Delightful December Events

The happiest of holidays are spent in sunny San Diego where blue skies and fair weather dominate the forecasts, while fallen leaves and cool breezes remind us that winter is still here.

With more than a hundred County parks to visit, there’s no shortage of places to see and things to do – and if you’re in the mood for something especially merry and bright, we’ve planned six spirited occasions that are sure to warm your heart and hot cocoa mug!

Here’s a peek at what’s happening, with links to the corresponding Facebook events if you prefer to manage your memories on social media:       

At 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, join us at Fallbrook Community Center for the official tree-lighting ceremony of our 20-foot cedar! This popular annual event includes performances by school groups, live music and entertainment, local vendors, food, and activities for all ages. > Facebook event

The next morning, Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 10 a.m., you're invitied to celebrate the season old-world style at Rancho Christmas! Located at the iconic Rancho Guajome Adobe, this mirthful, multi-cultural affair features tractor-drawn hay rides, yule-tide crafts, historically decorated rooms, Native American storytelling, Ballet Folklorico and more. >  Facebook event 

Wrap your holiday up in eco-friendly fun when the jolliest of hikers heads to San Dieguito County Park on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Santa in Nature is a spirited soiree that reminds us we can be whimsical as well as zero-waste. Family-friendly activities include arts & crafts, workshops, live reptiles – even a jump house! > Facebook event

Snow in Spring Valley? By golly! Glistening on the green space at Spring Valley County Park will be sparkling snowflakes on Friday, Dec. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dash down to WinterFest to try your hand at sledding, cookie decorating, crafting, games or perfecting that selfie with Santa. > Facebook event

Early Saturday morning, Dec. 16, Fallbrook Community Center is back with a delicious display of tasty treats that are sure to bring the best smiles to your family photo session. Don't miss Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. > Facebook event

On Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Holidays at the Lake is happening at Otay Lakes County Park where morning visitors can enjoy a light breakfast, games, a resource corner dedicated to grandparents raising grandchildren, arts & crafts, and delightful conversations with a magical man in a splendid red suit. > Facebook Event

We wish you the very best this December and hope you find ways to fill your days with joyful outdoor memories. 

As a reminder, all indoor facilities are closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, but park properties remain open year-round. 

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