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Holidays in the Heart of Del Mar
Saturday, December 7, Del Mar Village’s Winter Wonderland takes place on the west corner of Camino Del Mar at 15th Street, and Del Mar Plaza, offering photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the opportunity to dress up with goofy props and sweaters in the outdoor holiday photo booth. Seasonal tunes will be performed by the Original Dickens Carolers, and real snow can be found at St. Peter’s Church. The Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place at 5pm, followed by an outdoor movie showing of Elf at the L’Auberge Amphitheater at 5:15pm. Of note — the City of Del Mar will offer free parking on weekends in downtown Del Mar throughout the holiday season.
Encinitas Holiday Parade
The 2013 Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101 on Saturday, December 7. The parade begins at 5:30pm, and is preceded by a 5pm tree lighting ceremony at the Lumberyard (near Starbucks coffee).
 This year’s Grand Marshal selection is Evelyn Weidner. A longtime fixture on the Encinitas flower scene, and an icon in Encinitas’ growing history, Weidner will lead the nearly 100 entries down the 101 in this year’s parade.
Little Italy Christmas Village
Little Italy San Diego will transform into a Christmas Village, complete with Santa Claus himself, on Saturday, December 7, from 4-8pm. Held at the Piazza Natale on the corner of West Date & India Streets, attendees can explore the iconic Mercato, which will offer special holiday craft, gift, and food booths in addition to the regular farmer’s market offerings. Old Saint Nick makes his grand entrance to the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in San Diego Fire Department’s Engine 3 at 4:30pm, making sure to meet and greet each child in the square from 4:30-6:30pm. For the third year, the Little Italy Toy Drive will benefit foster children and teens of New Alternatives.
Cedros Avenue's Holiday Open House
On Saturday, December 7, from 2-7pm, Cedros Avenue presents a Holiday Open House complete with live music, in-store festivities and specials, giveways, refreshments, and balloon animals and face painting for the kids.
Talent For The Troops
On Saturday, December 7, the inaugural Talent for the Troops fundraising concert at The Social Hall at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church will support Veterans Association of North County. The concert will feature performances by The Pizarro Brothers and acclaimed jazz saxophonist Michael Paulo.
Flower Hill's Weekend with Santa
December 7 and 8, Flower Hill Promenade will host a Weekend with Santa. This family-friendly event will begin with breakfast at Sea & Smoke from 8-10am, where Santa himself will greet, take photos, and hear Christmas wishes. After breakfast, families are encouraged to enjoy arts and crafts near Geppetto’s, while Santa walks around the outdoor shopping center greeting children and taking photos.
Enter to Win Two San Diego Staycations
Two local Web sites are offering the chance to win luxurious lodging, great meals, spa treatments — even a scenic flight — in San Diego.
 The winners of the Romantic Getaway in a Beachfront Resort will enjoy five delightful days in Coronado, along with fabulous meals, spa treatments, and a gondola cruise. The winners of the Delicious La Jolla Foodie Getaway will spend three nights in this chic coastal neighborhood, savoring farm-to-table food, California wine, and local craft beer.
Holiday Shopping at Free Flight
Free Flight, Del Mar’s one-of-a-kind bird sanctuary, will be having its inaugural Shopping at Free Flight event on Sunday December 8, from 11am-3pm. Items include a pearl necklace, a spa night at the Catamaran Hotel, greeting cards, ornaments, gift cards, special Santa figurines, and much more. If shopping is not on the agenda, sip some hot cocoa and enjoy crafts and activities. Take your photo with a bird and much more. All proceeds support Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the nurturing, rehabilitation, and placement of companion birds.
30th Annual Silver Tea
On Tuesday, December 10, from 1-4pm, St. Germaine’s Children’s Charity presents its 30th Anniversary Silver Tea, titled Pearls of Hope, at the La Jolla Home of Claire K. Reiss. Entirely staffed by volunteers, the nonprofit is comprised of approximately 350 members committed to stopping child abuse and improving the lives of abused and neglected children in San Diego.
The Inn's Holiday Shopping Boutique
On Tuesday, December 10, from 4-7pm, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe presents a Holiday Shopping Boutique to benefit the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Shop local and find unique gift ideas, hostess baskets, and holiday décor in The Inn’s Croquet Cottage. Unique shops and local artisans will be selling a variety of gift options including gourmet goodies, gift baskets, spa and wellness selections, holiday fashions, and special treats for your furry family members. Plus, enjoy Christmas cookie decorating for the little ones.
The Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden
When Loren Nancarrow was diagnosed with brain cancer in February 2013, his thoughts — as always — immediately focused on other people. He knew he wanted to create a legacy that would help other cancer patients in San Diego. Susan Taylor, a longtime friend and current executive director of external affairs at Scripps Health, worked closely with Nancarrow and his family to help him envision how they could help other cancer patients heal. Learn more about Nancarrow and the healing garden by watching this video.
Holiday Joy Ride
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s Holiday Joy Ride takes place on Thursday, December 12. The third annual evening ride begins at SILO in Makers Quarter, encourages festive costumes, and features a “light-your-bike” ride — where bicycles strung with Christmas lights and wrapped like presents parade through town. The colorful parade ride starts at 5:30pm and returns to SILO for a hosted reception with beer donated by New Belgium Brewing. The evening will include a presentation honoring the winners of the Bicycle Coalition’s Golden Gear Awards for going above and beyond to make San Diego more bicycle friendly in 2013.
On Friday, December 13, at 6:30pm, Bloom Natural Health presents SeaEscape, a benefit event supporting the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation’s efforts to raise awareness and educate people of the impending seahorse extinction and its direct impact on our oceans. Attendees will have the opportunity to adopt a pair of seahorses, which the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation will release into marine protected reserves in Tavarua, Fiji and Tonga in May 2014. This program is a part of the foundation’s efforts to revive areas of the natural reefs that have already been damaged. The event will also feature the first ever showcase of Sarah Lee’s underwater photo art in San Diego.
Bohemian Nights Gala
On January 25, 2014, at The Grand Del Mar, the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents its annual fundraising gala to support the expansion, staffing, and upgrading of the Emergency Department at Rady Children’s Hospital. The gala committee, led by chairs Sandra den Uijl and Roni McGuire, is excited about the restyled gala, Bohemian Nights, which will feature international rock star David Garrett. “It will be a night of wonderful music, food, wine and friends that will raise money needed by a deserving cause in support of the children of San Diego,” says den Uijl says.
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A photographic recap of recent events and fundraisers

City Ballet's Masquerade Gala
Honorary chairpersons Barbie and Dan Spinazzola joined gala chairpersons Ann and Steve Hall and Lauren and Paul Scott in planning a magical evening to raise money for City Ballet’s education programs. Guests enjoyed a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, music by The Mighty Untouchables, a masquerade ballet performance featuring City Ballet Company dancers, dinner by executive chef Mark Kropozynski of the US Grant Hotel, and a silent auction. The gala served as the official kick off of City Ballet’s 21st Anniversary 2013-14 Season. Click here for the photo gallery.
Celebrate the Craft
The 11th annual Celebrate the Craft at The Lodge at Torrey Pines featured leading food artisans from across California’s broad culinary spectrum, who demonstrated and tasted their way through a vast array of premium food and wines. When The Lodge’s executive chef Jeff Jackson moved to San Diego 13 years ago, he envisioned creating a local chef community. Having an “open door” policy allowed for collaboration and discussions of innovative ways to create and deliver farm-to-table cuisine, which later resulted in the first Celebrate the Craft. Click here for the photo gallery.
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