With its rolling hills, beautiful vineyards and historic charm, Temecula Valley has become an established destination for wine lovers, foodies, and travelers looking for new experiences and adventures. This holiday season, Temecula visitors can enjoy a variety of curated activities, festivals, ice skating, sleigh rides, and live performances. Shoppers looking for the perfect gift will find a treasure trove of unique and one-of-a-kind items.
Shopping in Old Town Temecula during the holidays has ignited holiday joy for generations, and this year is no exception. This historic district comes alive in early December with Santa’s Electric Light Parade, which kicks off the season. Guests will enjoy stunning decorations, bright lights, and fun activities during Temecula Chilled, a series of festive experiences centered around food, wine, shopping, culture, and outdoor adventure.
The Promenade Temecula is a fashion and lifestyle shopping destination where holiday visitors can enjoy beautiful holiday trees and decorations, taking pictures with Santa, and finding great gifts. Many local businesses in Old Town and throughout the Temecula Valley offer locally produced items that cannot be found elsewhere: incredible hand-crafted olive oils; heavenly lavender-infused bath, body, and home items; a variety of unique teas and spice blends; handmade treats; amazing wines, beers, and spirits; and a variety of handcrafted items. There is something for everyone, including gift certificates for hot air balloon rides, equestrian activities, dining experiences, hotels, tours, or even spa indulgences.
In Temecula Wine Country, Europa Village invites visitors to its Holiday Market, an enchanting holiday wonderland filled with seasonal gifts and decorations highlighting European craftsmanship, nutcrackers, ornaments, décor, and more.
For the foodie, Temecula Olive Oil Company sells locally grown fresh olive oils and blends as well as customizable gift boxes and gift certificates, which can be used to purchase tickets for its popular Olive View Ranch Tour. Pre-made gift sets include seasoned olive oils as well as jars of popular dips and spreads, or make your own. For more information, as well as online purchases, visit TemeculaOliveOil.com.
Produced at a beautiful lavender farm in the hills of wine country, Temecula Lavender Company products can be purchased individually or as gift sets. Categories include skin care, bath, home, and kitchen. Visit the Old Town location or shop online at TemeculaLavenderCo.com.
At Big Horse Feed, shoppers can find equestrian themed items like clothing and accessories, home décor and furnishings, bath and bedding, kitchen and dining, as well as horse-related gifts and necessities.
For the home chef on your list, Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants carries a lovely assortment of fine teas, aromatic and flavorful gift boxes, and spice samplers. Some of their most popular house-made blends, quality loose-leaf teas, soup packets, and unique hot cocoas are packaged and ready for gift-giving. Visit their Old Town location for more information and samples.
For wine lovers, a trip to Temecula Valley’s Wine Country is a holiday shopping goldmine. Winery gift shops, club memberships, and special holiday offerings make it a wonderful place to find that perfect gift for the wine connoisseur. Wilson Creek Winery will offer several celebration-themed wines for the holidays. For more information on wine country tours, dining, transportation, and more, visit https://www.visittemeculavalley.com/wine/.
Batch Mead is a family-owned, Temecula tasting room offering small-batch meads and hard ciders in a variety of delicious flavors including apple, peach, boysenberry, pomegranate, and blueberry. Mead is a unique alcohol made from honey, water, and yeast, and it can be dry or sweet. Look for a variety of delicious and beautifully packaged gift ideas at BatchMead.com.
Temecula Valley has a growing number of high-quality craft breweries making a name for themselves in prestigious competitions and on carefully curated beer lists around the country. Several local brewpubs will release limited-edition beers for the holidays. Refuge Brewery will release Sweet Baby Jesus, a strong Double IPA, and a play on the movie Talladega Nights. For more information and continuous updates, visit https://www.visittemeculavalley.com/restaurants/breweries/.
When shoppers get hungry, there are many dining options to choose from throughout the Temecula Valley. Old Town Temecula offers farm-to-table and pub dining, organic, slow-food eateries, Italian, Mexican and Mediterranean fare, and grab-and-go pastries and sweet treats, among others. There are also 19 restaurants in wine country and more than a dozen options at Pechanga Resort & Spa.
For the person who has everything: how about a gift of pampering? Purchase a gift certificate from Pechanga Resort & Spa’s Spa Pechanga, which is inspired by the reverence for native botanicals and offers signature treatments. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Grapeseed Spa includes a heated outdoor saltwater pool set to 84 degrees year-round, with a wide range of treatment rooms and two tranquility lounges. Murietta Day Spa offers a variety of holiday packages for massages, facials, and body treatments.
To take in everything the Temecula Valley has to offer during the holiday season, a three- to five-day stay is highly recommended. Visitors are invited to book their stay by going to VisitTemeculaValley.com for up-to-date lodging and accommodations.
ABOUT TEMECULA VALLEY AND VISIT TEMECULA VALLEY
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is a year-round vacation destination pouring award-winning wines as well as craft beers and spirits. The emerging and evolving culinary scene, small town atmosphere, and outdoor recreation and entertainment in Temecula Valley Wine Country, Old Town Temecula, and Pechanga Resort Casino culminate to create a spirited destination inspired by the vine.
Temecula Valley is in the center of Southern California just 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles.
Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization. For lodging options and visitor information, visit www.visittemeculavalley.com.