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November 21, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs)--Jacumba Hot Springs closes out its centennial year on Saturday, December 6th with a Feliz Navidad celebration. The event takes place at the Highland Center, 44681 Old Highway 80 from 2-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Feliz Navidad showcases the festive mariachi music of the world-renowned Mariachi Garibaldi performing ensemble from Southwestern College. This is the first school in the world to offer a college degree in Mariachi music.

Visitors and town residents will join a luminaire procession to the Community Park for the lighting of the Christmas tree and to sing carols. Jacumba- grown tumbleweed trees, snowmen and other ‘snow creations’ will be on display throughout the community. Jacumba was once known for tumbleweed snowmen and the tradition is being revived.

Festivities also include a piñata for the children, craft vendors, delicious baked goods for sale, and raffle items that feature bountiful gift baskets, bicycles and a Christmas quilt. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

“Our goal with Feliz Navidad is to honor our heritage as a border town with Mexico, especially our sister community of Jacume,” states Danielle Cook, Festival organizer. “We are also celebrating a successful Centennial year and wanted to thank the many volunteers who made this possible.”

The Jacumba Hot Springs Spa & Resort is planning a special menu to celebrate the occasion and they still have some rooms available.

The community could not put on these free- to- the- public events without the help of its generous sponsors: Beta Engineering, Jacumba Spa, Miller’s Towing, Nextera Energy, SDG&E, Sempra, Soitec, Jacumba Subway Chevron & Shell, and Tom’s Hay Farm.

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