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Save the Date for San Juan Holiday Events

There are lots of exciting holiday events coming up in and around San Juan Capistrano.  Below are details on two fun holiday events, courtesy of the City:

December 7th – Tree Lighting Celebration

Join us for our annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real, beginning at 4:45 p.m. with a pre-show including choir, orchestra and dance performances by local high school students. The main show begins at 5:00 p.m. with a production directed and choreographed by David Green of Musical Theater University along with a special performance featuring Renee Bond. The lighting of the Christmas tree takes place at 5:45 p.m.

Afterward, don’t forget to meander downtown where local stores and restaurants will offer great sales, specials and many offering free goodies. The Mission San Juan Capistrano will host entertainment and activities on the mission grounds.

Stroll down to the Los Rios Historic District where there will be free photos with Santa Claus and a free Christmas train ride. Story Time with Mrs. Claus will take place at the O’Neil Museum at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. A holiday marionette show will be held on Verdugo Street with two show times; 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Zoomars will offer free admission to their petting zoo. Zoomars will have a hay ride and a train ride also available for purchase. Pathway to Hope will have two evening performances of a live nativity at Zoomars: 6:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

For more information call (949) 493-5911.

December 14th – Winter Wonderland with Real Snow!

A Winter Wonderland event will be held on December 14th from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real. The holiday event will have real snow for kids to play in and sled on! Musical performances, interactive games, crafts, ugly sweater contests, prizes, and an appearance by Santa at Los Rios Plaza are all in store for the whole family!

The event is part of the “Follow the Swallows, Shop Local” program and will coincide with the Second Saturday Art Fair. Visitors with receipts from local businesses will receive free gift wrapping at the event.

For more information contact Mark Bodenhamer, Chamber of Commerce, at 949-493-4700.

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