Carriage Rides, Story Times, Carolers and a Secret Santa Welcome Christmas
There may not be snow on the ground, but if there’s any doubt that the holiday season has arrived, simply visit the Valley Center Branch of the San Diego County Library for a delightful dose of Christmas cheer. (29200 Cole Grade Road).
A series of holiday events are being presented at the library, beginning Thursday, December 13, at 3:30 p.m., when the Christmas season is officially welcomed with steaming cups of hot cocoa and Christmas cookies served at the library’s fireplace, while storyteller Harleynne Geisler dishes up her blend of tasty holiday tales.
Every teen and tween is invited to a rollicking Secret Santa party that will be thrown by Café Beat, the library’s teen council, on Wednesday, December 19, starting at 4:00 p.m. The first party guest who identifies the festivity’s Secret Santa is guaranteed to be the first to enjoy a special holiday treat offered up by Café Beat teen members.
An old-fashioned Christmas will be celebrated at the library on Thursday, December 20, with a horse-drawn carriage ride for kids, while Victorian Christmas carolers sing some of Yuletide’s greatest tuneful treasures. There are also rumors that a visitor from the North Pole will arrive to greet all children, whether naughty or nice. The celebration begins at 4:00 p.m., with free carriage rides from 4:00 5:30, and then again between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.
With holiday storytimes and crafts, a crackling fireplace, and Christmas books and movies available for check out, you don’t have to go home for the holidays just spend the season at the Valley Center Library!
“Amahl and the Night Visitors”- Gian Carlo Menotti
December 14, 15, 16, 20, 22 at 2:30, 23
Adult Single Tickets - $30-50
Special offer: Children 12 and under are HALF-PRICE!
For tickets call the Box Office, 619-239-8836.
San Diego’s favorite opera diva, Priti Gandhi, returns to Lyric Opera as the Mother in this Christmas treat for the whole family, Menotti’s classic tale of the journey of the three kings and the crippled boy who wants to bring a gift to Bethlehem. This production will feature the composer’s full orchestration, not heard in San Diego in more than 20 years.
Included in the performance will be a festival of Christmas Carols and a special visit from Santa Claus with presents for all the children!!!