Friday, December 3, 2010

Santa's Electric Light Parade in Old Town Temecula

Santa's Electric Light Parade makes its first trip through Old Town Temecula tonight at 7 p.m. The popular holiday parade features dozens of homemade floats from families, organizations, and businesses, as well as bands and Santa Claus.

It starts at 7 p.m. but street closures start early to make way for the parade. Your best bet is to get into town by 4 p.m. and Park in the Old Town Parking Structure or park along Pujol  Street, or anywhere outside of the Front Street parade route and walk in. Plan on staying until the parade is over.

There are plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you warm. Adults will enjoy the numerous wine bars, olive oil tasting rooms and Old Town's Temecula Cheese Company. The Temecula Sweet Shop and candy store features candies from baby boomer's  childhood, jelly bellies, fudge and handmade chocolates. Temecula Root Beer is just that plus a few shirts, hats and sweatshirts.

A quick rundown of street closures: the south end of town closes the earliest. Old Town Front Street at 1st closes at 4 p.m., cross traffic at first is open until 6 p.m.; north end of Old Town Front Street closes at 6 p.m.; cross streets of Main Street closes at 6 p.m.; The Sixth Street parking lot and Stampede Parking Lots are closed for staging of the parade. For a map of closures see http://www.temeculacalifornia.com/Winterfest/winterfest.html