The holiday season springs to life with the start of Winterfest in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The season’s magic is on display throughout the region, with a wealth of holiday offerings for spreading cheer. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the wonder of Temecula Valley’s Winterfest, just 60 minutes from San Diego and 90 minutes from Los Angeles.
The coolest holiday events in Southern California take place this Winterfest at Temecula Chilled. From the decorated streets of Old Town to Chilled menu items at numerous restaurants to the twinkly lit vineyards of wine country, Temecula Chilled will envelope visitors with its winter-weather wishes, no matter the actual temperature. Temecula Chilled events start early in the season, just after Thanksgiving, allowing visitors the opportunity to start the holidays off right.
Within Wine Country, there are plenty of holiday offerings to add to the festive cheer. The Lorimar Annual Tree Lighting, with Santa, cocoa, mulled wine and cookies, is December 3. South Coast Winery's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Snow Festival, an evening for the whole family, runs the same evening. Numerous wineries “deck their halls” for the season including Thornton Winery, Europa Village, Lorimar Winery, Ponte Winery, and South Coast Winery (where you can take Jingle Bell Sleigh Rides through 100,000 twinkle lights).
Weekends in Old Town Temecula are bright with holiday cheer including live entertainment, stores and restaurants to explore, ice skating in Town Square, Santa meet and greets, and more. The 25th annual Santa’s Electric Light Parade, December 1, boasts floats, horses, bands, and more than 20,000 lights. On Holiday Taste of Old Town and Old Town Shopping Night, December 5, restaurants offer samples, carolers stroll the streets in festive attire, and stores stay open late with special discounts available. Families should mark their calendar for December 8, the evening of Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland; visits with Santa are capped off with play in real snow.
Holiday-themed entertainment takes center stage this Winterfest in Old Town: the 18th Annual Christmas in the Air concert fills the sky with the sounds of holiday cheer; the Temecula Valley Master Chorale presents An English Christmas with carols and hymns of the season; and the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, reminds patrons to celebrate Christmas past, present, and future on stage.
Additional Winterfest activities throughout the season include Pechanga Resort & Casino’s gingerbread display; Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! Tour; A Christmas Story: The Musical, with an early November run; Breakfast with Santa; The Nutcracker Ballet, presented by Fine Arts Network and The Ballet Studio; Winter Joy!, an orchestral holiday celebration; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical; Candlelight Classics at the Merc; Christmas Tree Lane at the Promenade in Temecula; and Christmas on the Ranch at Galway Downs, with a Christmas Village, special events, and one of California’s largest real ice skating rinks.
Temecula Valley New Year’s Eve
Visitors to Temecula Valley can ring in the new year with a unique variety of live entertainment, festive celebrations, wine packages, nightclub parties, and countdown events guaranteed to start 2018 off right. Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino will host the region’s events, including the return of Old Town Temecula’s Grape Drop.
Temecula Restaurant Month
Temecula Restaurant Month is the unique opportunity-of-the-year to taste and savor at especially attractive prices the goodness and greatness that Temecula Valley chefs create. Foodies can stay, experience, and celebrate with special menus available the entire month of January.
28 Days of Valentine Romance
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country invites visitors to stay, experience, and embrace Valentine romance throughout February 2018. Tempting hotel-resort accommodations, nightly room rates, and packages are companion to romantic dining, memorable hot air balloon flights, indulgent spa experiences, live music and entertainment, and activities like wine tasting in Temecula Valley Wine Country, exploring Old Town Temecula, and the adventure of Pechanga Resort & Casino. The 10th annual Chocolate Decadence & Wine Festival will cap off this month of romantic indulgence.
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.