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Holidays in East County




VISIT OUR ALL NEW 2010 HOLIDAYS IN EAST COUNTY SECTION

 This page is our archivde copy of the 2009 holiday section.

 Click this link to see our all new 2010 Holidays in East County section!  Watch for new coupons to be loaded soon, too.  Happy holidays!

HOLIDAYS IN EAST COUNTY 2010 -- CLICK HERE

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Holiday Coupons

 

We're making our list and checking it twice....finding you lots of great holiday coupons!  Take a sneak preview.....and keep checking back for more great bargains as our busy elves add new coupons each week. If you would like to run a holiday coupon for just $150, e-mail ads@eastcountymagazine.org.

 

SKATE, TRICK-OR-TREAT AND SHOP AT VIEJAS ICE RINK'S OCTOBER 31ST GRAND OPENING

 

October 31, 2014 (Alpine)– Viejas Outlets kicks off the holiday season a little earlier this year with the October 31st opening of the popular Viejas Ice Rink – the largest outdoor ice rink in Southern California.

HAUNTFEST A HIT IN EL CAJON

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr

© Robert Gehr 2014

October 26, 2014 (El Cajon)—El Cajon’s third annual Halloween festival was a hit once again. The festivities took place in downtown on Main Street, Sulzfeld Avenue and Rea Street as well as Prescott Park. The area became quickly crowded with many costumed people enjoying themselves as dusk began to settle in and the night enveloped the area in darkness.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 23-NOV. 2

By Miriam Raftery

Radio show hosted by Rebecca Williamson and Leon Thompson

October 21, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes some spooky Halloween happenings, a picnic with parrots, and our very own Party with the Press benefit event, all this weekend right here in East County. 

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including a wine festival at a castle in Ramona and a hot chili cook-off in Lemon Grove.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine!

BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING IN RAMONA

 

November 29, 2013 (Ramona) -- On Friday, Ramona’s East End merchants are offering up a hometown Black Friday in Ramona's Old Town   Starting at 8 a.m., stroll the town’s historic Main Street between 5th and 8th, for sidewalk sales and unique gifts offered by shop owners.  

Later, you can  head up to Ramona Ranch Winery for wine and pizza at 23578 Highway 78 (3 miles east of Ramona's Old Town).   For $10, you can taste 5 different wines; Trezette’s catering will be serving up flatbread pizza and salad from noon to 4 p.m. for an additional $9 each.   Wine is also available by the glasss and bottles will be discounted.

VIEJAS LAUNCHES HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

 

October 24, 2013 (Alpine) -- Viejas Casino & Resort has launched its annual Holiday Toy Drive to support the local Salvation Army. With the help of Viejas Team Members and guests, the goal is to provide 10,000 toys to deserving families in San Diego and Imperial Counties. That’s up from a target of 5,000 toys last year.

JEWISH DAY OF ATONEMENT STARTS FRIDAY AT SUNDOWN

 

By Nadin Abbott

September 11, 2013 (San Diego) The holiest day in the Jewish Calendar, Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement, starts Friday the 13th at sundown. It is the close of the high holidays in the Jewish Calendar that started ten days before with the New Year.

MOTHER GOOSE PARADE NOV. 18 TO DEPICT A CENTENNIAL OF HISTORY IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

November 12, 2012 (El Cajon) - In honor of El Cajon's centennial celebration, each chapter of this year's 66th annual Mother Goose Parade will be dedicated to a 10-year period of the city's history.

Mayor Mark Lewis will be the grand marshall of the parade, which features elaborate floats, equestrians, marching bands, and Santa Claus to usher in the holiday season. 

Holiday Coupons 2012

Holiday Coupons We're making our list and checking it twice....finding you lots of great holiday coupons! Scroll down for some great bargains -- and check back for more holiday deals as our busy elves add new coupons each week.

If you would like to run a holiday coupon, e-mail ads@eastcountymagazine.org or call 619-698-7617. Happy holidays!

