November 27, 2002

Holiday Calendar of Events

Holiday of Lights Opens Thanksgiving night

DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS - The Del Mar Fairgrounds has begun its final preparations for the 2002 debut of the Holiday of Lights on Thanksgiving night.

Working as feverishly as Elves before Christmas, Fairground employees have erected nearly all of the more than 350 lighted displays that will surround the Del Mar Racetrack, which plays host to the spectacular exhibition.

The Holiday of lights is an impressive drive-through Holiday extravaganza. It is the largest display of seasonal festive lights in San Diego.

Set on the picturesque Del Mar Racetrack, the colorful, lighted displays, combined with the hundreds of passing visitors in their cars create a festive atmosphere and warmth that is truly unique to a San Diego. Visitors view the whimsical creations from the comfort of their vehicles as they drive along the 1.5-mile route. Theme areas for the displays include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, Del Mar Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play.

The Holiday of Lights is open nightly from Thanksgiving night (November 28) through New Year’s Day (January 1, 2003). Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 5:30 to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

Admittance to Holiday of Lights is based on vehicle size and occupancy. Admission is $10 for a car transporting up to five people; $15 for vans, large SUVs, or cars with six or more people; and $45 for buses.

Teddy bear, toy drive kicks off

El Cajon – With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Public Safety Department is kicking off its annual teddy bear and toy drive in conjunction with the Volunteers of America’s East County Toy Drive.

“This is an opportunity for East County to share a bit of the holiday spirit with children who might otherwise be left without during the traditional season of giving,” said Chancellor Omero Suarez. “The teddy bear drive annually draws hundreds of donations and I am sure this year will reflect the public’s continued generosity.”

District Director of Public Safety Joel Javines said the goal is to provide gifts for 1,000 local children. Donations of new teddy bears and new, unwrapped toys are welcome.

“All bears and toys are presented to children in need, living in the East County,” Javines said. “Please help us support this worthwhile event.”

Donations may be dropped off anytime through Dec. 20 at the public safety offices at either campus.

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. The office is located in parking lot 5.

Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. The public safety office is in the Student Services One-Stop Center at the main entrance of the campus near Fury Lane.

Campus and driving maps are available at or

Pickup of donations can be arranged by calling Kim Danielson or Charlotte Hawes at the District Public Safety Department at (619) 644-7654.

Garden of Lights At Quail Botanical Gardens

ENCINITAS — Join in the holiday magic at Quail Botanical Gardens’ seventh annual Garden of Lights on December 8th through December 23rd and December 26th through December 30th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Celebrate the season and

share the joy of goodwill with family and friends at Quail Botanical Gardens.

After the sun goes down, the Gardens will be transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with thousands of sparkling lights illuminating the plants and trees for a very different visitor experience.  Visitors can enjoy a quiet evening stroll through the Gardens and participate in the many planned

nightly activities. This is a time for old-fashioned family fun, with an emphasis on low-key activities rather than a frenzy of shopping and rushing.

The goal is for the visitor to enjoy a relaxing time while at the Gardens and return home rejuvenated and in the holiday spirit.

The activities planned include horse drawn wagon rides that wind through garden paths sparkling with holiday lights while live nightly holiday music

fills the air. Children’s activities include roasting marshmallows, a visit with Santa and crafts for all ages.

The gift shop will be open for that last minute holiday shopping. Food and beverages will be available.

Santa will be there too, and pictures taken with Santa can be purchased. Our La Posada theme night will be held on December 21st, complete with a

Mariachi Band, Mexican food and festive decorative piñatas.

Admission prices for Garden of Lights are $5 for nonmembers, $3 for members and children under 12 are free. 

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