Murrieta to host annual Hometown Holiday Parade and Festival of Trees

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Santa and Mrs. Claus listen to the children from the Sousa family explain the gifts they want for Christmas at the 2018 Murrieta Festival of Trees.Valley News/Jeff Pack photo

The city of Murrieta is prepared to kick off the holiday season with a slew of free, family-friendly events designed to make even the stingiest of Scrooges leave the “bah humbug” at home.

Town Square Park will be at the heart of the celebration Saturday, Dec. 7, when children and adults alike will converge upon the park for the city’s annual Donuts with Santa from 9-10:30 a.m.

Space at the event is limited to the first 500 people, so RSVPs are required and can be made online at tinyurl.com/Morning-Donuts-with-Santa. For some added fun, come dressed in pajamas to enjoy doughnuts and beverages with the jolly old elf himself.

The city is asking those in attendance to bring a non-perishable food item or new toys for its annual Food and Toy Drive. Donuts with Santa is sponsored in part by The Winfield Group Real Estate Team and Dunkin’ Donuts.

The annual Hometown Holiday Parade will kick off at 5 p.m. and will feature a variety of non-motorized floats during the city’s family favorite event.

The parade route begins at the intersection of B Street and Washington Avenue and will end at Town Square Park.

Immediately following the parade, at Murrieta’s Town Square Park for the annual Festival of Trees where Santa Claus and his friends will magically light the city’s Christmas tree during a tree lighting ceremony.

Those in attendance can make their way through the park’s decorated trees, all which will be donated to families in need this holiday season.

Photos with Santa, carriage rides and a magic show are all on tap for the Festival of Trees, making this one event residents don’t want to miss.

For more information on these and other great holiday programs, visit the city of Murrieta online at www.MurrietaCA.gov.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.