Step back in time this holiday season as Temecula Valley, conveniently located just about an hour away from every major Southern California city, celebrates “Temecula Chilled,” the annual holiday extravaganza taking place throughout the month of December. Visitors are invited to stay and play in the old-fashioned holiday frolick that includes live carolers, horse-drawn carriages, ice skating under the stars, live theatrical performances, and twinkly lights that set the mood. The whole region is joining in the fun. From live entertainment and food pairings in wine country to ice skating in Old Town to a massive gingerbread display at Pechanga, explore the holiday cheer in Temecula Valley.
Holidays in the Vineyards
With more than 40 award-winning wineries throughout Temecula Valley Wine Country, there is ample opportunity to get in the holiday “spirit” with holiday decor encouraged by local contests that offer incentives to wineries that truly “deck their halls,” carriage rides through holiday lights at select wineries, special holiday events, signature wines, and live holiday-themed entertainment.
Old-Fashioned Christmas in Historic Old Town Temecula
Giant snowflakes, holiday music, twinkling lights, and a festive, 30-foot centerpiece Christmas tree make Historic Old Town Temecula a must-visit for the holiday season. Visitors can stroll the 12-block, outdoor “chilled” food and shopping district while enjoying a variety of seasonal events and offerings including an outdoor ice skating rink in Town Square Park; Santa’s Electric Light Parade, that meanders down Old Town Front Street to the delight of kids from 1 to 92; A Holiday Taste of Old Town, featuring must-try indulgant holiday treats and wine pairings; live holiday stage productions at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater; and visits with Santa and real snow at Pennypickle’s Winder Wonderland.
Win More than a Haypenny at Pechanga Resort & Casino
For visitors to the region looking for a Vegas-style holiday without the drive, Pechanga Resort & Casino, along with its $285 million expansion set to open this December, is the place to be for holiday magic. In addition to two new restaurants, exciting nightlife, more than 500 new suites and deluxe rooms, and the 4000 slots and 140 table games to keep the adrenaline pumping, Pechanga Resort & Casino also gets into the holiday spirit with more than 500,000 lights on display, more than 20 festively decorated holiday trees, a massive gingerbread village made on site, and visits from Saint Nick himself (players can certainly ask Santa for extra luck on the slots!). Holiday-themed entertainment options onsite include a live musical production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and the return of Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! tour.
Count Down to 2018 in Temecula
Finish the year off right as Temecula Chilled wraps its 2017 season with fantastic New Year’s Eve celebrations. Numerous wineries participate in the countdown with themed dinner parties, live entertainment, and specialty, prix-fixe menus for an oppulant goodbye. Old Town Temecula drops a 10-foot grape cluster each year at City Hall, at both EST and PST midnights for families seeking an earlier end to their evening. Pechanga Resort & Casino joins in the fun with special dinners and New Year’s Eve celebrations at the resort’s night clubs, bars, and even on the casino floor.
Explore all of Temecula’s holiday events and offerings by visiting TemeculaChilled.com.
About Visit Temecula Valley
With natural gifts of climate and geography Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is recognized for scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and 40+ wineries. The popular, boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as Historic Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail.
Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and an online resource for visitors at VisitTemeculaValley.com. Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes). For visitor information and assistance, call (888) 363-2852 or (951) 491-6085.
*Information is believed to be current as of September 2017.