Saturday, November 20, 2010

Winterfest in Old Town Temecula with Ice Skating, Santa and New Year's Eve

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s bringing a 50x70 foot Ice Skating Rink for the Temecula Valley with him, Friday, November 26.

It’s WinterFest in Old Town Temecula and it all starts at 10 a.m. Friday with the opening of the Ice Skating Rink at Town Square at Main and Mercedes Streets. A special opening ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. and includes Mayor Jeff Comerchero, Councilmember Maryann Edwards, Lake Elsinore Storm Thunder and ice skater Lindsay Davis. Davis won the bronze medal at the Junior Ladies 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The ice rink has grown to a 3500 square foot icy cool surface of fun and will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through January 2, 2011. Last year’s rink was 2400 square feet. Private sessions can be reserved for businesses, churches, sports groups, and non-profit organizations. These sessions must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Groups can also request specific music. For additional information on pricing, general skate sessions and special sessions please call: 951.694.6.ICE (951.694.6423) for session times see http://www.temeculacalifornia.com/

Santa Claus, the big man for the season, arrives at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, aboard a horse drawn carriage. He will be accompanied by Dickens Carolers and a horse drawn trolley. Rides on the trolley are free throughout the evening.

Santa’s workshop is new this year and an Eagle Project for Tommy Byrnes who coordinated a team of volunteers to do the artistic work of faux painting, elves, snowmen and décor. Santa will be located at Town Square at the east end of Main every Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Boy Scout troops take souvenir pictures for a donation. Santa will also be in Old Town Friday, December 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, December 20 and 21 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Pick up a pair of Santa’s Magic Glasses while supplies last at Santa’s Workshop and at participating Old Town Businesses. The colorful lenses enhance the holiday light experience. A dazzling fantasy of more than 30,000 twinkling lights and holiday décor illuminate Old Town Temecula from archway to archway during WinterFest. Santa’s Magic Glasses will also come in handy on December 3, when Santa’s Electric Light Parade comes to Old Town. The parade starts at 7 p.m.

Other weekend entertainment includes Dynamite Dave and the Fine Arts Network Dickens Carolers throughout the holidays, Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland with snow at the Temecula Children’s Museum on December 10 and Community Music Day with local bands playing holiday tunes on December 11.

- New Year’s Eve on the Square is Old Town Temecula’s newest event destined to be a tradition. The event started last year and introduced Temecula’s Grape Drop Countdown – a 4 foot by 8 foot bunch of illuminated grapes. This year the grapes will descend from the new Civic Center at Main and Mercedes.

With three bands, dancing, ice skating, and East and West Coast countdowns to midnight, Old Town’s New Year’s Eve is designed for families to enjoy the tradition of welcoming the New Year together. Free activities for the kids include Dynamite Dave’s crazy balloons, face painting and a party jump. Kids activities are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Ice Rink is also open for regular sessions until midnight

Old Town Temecula is the hub for cultural arts in the Temecula Valley, with the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, The Merc at the OTTCT, Pennypickle’s Workshop/Temecula Children’s Museum and the Temecula Valley Museum. For holiday shows at the theater visit www.temeculatheater.org. For more information and a complete schedule of Old Town Temecula events contact the City of Temecula, (951) 693-3952 or visit http://www.temeculacalifornia.com/

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