For more information visit shopfashionisland.com

San Diego County

Santee Trolley Square

Friday November 20th

So much fun is going on at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 to 8:30pm for the Tree Lighting Celebration. There will be games, crafts, carriage rides and snow! Don’t forget to visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. There is no cost to enter this event or for the crafts and games, only for select activities with prices ranging from $2 and up.
For more information visit ci.santee.ca.us

The Headquarters at Seaport District

Friday November 27th

Come celebrate the start of a three-week donation program to benefit active-duty military families. This special event is not only filled with fun but with the holiday spirit of giving. Enjoy FREE hot cocoa and treats. Visit and take a photo with Santa. Listen to the talented All American Boys Chorus perform for the Giving Tree Lighting celebration. The 25 foot tall Giving Tree will be light up at 6:30pm. For more information visit theheadquarters.com

Little Italy

Saturday December 5th

Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy transforms for the holiday season. The kick off for this is during the Tree Lighting and Christmas village event. Visitors on this day are treated to FREE Italian cookies, cider and coffee. Enjoy live music and entertainment. Keep a look out for St. Nick who be arriving on a fire engine (at 4:30pm). Watch the 25 foot tall Poinsettia Tree be lite up, you can also be apart of the tree by sponsoring a poinsettia plant. For more information visit littleitalysd.com

This is just a few of the great events I have found so far. Be sure to check out your city’s events or even malls for any special happens going on for the holiday season.

Cruzin Mama

Disney Holiday Fun Outside the Parks

Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink Downtown Disney

I love to visit Disneyland during Halloween or Holiday time. The decorations inside the parks are so festive and very in tune to Disney’s family fun style. I also love how some of the rides are completely transformed. Unfortunately I can’t always afford to visit the parks during this time, so the next best thing is Disney fun outside the Parks! There are quite a few ways to enjoy a little Disney Magic outside the parks. So I just wanted to share some Disney fun my kids had a blast seeing and I recommend checking these out before the Magic fades away.

Visit Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney Holiday Lights

One of the closet ways to enjoy Dinseyland without actually going into the Parks is to go to Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney features many shops, restaurants and entertainment. And there is decorations and special fun just for the holidays there. Be sure to take advantage of the FREE parking offered for Downtown Disney. You will be able to receive 3 hours of FREE parking and with certain validations up to 5 hours FREE!

Disney Treats

Visit Marceline’s Confectionery for some delicious treats that are also found inside the parks.

Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink

Go for a skate at Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink and visit the Winter Village. Olaf brought some of Elsa’s magic from Arendelle to Downtown Disney with his holiday ice rink. Set up in between ESPN Zone and the AMC Theater is a fun skating opportunity that is surrounded by Downtowns Winter Village, which are snow-caped cottages featuring special holiday gifts and souvenirs. The ice rink and village will be in Downtown until February 22nd.

See The Grand Californian’s Gingerbread House

Grand Californian's Gingerbread House

Grand Californian’s Gingerbread House

While visiting Downtown Disney be sure to make a stop into the Grand Californian Hotel. Inside the lobby is a gorgeous 500lb Gingerbread House modeled after the hotel. It stands at 7 1/2 ft tall and is 12 ft wide and is the work of 1 Dreamer, 6 Craftsmen and 25 Team Members. It is truly a delicious sight! As with all things Disney be on the look out for 7 Hidden Mickeys. Try and take a minute to just enjoy the Hotels lobby while there. The lobby is beautifully set up and creates such a nice relaxing atmosphere.

Gingerbread Grand Californian Entrance

Gingerbread Grand Californian Entrance

The details of the Gingerbread Hotel are just so amazing! My daughter kept telling me how much she wished she could just take one bite, haha. The Gingerbread Hotel will be checking out January 6th so hurry to catch a glimpse of it!

Irvine Spectrum Disney Holiday Light Show

Irvine Spectrum's Disney Magical Holiday Lights

Every night until January 4th the Edwards Courtyard located at the Irvine Spectrum comes to life with Disney Magic. A special holiday light show from Disneyland Resort is on display here and has nightly showings. The showing are a brief glimpse of what the Holiday Magic inside the Parks is like. The shows begin at 5:30pm and happens every hour after until closing. This is such a fun little show to catch if you happen to be in the area. Also Fashion Island features a similar Tree Lighting set to Disney Holiday music.

