Parks and Rec

Happy Holiday Happenings at Parks

Make your holiday season merry and bright with a visit to a San Diego County Parks and Recreation event. Parks will host several holly jolly holiday happenings this month. Don’t miss a traditional tree lighting ceremony or your chance to meet Santa.

Official Fallbrook Tree Lighting


Celebrate community spirit, peace and goodwill as we kick off the holiday season with the Official Fallbrook Tree Lighting celebration. The night will include live entertainment, music, activities, food and, of course, the lighting of the beautiful 50-foot pine tree outside the Fallbrook Community Center.

  • Where: 341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028
  • Date: Friday, Dec. 2
  • Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 760-728-1671
  • Price: Free

Santa Claus is coming to town! There are several opportunities to have breakfast with the big man in red this holiday season and only a few days left to ensure you’re on his nice list. Papa Noel will take a break from his busy schedule at his North Pole toy shop to meet with all the good boys and girls at the Lakeside, Fallbrook, and Spring Valley community centers and at San Dieguito and Felicita county parks. Breakfast with Santa includes a hot breakfast, entertainment and more. So mark your calendar and get your wish list together.

Breakfast with Santa at Lakeside Community Center

  • Where: 9841 Vine St., Lakeside, CA 92040
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
  • Time: 8 a.m.
  • Phone: 619-443-9176
  • Price: $5 for all ages

Breakfast with Santa at Fallbrook Community Center

Santa visit

    • Where: 341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028
    • Date: Saturday, Dec. 10
    • Time: 8 a.m.
    • Phone: 760-728-1671
    • Price: $4 for ages 11 and under, $5 for 12+

Breakfast with Santa at San Dieguito County Park

  • Where: 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 10
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Phone: 858-755-2386
  • Price: $8 for ages 2-6, $10 for 7+

Breakfast* Under the Oaks at Felicita County Park

breakfast with santa

* This event includes coffee, hot cocoa and light and healthy snacks.

    • Where: 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido, CA 92029
    • Date: Saturday, Dec. 10
    • Time: 10 a.m.
    • Phone: 760-745-4379
    • Price: $3 for parking

Breakfast with Santa at Spring Valley Community Center

  • Where: 8735 Jamacha Blvd., Spring Valley, CA 91977
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 17
  • Time: 9 a.m.
  • Phone: 619-479-1832
  • Price: $4 for ages 11 and under, $5 for 12+

December is a joyful time to visit San Diego County’s 120+ parks, preserves, historic sites, sports complexes and community centers across 50,000 acres of land—the weather is typically cooler making it great for a walk in a San Diego-style winter wonderland. Some 350 miles of trails take visitors through multiple climates and habitats, with hundreds of planned outdoor activities for all ages, interests and abilities. Visit to find your next adventure.

Michelle Mowad is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact