holidays 2022

TIPS TO CUT BACK ON HOLIDAY SEASON FOOD WASTE

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 27, 2022 (San Diego) - ‘Tis the season—for food!

But it’s also a time, as our holiday feasts run from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, that it’s easier than ever to waste food―when it’s served up but not eaten, or spoils before we can eat it.

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CELEBRATION OF LIGHT AT FORT CROSS IN JULIAN

East County News Service

November 25, 2022 (Julian) - Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Wynola, near the quaint mountain town of Julian, will host a Celebration of Light and more holiday fun each Friday and Saturday in December from 5 to 8 p.m. The celebration includes a walk-through light display with seven different lighted musical scenes to dazzle guests.


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LAKESIDE HOSTS SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS ON MAINE AVE. DEC. 3

East County News Service

November 21, 2022 (Lakeside) -- Santa and his elves at the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce are hard at work, getting ready for the 25th annual Spirit of Christmas on Maine Avenue in Lakeside on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p m.


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ENCHANTED VILLAGE IN SPRING VALLEY DEC. 16-22

East County News Service

November 21, 2022 (Spring Valley) - Noah Homes in Spring Valley invites you to its annual Enchanted Village December 16-22 from 5-8 p.m. 

Guests will  stroll through acres of brilliantly lit trees, magical cottages, light tunnels, live entertainers, and over a million lights with interactive displays and other festive decorations. Santa will be at the Enchanted Village every night for photos with guests. 

Donations are requested to support lifelong homes for people with developmental disabilities at Noah’s Homes.  For more information, visit enchantedvillage.org/.  


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THIS WEEK: DROP-OFF SITES OPEN FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

East County News Service

November 16, 2022 (San Diego) — As the Thanksgiving season approaches, many families and children are giving thanks and giving back—to children in need around the world through Operation Christmas ChildShoebox gifts prepared by generous donors and filled with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies may be dropped off now during National Collection Week, Nov. 14 ­– 21. More than 4,500 drop-off sites are now open across the country, including 18 in San Diego County. East County sites include Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon and Pine Valley Community Church. 


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CEELBRATE HOLIDAY MAGIC WITH A SEASON SOJOURN TO LOMPOC, ON SCENIC CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY 1

 

Source: Explore Lompoc

 

November 16, 2022 (Lompoc, Calif.) -- Just in time for the holidays, step into relaxing, small town holiday charm with a weekend getaway in Lompoc! 

 

Celebrate the season with an activity calendar of family-friendly activitiesspecialty retail shopping, or go wine tasting at one of 30+ local wine tasting venues. After the fun, kick back for a relaxing evening at one of our comfy hotels.

Below is the destination's holiday happenings for the entire family:

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CREST TO HOST CHRISTMAS CRESTIVAL DEC. 3-4

East County News Service

November 15, 2022 (Crest) – The Crest Community Association invites you to a Christmas “Crestival” on December 3rd and 4th. You’re invited to enjoy food, vendors, kids stuff and a visit from Santa Claus.

The hours for the festival, which is free and open to the public, will be Sat, Dec 3 from 10-6 and on Sun Dec 4 from 10-5.  Santa will arrive via firetruck at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 


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HO-HO-HOLIDAY LIGHTING CELEBRATION IN SANTEE NOV. 18

Source: City of Santee

November 14, 2022 (Santee) -- Have a holly-jolly good time at the City of Santee’s annual Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, November 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Santee Trolley Square, located at 9884 Mission Gorge Road.


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Mt. MIGUEL HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION HOSTS HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR DEC. 17

Source: Mount Miguel High School Foundation

November 11, 2022 (Spring Valley) – The Mount Miguel High School Foundation is having its “Holiday Craft Fair” on Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8585 Blossom Lane, Spring Valley.


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CELEBRATE THE SEASON IN WILD STYLE AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK

Wild Holidays festivities begin Nov. 25 on select nights through Jan. 1

Source: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

November 11, 2022 (Escondido) -- ‘Tis the season! Wild Holidays returns to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido on select dates beginning Nov. 25, 2022 ,through New Year’s Day. The annual celebration invites guests to experience the wonders of the Safari Park, with a special holiday twist.


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VISIONARY DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER: IN A NUTSHELL DEC. 9-11 IN LA MESA

East County News Service

 

November 10, 2022 (La Mesa) -- Visionary Dance Theatre:  School for the Performing Arts presents “The Nutcracker: In A Nutshell” at The Visionary Performing Space (8674 La Mesa Blvd. La Mesa, CA 91942) on December 9-11.


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ICE SKATING, RIDES, MUSIC AND SHOPPING AT HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON MAIN IN EL CAJON NOV. 26

East County News Service

November 10, 2022 (El Cajon) – Holiday Lights on Main Street will illuminate downtown El Cajon on Saturday, November 26.  Tree lighting is at 6 p.m., but activities to celebrate the season will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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ROCK CHURCH TO HOST EIGHT FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS THROUGHOUT HOLIDAY SEASON

East County News Service

November 2, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) -- During November and December, the Rock Church will host eight food distributions throughout the San Diego region, including El Cajon in East County.  The distributions are free and open to the community and will include frozen ground turkey, food, diaper and supplies distribution. Additionally, there will be 400 gallons of Hollandia milk distributed at the San Marcos location.


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HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE AT MISSION TRAILS NOVEMBER 13 SUPPORTS PARK AND LOCAL ARTISANS

East Count News Service

November 2, 2022 (San Diego) -- On Sunday, November 13, the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Visitor Center will be transformed into a seasonal marketplace featuring one-of-a-kind gifts from makers and artists with nature-themed offerings. The event supports the independent vendors participating and 30% of sales will also benefit the park through the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation.


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SHOP FAIR TRADE IN LA MESA DECEMBER 4

Source: Shop Fair Trade

October 31, 2022 (La Mesa) -- Shop Fair Trade this Christmas will be held at St. Martin of Tours Parish in La Mesa on Sunday, Dec. 4th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  You’re invited to shop for beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts from local store Fair Trade Décor, The Guatemala Project, and local vendors including Lumily, SSEKO/Noonday and Ember Arts Jewelry.  In addition, you can meet Dressember, founder Blythe Hill celebrating a 10-year anniversary with a special documentary at 11 a.m. 


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MAMA’S PIES THANKSGIVING BAKE SALE RETURNS: ONLINE SALES NOW OPEN

Online pie sales help raise critical funds for Mama’s Kitchen’s nutrition services to support San Diego residents at risk of malnutrition due to critical illnesses

Photos courtesy of Mama's Kitchen

 

October 28, 2022 (San Diego) – The holidays will be here before we know it and with the giving season comes local nonprofit Mama’s Kitchen’s highlighly anticipated 18th Annual Mama’s Pies Thanksgiving Bake Sale. This popular fundraiser helps raise critical funds needed for the nonprofit to continue to provide nutritional support to San Diego residents at risk of malnutrition due to HIV, cancer, congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.


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