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Winter Wonderland brings “snow” to Center Dec. 9

Ring in the holidays with the entire family at the California Center for the Arts’ Winter Wonderland Festival. The extremely popular annual holiday event is back and bigger than ever December 9 beginning at 6 p.m.

The Winter Wonderland Festival 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 Lyric 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 Courtyard 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 snowball skills ready, it’s gonna get messy!

Activities for Kids: Join the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Education team all evening for fun and free activities like creating post cards to our troops, cookie decorating, and of course holiday face painting!

Princess Meet and Greets: A Winter Wonderland favorite returns featuring princesses from some of the most beloved fairytales of all time. Don’t miss your chance to light up your children’s night even more with this fun and unique photo opportunity.


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.

“Elf” on the Big Screen: For the first time the Center will present this holiday classic on the big screen in the Concert Hall. This  film, featuring comedy star Will Ferrell and film legend James Caan, is the classic tale of what the holiday season is all about – family.

The campus will be filled with local food trucks and vendors featuring a wide variety of foods, holiday treats, and warm drinks to keep you cozy throughout the evening.

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