Escondido, California — :

The extremely popular annual holiday event is back and bigger than ever on December 2nd beginning at 3:00pm. The Winter Wonderland Festival has quickly become a tradition for North County families celebrating the holidays complete with reindeer, pictures with Santa, warm holiday goodies, real snow, and carols being sung throughout the night!


Pictures with Santa: Come get a picture of the whole family with the “Big Guy” himself – Santa! All evening in the Lyric Courtyard our classic, Olde World Santa will be delighting children of all ages with photos and the chance to get in any last minute gift requests with the man himself before it’s too late!

Santa’s Reindeer: Returning this year is an opportunity to meet the fearless flyers themselves! A few of Santa’s reindeer will be taking a break to meet all their fans and “pose” for pictures before they take off for the big day.

Performances: As always the stage in the Lyric Court will be bustling with performances from local community groups, choirs, and even some hula dancers as they tell the story of holidays from around the world.

Snow Play: This extremely popular area is back once again. All night long you and your family will be able to play in real snow. Dress warm, and get your snowman making skills ready, it’s gonna get messy!

Activities for Kids: Join our California Center for the Arts, Escondido Education team all evening for fun and free activities like creating post cards for our troops, cookie decorating, and of course holiday face painting!

Princess Meet and Greets: A Winter Wonderland favorite returns featuring princesses from some of the most beloved fairy tales of all time! Don’t miss your chance to light up your children’s night even more with this fun and unique photo opportunity.


Holiday Light Show: This year the Center will be syncing up your favorite songs of the season as they dance with lights strung throughout the Lyric Courtyard starting at 6pm. You won’t want to miss this exciting addition to our winter festivities complete with appearances and sing-alongs with a couple of very special princesses!

ELF on the Big Screen: For the first time the Center is proud to present this holiday classic on the big screen in our beautiful Concert Hall. This hilarious film, featuring comedy superstar Will Ferrell and film legend James Caan, is the classic tale of what the holiday season is all about – family. (This is a ticketed event)

Along with all this incredible entertainment and wonderful events, the campus will be filled with local food trucks and vendors featuring a wide variety of delicious food, holiday treats, and a chance to whittle down your holiday shopping list.

For more information, including times and location, please visit

Generously Sponsored by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and George and Cynthia Weir, The Weir Asphalt Construction Group and Global Winter Wonderland.



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

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