Announces Winterfest’s Top 10 Festivals and Events in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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“From Thanksgiving-weekend throughout December-January-February, Winterfest is celebrated daily at Downtown Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino. Holiday-concerts, theater, ballet; holiday-lights; Santa, Electric-Light-Parade, Real-Snow-to-Play-In; holiday-shopping; Winterfest-dining; ice-skating; plus Winterfest-outdoors (hot-air-ballooning, golfing, hiking Santa Rosa Plateau); New Year’s Eve; California Restaurant Month; 28-Days-of-Romance. Days and nights are robust with magical-moments and memorable-traditions,” enthuses Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president/CEO. “To fully experience the season’s Top 10, arrive days before events begin, extend-your-stay after. Temecula hotels/motels/resorts generally offer midweek (better-than-weekend) rates Sunday-through-Thursday. Less-busy weekdays mean more individualized-attention throughout the valley.”

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From Thanksgiving-weekend throughout December-January-February, Winterfest is celebrated daily

One-hour from Orange County, Palm Desert, San Diego; 1½ hours from Los Angeles, Temecula features average 68oF daytime, December-January-February temperatures; many sunny-days; natural, rolling-hills and vineyards; often snow-capped mountain-peaks semi-circling the valley.

1-Old Town Temecula Santa, Electric Light Parade, Real-Snow-to-Play-In
Santa Claus arrives (Nov-23); visits-with-Santa, throughout the season. Santa’s Electric-Light-Parade glows (Dec-07); Real-Snow-to-Play-In is Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland (Dec-14).

2-Adventuresome-Satisfying, Temecula Holiday-Shopping
Quartet of shopping-destinations; genuinely helpful/friendly, merchants/shopkeepers make Temecula the overnight/multi-day stay-over to acquire perfect holiday-things-for-everyone in one all-inclusive, get-away. Plan half-to-full-day at each: Old Town Temecula, Promenade Temecula, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, Lake Elsinore Outlets.

Old Town’s 60+ specialty-stores include Temecula Olive Oil, Old Town Spice Merchants, Old Town Root Beer, Old Town Sweet Shop, Temecula Lavender Company, Old California Lavender, Amari, Farmer’s Wife, Granny’s Attic. Promenade Temecula includes 170 specialty-shops/sought-after-stores (Macy’s, Apple, Coach, H&M, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn).

Temecula Valley Wine Country wineries offer quality/award-winning wines, unique wine-related gifts: BelVino, BriarRose, Callaway, Churon, Cougar, Danza del Sol, Doffo, Europa, Falkner, FootPath, GershonBachus, Keyways, Leoness, Lorimar, Lumiere, Maurice Car’rie, Miramonte, Monte de Oro, Oak Mountain, Mount Palomar, Palumbo, Ponte, Robert Renzoni, South Coast, Thornton, VanRoekel, Wiens, Wilson Creek.

Lake Elsinore Outlets features 50+ factory/discounted stores (GAP, Guess, Levis, O’Neill, Bass, Nike, SKECHERS, Vans).

3-Temecula Winterfest-Dining
Old Town Temecula dining includes Baily’s*, Front Street Bar & Grill, Palumbo’s, Soro’s, Texas Lil’s*, Sweet Lumpy’s, The Bank, Rosa’s Cantina. Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country hosts Bouquet*, Café Champagne*, Carol’s, Creekside Grille*, Meritage*, Maurice’s Kitchen, M.D.O. Bistro, Pinnacle*, Leoness Restaurant, Ponte Restaurant, Shorty’s Bistro, Vineyard Rose*. Temecula Creek Inn features Temet Grill*. Pechanga Resort & Casino has Great Oak Steakhouse*, Paisano’s*, Seafood Grotto, Journey’s End, Bamboo, Blazing Noodles, Kelsey’s, Pechanga Buffet*. (*open December 24)

4-Temecula Winterfest-Holiday Lights
Arch-to-arch in Old Town Temecula tens-of-thousands of twinkling-lights shine brightly. Gracious-and-friendly Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country wineries-and-vineyards (Thornton, Europa, Lorimar, South Coast, Ponte, Keyways), upscale-and-exciting Pechanga Resort & Casino (luminous hotel tower to porte-cochere) are awe-inspiring.

5-Great, Temecula Winterfest-Outdoors
Celebrate family-and-friendship with Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country hot-air-balloon flight (California Dreamin’, D&D Ballooning, Grape Escape, Magical Adventures); daily including holidays (weather-permitting).

Temecula golf courses are highly regarded. Enjoy perfectly challenging Journey at Pechanga, Temecula Creek, RedHawk, Legends, Golf Club/Rancho California, Pala Mesa (tee-times daily including holidays).

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve protects thousands-of-acres (grasslands, wetlands, oak-woodlands, chaparral); hiking-trails (40-miles, most easy-to-moderate); open-daily sunrise-to-sunset, including holidays. Purchase en-route: picnic-feast to-go (Campini’s, E.A.T. Marketplace).

6-Temecula Holiday Concerts, Theater, Ballet
Beautiful music/theater/dance, voices-in-song portray the heart-of-Winterfest-holidays. On-stage at Old Town Temecula Community Theater are Christmas Carol: Musical (Nov-29 to Dec-09); Nutcracker Ballet (Dec-15 to 23); Songs of The Season (Dec-15/16); Pechanga Theater, exquisite Celtic Woman Christmas (Dec-13/14).

7-Ice-Skating: Temecula Town Square
Old Town Temecula’s coolest-place is the Ice Skating Rink (open-daily Dec-14 to Jan-06); afterwards, Robin’s Nest delicious, made-from-scratch desserts.

8-Temecula: New Year’s Eve Like-No-Other
New Year’s Eve (Dec-31) includes unique dining-events-and-celebrations. Old Town Temecula’s joyful East-Coast/9pm and West-Coast/midnight countdowns precede Great Temecula Grape Drops. Baily’s features four-course dinner, Club 11 New Year’s Eve-party; celebrations also, Sweet Lumpy’s, Texas Lil’s.

Europa, South Coast, Thornton, Wiens host themed-New-Year’s-Eve galas in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Temecula Creek Inn’s Temet Grill, New-Year’s-Eve dinner. Pechanga hosts exciting, property-wide, mega-Disco-celebrations; Pointer Sisters headline.

New Year’s Day (Jan-01) dining includes Texas Lil’s, Meritage, Pinnacle, Vineyard Rose, Temet Grill, Great Oak Steakhouse, Paisano’s, Pechanga Buffet.

9-January 2013 California Restaurant Month
Temecula celebrates California Restaurant Month with deliciously discounted dining. Top restaurants at Downtown Old Town Temecula, Uptown Temecula, Promenade Temecula, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, Temecula Parkway, Pechanga Resort feature prix-fixe menus daily-throughout-January; see

10-February’s 28-Days-of-Romance in Temecula
Tempting hotel/motel/resort romance packages, spa treatments, romantic dining, and hot-air-balloon flights make Temecula a favorite couples-destination throughout-February. Dine upscale/casual at Baily’s, Palumbo’s, Café Champagne, Pinnacle, Vineyard Rose, Temet Grill, Great Oak Steakhouse. Indulge at GrapeSeed Spa, Spa Pechanga. Float serenely in a hot-air-balloon over vineyards/rolling hills. Special hotel/motel/resort rates and packages,

***Information believed accurate but subject to change.

The Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, official regional tourism-marketing organization and resource for visitors is online at; Facebook, “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country”; Twitter, @Visit_Temecula. For information/assistance, call 888/363-2852, 951/491-6085.

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