Valley-Wide Christmas holiday events arrive in December

Families can create gingerbread houses at three Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District events in December. Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District photo

With Santa’s arrival expected soon, Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District is preparing special holiday events at its San Jacinto Regional Park and three community centers beginning Friday, Dec. 6.

The most awaited, free, annual Christmas Tree lighting and early Santa visit at the San Jacinto Regional Park, 901 W. Esplanade Ave., will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the tree lighting at about 6 p.m.

Following the tree lighting will be a showing of a PG-rated Christmas film and offerings of hot cocoa and cookies. Santa is expected to be there to witness the ceremony and greet the children. Children and parents should wrap up in warm clothes with the winter weather being unpredictable.

The holiday fun at the regional park and sport center continues Dec. 14 with a special $3 per person Breakfast with Santa with a pancake breakfast being served from 8-10:30 a.m. Children’s activities will follow.

Gingerbread house building events at three Valley-Wide facilities are planned. The first will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the French Valley Community Center, 31757 Browning Street in Murrieta from 6-8 p.m. The next event will be at the Valle Vista Community Center, 43935 E. Acacia Ave., Dec. 11, from 6-8 p.m., and finally at the Marion V. Ashley Community Center, 25625 Briggs Road in Menifee, Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6-8 p.m.

The Grinch Candy Cane Hunt will return to the Winchester Community Center, 32665 Haddock St., from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

There is a minimal charge for all activities except the tree lighting that is free. Space is limited, and many of the events sell out in advance. For cost, reservations and other details, visit a facility, call (951) 654-1505 or visit

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