Winterfest to bring holiday spirit to Lake Elsinore

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Sisters Leilani and Chloe Companion share a sled at Lake Elsinore 2018 Winterfest’s sled run. Valley News file photo

Thousands of people are expected to pack Lake Elsinore’s historic downtown Saturday, Dec. 7, for the city’s annual Winterfest celebration.

The event, which runs from 3-7 p.m., will feature a variety of events to bring downtown Lake Elsinore alive with the holiday spirit.

The event kicks off with the fifth annual Old Fashioned Christmas parade at 3 p.m. traveling from the corner of Library and Main to Heald and Main streets. This year parade goers can expect to see everything from the beautiful costumes and dances of Ballet Folklorico to dirt track racers. This year Santa Claus is expected to arrive at the end of the parade to ring in the holiday season.

After the parade at 6 p.m., Santa Claus will begin the countdown to the annual tree lighting ceremony on the steps of the Cultural Center located at 183 North Main Street. The tree lighting will take place across the street at Gediman Park, 150 North Main Street.

For those looking for entertainment, head over to the Jingle Bell Stage, at the corner of Graham and Main streets, where live entertainment will be provided by local middle and high school bands throughout the duration of the event. Don’t forget to stop by for a free trip down the always-popular sled run at the corner of Limited and Main streets.

This year children wishing to share their Christmas list with Santa should head over to Santa’s Village at the gazebo in City Park located at 243 South Main Street. Santa will be available after 6:30 p.m. to visit with children and for photos. While there, be sure to check the village for free crafts, merchandise vendors, and amusements that will be offered for a low-cost fee.

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Look no further than downtown Main Street where local crafters and merchandise vendors will share their wares, along with a variety of food and community group booths offering tasty treats and free activities.

For more information contact mhoutz@lake-elsinore.org or call (951) 674-3124, ext. 292.

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