Special Holiday Events in Murrieta and Temecula

Murrieta and Temecula in Riverside County are known for its rich culture, diversity, and vibrant lifestyle.

These cities’ unique holiday events and traditions are not only excellent ways to explore their culture. These special occasions become the perfect time to get to know the community as you share in their merrymaking.

Temecula Chilled

Ongoing until December 31, 2015

A month-long celebration that’s the perfect way to see Temecula Valley in its splendor. Temecula Chilled encourages residents to spread the holiday cheer this December with events and activities that recall the fun and magic of the season.  Give in to the yuletide feeling as you watch the ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater (until December 23, 2015 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

New Year’s Eve Grape Drop

December 31, 2015

Bid 2015 goodbye with a proper send-off. Come celebrate the annual Grape Drop at Temecula’s Civil Center. This event includes live bands, a giant slide, face painting, many other activities for kids, and the New Year countdown. The ice rink will also be open until 12:30 a.m. This is a family tradition that shouldn’t be missed!

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Loft

December 31, 2015

Another fabulous way to spend the New Year in southwestern Riverside County is by attending one of two amazing parties at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. The NYE countdown party at The Loft happens on the second floor above Kelsey’s. It begins at 8 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. of January 1, 2016.

Tickets at $65 includes a complimentary buffet plus an all-night performance by DJ Christopher London to help you usher in a fantastic 2016.

Jingle Bell Sleigh Rides

Ongoing until January 3, 3016

Thanks to the Temecula Carriage Company, locals and tourists can now enjoy a Jingle Bell Sleigh Ride at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. There are said to be more than 100,000 sparkling lights and decorations all over the sleigh’s trail.

You can take this 25-minute ride from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The carriage can carry up to 4 passengers for only $45.