Posted on 26 Nov, 2019
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly … ‘tis the season to be jolly!” The holidays are upon us, and you know what that means. It’s time to bring out the poinsettias, festive wreaths, green garlands and, best of all – holiday lights. Wondering where to see some spectacular light displays near Menifee? You’re in luck. There are so many great holiday lights to check out near Centennial in Menifee and the surrounding area. Grab the hot cocoa and let’s go!
Menifee Christmas Tree Lighting
Right down the street at Mt. San Jacinto College, the City of Menifee’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Saturday, December 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the official tree lighting, pictures with Santa, a snow zone, a holiday bazaar and a first-ever holiday parade. Support your local community and get into the holiday spirit!
Mt. San Jacinto College
28237 La Piedra Rd.
Menifee, CA 92584
Old Town Temecula Parade and Other Holiday Fun
Living at Centennial in Menifee puts you just over 17 miles away from beautiful Temecula Valley Wineries, also known as Southern California’s Wine Country, and home to charming Old Town Temecula. You’ll want to bring the whole family for a day of fun in Old Town Temecula, where Old Town Front Street will be merry and bright with more than 30,000 twinkling lights, from the northern gateway arch to the southern gateway arch.
Old Town Front St.
Temecula, CA 92590
And on Friday, December 6, at 7 p.m., don’t miss Santa’s Electric Light Parade featuring illuminated floats, equestrians and holiday music from school marching bands! The parade will travel south through Old Town beginning at the intersection of Del Rio and Jefferson.
Many of the other wineries and vineyards in the area will also be lit up and decked out for the holidays. Be sure to check out Thornton Winery, Europa Village, Lorimar Vineyards and Winery, Ponte Winery and South Coast Winery Resort & Spa along Rancho California Road; as well as Somerset Vineyard & Winery on the De Portola Wine Trail. Learn more about the many holiday events happening in Temecula here.
Peltzer Annual Tree Lighting
Just off Rancho California Road in Temecula Valley Wine Country, Peltzer Family Cellars will hold their Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1. The Peltzers are a fifth-generation farming family in Temecula, offering a rustic farm, a charming winery and event spaces. You’ll really feel like you’re out in the country when you see the family’s century-old tractor collection. Join the holiday fun with food trucks, a holiday market, ice skating, live music, a visit from Santa himself and more!
Peltzer Family Cellars
40275 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591
Kimberly Crest House & Gardens Christmas Tree Lighting
In Redlands, about 40 miles from Centennial, people from all over gather every year to take in the beautiful Christmas sights at the Kimberly Crest House & Gardens. This year, the historic home celebrates its annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 8, at 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy performances from local choirs, hot cider, ginger cookies and pictures with Santa. For $5, you can also see the festive interior decorations on a tour of the first floor of the home.
Kimberly Crest House & Gardens
1325 Prospect Dr.
Redlands, CA 92373
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Annual Festival of Lights
A little farther away in Riverside, but definitely worth the drive, is the 27th Annual Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. This unforgettable holiday experience won Best Public Holiday Lights Display from USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards in 2014 and 2018.
This year’s five-week winter wonderland kicks off on Friday, November 29, at 4:30 p.m. Come catch the holiday spirit with 200 animated figures, appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriage rides, elf tuck-ins, freshly fallen snow, elaborately decorated Christmas trees, holiday confections at the famous Casey’s Cupcakes and much more.
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
Ready to get into the holiday spirit in a brand-new home at Centennial? Connect with our New Home Specialist at (951) 289-5935, and join our Interest List.