November 21, 2007

Holiday Calendar of Events:

Your Holidays Start Here Nov. 22... at the Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Take a drive with family and friends to kick off the holiday season during the 13th annual “Holiday of Lights” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds starting Thanksgiving night. Featuring more than 400 lighted, animated scenes, this spectacular 1.5-mile, drive-through light show is designed to get patrons in the holiday spirit. The displays are organized into themes, which include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play. Patrons drive their vehicles along the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack to view the festive holiday displays from the comfort of their cars.

Make it a holiday tradition - ideal for families with young children and for adults young at heart.

Dates: Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, 2007 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008

Times: Sundays through Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Rancho Guajome Decks The Halls for the Holidays

Experience an Old Fashioned Christmas at the Historic Adobe

Step back in time and spread old fashioned holiday cheer at the 11th Annual Rancho Christmas event at Rancho Guajome Adobe in Vista on Saturday and Sunday, November 24 and 25.

Each of the 28 rooms and 2 large courtyards of this National Historic Landmark will be transformed into a Victorian wonderland that will replicate the holidays of the 1800s. More than a hundred wreaths, garlands and centerpieces will adorn the restored historic adobe using natural materials.

Children can delight in a variety of hands-on crafts and activities, such as making cornhusk dolls, caramel apples, and weaving vibrant yarn. Kids can also visit the petting corral or hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon. The public can enjoy live music and dancing. On Saturday evening only, guests can enjoy hot cider and the warm glow of luminaries in the courtyard, while listening to the sweet sounds of Christmas caroling.

Sponsored by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and the San Diego County Parks Society, the 11th annual Rancho Christmas event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Rancho Guajome Adobe at 2210 North Santa Fe in Vista. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children 4 to 12. Children 3 years and under get in free. Parking is free. For more information, call 760-724-4082 or visit www.sdparks.org.

Downtown Comes Alive for the Holidays

A Wide Array Of Festivities and Activities Planned Throughout Nov. & Dec.

The Fourth Annual Downtown for the Holidays program kicks off the holiday season with events, decorations, fun and excitement. Beginning Thursday, November 15 with the opening of the Ice Rink on Horton Square and continuing with events and activities scheduled throughout December, downtown San Diego is a great place to come and enjoy the entire holiday season.

“Like the annual holiday events planned in many great cities around the country, this group of downtown events is becoming an honored holiday tradition for San Diego and a destination for people throughout the area,” said CCDC Downtown Information Center Manager Jacki Taylor, who chairs Downtown for the Holidays. “The months of November and December are packed with fun events and we hope all San Diegans will come and enjoy the activities and the downtown excitement.”

This year’s events will include the return of a gingerbread house building contest with participants from local downtown schools. Additionally, an amazing display of professional “Gingerbread City” Structures from the Epilepsy Foundation’s “Gingerbread City” Gala/Auction 2007 will be available for viewing during December Nights in Balboa Park. Other traditional popular events will continue, including: a holiday tree lighting ceremony broadcast live on NBC San Diego, ice skating on Horton Square, snow and sledding at the Park at the Park at PETCO Park, Commercial and Residential Decorating Contest, lights, decorations, street banners, live entertainment and plenty of appearances by Santa himself.

The Downtown Communications Council (DCC) a collaborative group of public, private and non-profit public relations and marketing professionals from throughout downtown created Downtown for the Holidays to unite downtown San Diego’s many holiday events, making it a destination for San Diegans of all ages, religions and backgrounds, and visitors alike to enjoy during the holiday season.

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