Southern California’s Explore Murrieta Gets In The Holiday Spirit With 2021 Winter Events

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Murrieta’s making spirits bright from Lake Elsinore’s Winterfest to Donuts With Santa

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While families constantly frequent Murrieta for quick access to numerous outdoor activities and local eateries, visitors of Murrieta can expect several events over the next few months to fill them up with holiday cheer.

Murrieta, a Southern California gem nestled between Los Angeles and San Diego, is gearing up for the 2021 holiday season with a slew of family-friendly Winter events. While families constantly frequent Murrieta for quick access to numerous outdoor activities and local eateries, visitors of Murrieta can expect several events over the next few months to fill them up with holiday cheer.

Murrieta’s upcoming Winter events include:

Families near the Fallbrook area can enjoy a holiday-themed festival to buy holiday gifts from local makers at the Holly Jolly Holiday Bash on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 12-6 p.m. at The Vineyard 1924. The event is free admission. The festival will feature a live performance by The Nandos, as well as food from Cesar Tacos. Other activities such as face painting and henna art will be available.

Explore Murrieta is switching up the classic milk and cookies for Santa Claus this year with their annual Donuts With Santa on Saturday, December 4 from 9-10:30 a.m.. Admission to the event is one non-perishable food item per person for donation. Donuts are first come, first served to the first 300 kids who arrive. Donuts With Santa will take place at three different locations across Murrieta for patrons to choose the locations that work best for them. The locations are as follows:

  • Alderwood Park at 28610 Baxter Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563
  • Copper Canyon Park at 23790 Vía Alisol, Murrieta, CA 92562
  • Town Square Park at 11 Town Square, Murrieta, CA 92562

Donuts With Santa at Alderwood Clubhouse will also feature the Holiday Bark-In-The-Park at Alderwood Dog Park.

Lake Elsinore’s Downtown Main Street will be packed during their 2021 Winterfest on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 3-9 p.m. Lake Elsinore’s signature holiday celebration will feature a Christmas Parade, food and gifts from local vendors, and a chance for kids to meet Santa Claus at Santa’s Village at City Park. Winterfest will also feature a tree lighting ceremony at Gediman Park off North Main Street.

From November 18-December 31, 2021, Lake Elsinore’s Hashtag Selfie Experience Gallery is turning into Whoville for their annual Grinchmas Holiday Experience. Visitors will be able to take selfies and pictures every day from 2-4 p.m., and families can enjoy a live interactive experience with the Grinch and all his Whoville friends from 5-9 p.m.​​

To celebrate the holiday season, those around Temecula Valley can stop by Chilled in the Park on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Ronald Reagan Sports Park from 12-8 p.m. The holiday festival will feature local food and entertainment, an ugly sweater contest, and a kids zone. Chilled in the Park will culminate in a festive fireworks display at 7:45 p.m.

Murrieta is the perfect location for families looking to still feel the Summer sun, even in the middle of Winter. From moderate to adventurous, Murrieta is an accessible, friendly and comfortable destination for everyone looking for a little excitement this holiday season. Murrieta offers a variety of culinary delights from steakhouses and BBQ to internationally-inspired restaurants, with your patrons enjoying a different cuisine every night they stay in town. Several lodging options exist throughout the city, including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Residence Inn by Marriott, as well as the Courtyard by Marriott with sweeping views of the area from their rooftop bar.

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About Explore Murrieta:
One of Southern California’s best-kept-secrets, Murrieta is a regional gem inlaid in the expanse between Los Angeles and San Diego. Replete with fashionable dining options, sweeping vineyards, unique outdoor experiences, and bluebird skies year-round, this California community is an attractive and affordable locale for the discerning traveler in search of a unique California getaway. Visitors and media can learn more by visiting

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