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December 9, 2011 (Santee) – Santa and snow are in the forecast for Sunday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the annual Santa at the Lakes at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Tons of snow for sledding, Santa visits, and s’mores around the fire are highlights of this year’s event.

Bring your coat and gloves to go sledding down our real snow hill! When you’re ready to warm up from the snow, enjoy visits and photos with Santa, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, holiday art activities, carnival rides, inflatables and a fire ring for the whole family to make s’mores.

Santa appears in his pedal boat for photos and wish lists. Enjoy hayrides and boat rides with the whole family. Kids can make holiday crafts including reindeer hats, holiday bag decorating, bird feeders, ornaments, Santa’s Stocking Factory and cookie decorating. Holiday music and decorations, as well as tasty food at Feliz Nacho Dogs are all part of the festivities.

Santee Lakes was originally built in 1961 as a solution to Santee’s wastewater challenges. In response to public desire, Santee Lakes opened Lake 4 within a few months for picnicking and boating. Fifty years later, Santee Lakes hosts over 650,000 visitors a year. The 190-acre park with 7 beautiful lakes filled with recycled water provides amenities for camping, fishing, fitness and recreation.

Santee Lakes is owned and operated by Padre Dam Municipal Water District which provides water, wastewater, recycled water and recreation services to 100,000 residents in East San Diego County. Santee Lakes is located at 9310 Fanita Parkway in Santee. Admission is $4 per car and activity tickets are 50 cents each. For more information call 619-596-3141 or visit

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