Mickey striking up the band.

Mickey striking up the band.

So go enjoy some Disney fun outside the Parks!

Cruzin Mama

O’ Christmas Tree (Lighting) and Santa’s Arrival

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Well we are about half way through November so that means it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I know it seems a bit early but many of the Holiday season’s events are already starting. Just like Christmas Tree Lightings at many malls and other city locations. Some lightings also feature a very special guest that’s right the big man in the red suit himself, Santa! So here are some awesome tree lighting events to check out.

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Temecula Promenade

Saturday November 15th

The fun begins at 6pm with pre-lighting activities and also a FREE gift for the kids who arrive early. There is a limited supply of the free gift and it is for children 10 and under. Plus Santa will be making his debut at the mall during this event. There will be two large screens up so attendees can catch a clear view of the magic. This will be a very magical evening with Snowfall, Fireworks and music. With this nice cooler weather finally here the evening should be the perfect setting for the Holiday season. For more information visit promenadetemecula.com

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Fashion Island

Saturday November 15th

Come join Mickey and his Friends at this tree lighting filled with Disney magic! The fun starts at 6pm, but you can reserve seating starting at 8am. Guests will be treated to exclusive performances and are encouraged to sing-a-long to some holiday favorites. Plus with the help of some Disney magic there will be snowfall! The magic will remain until January 4th. So every night enjoy the beautifully lit tree along with Disney holiday music. For more information visit shopfashionisland.com

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Santee Trolley Square

Friday November 21st

So much fun is going on at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 to 8:30pm for the Tree Lighting Celebration. There will be games, crafts, carriage rides and snow! Don’t forget to visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. There is no cost to enter this event or for the crafts and games, only for select activities with prices ranging from $2 and up.
For more information visit ci.santee.ca.us

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The Shops at Dos Lagos

Saturday November 22nd

Come early to enjoy a family fun screening of the Polar Express. The movie will be played for FREE at 10am in the Dos Lagos Luxury Theaters. Then in the evening enjoy a very special tree lighting event. There will be crafts, face painting, ballon artist and entertainment for kids to enjoy. And watch the skies because Santa will be making his arrival there that night! The tree lighting fun starts at 5pm. For more information visit shopdoslagos.com

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The Headquarters at Seaport District

Friday November 28th

Come celebrate the start of a three-week donation program to benefit active-duty military families. This special event is not only filled with fun but with the holiday spirit of giving. Enjoy FREE hot cocoa and treats. Visit and take a photo with Santa. Listen to the talented All American Boys Chorus perform for the Giving Tree Lighting celebration. The 25 foot tall Giving Tree will be light up at 6:30pm. For more information visit theheadquarters.com

Image from temeculaevents.org

Image from temeculaevents.org

Temecula Duck Pond

Thursday December 4th

Come join the 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be special treats and live vocal performances. And a special visit from Old Saint Nick! Guest help countdown to a very special tree lighting at 7pm. This is a great tradition put on by the city of Temecula. For more information visit temeculaevents.org

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Menifee Town Center

Friday December 5th

Menifee will be throwing quite a tree lighting celebration from 4:30 to 7:30pm on December 5th. There will be live entertainment and a outdoor holiday movie playing. As wells as a very fun Elves Ornament workshop where you can make a special holiday keepsake. Plus there will be a kids snow play zone! Vendors will be there selling delicious treats and holiday crafts. And of course see and take a photo with Santa. For more information visit cityofmenifee.us

Image from littleitalysd.com

Image from littleitalysd.com

Little Italy

Saturday December 6th

Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy transforms for the holiday season. The kick off for this is during the Tree Lighting and Christmas village event. Visitors on this day are treated to FREE Italian cookies, cider and coffee. Enjoy live music and entertainment. Keep a look out for St. Nick who be arriving on a fire engine (at 4:30pm). Watch the 25 foot tall Poinsettia Tree be lite up, you can also be apart of the tree by sponsoring a poinsettia plant. For more information visit littleitalysd.com

This is just a few of the great events I have found so far. Be sure to check out your city’s events or even malls for any special happens going on for the holiday season.

Cruzin Mama