Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!
The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers - from carolers to stilt walkers, to hula dancers - for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs.
At dusk, our Lyric Court will come alive with twinkling lights, and no one will be able to resist the holiday spirit! There are always a few extra surprises in store, so don’t miss your chance to celebrate the holidays at the Center!
Pictures with Santa: Come get a picture of the whole family with the “Big Guy” himself – Santa! All evening in the Cal Club Courtyard our classic, Olde World Santa will be delighting children of all ages with photos and the chance to get in any last minute gift requests with the man himself before it’s too late!
Santa’s Reindeer: Returning this year is an opportunity to meet the fearless flyers themselves! A few of Santa’s reindeer will be taking a break to meet all their fans and “pose” for pictures before they take off for the big day.
Performances: As always the stage in the Lyric Court will be bustling with performances from local community groups, choirs, and even some hula dancers as they tell the story of holidays from around the world.
Snow Play: This extremely popular area is back once again. All night long you and your family will be able to play in real snow. Dress warm, and get your snowman making skills ready, it’s gonna get messy!
Activities for Kids: Join our California Center for the Arts, Escondido Education team all evening for fun and free arts workshops including origami ornaments, hand-drawn holiday cards, and of course holiday face painting!
Princess Meet and Greets: A Winter Wonderland favorite returns featuring princesses from some of the most beloved fairy tales of all time! Don’t miss your chance to light up your children’s night even more with this fun and unique photo opportunity.
Train Rides: New this year, climb aboard the Polar Express for a ride around the Center! Enjoy free rides all night long on our new trackless train, especially decorated to get you in the holiday mood!
Holiday Light Show: This year the Center will be syncing up your favorite songs of the season as they dance with lights strung throughout the Lyric Courtyard starting at dusk. There are always a few extra surprises in store, so don’t miss your chance to celebrate the holidays at the Center!
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