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

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland

California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 3-8 p.m.

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, Victorian carolers, art activities, costumed entertainers, a special visit with the man from up North, and a playground filled with snow! 

Escondido Jaycees 62nd  Annual Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 8, 2012

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 California Christmas”.

Christmas on Maple

Saturday, December 8, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Maple Street Plaza In Downtown

Highlights  include holiday vendors, a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus and Photo Op, Cookie Decorating, Caroling, Live Entertainment with Holiday Dance Performances, Children’s Christmas stories, and Santa’s Mailbox. Salvation Army Food Drive collection boxes will be ready to accept your donations of canned food. Please bring at least one canned good to donate. For more information go to