My Favorite FREE Ways to Celebrate the Season

Of course we love to drive around town and check out the fabulous displays of Christmas lights each December. Our favorites are Jingle Bell Hill in El Cajon and Christmas Card Lane in RP.

But there are other even more special outings we will take, and the best part is that they are FREE!

Kids sit in Santa's sleigh to express their Christmas wishes at The Santa House in Poway.

Kids sit in Santa’s sleigh to express their Christmas wishes at The Santa House in Poway.

The Santa House in Poway – opening December 10th and continuing until December 23rd –  is the most amazing contribution to the season I have ever seen by a local family.

057 (2)

This home is transformed into a winter wonderland with falling snow, a special private meeting with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their gorgeous sleigh, hot chocolate, cookies, a gift for each child and the chance to walk through an amazing home decorated from top to bottom, inside and out. The Santa House is closed every Sunday.

Catching "snow" in the backyard of Santa's House.

Catching “snow” in the backyard of Santa’s House.

Starting this week, December 4th through the 7th is the amazing Bethlehem Story at Faith Chapel.

If there was only one thing I could do with my family to celebrate Christmas together this year it would be this event. Please read my full story about it here.

029 (1)

If you cannot make it to the East County for the Bethlehem Story and would like to celebrate the holiday with a free, religious event take note. Next weekend, December 12th – 14th, First United Methodist in Escondido will host its annual Bethlehem Walk. And on December 20th and 21st, Grace Lutheran in Escondido will host a Living Nativity.

Walk the streets of a Bethlehem bazaar and be a part of the reenactment of the birth of Christ during Faith Chapel's Bethlehem Story.

Walk the streets of a Bethlehem bazaar and be a part of the reenactment of the birth of Christ during Faith Chapel’s Bethlehem Story.

On Sunday, December 14th we are going to find a cozy spot at the Embarcadero to watch the 43rd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. This year’s theme is Children’s Stories. If you cannot make it on the 14th, try to catch this awesome parade on its second run, Sunday, December 21st.

photo courtesy of San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Facebook Page

photo courtesy of San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Facebook Page

The Parade of Lights begins at 5:30 p.m. from Shelter Island and continues to Harbor Island, The Embarcadero, Seaport Village and concludes at 7:30 at the Ferry Landing on Coronado.

I hope you enjoy the season with your family no matter how you celebrate!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *