Merchants call on residents for holiday spirit

SOLANA BEACH — Beachwalk Retail Center, a Solana Beach neighborhood mainstay, invites North County to get into the holiday spirit by collecting toys and food to donate during a Holiday Weekend event Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 on the west side of South Coast Highway 101 between Loma Santa Fe Drive and Via de la Valle with Beachwalk Retail Center at 437 S. Coast Highway 101.
Beachwalk is asking residents to help “Pack the Present” by donating new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable foods at Beachwalk to benefit the San Diego Food Bank & Rady Children’s Hospital through the end of the year. All items collected during the toy and food drive will be given to needy children and families here in San Diego County.
There will be an Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 that will include Santa’s arrival at 2 p.m. and pictures until 4 p.m. Live entertainment by Synchronicity will be provided as well as sweets, hot cocoa, apple cider and coffee, cupcake- and cookie-decorating, as well as trunk shows and complimentary massages and pampering.
Events on Dec. 12 run from 9 a.m. to noon, with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by a shiny red fire truck driven by Solana Beach Fire Dept No. 42 at 9:30 a.m., followed by breakfast with Santa sponsored by Pacific Coast Grill at a cost of $7 per person. A photographer will be on site to capture pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Complimentary pampering, and crafts such as ornament-decorating, face-painting and card-making will be available throughout the center including a live performances by the Santa Fe Christian choir.
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