December 18, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- To quote a favorite carol, "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" all across East County! Here are highlights from just some of the holiday festivities that have recently taken place in our communities.
At the Olde Time Christmas Village, sponsored by the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce, youngsters frolicked in snow--some for the first time.
The event also featured a holiday bonfire, vendors, and free photos for children and the young at heart with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Meanwhile in La Mesa's Christmas in the Village, visitors roasted chestnuts over open fires (firepits on La Mesa Blvd.), browsed in shops with festively decorated store windows, rode horse-drawn carriages and enjoyed street performances such as a "Living Music Box" entertainer.
In Santee, a tree-lighting ceremony also featured horse-drawn carriage rides, refreshments, live music, and skating at an outdoor ice rink for one magical night.
Downtown El Cajon ferried holiday shoppers aboard a "Holly Jolly Trolley." The Water Conservation Garden hosted its Holidays in the Garden event, lighting up the night. Plus the El Cajon Animal Shelter hosted its annual "Jingle Paws" walk--attracting canines and their companions for a festive morning stroll that also included Santa Claus, two ponies and a goat. (Though not a "baaaah humbug was in sight!)
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!