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November 16, 2011 (Santee) --  If you are looking for a family event that is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit, mark your calendar for the City of Santee Holiday Lighting Celebration. The event is scheduled for Friday, November 18, at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is free.  It is an event that celebrates the start of the holiday season.

The Bayou Brothers will play a mix of zydeco music with a holiday twist, while roving  carolers will be dressed in period costumes.

There will be booths to browse, samples from local eateries, and plenty of fun activities.  Children can decorate cookies, construct a paper chain, or make their own ornaments and holiday gift bags.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available for $2.00 per person, and children three years or younger may ride free on a lap of an adult. Children five years and older plus, adults, can glide on ice skates across a 2,400 square foot synthetic rink for a $3.00 fee.  Photos with Santa will be available for $10.00.

The celebration is focused around the lighting of a 20-foot artificial tree; with the wave of a faux magic wand, the tree’s holiday lights will flash.  At the same instant the tree is lit, entry monuments at four major intersections will come aglow with decorative lights.

Title sponsor for the event is Waste Management; other sponsors include: Santee Trolley Square, Welk Resorts, Daphne’s California Greek, Fireworks America and MTS.

Information about the event is available by calling the Santee Special Events Hotline at 619.258.4100 ext. 201, online at http:/ or Contact, Cherie Meek, Special Events Supervisor, 619 258 4100 x219,                                                        

Location and Directions:
Santee Trolley Square, 9884 Mission Gorge, Santee CA
Santee Trolley Square on the corner of Mission Gorge Rd. and Cuyamaca St.

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