Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards. 

We encourage the general public to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading  a copy from the City’s web site:

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in early February.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Food for Fines

Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 28 through Saturday, December 31, 2016. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to families in need throughout the North County area. Only non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter can be accepted and will credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Food may only be used to clear fines, and may not be used to clear other fees. The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related. For more information visit


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

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 3, 2016

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 even rendezvous with live reindeer!

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. At dusk, a Winter Wonderland Forest will come alive with twinkling lights, and no one will be able to resist the holiday spirit! There are always a few extra surprises in store, so don’t miss your chance to celebrate the holidays at the Center! For more information visit 

Escondido Jaycees 66th Annual Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 10, 2016

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 “Christmas on Route 66.”  For more information, visit 

Christmas on Maple

Saturday, December 10, 2016

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Maple Plaza and South Maple 

This event follows the 66th Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade with lots of fun FREE activities for your family. There will be performances, carolers, musicians, cookie decorating, kids crafting by Home Depot, food trucks and pictures with Santa Claus and much more. For more information visit 

SPEND IT! In Escondido

With the busiest shopping season of the year about to begin, this is a good time to remind residents about a community awareness campaign called Spend It! In Escondido. The focus of the campaign is to educate community members about the importance of shopping in Escondido. 

Every taxable dollar spent in Escondido benefits important City-provided services such as police and fire, senior services, libraries, street maintenance, street lights,  parks and recreation. Sales tax generated from Escondido transactions (1% of gross taxable sales), stays in Escondido and contributes to the quality of life you enjoy.

Purchases generating sales tax revenue are critical to a healthy Escondido economy.  But it’s not just about sales tax revenue: While the goal is to increase sales during the busiest shopping time of the year, there are other benefits to shopping locally. If you stay in town, you save on gas, you discover new businesses you might not have otherwise visited, and you contribute to community pride and the health of the Escondido business environment. 

More information about Spend It! In Escondido is available online at