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November 26, 2009 (Valley Center) - Ho, ho! Santa arrives November 27 and 28 at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center. The visits comes amid a weekend-long arts and crafts fair with over 100 artisans selling hand-crafted wares.


Santa will be visiting with children and the young at heart at 1 p.m. both days. Other activities include face painting, Kids ‘n Paint, visits to the farm zoo, a country barbecue and kettle corn.


In addition, the Lion’s Club hosts a pancake breakfast at the farm from 7 to 10 a.m.


Bates Nut Farm was founded in 1921 and is now run by the family’s fifth generation. Over the years, it has become one of the most famed family destinations in San Diego’s eastern region—a perfect place to picnic and enjoy country hospitality on a real working farm.


Be sure to stop by the country store, where you’ll find not only a variety of fresh nuts, but also dried fruits, gifts and collectibles, kitchen items, and an old-fashioned candy counter complete with fudge, truffles, chocolates and sugar-free candies.


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