Santee’s annual Holiday Lighting Celebration is scheduled for Nov. 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Santee Trolley Square Shopping Center.
“It’s the 14th year of the event and we’re still adding new attractions,” said Bree Humphrey, special events supervisor with the Santee Community Services Dept.In addition to a popular snow hill for kids to slide down with plastic saucer sleds, there will be a snowflake-making machine to delight children and parents alike.
“We’re transforming the mall into a winter wonderland,” said Humphrey.
There’s no admission charge. Most of the attractions are free, including craft booths, an inflatable bounce house, train ride and petting zoo. Horse-drawn trolley and wagon rides also are free for the first time this year. There will also be a face painter, balloon twister and caricature artists to enhance the fun.There will be booths to browse and tasty treats from local eateries, including free hot cocoa. Children can also confide their wish lists to Santa Claus, who will pose for studio-quality photos available for purchase.
At the amphitheater, the popular Bayou Brothers will provide live music with a holiday twist on the Cal Coast Credit Union Stage.The tree-lighting ceremony, which begins at 6:15 p.m. will include a brief sparklers display.
Local merchants and community organizations use the event as an opportunity to reach out to the community.“Santee’s Holiday Lighting is one of our very favorite events that we look forward to and are proud to be a part of every year,” said Rosanna Baluca, Santee branch manager for California Coast Credit Union.
“It’s a wonderful way for families to spend an evening enjoying the spirit of the holiday season and it truly offers something for every age,” she said. “For us at California Coast Credit Union, it’s always such a fun-filled evening visiting with our friends and neighbors in East County and an opportunity to support this great community.”Roughly 6,000 people attend the event and parking is limited. Walking, carpooling, or getting there by bicycle or the MTS trolley, is highly recommended.
The event is sponsored by Waste Management, City of Santee, California Coast Credit Union, KIMCO, Fireworks America, Rise City Church, and Daphne’s California Greek and Allegiance Heating & Air Conditioning.