MEMORIAL DAY 2012 MESSAGE FROM THE CALIF. DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

 

May 28, 2012 (Sacramento) --We at CalVet can find no better way to express the true meaning of Memorial Day than by quoting the words Abraham Lincoln wrote in a letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a widow living in Boston to express his condolences for the death of her sons.
 

 

GIFTS FROM THE EAST: OUR SHOPPING GUIDE TO UNIQUE AND SPECIAL ITEMS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – This holiday season, why not support our local economy by buying your gifts locally? Below are our picks to some of this year’s most unique and special offerings from San Diego’s eastern regions.

VICTORIAN WONDERLAND: LA MESA CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE DEC. 9-10

December 1, 2011 (La Mesa) – For two nights, December 9 and 10, La Mesa’s downtown village transforms into a Victorian-style winter wonderland complete with horse-drawn carriage, bonfires, carolers, strolling minstrels, an a parade at 5 p.m. each evening.

VISIONS OF DANCING SUGARPLUMS: GROSSMONT MUSICAL GROUPS PERFORM IN NUTCRACKER BALLET DEC. 3-4 AND DEC. 17-18

 

December 1, 2011 (San Diego)—Leaping cossacks and flurries of snowflakes--See them all leap across the stage in the 22nd annual production of the Nutcracker by the San Diego Ballet Company Ballet.

Productions of the cherished holiday favorite by Peter Tchaikovsy will be presented Dec. 3-4 at the Birch North Park Theater in a co-production with the Grossmont College Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale. Additional shows will be presented December 17-18 at the UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, directed and choreographed by Robin Sheretz-Morgan and Javier Velasco.

Holiday Coupons 2011

Holiday Coupons

 We're making our list and checking it twice....finding you lots of great holiday coupons! Scroll down for some great bargains -- and check back for more holiday deals as our busy elves add new coupons each week.

If you would like to run a holiday coupon for just $150, e-mail ads@eastcountymagazine.org or call 619-698-7617. Happy holidays!

UNDECKING THE HALLS? FREE CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING & MULCH FOR LA MESA RESIDENTS

 

January 1, 2010 (La Mesa)--Residents of La Mesa can drop off holiday trees to be recycled and receive free holiday tree mulch on a self-load/self-haul basis at EDCO, 8184 Commercial Street in La Mesa. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. through January 15th.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THESE EAST COUNTY LOCATIONS

 

December 28, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for a festive party or a special restaurant to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Below is our guide to New Year’s Eve attractions in East County and San Diego’s eastern regions on December 31st, including live music and dancing, fireworks, special menus, casino promotions, and activities for children, families and seniors.

FREE BUS & TROLLEY RIDES AFTER 9 PM NEW YEAR'S EVE; SOME LINES TO RUN ALL NIGHT

 

December 30, 2009 (San Diego) -- Need a ride after New Year's revelry?  On December 31st,  all bus and trolley routes in San Diego County will be free after 9 p.m.  This free service is made available through a partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

HOLIDAY COUPONS

Holiday Coupons

This page is our archived coupons from 2009. 

 

Find our brand new 2010 Holiday Coupons by clicking the "Holiday Coupons" Santa at the top left side of this page!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

We're making our list and checking it twice....finding you lots of great holiday coupons!  Take a sneak preview.....and keep checking back for more great bargains as our busy elves add new coupons each week.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Also scroll to the bottom to find links below to even more discount coupons at malls and shops in East County.  

 

If you would like to run a holiday coupon for just $150 on this page, e-mail ads@eastcountymagazine.org.

 

EAST COUNTY EQUESTRIAN GROUP, THE VICTORIAN ROSES LADIES RIDING SOCIETY, JOIN IN ROSE PARADE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY

The Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society, an equestrian unit of nine women from several East County communities including Descano, Lakeside, Campo, Alpine and El Cajon, will appear in the 121st annual Rose Parade on New Year's Day, Jan. 1st, in Pasadena.

