Ring in the Holidays with the Entire Family at Winter Wonderland Festival


Escondido, CA. – November 15, 2018 — The extremely popular annual holiday event is back and bigger than ever on December 1st beginning at 3:00pm. The Winter Wonderland Festival at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido has quickly become a tradition for North County families celebrating the holidays complete with reindeer, pictures with Santa, warm holiday goodies, real snow, and carols being sung throughout the night!


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 familywill 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 eveningfor 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 someof 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! Enjoyfree 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 seasonas 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!


Join us in the Concert Hall at 7:00pm for a Holiday Double Feature viewing of Disney’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol and Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Attendees of the Double Feature can mingle with Cindy Lou Who and even the Grinch himself at intermission!

Along with all this incredible entertainment and wonderful events, the campus will be filled with local food trucks and vendors featuring a wide variety of deliciousfood, holiday treats, and a chance to whittle down your holiday shopping list.

Thanks to our sponsors, the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and George Weir Asphalt Construction Inc.

For more information, including times and location, please visit artcenter.org.

About California Center for the Arts, Escondido

With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate the arts, California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.

The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting andbanquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events. San Diego Magazine named the Center the “Best Limited Engagement” in North County. The Center was named in the Top Five for U-T San Diego’s ReadersPoll for “Best Live Music Venue” and the Top Five for “Best Place to Get Married.” In 2016, the Center was named “Organization of the Year” by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, the Center was chosen as one of fifteen cities from all over the countryto be awarded a grant known as the Levitt AMP [Your City] grant. The Center received $25K in matching funds to present the Levitt AMP Escondido Music Series, which is a minimum of 10 free outdoor concerts presented over 10 to 12 consecutive weeks during 2018.

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performancedates, times, and ticket information, visit artcenter.org.


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