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

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 7, 2013
3-8 p.m. California Center for the Arts, Escondido

This annual event has become a Center favorite and a holiday tradition for families in North County and beyond. Kick off the Holiday with the lighting of the tree, art activities, costumed entertainers, special visit with the man from up North, and a playground filled with real snow!  For more information visit

Escondido Jaycees 63rd  Annual Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 14, 2013
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 across the Galaxy.”

Christmas on Maple
Saturday, December 14, 2013
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Maple Street Plaza

Highlights include: Unique holiday vendors, cookie decorating (courtesy of the merchants of Downtown), visit with Santa and free teddy bears (courtesy of Design Moe Kitchen & Bath) while supplies last, letters to Santa Mailbox and children's crafts (courtesy of Home Depot), professional photo shoot with Santa, caroling, dance performances and more.

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