KWANZAA! ACTIVITIES & FESTIVITIES DEC. 26-JAN. 2

December 25, 2009 (San Diego) – Now that the 12 days of Christmas and the eight days of Hanukkah are over, if you're ready for some more celebrations, check out the Kwanzaa activities which begin tomorrow at the Malcolm X Library in East San Diego, followed by more events Sunday at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park and on Monday at the Black Contractors Association in San Diego. In addition, the Pan-African Association is holding a food drive from December 26-January 2.

 

All events are free, open to the public and children are welcome.

BEST LAST-MINUTE GIFT IDEAS IN EAST COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery

December 18, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – Waited too late to order online? Hate battling crowds at the malls? Or perhaps you’ve been holding out for gifts that are unique and locally made.

 

Good news! This year our “Gifts from the East” guide has plenty of great ideas for last-minute holiday shoppers who are seeking great gifts—all without venturing far from home. Be sure to tell these vendors that you heard about them in East County Magazine!

HENRY'S DONATES $10,000 WORTH OF FOOD FOR HOLIDAYS AS NEED TRIPLES

Still time for shoppers to donate food purchases for needy families in East County

December 22, 2009 (San Diego's East County)--Record numbers of shoppers are bagging hunger this season to match record numbers of the needy, with help from Henry's Farmers Market's annual Grab 'n' Give holiday food drive, which runs until January 4, 2010. Henry's  is on the way to top its 2008 donation amount of 7,000 pounds of food donations.

NORAD TO TRACK SANTA’S CHRISTMAS EVE JOURNEY ONLINE WITH RADAR & “SANTA CAMS” AROUND THE WORLD

 

December 23, 2009 (North Pole) – For more than 50 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight. Starting before dawn on December 24, you and your children can log on at http://www.noradsanta.org/ to watch videos via “Santa Cams” tracking Santa’s journey around the world to homes of all children who believe in him.

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND CALFIRE PROVIDE BIKES FOR NEEDY KIDS

 

December 22, 2009 (Ramona) -- Sheriff William D. Gore announced this year’s Christmas Bicycle Program, which provided pre-selected deserving children with a free bicycle, helmet and bike lock. The event was hosted by the Ramona Sheriff’s Substation and firefighters from the Ramona CalFire Fire Department.

DOCUMENT YOUR VALUABLES DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

 

December 22, 2009 (La Mesa)--With the holidays rapidly approaching, many East County residents wille will be giving and receiving valuable items as gifts.  La Mesa Police offers tips to protect your valuables by keeping accurate records.

EAST COUNTY ORNAMENTS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY TREE

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

December 18, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – Where can you find Christmas tree ornaments that are unique and reflective of life in the eastern areas of Sa Diego County? Here are a few of my favorite finds, from hand-blown glass to Native American handicrafts to critters crafted from corks at a local winery.

LIGHTS FANTASTIC

December 20, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) –Looking for some spectacular holiday lighting displays?

 

We found the home in these photos on Kildare Lane in Santee (1 block west of Fanita). Yes, these elaborate displays are all on a single house! (Glad we're not paying this electric bill--but the display is definitely dazzling.)

 

To find more neighborhoods that light up with elaborate holiday illuminations, visit http://sandiego.about.com/od/thingstodo/a/holiday_lights.htm.

WILD HOLIDAYS AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO’S WILD ANIMAL PARK

 

December 20,2009 (Escondido) – Want to create a gift for a lion, elephant, vulture or meerkat? The San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park is hosting enrichment days for guests to view animals playing with hand-painted boxes, popcorn-stuffed bags, insect-filled tubes and more. You can even create your own meerkat maze, paint a lion toy, or prepare a taco for an elephant with hay and food pellets.

HOLIDAY RECIPE SECRETS: APPLE PECAN VINEGARETTE

 

Courtesy of the Julian Grille, Julian

 

This recipe is a favorite among diners at the Julian Grill in Julian, San Diego County’s historic gold-mining town. Celebrating its centennial this year, Julian today is best known for its apple festival and array of delicious apple-based recipes—including this sweet and savory salad dressing featuring apple cider.

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