The holidays are almost here and Carlsbad Village is the place to spend them! With top-notch dining, shopping for every budget, live theatre, spa and salon services of all kinds, there is no need to head out to crowded malls. Come stroll the streets of Carlsbad Village instead and enjoy the holiday season downtown. To help make the holidays a little brighter and full of fun, the businesses and the Carlsbad Village Association are joining forces to host a variety of festive events. Grab your calendar and jot down these dates:
Holiday Window Decorating – November 24 through December 18
Starting on Small Business Saturday, November 24th, you’ll start to see store windows and their displays transform as businesses get in the holiday spirit. The public will have an opportunity to vote through December 18th on their favorite display called the “People’s Choice” via the CVA website. The voting ballot will be on line starting November 24th. Judging will take place in two additional categories, by our esteemed panel of judges from the City and the Boys and Girls Club, on December 17th and 18th, and the three winners will be announced on the CVA website December 19th.
Small Business Saturday – Saturday, November 24
Come to the Village and celebrate the Shop Small movement and support your local businesses that make Carlsbad so special. With small businesses of every kind available in our downtown, we hope you will spend the day with us, enjoy specials, discounts, and merchant hospitality.
Crafter’s Showcase – Saturday, December 1
Handcrafted artistry by 50 local and regional vendors will be returning to Roosevelt Street at the 2nd Annual Crafter’s Showcase, a Carlsbad Village Makers Market. Come start your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind items. The Crafter’s Showcase takes place from 9am to 4pm in the north public lot on Roosevelt Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue. The Showcase will also feature live music, artisan sweets and more!
Holiday Sip & Shop – Friday, December 7
From 4pm to 7pm, the Village will come alive with holiday music programs by the Carlsbad High School Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra and holiday carolers too. In keeping with the Shop Small theme, you will find discounts, holiday specials, and merchant hospitality to help you kick off your holidays with cheer!
Pets on Parade – Sunday, December 9
Continuing with its long tradition, the Carlsbad Village Association and the Village Faire Shopping Center are joining forces again to support Carlsbad-local Wagging Dog Rescue at Pets on Parade. Proceeds from pet photos with Santa, along with a raffle, have benefited Wagging Dog two years in a row for a total of over $3,000. Wagging Dog Rescue focuses on rescuing hard-to-place dogs, most of which are seniors, and those with medical conditions that require a bit of extra care. Pet photos begin 9am, with vendors on display from 10am to 1:30pm. Pet Parade through the Village starts at 12:45pm, following the group photo with Santa at 12:30pm. For more information, or to schedule your pet photo with Santa, call Christine at 760-644-2121.
Check the CVA website often for updates on these events and more!