LAKESIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS BRINGS SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON DEC. 6

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November 15, 2014 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Spirit of Christmas on Saturday, December 6th, 4pm to 9pm on Maine Avenue (between Parkside and Laurel) in Lakeside. This free, fun-filled family event will include a community tree lighting, visits with Santa, vendor booths, kids’ activities, food, music and entertainment by local bands & schools. Sponsorship opportunities and booth space are available. For more information, www.lakesidechamber.org or call (619) 561-1031.

“The Lakeside Chamber is thrilled to host this wonderful holiday event,” said Kathy Kassel, executive director, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce. “This event will give everyone an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Christmas – and get a little holiday shopping done too.”

The evening will kick-off with the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the community Christmas tree at 5pm by the Lakeside Fire Department. Then event guest can saunter up and down Maine Street to experience visits with Santa, vendor booths, crafting tables, delicious eateries, kids’ zone and holiday music. Children are encouraged to bring letters to Santa and drop them off in the special mailbox with delivery just to the North Pole.  Remember to enclose a self-addressed stamped return envelope so Santa can send a letter back.  The special North Pole mailbox will be onsite at the Lakeside Historical Society on Maine Avenue until December 24th.

This year’s Spirit of Christmas is sponsored by Barona Resort & Casino, Bay City Electric Works,  SDG&E, National Electric Works, Inc., Lakeside Equipment Rental, Alpine Rock & Block, the Montessori East County Preschool, Hertz All State Insurance, Hilliker’s Egg Ranch, Harvest Christian Church and 7SD Church. “Thanks to our incredible sponsors this is a free event,” added Kassel.  “However, we can always use more help.  Sponsorship opportunities and vendor booths are available if other businesses would like to join us for this festive holiday event.”

For more information, go to www.lakesidechamber.org,