Kick off the holiday season this year with three free celebrations: 

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 5, 2015
3-8 p.m. California Center for the Arts, Escondido 
This annual community event brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies, and create fun, hand-made gifts for their loved ones. The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs. For more information visit www.artcenter.org 

Escondido Jaycees 63rd  Annual Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 12, 2015
9:30 a.m. Broadway (Between Escondido High and Grape Day Park)
This beloved Escondido tradition attracts tens of thousands of spectators each year from everywhere in San Diego County. This year’s theme is “A Super hero Christmas.” 

Christmas on Maple
Christmas On Maple
Saturday, December 12th 2015
10am-3pm on Maple Plaza and South Maple
Highlights include: Visit with Santa and Teddy Bears for children (while supplies last - courtesy of Health Net Insurance); Crafts for children ( courtesy of Home Depot); Gingerbread cookies (courtesy of Delight of France);  Letters to Santa; decorating Christmas cookies;  Gourmet Food Trucks and performances by the Children’s Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra. This FREE family-friendly event has something for everyone including a unique Holiday Boutique with over 50 vendors for last minute Christmas shopping. For more information visit www.christmasonmaple.com