Temecula Unveils Free Holiday Events 2023: Parade, Ice Skating, Lights

TEMECULA, CA — The city of Temecula has a bevy of free holiday events planned this year, and the schedule for some of the biggest bashes was released Monday.

The holidays are “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year in Temecula,” and there’s a full line-up of offerings “to bring holiday joy and cheer to all,” the city’s Community Services Department announced.

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Here’s what was unveiled Monday by the city:

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Santa’s Arrival | FRI, NOV 24, 2023 | 6-9 p.m.

“Make your way to Santa’s cozy cottage located at Pennypickle’s Workshop (42081 Main Street) as we welcome Mr. Claus to Old Town for the holiday season. Santa will be available Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from NOV 25 through DEC 23, 2023. For more information, visit TemeculaCA.gov/Events.”

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Christmas Tree Lighting | MON, NOV 27, 2023 | 7-8:30 p.m.

“Are you ready to rock around the Christmas tree? Be sure to join us for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony starting at 7 p.m. at the Temecula Duck Pond (28250 Ynez Road) as we celebrate the magic of the season with festive music, tasty treats, and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, please visit TemeculaCA.gov/Events.”

Santa’s Electric Light Parade | FRI, DEC 1, 2023 | 7 p.m. Parade Start

“We are making spirits bright at the annual Santa’s Electric Light Parade! The parade will begin at 7 p.m. sharp at the intersection of Jefferson Ave & Del Rio Road. Be sure to bring your blankets and chairs as you watch the entries travel south along the parade route into Old Town Temecula. For more information, please visit TemeculaCA.gov/Events.”

Temecula on Ice | Grand Opening FRI, DEC 15, 2023 | 5 p.m.

“Have an am-ICE-ing time skating in Old Town Temecula with a state-of-the-art ice rink, rental skates, Bobby skating aids, and its own radio station playing the best ice-skating music! Join us for the official Grand Opening in Town Square Park (41000 Main Street). The rink is open daily THU, DEC 14, 2023 through SUN, JAN 7, 2024. Hours of operation are SUN-THU 10 am. – 9:30 p.m. & FRI-SAT 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information, please email temeculaonice@gmail.com.”

Holiday Home Bike Tour | SAT, DEC 16, 2023 | 7 p.m.

“On Dasher, on Schwinn, on Trek, on Huffy! Whatever your ride, strap on a helmet and your coziest holiday sweater to ride through and admire all the dazzling decorations the neighborhood has to offer. All participants must be confident bike riders and stay with the group on this guided tour. Bikes will not be provided. Meet at Wolf Creek Park to begin the tour. Visit TemeculaCA.gov/Register to sign up.”

New Year’s Eve Grape Drop | SAT, DEC 31, 2023 | 6 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

“Ring in the new year Temecula-style! This annual event features 9 p.m. & 12:00 a.m. countdowns, Grape Drop, live music, food vendors and free kids activities. For more information, visit TemeculaCA.gov/Events.”

All of the above city-hosted holiday events are free to attend.

For more information on all upcoming Temecula Community Services Department events, activities and programs, visit TemeculaCA.gov/TCSD, and follow @TemeculaParksandRec on social media for updates.

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