The holidays are a great time for festive family fun! Aside from the North Pole, the Temecula Valley is the perfect place to relish every drop of the holiday spirit. With so much to do, it’ll be tough deciding which events to put at the top of your list. Check out what’s happening below and find something your whole family can enjoy!

Lake Elsinore Winterfest

When: Saturday, December 2nd // 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Main St. Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Families will be enjoy a holiday parade, bouncers, kids crafts, sled runs, food and merchandise vendors, cultural and musical entertainment, visits with SANTA. This event offers low cost or free activities for the whole family.

Donuts With Santa

When: Saturday, December 2nd // 9:00 am

Where: Murrieta Town Square Park

Santa will be at Town Square Park to enjoy donuts and juice with his fans. A holiday craft will also be available. Space is limited.

Murrieta Festival of Lights & Tree Parade

When: Saturday, December 2nd // Tree Lighting at 6:30 pm

Where: Murrieta Town Square Park

Join us for an evening filled with holiday charm. Full size decorated, themed trees will line the park, all of which will be donated to families in need after the event. A performance from your favorite Moana princess will be taking place, along with seasonal fun, carriage rides, and more!

Peltzer Christmas on the Farm

When: Beginning November 25th // 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: 39925 Calle Contento Temecula, CA 92591

Peltzer’s Annual Christmas tree lighting will be at 5:30pm! Bring the whole family to enjoy food trucks, live music, the Polar Express train rides and of course, Santa Clause! Support Small Business Saturday at their Holiday Market featuring dozens of local businesses. The winery will be open and will feature a special, reserved area for Crush Club Members. Admission to the event is FREE for children and adults. If you plan on enjoying an alcoholic beverage, bar access wristbands area minimum $5 donation each. 100% of wristband proceeds benefitting the Yellow Ribbon Fund in honor of Military Family Awareness Month!

Lorimar Winery Tree Lighting 

When: Sunday, December 3rd // 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: 39990 Anza Rd. Temecula, CA 92591

Meet Santa, Decorate Cookies, Hot Cocoa, Gift Wrapping & More!

Jingle Bell Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides

When: December 4th – December 31st // 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Temecula, CA 92591

Temecula Carriage Co. will take you on a tour through more than 100,000 twinkle lights and holiday décor. 25-minute rides can be booked for up to 4 guests on your private carriage $55. Call for reservations at (844) 369-1852.

Santa’s House

When: From Sunday, December 17th – Saturday, December 23 // 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: 38801 Los Corralitos Rd. Temecula, CA 92592

With Christmas time just around the corner, your little ones will be wanting to visit with Santa. Come to Christmas on the Ranch at Galway Downs December 17th – December 23rd from 2:00- 7:00PM and give your kiddos the experience of being at the with Santa! He wants to hear what your child wants for Christmas, and you have the opportunity to take your own photos for only $15 for up to three or $20 for a family of four or more.

Christmas on the Ranch

When: Thursday, December 7th – Sunday, January 7th // 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where: 38801 Los Corralitos Rd. Temecula, CA 92592

Join us for some jolly good cheer Galway Downs in Temecula this holiday season! Christmas on the Ranch is bringing you Southern California’s second largest outdoor ice skating rink featuring The Holidays on ICE ice skating for the entire family along with sleigh rides, Santa’s House, a Christmas Village, Kids’ play area, arts and crafts, food & drinks, movie nights, family fun and much more! TICKETS: $10 Skate + $6 Skate Rental

Breakfast With Santa

When: Saturday, December 9th // 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Where: Fire Station 85 – 29405 Grand Ave. Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

This event is fun for the whole family. Join us for a yummy pancake and sausage breakfast. Have your family photo taken with our local firefighters and our guest of honor, Santa. Home Depot will be supplying a free arts & crafts project for the kids. Reserve your spot online or at the Lake Community Center. Tickets will not be available at the Fire Station. Tickets are $8.00 per person.